Everyone tries to make list of rules for particular genres and films. I would venture a guess that Wes Craven‘s Scream (1996) ignited a lot of thought about the rules of genres, since a major concept of Scream is to break down the genre of horror as part of the storyline.
There was recently an article on io9, “The 10 Dark, Gritty Rules of Dystopian Science Fiction” by Annalee Newitz, and it was not a terrible article it was just a not so great article. The first couple points I thought were valid, so my expectations grew, but as the list became longer the more I became bored. Part of this is the disconnect I have with current dystopian works of fiction in both the movies and the written word. As a reader I became bored with the article, and my expectations were not meant.
The idea of this series is not to focus on one particular genre, or even create a complete list all at once. This is supposed to be something evolves over time, and is supposed to be looked in a light hearted way.