Let’s talk about the Apocalypse

It’s the end of the world as we know it……

Men are from Mars & Women from Venus?
I was reading a NY Times article the other day called It’s the End of the World as She Knows it, and it got me thinking about how popular the apocalyptic/dystopian genre is right now. I wonder what our obsession is with the “end times.” Is it because we all know great civilizations eventually fall, and we cannot help wondering what life would be like after ours does?

The author talks about how she thinks female writers and male writers imagine the post-apocalyptic world to be very different. Men usually focus on the physical dangers like violence, rape, and cannibalism. Meanwhile, the ladies tend to focus on the psychological and social aspects like fear, survival, love, isolation, and despair. This basically speaks to the old stereotype suggesting that men are generally physical/external in nature, while women are generally emotional/internal (I don’t think that’s always true). If that’s true, then what is it about guys that makes them want to explore all of the blood, gore, and violence society could be capable of at the fall of our civilization? And what makes ladies more interested in how the individual human psyche would handle such a fall?

I don’t necessarily agree it’s a men-vs-women thing, at least in the YA books I’ve been reading. For example, Kresley Cole’s Poison Princess shows a very physical side to post-apocalyptic life where physical threats are very important to the story, while Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky deals heavily with the internal and social aspects.

What do you guys think? Do women and men handle this genre differently? Which approach do you like more?

…And I feel fine.

I’d like my apocalypse with Zombies on top

So let’s talk about our favorite way the world ends, and why we like it, shall we?

Ok, I’ve been on kind of a Zombie kick lately. I haven’t even seen The Walking Dead yet but am still enjoying the rise in popularity of zombies. What is it about zombies that is so thrilling and enjoyable, yet creepy and disgusting at the same time? It’s probably because, at least subconsciously, we realize how truly horrific it would be to be a walking corpse whose hunger for human organs knows no bounds…..

  • Favorite YA Zombie-fied book:
    • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter – Alice can see monsters that almost no one else can and needs to learn how to fight them. It reminds me of Buffy the Vampire slayer with the humor, great characters, and romantic elements
  • Favorite Zombie Movies: (I think they are all on Netflix right now)
    • Zombieland – If you have not seen this yet, stop reading this blog and go watch it immediately. It is hysterical.
    • Warm Bodies – Why are you still reading? You should be watching Zombieland!  – Falling in love with a Zombie? This one is equal parts Romantic and completely disturbing! Especially when he eats that brain.
    • World War Z – Intensity, action, and Brad Pitt. Enough said!
  • For the Gamers: (My boyfriend @Johnnyebs06 is a gamer and has kindly provided zombie-erific games you might enjoy.)
    • Resident Evil series. A classic where man was made into zombies by an evil corporation. The sense that it could really happen and the feelings of isolation make it a hit
    • Dead Rising – a more comedic take on zombies, you use various weapons to lay waste to hordes of zombies. We like that it doesn’t take itself seriously and its a total stress outlet. Bulldozing down zombies really takes the edge off.

Of course there are a billion and two other end of the world books, movies, TV shows, games, etc out there I’ve never heard of. So what is your favorite type of Apocalypse story?

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but with a whimper

– T.S. Elliot

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