This week, we were asked to explore a series of apocalyptic narratives in various forms. The first was a BBC special called End Day, which shows 5 different ways the world could end. This topic has always fascinated me. You her experts talking about it all the time- “One day it will happen”, “If X, Y, or Z happens, humanity as we know it is done for”. It’s selfish for us to assume that it couldn’t possibly happen to us, when it very well could. I wish people spoke more often about what could happen, especially things with scientific evidence.
One thing I didn’t like about this documentary is how quickly it brushed off the tragedy’s impact on the world as a whole. It focused only on a few very small places and regions. The east coast, Berlin, and Denver, for example. I would have liked to see more of a worldly impact because in reality, if a super volcano erupted and all of that ash and debris were to enter the atmosphere, there would be HUGE impacts everywhere.
If I were in these situations, I would just have to do anything I could. I would stay informed, mainly. Try to research ways to make each things easier to deal with, know what to expect, keep updated on the news. If there was a virus outbreak, for example, I would probably stock up on any food I might need and once it entered the US, I would wear a face mask if I had to go out or I would just stay inside unless necessary.
I think the scariest ones were probably the super volcano, the virus and the tsunami. The super volcano is terrifying because of how often you hear about it potentially happening and how hazardous it could be to the world. The virus is also terrifying because if it’s something that comes over an area very quickly, then we might not have the time to find a cure fast enough to save most people. The tsunami is scary because I am from Virginia Beach and I know it could devastate my home.
I learned a lot from the Routledge article. The one thing I was most shocked to find out is how long apocalyptic narratives have been around, some dating back to the 1800s. I also had no idea War of the Worlds for example, was written in the 1800s. I just assumed the movie was based off a recent book. I also didn’t realize, even though it makes perfect sense, how many subgenres there are. The nuclear post-apocalyptic one was very intriguing to me, and also how feminists have taken their own stance in science fiction. Woo girl power!
I chose to read California by Edan Lepucki. I must say, I really did not like it. I thought it was far too weighed down with unnecessary descriptions and details. I read the whole excerpt and never felt like I had actually progressed in the story. For that reason, I will not be continuing it. I have read books like that before, and I just ended up not appreciating them as much as I would have liked because of how intensely descriptive they were. I think multiple pages on a turkey baster is just a bit redundant.