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!