If you’re into science fiction and fantasy, you might have heard of something called hopepunk. Hopepunk, according to its supporters, is a creative movement that believes that producing and consuming optimistic fiction will make the world a better place. But does hopepunk really offer meaningful hope and revolution, or is it just a way to numb yourself and hide from the world?
In this episode, Sid Oozeley gets on the mic to talk about how all fiction is escapist: the only question is, what are you escaping from?
- Hopepunk, Explained
- CS Lewis: “The only people who hate escapism are jailers.”
- “Bright-Sided”: When Happiness Doesn’t Help
- Toxic Positivity
- Lucy Parsons
- Hannah Arendt’s challenge to Adolf Eichmann
- George Wallace in 1985:
- The protest songs that drove the Wobblies a century ago are still lighting fires
- A Spooktacular reading of “Night of the Ostrich”
- Hot Goblin Discourse
About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more. Show edited by Sid Oozeley.