Not long ago I was talking with my son about something that I can’t remember now.
But I do remember how the conversation went…
“I like post-apocalyptic stories better than apocalyptic ones.” I told him.
“What’s the difference.” He asked.
“Apocalyptic stories are about the end of the world…the word itself means ‘revelation’…but most people think it means the end of the world.” I explained. “I don’t like disaster stories. The best thing about apocalyptic stories is that everyone dies at the end. That’s the only thing believable about the entire story.”
“I don’t get it.” He said.
“OK, think about this way…” I told him “I don’t like zombie apocalypse stories…but I’m curious about what happens after they take over the world. Do they remain zombies? Do they all become math teachers? Would anyone notice if they were all math teachers? These things make me think.”
“Is that why you like post apocalyptic stories?” he asked.
I thought about it. “I think the real reason is because at least they have some semblance of hope. In V, you think the humans might win. In Revolution, you know the lights might come back on. Even Vikings is post apocalyptic…you should really read the history to see why…but you cheer for what happens after everything the world thinks it knows is gone.”
So do you enjoy post apocalyptic or apocalyptic fiction?
I’d enjoy hearing your reasons in the comments.
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