Continuing over from yesterday’s recommendation for a Sci-Fi book that should be adapted:
The book: Brave New World
Far in the future, the World Controllers have finally created the ideal society. In laboratories worldwide, genetic science has brought the human race to perfection. From the Alpha-Plus mandarin class to the Epsilon-Minus Semi-Morons, designed to perform menial tasks, man is bred and educated to be blissfully content with his pre-destined role.
But, in the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, Bernard Marx is unhappy. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, feeling only distaste for the endless pleasures of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present–considered to be Aldous Huxley’ s most enduring masterpiece.
Why it should be adapted:
Pretending for a moment that the 1980 and 1998 TV movie adaptations of Brave New World don’t exist, this is a property that is unexplored and could translate nicely to the big screen. The desire for our society to be a perfect one is a notion that is as prevalent today as it was when it was written in 1939.
Considering the time in which it was written, it’s frighteningly relevant for its time and still as relevant today. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this was right in the time that Adolf Hitler’s Nazis were marching across Europe in the search to “purify the Aryan race” from all that didn’t have blonde hair and blue eyes. This was The Nazis’ “ideal society”, evil as it clearly was. Societies will always work towards the goal of the “ideal society” and that’s still true in today’s world, regardless of your country. Whether you’re a Free-market Capitalist or a Communist, it’s all the same general goal, even if the approach is vastly different.
The best Sci-Fi, in my opinion, are ones that say something about our current problems in a rather spectacular way. In the case of Brave New World it simply states the inherent dangers and hopelessness in searching for perfection in a perfection-less world. Done right, this is a concept that modern could still latch onto and certainly relate to.
Next up: Rendezvous With Rama
Previously: Doomsday Book