Scott Hardie | April 15, 2018
I recently saw this trailer. When the title came up at the end, I was shocked that it wasn't related to the X-Men. Between The New Mutants and The Gifted and Runaways and Logan, the recent X-Men productions have leaned heavily on the persecution of teens by government agents or other institutions, who hunt the kids and try to lock them up. Fox is apparently so eager for more of this sort of thing that they're making non-X-Men movies with the same concept.

What I can't figure out is, what is it about this cultural moment we're living in that has sparked this fad? Teens with super-powers is an old genre, and it continues to be done without the persecution. But so many productions at once focusing on the persecution angle makes me wonder if there's something new and particular about the teenaged experience these days that prompted this. Metal detectors and zero-tolerance policies in schools? Government crackdowns on free speech? Teen-bashing intensifying? I can't put my finger on it.

Erik Bates | April 19, 2018
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Scott Hardie | April 21, 2018
Yeah, anyone who starts bashing millennials immediately loses credibility to me. Besides the fact that generational labels are pointless and wrong and their boundaries are arbitrary, I don't find it useful to lump together tens of millions of people as though they all have one personality. Plus, people often talk about millennials like they're still teenagers; most millennials are well into their twenties and thirties by now. Amy Schumer, Tom Hiddleston, and Eli Manning are all millennials, for crying out loud.

Erik Bates | April 21, 2018
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Scott Hardie | April 22, 2018
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Erik Bates | April 23, 2018
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Scott Hardie | July 6, 2018
NPR has a good story about dystopian fiction and why teens like it. It's close enough to persecution fiction to answer my question, I think.

Samir Mehta | July 6, 2018
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Scott Hardie | June 24, 2020
Here's a small sign that the next generation of kids will fantasize about a utopia instead, because they're actually living through some dark dystopian stuff already. :-(

Samir Mehta | June 24, 2020
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