The official announcement for an adaption of Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World came out today, a year after the project was first brought up. Ridley Scott, who we recently discovered would be returning to the Alien franchise, is set to direct and it seems highly likely that Leonardo Dicaprio will be involved somehow, probably as the lead character…
Brave New World is one of my favorite novels, and I consider it one of the most important books for people to read in their lifetime. So if you are currently reading Twilight, or even something worthwhile like Harry Potter, it would probably be more beneficial to yourself and society to read Brave New World, if you haven’t already.
It’s a fascinating read, a harrowing tale about the horrifying Utopian future that might befall humanity. It shows a world where science has reached it’s peak, obliterating the need for things like ‘religion’ or ‘sexual reproduction.’ The former is replaced by drug binges with hallucinogens used to evoke euphoric feelings, as meaningless chants and hymns are sung, all culminating in a group orgy. The latter is done in science labs and test tubes, where one egg can be used to creat up to 96 new beings grown in bottles. During incubation, the young fetuses are treated to be born into one of five different castes, which will designate what they will do in life. The Alpha cast do the more intelligent work, the Epsilons do the most basic. There is no jealousy between castes; they all receive the same amount of food, housing, and soma (the hallucinogen used to keep the populace in control).
Consumerism is king, and it’s not only consumerism of objects. Sex is rampant and undisclosed, though only for recreation. As stated, a desire for reproduction or a family are what is considered ‘pornographic.’ People have many sexual partners, and even go to movies called ‘feelies,’ which are essentially porn films that give the audience the sensations involved (much like the ‘talkies’ gave the audience the sensation of hearing at the time this book was written).
Alexis du Tocqueville wrote of ‘Soft Despotism’ in his famous treatise Democracy in America, and I see a lot of it in Brave New World, and early signs of it in modern society. This book, and hopefully it’s corresponding film, will make you think about the world we live in, what is important, and what sort of existence is ideal.