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HUXLEY'S DYSTOPIA: What would you rather be – happy or free?

SCIENCE FICTION: The TV series based on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World contains – by including digital surveillance – also an essential element from George Orwell's dystopian vision of the future.

Together with George Orwell 1984 mentioned Aldous Huxleys Brave New World from 1932 (Wonderful new world in Norwegian) often as the most important dystopian future novels of the last century – not to mention the times. With its depiction of a totalitarian and thoroughly monitored fascist state where "Big Brother sees you", Orwell's book in particular has become a well-known scare image of an authoritarian and unfree society that few would want.

Still, it is perhaps not so surprising that it is Huxley's novel that has now been adapted into a TV series. His vision of the future of a society where the population is controlled through the feeling of happiness instead of fear, is perceived as just as relevant to the time we live in.

Brave New World fits into the tradition of TV series Westworld og The Handmaid's Tale as lavish science-fiction series with dystopian and at the same time contemporary content. This new nine-episode series is produced for NBC's streaming channel Peacock, but is available on HBO Nordic here at home.

Difference between novel and series

We are taken to New London in the 2500th century, a society where the slogan "Everyone happy now" almost appears as an order. Privacy, family and monogamy should not occur, for everyone belongs to everyone else. Births take place in laboratories, and sexual distraction often takes place in the form of. . .

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Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.
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