From shows like The Walking Dead and Doomsday Preppers to bestselling books like the Divergent series, apocalyptic stories have been at the forefront of American culture for quite some time now. What is it that draws us into this genre of storytelling and what does that say about us? Where are we headed, and when is the world going to end, anyway? Are we all sitting around wondering this?
My little sister is one of many people who have a “zombie apocalype team” in place, the Red Cross has issued guidelines for surviving a zombie apocalypse, you can buy zombie targets for archery lessons, and just try to shop any major retailer without finding survival packs of some sort. It’s almost as it we are all just hanging on and waiting for the other shoe to fall. Even if the zombies don’t come, the world as we know it is going to end, right? The Giver, Divergent, The Hunger Games, and countless others point to what the world will be like after the world as we know it is over.
No One Knows The Hour
I had the pleaseure of looking over an awesome Wikipedia entry today. If you are curious about predictions for the end of the world, or you just want to sit jaw-dropped over how many people thought they knew exactly when the world would end, check it out here. There are dates ranging from 66 AD/CE to 5,000,000,000 AD/CE, and there are some notable names on there too, like Martin Luther who said the end was neigh no later than 1600 and Christopher Columbus who calculated the end coming in 1658.
The Bible is right on this one: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36. We just don’t know.
While we don’t know, we certainly like to guess. We love our zombie stories, and we love to talk about what we would do if it all hit the fan. We love to prep, plan, and guess who will make it.
I hope it all doesn’t ever really end in my lifetime, honestly. While it is all fun and games while you’re playing your X-Box or sitting in a movie theater, the harsh reality of real disasters is not fun or entertaining. Meanwhile, I, like many of you, will still read my dystopian novels, wait impatiently for the next installment of my favorite movie, and debate the best excape routes.
What is the best part about post-apocalyptic stories? Is it the heroes that emerge from the ashes, or the villians who are served their justice? Is it the return-to-our-roots survival at its core? Is is the triumph over the elements and evil? Is it seeing what could be and then rejoicing at our comfy lives?
Your turn: What is your favorite scenario or storyline? I’d love to hear what makes these stories so irresistible to you.
**This post was a Featured Member Post at BlogHer on February 6th, 2015.**