I am totally smitten by Sigur Ros. I find their music beautiful. I think no other term can describe it better. Nyja Galif is my fav. And then of course are the rest...Svefn, glosoli, etc. Not that I have many.
The other day Dk was mentioning how poets have pet subjcts - like death is a perennial favorite. So is misery. These are so sad topics that they lead to inspiration in rhyme.
In fiction love is everywhere. If we discount the love factor (we have to. It is there everywhere. Someone would think its the prime raison-de-existence) we come up with some other things.
Time travel for one. Its such a pet subject.When you cant do anything to present, when today anf todays world is just too restrictive, and imagination is not wild enough or an alternate universe, might as well travel in past/ future. However, those writers who try to reconnect to present always lose out on the logic. It is difficult to conceptualise the effects of past on present, its a cycle a little on the outside edge of comprehension. You see, to understand that past effects the present and fturemakes for a very convincing theory. The three Ps move in tandem. So where is the problem? IT is in linking. To make a sotry one-off about future or past is good enough. However, to try and link it is suicide. Isaac Asimov, the logical, famous Sci fi writer also got totally caught up and lost in this. YOu see, it is a little difficult to explain butteryfly effect. So imagine the effect of coming bad to past from future, just the presence itself can make so may changes...which mill in effect make the future you come from different, thereby making your travel to past in future improbable.
We usually make stories keeping ime linear, a constant. However, if we are to make time fuid, we have to make another constant. Which, is something most writers are yet to fathom. because people who are born by linear time equations and other human activities cannot be the constant feature.
The other feature is society. This is understandeable. We live in society and it is only natural that you think about it and write about idealistic or less than idealistic environments.So you have Ayn Rands writing about capitalism and Dostoevsky's about typecasting of society, and morals. And Jean Paul Sartres about society as is.
Then of course religion. Who can escape it? It is all around all encompassing. Right from compulsive books about the corruption and innocence in it like Keys of the Kingdom to books refuting it.
Fantasy land holds innumerable promises. Toyland today, or Utopia tomorrow. Actually, 'Utopia' direct translation means "nowehere", the word we want to use here is "Eutopia"...the wonderland.
There are fantasy lands where things are just as in normal earth, only a little different and a lot wilder - LOTR being a prime example. And other fantasies which borrow from theology and ancient theories to make fantastic satires on present humans like creations of Terry Pratchett.
Some authors get philospical and write metaphysical tales of human lives like Kafka, or even Camus.
Human relations other than love feature in books of one-book wonder authors of different eras, usually of France. Psychological we can call them.
But above all these autho writing styles, surpassing technological books, love relationships, hero books, psychology, theology, socialism, we have authors who believe our world is the best. That nothing can be better. That striving towards perfection breeds only a single colour out of the spectrum of life. Whch will disbalance things and create discomfort. Humans being what they are, they will never be satisfied with a monochromatic life, and it is dangerous to put into practice the theoretical concept of Utopia (or Eutopia). They make the worlds of dystopia.
Perfection, yet the riding disbalance. Unlike hero books, no one can save anyone here. The hero (male/female) will realise discomfort and an urge to "break free" wich will usually come to a tragic end. 1984, Brave New World, We, are prime examples. These books combine all aspects of previous writers, dwelling equally on society, philosophy, technical revolution, love, psychology,...and end up showing us how much better off we are as we are. A pet subject, it has shot every one of the writers (of a well written such piece) into instant fame - positive or negative. if you write a convincing book with a decently new point of view on the same premise, you are bound to be critically acclaimed.
Dystopia. A perfect world gone wrong. A simulation of eutopia. A goal we all want to reach, but end up at Dystopia.
As I write this over a period of time I find my thoughts muddled, but then it was never meant to be comprehensive eitherway.