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The movie itself ends up not condemning either place β€” New York, for all the dirt and cynicism, is ultimately celebrated. The world is only an utterly nightmarish totalitarian dystopia to the reader ; to an Oceanian citizen, this kind of horror world is all they really know. The distant future turns out to be the real one. Covenant, the setting of Greg Egan 's short story "Oceanic", is a pretty clear example of this trope. The narrative goes to great lengths to set it up as a Bad Future , but all of its flaws religious fundamentalism, charlatans taking advantage of the uneducated, etc. Wells ' Men Like Gods As the result of an interdimensional accident, a group of English citizens find themselves in another world. These characters might come from a world where boredom, lies, poverty or even death itself simply doesn't exist. In light of this, any real-life examples are simply redundant. Brandon Sanderson's The Reckoners Trilogy has Calamity, the being that gave humanity their powers, come from a world where they are basically intellects, and so our world with its bright lights and sounds seems shockingly terrifying and therefore evil. The people there are perfect by human standards, and Wells uses their comments on the visitors' attitudes and values to criticize English society of the time. Nowadays you can find dozens of different spices at the local grocery store, and even the cheapest clothing can be dyed with colors like violet and indigo that were literally worth a king's ransom. Ron Wizard: I had King Radical: There is Comic Books. Deliberate Values Dissonance and Culture Clash are bound to come into play. The central conflict in Dies Irae is between the conflicting ideologies of Heljanita the Toymaker and Darkscar of Despair. Since it's a rather lighthearted film, the whole thing's treated as comedy rather than serious criticism. You need to login to do this. In Tolkien's Legendarium , Elves were really meant to live in Valinor, the land of the gods; the ones in Middle-earth either never made it there or returned see The Silmarillion. Most citizens of Xanth magical realm who travel to "drear Mundania" non-magical rest of the world; in other words, modern-day Earth feel that way about it. Control, an alien who appears in "Ghost Light" , considers Victorian London a nightmare. And still are not widely available in many parts of the world. When they encounter a world just like ours and a rather kind version of it at that , it looks horrifying in comparison. Giselle spends most of the movie wanting to return to the brightly colored, musical, and happy land of Andalasia. Doctor Who : The Silurians , whenever they appear, are usually appalled that evolved apes humans have, millions of years after their time, taken over Earth. In other words, the only real solution to the world's problems is likely an Exterminatus. Er, war. A particularly pointed example appears in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Assignment: Earth" , as Gary Seven looks out the window at a 20th-century street and disgustedly mutters, "You're right, Isis. Messenger implies that both towns genuinely get better with time. Dick's Electric Dreams episode " Real Life " shows us two version of a future: one that is only slightly ahead of us most things look pretty much the same, but some tech is more advanced , and one that is the stereotypical "flying cars and holograms" distant future. Get Known if you don't have an account. Vonda N. Enchanted sends Giselle to a place where True Love doesn't exist and there are no happy endings New York. They think that children should just not experience bad things until they are mature enough to deal with it responsibly, and therefore inhibit their ability to do so. In Brave New World , John the Savage views the "utopian" world of London as amoral, unnatural, and pointless, while Lenina sees John's home on the savage reservation as backwards, uncivilized, and barbaric. In one of the Eisenhorn novels, Eisenhorn makes his escape Of course, stuff eventually blows up, but for a few days you have the characters simply enjoying a wonderful time on a massive luxury train.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} The other Suns, where magic is normal and only limited by the imagination, are far more imaginative and interesting though not necessarily nice places. Similarly, Eric Bogle 's "Beam Me Up, Scotty" declares "I'm stuck here in a place I do not care for" and "There must be intelligent life out there, I hope so, there's not much down here. However, it is very much a matter of perspective whether a certain world is a Crapsack World or a Utopia. Tabletop Games. It should be noted, however, that the 21st century of Star Trek takes place during, between, and after multiple global wars. However, it turns out that she had been in "Heaven" described simply as a state of pure contentment and safety for what felt like a very long time, and as a result the normal world seems harsh and cruel to her. Live-Action TV. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}This world is actually quite okay, at least by standards that can be expected by the audience. Even if the Party was ever overthrown, the world order would stay as-is because political and intellectual freedom have long since ceased to exist as concepts in the human psyche. One of these, merely described, indicates abrupt Earth Drift. That said, its population is descended from a society that used advanced technology to make themselves immortal, and the fact that most of the people follow a new religion instead of one that actually exists in real life implies that society collapsed at one point and they had to discover science all over again, so it's a bit more understandable that the narrator has a less-than-positive opinion of his own time, especially since his mother dies halfway through the story from an exotic disease , which could never have happened in a society whose knowledge of medicine is so advanced that no one ever dies. In the modern world, it can be easy to forget that access electricity, plentiful food, clean drinking water, effective medical care, the internet , and innumerable other things simply weren't as widely available as they are today if they existed at all. This is not so unusual Sanctuary is a Wretched Hive after all but the reason is that the place they come from is idyllic: everyone lives together without jealousy or greed and with a Free-Love Future orientation. You can often expect characters to reference the period as barbaric, ignorant, greedy, or hateful this despite the fact that the modern era has seen far less war, illiteracy, poverty, or genocide than any era preceding it. Heljanita thinks the time he comes from is terrible due to stagnation and tedium; Darkscar quite likes that society and is terrified of what Heljanita will create. Rude and obnoxious guards are celebrated for not torturing random innocents to death, and so on. In Invisible Sun , this world and existence are Crapsack since they're a diminished, twisted shadow of a magical realm called the Actuality; the only reason any magic users came to it in the first place was to flee a horrific magical war in their own realm. The town of Gathering Blue thinks itself a utopia, but it really isn't. They are profoundly saddened when they realize that humans cannot share their thoughts during moments of intense pleasure as they do in fact, their only method of communication is through sex , and believe that we live a dreary existence devoid of love and happiness. Le Guin. Inverted in Interesting Times , with a traveler who considers Ankh-Morpork to be not crapsack because his own homeland is so much worse. In others, they remain repulsed by it. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer , season five ended with her pulling a Heroic Sacrifice ; the sixth season premiere has her friends resurrect her. She might not be living the best 24thC life, but it is still a pretty fantastic life by any objective standards. The Number of the Beast by Heinlein has our protagonists run into several such worlds. Star Trek is consistent in its negative portrayals of 20thst century life over several different shows. Needless to say, this is Truth in Television. The Philip K. He deconstructs in twain their glee and joy to his own level of woe. Warhammer 40, : In the grimdark grimdarkness of the grim, dark future, there is only grimdarkness! This trope plays out by Antoine being the " Crapsack World " and the rest are the comparison. Strongly averted for the rest of the film. This, combined with whatever she saw in the Doctor's mind, has her firmly convinced that she is better off staying in 18th century France. By the Third Age they basically cope by living in mini-utopias created by the rings' powers, but once those are gone they must either leave for good or fade away into obscurity as humanity rises to prominence. A group of people come to Sanctuary and find it appalling. This trope, or possibly its inversion, shows up in The Dispossessed by Ursula K. In some cases, they learn to appreciate this new world after a while. Pan's Labyrinth plays this straight for a few minutes, as the problem with our world is claimed to be that it has bright sunlight and cold. The Adventures Of Oliver and Columbina features two worlds: The rosen dream lands, and reality-where-you-get-bored. In Eliezer S. This is especially prevalent in any episodes in which the cast is sent back into time. Yudkowsky's Three Worlds Collide , the second alien race - known as "The Super Happy People" - are consummate hedonists who believe that experiencing and sharing pleasure especially sexual is the most important thing, ever. The Doctor asks, " So, what do you do to stave off the self-harm? That hovel is a luxury cabin inside a protected national park, with all the necessities, communications, and luxuries like narcotics, that she wants even after being fired from Starfleet and not working in any other profession. 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