One thing that stood out from this week’s readings and discussion was Munoz’s elaboration on utopia. The synonyms that come up for utopia are “ideal, paradise, heaven, dreamland”. In class I learned the origin of this idea of utopia, and it coming from a novel about a perfect society that someone could never find again, so all that was left was the memory of this place. I think this idea of utopia is so interesting because everyone’s own utopia would differ from everyone else. Everyone has different ideas that represent perfection, and I think this an awesome concept to tie into discussion of queer theory. Many of the readings that dealt with queer theory have been gloomy and on the more seldom side, such as talking and relating it to the death drive. This work, however, brings in this light and magical feel to this discussion of utopia. This along with the nostalgia from talking about “stages” one may have gone through and memories of performances gave this work a refreshing “vibe” to queer theory analysis.
Something else on the contrary was the idea and relevance that dystopia have in our today world, especially relating to movies. Movies can literally be about anything and can take you to a magical, make believe place such as a utopia. Instead, many movies and shows decide to create dystopias. The two that came to my mind when dystopias was mentioned were The Purge and The Hunger Games. Although I never saw The Purge, the idea of legalizing all crime for 12 hours and having it turn into horror is a pure dystopia. If crime was legalized, I would go steal puppies and new clothes, not go on a murder spree. Also the idea of The Hunger Games as a futuristic dystopian world where kids kill each other for entertainment of the upper class is interesting as a viewer but makes me wonder why dystopias are so attractive to incorporate into movies and shows when it is negative, and the opposite of utopia which is defined as perfection and heaven.