Alphabet Soup: A is for Apocalypse

A few days ago I was browsing Pinterest and I came across Mandy Wallace’s blog. She talks about things like getting back into writing after a long absence (Hello, remind you of anyone?) and offers writing prompts for when you’re well and thoroughly blocked. Like that one kid in school who was always congested, the one that always had to breathe through his mouth. I know you know what I’m talking about.

As I was browsing, and there is A LOT to browse, you guys. It’s fuckin’ awesome. Anyway, I stumbled into an A to Z challenge she did last year with her local writing group, Writers of Kern. I think my favorite entry of hers was L is for Love or a.k.a Why You Want to Eat the One You Love, And Other Curiously Destructive Impulses. My first thought was, “Holy shit this is really accurate!”. The second one was, “ I am totally doing this”. I’m calling it Alphabet Soup: The Alphabet According to Someone With Very Little Shame and Too Much Time on Her Hands.

Without further ado, I give you…

A is for Apocalypse

Some people jones for romantic comedy or a good thriller, I get twitchy thinking about dystopias and post-apocalyptic settings. And I’m not the only one, the end of the world as we know it is everywhere right now, from zombie apocalypses to natural disasters. Nowadays it’s not confined to books, comics or movies, the zombie apocalypse has been manipulated into fitness apps and guides to help you lose weight while training for the apocalypse.

I’m not knocking it guys. I just got Zombies, Run and I’m dying to try it out. Because, played out as it is, I fucking love zombies. Shaun of the Dead, anyone?

We just have to look at The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, and a host of other movies/books to know that post-apocalyptic and dystopic stories are killing it right now.  It makes me wonder where this obsession with apocalypses and dystopias comes from?

I’ve always thought it has to do with a weird satisfaction that comes with the end of the world, you know. A bit like, maybe there’s so much out there that tells us that the world is doomed, that we actually want to see it happen. Watch the world burn, so to speak. However, there are always survivors. There are always people who, against all odds, survive all these crazy situations.

So, do we really want to watch the world burn? Or is this our way of looking for hope in the most unlikeliest of places?

Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. Check out Mandy’s blog for some seriously great advice on writing. And last, but not least, send some book recommendations my way! I’m interested in knowing what you guys are reading, your recommendations can become part of my challenge.

In the meantime, I’m going to run away from zombies in the hopes of surviving the apocalypse or losing a few pounds. I’ll take either one.

See you next week, readers! Have a good weekend!


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