The primary overarching way in which these two works parallel one another is that they are both dystopian works critical of totalitarianism. They both warn against the dangers of the state crushing people's lives and souls. Along the way, both show how dysfunctional this sort of state-intervention are, and how, in many ways, they are stupid. (Think of the great effort spent breaking Winston, and the bug that gets squashed in "Brazil." Stupid!) Both show people trying to have a little joy in the crack and crevices left by the state…and both are British creations.