When I read a well written book or watch a dramatic show I have a tendency to get quite invested in it. If it is very compelling my mind will dwell on it and I start to see the world through this lens. This tendency to obsess means I’m usually wary of what kind of media I ingest and I tend to shy away from things that are intense or scary.
Most apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic stories by their very nature are intense and scary so I’m not as well versed on modern day works. If I think about it I’m probably most familiar with ancient apocalypse stories that are found in religious texts. I took a couple classes in college about religions and had to read several of these apocalypse narratives even though at the time I don’t think I realized that is really what they are. Despite the fact I’ve read/watched very little of the genre(s) there is one book that immediately popped in to my head as a something that resonated with me. A novel called, “The Children’s Hospital” by Chris Adrian. In short one day a storm begins and does not stop until a flood of biblical proportions covers the world. Seemingly the only thing floating is a children’s hospital. The people who survive inside not only have to contend with the flood, but also with bizarre patients and a plague that threatens to destroy those who survived. Any time it rained while I read this book I felt nervous.
I don’t have any particularly strong feels about the different types of apocalypse stories, but any story that draws upon biblical parallels is appealing to me because I enjoy speculating how a creator of the story might use the ancient stories and how they might retell them in a modern way. I like the remix!
“And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”
-Genesis 6:17 (KJV)