The reason the dystopian novel/movie is set in these giant cities is because there is this general consensus that the world is becoming more urbanized by the year (it is). It's more tempting therefore to imagine a future, 50 or 100 years from now, where it's all about city living.
Also, if it were set in the countryside either the reach of the evil government/corporation won't be as obvious, it would be like watching Little House on The Prairie 2059, it's still a little house on a prairie. On the other hand, "On the Waterfront 2059" will be different and exciting in many ways.
Even as a cliche, as long as it's always well thought out I feel like in its least it can serve as enjoyment and entertainment, and at most it could give warning to the present generation about the future
Given the setting, wouldn't The Hunger Games count as a dystopian novel?
I always thought it was one...isn't it? I feel like I gravitate toward dystopian novels. Or at least novels based on hypothetical questions.
I don't know, I personally think that Dystopian novel are really coming back into popularity. I mean they where popular before because of the whole fear of communism thing, but I think just recently with the way the world has been going That alot of people are returning to the concept of Dystopian as something that interests them just because it explores some of societies worst fears. Like if you look at all the old books & movies you mentioned, They all feature evil governments that control everything and supress your freedom by stealing information and your rights. While in a lot of newer fiction the "evil people" tend to be the mega rich, specifically those who are running large corporations. And even in things where that isn't totally true, Like to use the very popular hunger games as my example, in that novel/movie the bad dictators are still the government, but most of the capitol is still just filled with these mega rich people who are profitting on the people(I never read the hunger games, so I'm not sure on anything more about that.) Then again of course the Hunger Games was more of anti-war book than a social commentary like so many of the books you mentioned. Okay well anyways, thats, I don't know, my ideas on the theme?
Well, I'm not going back to proofread all that.
I love Dystopian novels! they're my favorite genre, I think if done well they can explore interesting ethical issues and warn of possible dangers of the future and how we can resolve them :)