What Is a Utopian Novel?
                                                        By Brad Bell

         Many people enjoy reading novels.  There may be a number of different types of novels.  One type of novel is a utopian novel.  It is important to define a utopian novel.   What is a utopian novel?   Below is one definition of a utopian novel.

Utopian Novel Definition:

A utopian novel involves a description of a fictitious society or community that is considered to be ideal.  This is the opposite of a dystopian novel.

Characteristics of Utopia:

          In order to have a better understanding of the utopian novel, it would be important to consider some basic characteristics of utopia. 
         Although there may be a number of diverse ideas in utopian writings, there may be some common factors.  These can be viewed as ideal values.  Some of these ideal values may include unity, harmony, communal living, and equality. 
Utopian Novel Example:

         An example of a utopian novel is my novel, A Bright Purple Sky (Bell, 2019).  The novel takes place in the 29th century, and the leader of the starship writes a manuscript that includes information on seven elements that are essential to foster a better society.  These elements are collaboration, effective leadership, universal identity training, empathy training, celebrations, equality, and finding meaning in life.


Bell, B. (2019).  A bright purple sky.  Portland, Oregon:  Blue Fox Communications.