I stumbled across this today and thought it would be fun to take part.
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You are the last living human on Earth… but you’re not alone. Every other being on the planet has turned into a vampire and they’re hungry for blood, your blood. Most of us have a healthy fear of the dark on occasion, but in this world you will pray for the dawn. Every. Single. Night.
In post-apocalyptic North America, the government of Panem has subdivided the nation into districts that serve the Capitol. Those living in the Capitol enjoy a life of luxury in stark contrast to the oppressive environment of the districts. Basic necessities such as food are restricted to the point of starvation so that the primary focus of the people in the districts is self-preservation and not rebellion. But to ensure acquiescence of the districts and as punishment for a past rebellion, the Capitol hosts the annual Hunger Games, an event where one boy and one girl from each district must take part in a gladiator type fight… to the death, with only one victor remaining.
The US falls under control of an ultra-conservative theocratic dictatorship. The human race is declining due to sterilization caused by chemical pollution. Women’s rights have been stripped away, and the few who remain fertile serve as concubines for reproductive purposes to the upper class.
This is a world where humans are artificially conceived and bottled in jars for modification during the gestation stage. Babies in jars! If that’s not creepy enough many are selected at conception for a lower class. This is a process known as “bokanovskification,” where they are treated like a commodity, mass-produced in an assembly line, subjected to substandard environmental conditions at the embryonic stage to cause arrested development in mental and physical acuity, and conditioned via Pavlovian methods after “birth” to be suited and satisfied with their position in life.
After a global war, Oceania rises to power as one of the three remaining super states. Within Oceania the Elite control every aspect of society through the elimination of personal freedoms, the restriction of basic necessities, the prohibition of interpersonal relationships, fear, and mind control. Surveillance systems monitor every aspect of life and any act of individualism, even reading or expressing thoughts could result in a person being vaporized. Remember: BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING.
The city of Chicago is divided into five factions that represent certain virtues the government wants to promote. The inhabitants of these factions must strictly adhere to the virtue of their faction. When the children of each faction reach age 16, they are given an aptitude test to determine which faction they are suited for. They are given the choice to transfer to another faction or stay with the only one they’ve known. Individuals who have the aptitude for more than one faction are rare and are labeled Divergent. Divergents threaten to upset the balance of a strictly controlled society and are considered dangerous. Who wants to live in a world where possessing the virtues of Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, and Amity pose a threat to your life? Divergence means death.
A cataclysmic event has destroyed most human life and the resources necessary to sustain it. Due to the absence of animals and vegetation, many of those who survived have resorted to cannibalism. It’s difficult to imagine anything worse.
Thanks to your eccentric uncle, you’ve come into possession of the ring of power, the one ring to rule them all. The evil Lord Sauron—who has re-assumed his position as ruler of Mordor— needs it to regain power over all. You’d think you could just use the ring to defeat him, but no, no one is immune to its evil and it must be destroyed. You can’t simply melt it down and make a new set of earrings. You’ve got to throw it in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged. Oh, and guess where Mount Doom is located? Yep, you guessed it. Mordor. This won’t be an easy journey. You will traverse swamps with dead people, bitterly cold mountaintops, and mines where you risk awakening an ancient demon. Ringwraiths (undead seekers of the ring), a giant octopus/squid creature, a powerful wizard gone bad (Lord Sauromon), and an army of Orcs to name a few will pursue you to the ends of the earth. Even friends who’ve sworn to protect you and help you on your mission could turn against you. Oh, and did I mention the spider? It’s not your ordinary little spider that can be squashed underfoot, but a mammoth one that can wrap you in its web, paralyze you with its sting, and drain your blood. I guess I should’ve started with the spider and left it at that.
A global war against a zombie pandemic. Need I say more?
Routine medical surgeries are being tampered with so the oxygen flow to certain patients under anesthesia is compromised causing otherwise healthy patients to end up brain-dead. These patients are transferred to an institute masked as an intensive care facility. In reality, it’s used as a storehouse for brain-dead bodies with healthy organs that are kept alive until their organs can be sold on the black market. You’ll never want to set foot in a hospital again.
So that’s it. These are the fictional worlds that have given me nightmares. Sweet dreams everyone.