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Lookups spiked on March 23, 2012.


When the much anticipated film "The Hunger Games" opened, many reviews used dystopia to describe its frightening futuristic setting.

Dystopia means "an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives."

The word itself is based on utopia, a word that in Greek literally translates as "no place" – since its perfection is unattainable. Dystopia translates literally as "bad place."

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