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As Trump era begins, readers flock to dystopian fiction

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/10/2017 By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press
Books are displayed under a sign at the Harvard Book Store, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. Readers have been flocking to classic works of dystopian fiction in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency. Novels depicting dysfunctional societies have shot to the top of best-seller lists in recent months, including George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." Publishers credit Trump's election for sparking demand. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) © The Associated Press Books are displayed under a sign at the Harvard Book Store, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. Readers have been flocking to classic works of dystopian fiction in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency. Novels depicting dysfunctional societies have shot to the top of best-seller lists in recent months, including George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." Publishers credit Trump's election for sparking demand. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) — Readers have been flocking to classic works of dystopian fiction in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency.

Students pose for a selfie outside the Harvard Book Store, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. Readers have been flocking to classic works of dystopian fiction in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency. Novels depicting dysfunctional societies have shot to the top of best-seller lists in recent months, including George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." Publishers credit Trump's election for sparking demand. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) © The Associated Press Students pose for a selfie outside the Harvard Book Store, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. Readers have been flocking to classic works of dystopian fiction in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency. Novels depicting dysfunctional societies have shot to the top of best-seller lists in recent months, including George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." Publishers credit Trump's election for sparking demand. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Novels depicting dysfunctional societies have shot to the top of best-seller lists in recent months, including George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale."

Publishers credit Trump's election for sparking demand. Sales of "1984" spiked in January after a Trump adviser coined the phrase "alternative facts," drawing comparisons to the novel.

Some Trump critics have said his views on immigration and the media echo works of dystopian fiction.

Experts on the works have mixed views about whether the comparisons are fair, but they aren't new.

Critics of Barack Obama compared him to Orwell's Big Brother in 2013 amid revelations about a vast government surveillance program. Sales of "1984" surged then, too.

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