On December 26, 2010, Maggie Stiefvater's article "Pure Escapism" appeared in the online New York Times. In the article, Stiefvater notes that the reason for the recent upswing in dystopian young adult fiction is often incorrectly identified. Rather than being a reflection of current circumstances, the trend is a reflection of a desire for escapism, a desire to get away from what is perceived as being imprisonment. In the case of young adult fiction, the escapism comes from the easy identification of what is wrong, so that it may be more easily fought against; the world does not exist in such a clear-cut division of right and wrong.
Dystopian /dĭs*tō'pē*ən/ (adj.)- representing a society that appears ideal but is instead based upon an idea the presumed readership considers extremely objectionable