– The whole concept of big brother. And the government in general, really. What I’m saying here is that I enjoyed the dystopian aspect of the novel. A world in which the government controls everything you do, and is always watching? That shit is creepy. And I’m not going to lie, this book may have made me a tiny bit more paranoid than I was before. As you’re reading this, I’m covering up my webcame and turning off the wifi.
– Newspeak. Because this is happening already! It’s like internet-speak for extremists, and I loved every second I spent reading about it. It also made me realise that I basically speak a whole other language when I’m with my closest friends. I’m pretty sure my mum or brothers wouldn’t be able to read the majority of what we say to each other.
– No connection with the main character. He was a boring guy and his narrative was completely monotonal. Intentional? Perhaps. But still, I didn’t like the guy and he kept talking about doing things before deciding against it. Just… grow some balls.
– It dragged on the middle. There was no action! Perhaps this was to be expected from a classic, I don’t know, but I was expecting more action, less talking, less monologuing, less Winston.
– Things were repeated a lot. Okay you’ve told me about this aspect of the government several times now, I think I get it.