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The idea behind this blog is to share my opinions about Post-Apocalyptic Literature, Films and Ephemera as well as my random nattering on a regular basis.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Apocalyptic Fiction Genre?

Since I spend so much time reading PA fiction, I sometimes think about types that might be fun to write. You get the end of the world as told through many different lenses quite a bit. Women's eyes, men's eyes, the perspective of old people and young. Sometimes the end causes people to sink into a more primal bestial state and other times the end brings out great things in humanity.

Two genres that I hadn't noticed being explored were the following:

- Man's end as seen through the eyes of his pets (cat, dog, whatever)
- Man's end as seen from inside himself, the battle that would happen as the immune system mounted an assault as it attempted to repel the invaders in the form of lethal
bacteria or virus.

The first one has been done already. I found myself thinking that he topic would be an interesting angle if I ever decide to take a swing at my own PA book since it hadn't been done before. Imagine my surprise when I found Wolf of Shadows by Whitley Strieber. It is pretty much that. The end of the world as seen through the eyes of a dog. Not an exact match but close. Soon after I discovered The Last Dog on Earth by Daniel Ehrenhaft. In this book people don't die but their best friends, dogs, all get a disease called Psychotic Outbreak Syndrome. It makes them all go nuts. Anyhow I figure that genera actually has been covered a bit.

The other one a killing pandemic as seen from inside a human has yet to be written. The closest I have seen so far is the movie Osmosis Jones. When Frank begins to flatline, there are some pretty intense moments. But for the most part that truly is a untapped genera in PA.

I thought I would post this ramble here because of the recent spate of high profile deaths. I was a bit surprised to hear of Farrah Fawcett's passing but Micheal Jackson really stunned me. Just sayin. This song has always been my favorite:

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