Sunday, 20 May 2018

Chuckles Chat #66 Scenarios We Love And Hate About Apocalypses

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Over the coming weeks I'm looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

Ah apocalypses! They are one of my very favourite topics to read about! There are an absolute ton of them out there especially written by Indie authors and I never get tired of reading about them. I'm not sure what it is about me that loves reading about disasters of all kinds happening to ordinary people but I have lots of them on my bookshelves and ereader and I'm always grabbing more as I find new authors to try. I started by buying a book about nuclear war as a kid and then reading and enjoying dystopian books about future worlds (saving that for another post along with SF) when I joined Goodreads but I realised that the ones I liked best were where it was set in current times and we follow the various people as an apocalypse hit. I prefer seeing how they cope with the ongoing crisis rather than joining them years after the event and getting an info dump about what happened. 

That is when I found Prepper Apocalypse! I found a book about a terrorist attack destroying the electrical grid and bringing about a collapse of society. A prepper was stuck hundreds of miles away from home with only an emergency bag and his wits to get home safe, coming into contact with thieves and psychos while his wife had to defend their home from raiders. I loved it and was terrified by it at the same time. It made me want to find more books like that and the Indie and self published authors delivered for me! Suddenly I was reading about solar flares, EMP attacks, economic collapses, crop failures, fuel crisis, nuclear war, plagues, zombie apocalypses, viruses, terrorism, along with natural disasters like tornado, volcano, storms, floods, famines, earthquakes etc. I never knew there could be so many topics under apocalypse! I was devouring these books like mad. I don't even want to count how many series I have to read but it'll be 100 anyway. If you follow my Can't Wait Wednesday posts you'll see how often I grab another one!

In these apocalypse books there are a variety of MCs-military units, retired special forces, couples, families, doomsday preppers, and people who are not prepared all having to adapt to the new reality and rely on themselves. Some have lots of supplies, some have none. Some have weapons, some don't. Some group together and others go it alone. Some bug in (stay in their homes) and some bug out to a safer location. There are so many possibilities and if they are well written I enjoy most options. I like books where the MC is travelling home to get to their family especially if we are following several members of the family at home and on the road. I enjoy apocalypses where we see it happen from the very start as there is so much tension and drama unfolding and I want to be swept up in it. I like when a family or group gather their supplies and bug out for a dangerous journey to a cabin or safe compound or something with lots of danger on the way. I like friends and families banding together to protect what they have against raiders. I enjoy watching people planning for a coming disaster especially the ones where they know something could happen at any moment.

I like military missions or civilian supply runs with zombies trying to eat them. I love watching people survive when an EMP destroys the power grid or society collapses due to the economy or a virus or terrorist attack. I like the drama of people being stuck in underground compounds during nuclear attacks and asteroids falling. I like watching the gradual decline of decent society as the disaster unfolds. I enjoy when the tv is covering the events while the people watch and try to decide what to do. I love seeing the storms hit and the zombies converging on a town. I like mutated humans becoming monsters in a zombie like manner. As I said, there are so many different things in this genre to enjoy.

I don't like joining the people a long time after the disaster when the country is a barren wasteland run by Mad Max characters. I'm not as keen on alien invasion plots but that might be because I haven't found a really good one yet. I'm not keen on books from the zombie point of view, zombie cults, zombies that talk and plan and use machine guns or ones you can't kill. I'm not often keen on the mad scientist and government conspiracies if it gets too heavy and technical. I don't like when an MC has to spend half the book trying to convince everyone he knows that he is right about a coming disaster as that can be dull (like a lot of tv volcano dramas) or where the plague details get too technical. And I'm not a fan of people being consumed by romance and love triangles during the end of the world, especially zombie books. I mean don't they have more important things to worry about???

What do you like in apocalypse books and what can you do without? What attracts you to grab one? Have you read prepper fiction? 

10 comments:

  1. Apocalypse fiction is something I rarely delve into. It's too close to real life for my enjoyment.

    You certainly have a plethora of choices though since you're into it!

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    1. For some twisted reason I like to scare myself with this kind of stuff! Lots of different scenarios to enjoy!

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  2. The Stand will always be my favorite apocalypse book. I don’t like books where the characters are just wandering around the wasteland. I get bored with that fairly quickly. If something is chasing them through the wasteland, I’m much happier.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Yeah the empty wasteland and mad max type thing lacks that slowly building tension you get following a family as things get worse. Monsters are always good though!

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  3. I love the survival aspect of apocalypse books...seeing how people cope without electricity or with zombies....wondering if I would be able to survive a similar event. They'r fun reads. I also like prepper fiction, except when it starts to get too preachy or political.

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    1. My brain gets so active reading these books and thinking what I would do! I still wish I had a nice prepper retreat hidden away somewhere...

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  4. I agree with you on many points and I know you like starting the events at the beginning. I see love triangles as annoyances in most any genre. LOL I do see how a real romance can begin. People turn to each other for comfort and to not be alone. Not saying they would last though. As long as its not the focal point I'm okay with that.

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    1. I'm ok with people pairing up as long as the crisis is the focus. But people snogging as zombies are trying to break down the doors is a pet hate!

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  5. Forgot to say this is an excellent post and tells a lot about you:) Helps me when you ask whether you'd like a book too.

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    1. I'm glad it's been useful! I can be a hard person to recommend books to!

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