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originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
It's best to think of D & PA as film categories, where essentially every other film genre imaginable can be found within this list set. A 'dystopian film' may transcend what movie genre definitions one would normally judge a film by (i.e. a film may be old fashioned, or futuristic, or both, while also being a romance, or a horror, or both). Formats in this list set (now) include animated features, anime, kids cartoons, made for TV movies, cinematic feature presentations, mini-series, TV series, visual novels, and shorts. Likewise, every rating or unrating is within, from family to campy to cult to exploitation.
Dystopian themes generally fall under the basic definition of dystopia: the opposite of utopia. In my view, the 'most realistic' dystopian visions are one that emerged from attempts at 'proper' utopian societies, as we have had emerge in all of our real life human historical utopian societies (that even includes the modern USA). The concept of a dystopia isn't merely an exorcise in fiction, they area study on the very real threats to societies in the real world, and all too often have been reality for millions. My list will generally try to exclude documentaries, docudrama's and based on real story titles (with the exception of some alternative history titles).
Some may confuse futuristic with dystopian, as if they are interchangeable, but they are not (a dystopia could also be in ancient'esque times).
Any story setting can reside within a dystopian atmosphere, construct or larger society. A dystopia could be in the micro-scale scale of the inner space within one individuals mind, or on the macro-scale of an entire galaxy: My list doesn't discriminate.