Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

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This week is a love freebie. Since I don't like romance I'm going with plots I never stop loving in my books!

1) Supply run in the zombie apocalypse
Sneaking through the deathly quiet hospital, moving through a shop's dark aisles, moving through the levels of cruise ship or aircraft carrier...wherever the place, our survivors are trying to quietly locate the food or weapons without alerting the zombies to where they are. I love the tension of these scenes!

2) An EMP hits the country/world and everyone tries to get home
Stuck in dying cars, leaving work or school, away at a conference out of state...wherever the MC is I love the journey of how they are tryi ng to get home to where their main supplies are or bugging out of the cities to get to ranches, cabins and compounds. I love the road trip element and the families being reunited over hours or days as each comes home.

3) A diverse group of people/monsters work together to overthrow the enemy
In urban fantasy I love where everyone has a particular strength needed for the group, they all work well together, or where the MC has some supernatural sidekicks to help. The group must have a great dynamic and all be likeable so that I'm rooting for them as they plan, scout and gather what they need for the attack. 

4) Seeing the disaster unfold in real time
I like seeing the very start of a disaster unfolding through the eyes of the MCs rather than go to the story 8 years after the disaster. The news report on the pandemic, zombies, economic breakdown or countries on the brink of war and then we see it happen and society breaks down. There is so much excitement to this rather than seeing it in brief flashbacks.

5) A jungle trek uncovers dinosaurs or mutated monsters
Our explorers are looking for a medical cure, rare creature, trying to find a missing person or going to establish a base to explore a new area-unaware that dinosaurs or monsters are waiting to get them. I like the tough terrain and extreme conditions which add to the nightmare when the monsters come out to play! I like big casts for more victims!

6) The sick game show
I love these twisted game shows where kids fight each other to live ie The Hunger Games, teams take on zombies and dinosaurs for either freedom or prizes, a cross country challenge with some kind of nasty twist or extreme challenges to pass to each level ie The Testing. These are the things I'd love to be watching on a Friday or Saturday night...like the Running Man!

7) A rampaging monster/monsters kills lots of people
Whether it is killer sharks or psycho fish in the water, dinosaurs on deserted islands, mad Sasquatch tribes in the swamps or mutated monsters escaping from a lab or dig, I just love a creature feature! High body counts, some nice gore, lots of action and tension and plenty of teeth biting and I'm happy!

8) A forest camp or cabin in the woods attacked by slasher killer or cannibals
A group of people looking to get away from it all by camping or renting a cabin, a group on a special trip to a remote location, hikers getting lost etc...and when night falls, the cannibals come out to get their dinner or the slasher killer starts to pick off the campers or counsellors. They are running through the woods or hiding in terror and I'm loving the tension and scares!

9) Military units try to find a cure and save the world from zombies
The military are the good guys who are trying to rescue survivors, kill the zombies and raid labs and hospitals to find what is required for a cure. The raiding expeditions are scary and dangerous, scientists work to save the human race and the zombies keep coming. There is so much action in this kind of book!

10) People prepare for a coming disaster
I love the books where the preppers are sure that something is coming and they get ready for it ie books by Darrell Maloney, Kenneth Cary etc and we see them gathering what they need and getting where they need to go as time is running out. The tension level in these books grows with each page as you countdown with them until the disaster begins. Exciting!

18 comments:

  1. This is a really fun twist on the topic! I'm also a big fan of watching disasters play out in real time, but I think it's one of the most difficult things to write: you need to get the pacing right so that everything isn't happening at once, but you also need to make sure enough happens to keep it interesting!

    If you'd like to see my Top Ten Tuesday, you can find it here.

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    1. I completely agree with what you say. There has to be enough to keep me interested or I might get bored and DNF but too much going on could be confusing.

      Sadly I cannot follow your blog or leave a comment as you use DISQUS. Sorry!

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  2. Oh, this is nice! Great tweak on the topic. I like several of the plots that you listed. I remember years and years ago when I first read Jurassic Park (right after it came out). Told my husband that this was quite different and I thought it would be a big hit. And it was. At that time, I knew nothing about dinosaurs, but combining them with a Disney-ish theme park was pretty amazing. Of course, I was a big fan of The Andromeda Strain as well and read that one way back in the day - even before the movie.

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    1. Yeah you don't get me doing romancey yupe posts! The Book Cave is a lurve free zone this week! I'm certainly a big fan of Jurassic Park and I loved the original film version of the Andromeda Strain! I think I read the book many years ago as well.

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  3. I knew you'd put your own special twist on the topic this week - and I'm so glad. I don't know how many posts about love and sickening couples I can stand this week :)

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    1. There are so many lurve couples posts this week...makes you want to throw a few zombies in to liven things up!

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  4. This is an excellent idea for a top ten list. I love the sick gameshow stories, especially the ones by Stephen King. The Long Walk is one of my favorite books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. You can see my twisted personality really coming through in this one!

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  5. I agree with you on both #1 and #8! I don't read a lot of zombie books, but I can see where that scenario can be exciting, horrifying, and funny all at the same time. And the other is the basis of so many horror novels/movies that you can't help but like it.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

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    1. I don't think I'll ever get tired of those two scenarios. Such fun!

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  6. Supply runs I love that whole idea! So much tension. And EMP's and real time disasters sound fun too. I also want to see the disaster unfold, not just flashback to it! Ooh and #5 is the best! Because yes to dinos/ mutants. "big casts for more victims" lol. High body counts are always good. :)

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    1. So many fun and scary things on that list for sure! You have to have a high body count to make things interesting...

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  7. Nice, I know you like your EMP books! I'm also a sucker for monster books, and creature features. Also give me zombies!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. The EMP one is what really scares me. Being without electricity is scary when you think about losing light, heat, cooking facilities etc. I'm not ready yet! I need a few more years!

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  8. LOL We are so alike! These would all be on my list too.

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  9. You don;t read romance.. hummmm... I found a nice review of yours for a PNR book so I HAD to feature it! is on my post from yesterday ;-)

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    1. I don't read romance. I got given a free copy of this one through bookcrossing about 10 years ago when I was just starting on urban fantasy. After a few of this kind of book I went off them totally and I very much dislike that kind of thing now.

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