01 April 2012

A is for Apocalypse (A-Z Challenge)

Welcome to my first post of the A-Z blogging challenge!  The challenge runs for the month of April with posts every day of the week except Sundays (well, except THIS Sunday).  So without further ado, here we go!


A is for Apocalypse




What exactly is an “apocalypse”?  Most of us know the word from religion, specifically the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament.  And by extension, apocalypse can refer to any End Time scenario or to the end of the world in general.

But how is an apocalypse defined?  Is it the death of 99% of the human population, the total annihilation of the human race, or earth being smacked out of the ballpark by a giant asteroid?  What about if 75% of the population perished, or 20%, and would it still be considered an apocalypse?

There are a whole bunch of different scenarios that could be the cause of an apocalypse, and most of them could come without warning, at any time.  How many of us would survive a nuclear war – probably very few.  A mega-volcano – those it didn’t kill would probably end up in an accelerated ice-age congregating around the equator wearing  top-of-the-range snow gear we looted from the nearest sporting goods shop.  A pandemic – it all depends on the disease and its virulence.

To a writer, the apocalypse is a juicy story just ripe for the picking – the story line can be intense, the characters can be loveable or despicable and if you want to throw in some shock value occasionally kill a key or popular character and BAM you’ve got your reader hooked.  But it also requires an enormous amount of research – you have to be able to sell the story to some of the harshest critics or risk being picked apart for having an “impossible” scenario. 

That brings me to the theme of this challenge – different types of apocalypse and key character traits,  what a book needs to make it in the post-apocalyptic genre (scenario, characters, location and series or stand-alone) and links to my favourite apocalyptic books (there will be links back to the review if I have done one, or Goodreads for books I’ve not reviewed or have been recommended to me.)

So get strapped in and prepare for 25 days of Apocalypse!

I’ll stop with the puns and clichés now.  Promise ;-)

6 comments:

  1. I love your theme, and I can't wait to read all of your posts! Good luck, and I'll be back here to read more tomorrow. ;-)

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  2. Apocalypse (derived from Greek) is the "lifting of the veil". Revelation (latin) is dervied for reveal: "the act or process of disclosing something previously secret or obscure, esp something true". So the biblical apocalypse and revelation were originally synonimous.

    The causal agent of the apocalyps, in modern novels is sometimes somewhat beside the point. It is simply a way to reset our current situation and throw us into a different setting. This is particularly true of the post-apocalyptic genre.

    For the apocalyse-in-progress genre the two most popular stories are either the cozy, where a smaller simpilar society is rebuilt on the ashes of the old, or non-supernatural horror stories (zombiedom through desease, etc.).

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    1. Yeah I knew someone could define it far better than me!

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  3. Hmmmm..how did I figured that this was the way that you would start the challenge out.lol. It is going to be interesting to see what words you par up with the letter of the day.

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  4. Awesome theme. I love apocalyptic stories. Can't wait to read more of your posts.

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