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Exploring Apocalyptic Fiction

Exploring Apocalyptic Fiction

This past week, I have explored apocalyptic fiction in several different mediums.

I watched an episode of a BBC Docuseries called Horizon which came out in 2004. The episode I watched showed five different possibilities of how to world, as we know it, could end. The first scenario was a massive tsunami. The second was a killer meteorite. The third was a global pandemic/disease. The fourth was a volcanic eruption. The last included strange matter, such as a black hole. There was one main character, Dr. Howell, who was planning on conducting an experiment in all five scenarios. However, in the first four scenarios, he is unable to get to the lab due to the dangers proposed by the first scenarios. After each world-ending scenario occurs, the world starts over completely. Each scenario ‘segment’ begins with Dr. Howell laying in bed as his television playing the credits from a program he was watching. The last part of the credits we see shows the words “The End” as to refer to the “end” of the world. Each day starts over with Dr. Howell, but different characters begin to appear each day. At the end of the docuseries’s episode, Dr. Howell finally manages to turn the key that ‘launches’ the black hole that begins to swallow everything in its vicinity.

While watching this episode, I realized how happy I was that none of these epidemics were, hopefully, not going to be arriving any time soon. I realized that I would definitely be one of the first to die in each situation. I cannot run fast, and I don’t go outside everyday in bubble wrap to protect myself from volcanic eruptions or other flying shrapnel from a meteorite. I would try to fight as long as I could, but if I was to come face-to-face to one of these scenarios, I would not last very long at all. However, if I was able to prepare, and get to the highest point of my building or stay inside with everything I need, I can see myself staying safe. One of my biggest fears in life is getting sick. I do everything I can to stay healthy. Maybe I could survive that scenario, but if I have to combat zombies, I can’t make any promises. However, I can’t say I black hole opening up in the world any time soon. I found this scenario to be the most fictional out of the other four. This episode definitely portrayed what the apocalypse may look like. None of us might receive any warnings until it’s too late. It may come as something inevitable and something none of us can avoid or fight against.

Also this week, I read the entry called Apocalyptic SF from The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. Something I never knew before reading this article is the fact that apocalyptic sci-fi and science fiction in the first place really began in the late eighteenth century. I definitely thought that sci-fi got it’s beginning in the 20th century. I also never knew that sci-fi really became a popular genre because of the way it portrays “sadistic fascination with representing massive destruction in minute detail” (Routledge). I agree with this statement because in many apocalyptic fiction works, no one is running around screaming, but everyone acts as though it is a normal part of life. It is almost as if people just expect that the apocalypse will come, without a doubt, like the concept of death. We all know we will all die at some point.

The last piece of apocalyptic fiction I delved into was reading a few excerpts from Edan Lepucki’s novel, California (2014). It really drew me in because it explains a post-apocalyptic world in which the two main characters Frida and Cal learn to live in the wilderness after the world that they’ve known has been completely destroyed. I am looking forward to reading this novel in full very soon. So far, I know that Frida and Cal are living in the wilderness, and Frida is also pregnant. I’m very excited to see where this story goes!

 

The World is Ending and Here’s How I’ve Prepared

The World is Ending and Here’s How I’ve Prepared

The apocalypse. Everyone’s heard of it. We’ve feared it’s arrival. And now… it’s here.

When I was about fourteen-years-old, I was first introduced to what apocalyptic life might be like when I watched Shaun of the Dead (2004) with a few of my family friends. Of course this movie is a comedy, and almost parody, but I remembered feeling like I was scarred for life. I couldn’t get the images of zombies out of my mind, and I could not stop hearing the growling sound of zombies.

Then, I came to college, and one of my best friends loves The Walking Dead (2010-). I began to get used to the scary and graphic zombies. I watched a few episodes with her, and I remember hoping that I hope the apocalypse never actually happens.  I do not keep up with the show very much, but I did see the episode in which Negan clubbed someone to death in the season 6 finale. However, even though I have been permanently scarred by this hit TV show, I still find it quite interesting.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a ‘post-apocalyptic’ world, but I had to read The Hunger Games trilogy in ninth grade. I have also seen every movie, and continue to have a crush on Josh Hutcherson. I loved this trilogy, and I loved the movies even more. However, in class whenever my teacher asked if we wanted to be like Katniss or Peeta, my answer was and continues to be no. I have always told my friends and family that if I had to participate in the “Hunger Games” I would die on the first day.

The zombie invasion genre of the apocalypse definitely interests me most. It is funny saying this after explaining how terrified I was of zombies after watching a parody movie and a TV show in which zombies play a large role. I would definitely need to find a bunker I could hide in when the time came, because, again, I do not see myself surviving for very long after having to face a battle against zombies. If I was to become a zombie, I don’t know, maybe it would be cool, or maybe even fun? I would almost be indestructible and immortal! However, eating brains as my only nutrition would not be my first choice. What would also be interesting is to see if the movies and TV shows have illustrated zombies as they actually will be, or if they will be completely different. They might be nice, while strange, like Liv Moore in iZombie, or as scary and gross as a zombie in The Walking Dead.

However, now that the apocalypse is arriving, I have had to start preparing. I have packed my bag that I will be taking with me into the bunker. I packed my water bottle, glasses, granola bars, a blanket, a book to read, and a few pictures of my family so I can always remember them. I made sure to make a video for The Daily Create outlining each of these items. I also created accounts on Twitter, SoundCloud, Slack, YouTube, and a new Instagram account.

I decided to create a new Instagram account for this class because I wanted to keep my main account private, and I didn’t want to fill it with pictures I’ve already shared or with pictures that illustrate the apocalypse because I knew it would probably confuse my followers. As a way of introducing myself, I uploaded four photos to my new Instagram account. They were a photo of just myself, a photo of my dogs, a photo of my family, and a photo of my two best friends. I also already had a YouTube account. I made it back in high school for my Creative Writing class in which one of our projects was making a ‘book trailer’ for the ‘novels’ we wrote during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). That video is still on my page.  However, I did have to create completely new accounts everywhere else. I have used SoundCloud in the past to listen to music, podcasts, etc. Also, as I have created accounts on each of these social media platforms, I have looked for and found my other classmates’ accounts and followed them as to be able to connect with them anywhere whenever I need to do so. I also joined our Slack website and made sure to introduce myself to my other classmates. I also read the Wikipedia article about the apocalypse and apocalyptic fiction. I found it quite interesting.

Also this week, I added items to our online ‘bunker.’ I added two pictures, one was of blankets and the other was of books. I was about to add a photo of an iPhone until I came to my senses and realized we will definitely not have any kind of WiFi or cell service during the apocalypse.

I really enjoyed myself this week, and I am so excited for the rest of this semester!

We can get through this together!