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by Jess Kroll

Our world is not perfect. We have crime, natural disasters, homelessness, economic struggles, Honey Boo Boo, Fox News, and Christmas carols playing in mid-November. But it could always be worse.

We could be living in a dystopian future, like that presented in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or countless other books, movies, comics, games and even concept albums. The details vary but the litany of human horrors – mass starvation, random imprisonment and torture, forced prostitution, absolute corporate or government control of thoughts and movement – make your DVR not recording your favorite show, getting pulled over for driving 3 miles over the speed limit or other “FML” moments look like rare treats. There’s one thing these imagined futures all have in common: they all suck. A lot.

Still, even among the myriad of human miseries, there’s always some fun to be had (at least for someone). In the same way that hundreds of security cameras in London may cause worries about privacy but also provide a constant audience for spontaneous song-and-dance routines. It’s with this state of mind that we tried to look at the bright side of pop cultural dystopias that, despite how utterly horrible they really are, could be kinda fun – “fun” in a sarcastic sense, of course.

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