Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Apocalypse!

When it comes to post-apocalyptic stores, I have a theory about why they are so popular. Deep down, people fear it could really happen, and they want to know what it would be like to live through a catastrophic disaster. They want to know if they could survive or how people would survive if at all. Someone or some civilization is always predicting the end of the world. Then we wait and thankfully nothing happens. I have more books I want to write and that might be difficult without my laptop and electricity. 

However, as humans we wonder how long before a pandemic breaks out or an asteroid manages to strike the Earth. Then of course, there are the more bizarre reasons such as a zombie virus. 

But for me, the most scary and realistic reason for an apocalypse would be caused by mankind. We have the capability to destroy all life on Earth. When I was growing up, I used to have nightmares after seeing movies like The Day After, which is a bleak horrific tragedy with one person dying after another. While this movie was realistic of what would happen in a nuclear war, I tend to prefer my post-apocalyptic fiction to have some redeeming kind of ending. 

We can’t last forever, but there is some comfort in knowing that the sun will still be burning long before we’re gone. Do you like post-apocalyptic fiction? We all know of the usual ways in fiction that have been used to wipe out civilization as we know it. However, I have been trying to come up with some new ideas. So far everything I can think of has been done before. Feel free to comment with any unique ideas you might have.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We're drawn to it because of the scope - it's a huge event and out of our control.

Terri Rochenski said...

Apocalypse books have always been intriguing to me. It WOULD be interesting to see what would be left after the humans decide to be morons for a final time!

Great post, & I'm looking forward to reading more. Best of luck on your journey to publication.


Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I used to really enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction, but the older I get, I think, the more I feel my mortality and I steer away from those type of stories :). I do enjoy the Resident Evil movies, however, I just love how Alice is so kick ass.

I think wiping out humanity in a way people will read may be a matter of execution rather than a unique manner of destruction :). Be entertaining and people will love it.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I love apocalyptic fiction. It's so fascinating.

Allyson Lindt said...

I think it's fascinating to consider so many end of world scenarios, but like you I think man-inflicted is the most terrifying, and to me the most plausible.

Looking forward to more of your posts this month!


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Alana Mander said...

I've always been fascinated by post-apocolyptic stories and am actually writing one myself at the moment. With all the threats coming from North Korea and the news that antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective, I have a feeling the topic will become even more prevalent.

Daniel B. said...

Nice: A to Z starts off with Apocalypse...the end of all. (And just a shade after Easter, too).

Best of luck this month! I'll be back to read more.

Botanist said...

I'm not so keen on the dark and bleak outlooks, but enjoy those sparks of hope and people fighting back.

Janeal Falor said...

Those man made apocalypse do seem like they're not out of the realm of possibilities. It's unnerving to see how close the scenarios that threw them over the edge are to what life is like now. I really enjoy reading them though.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I think apocalyptic stories are popular because the survivors are so important. We live in a world where, let's face it, no one cares about anyone else.

That's different in an apocalypse. In an apocalypse, even you and I would have "meaning" and be valuable whereas in our lives...can we really say the world would notice if either one of us wasn't around? Nope.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I enjoy post-apocalyptic books, like THE STAND, and TV/movies, like THE WALKING DEAD. I wonder if I'm trying to learn something from the survivors because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be on of them. I'm a big chicken. :)

Connie Gruning said...

I love the post apocalypse stories and movies.
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Anonymous said...

I love the concept of zombies and the show The Walking Dead! Ugh. Love it so much. Awesome post :) I'm doing the a-to-z challenge too!

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Susan Scott said...

Doing a jump around and checking out yr A on B day - I think we rather prefer having drama happening to 'the other' rather than ourselves - it keeps it one removed from one's self - at least that is my view - also in terms of violent movies. The violence is inside in a way and to have it enacted not by us but one removed means we can vicariously enjoy it ...
will check out yr B now on Black Beauty

ayjay said...

I love apocalyptic fiction! Actually my book is called Armageddon: Pick Your Plot (

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