How Destroying the World Could be a Good Thing!

Mr. Tobias’s twenty story plots are still on my mind, so it was with that mid-set that I think I came up with one that is overlooked by most novel writers, and not utilized enough with script writers.  Are you ready?

It’s called ‘Survival‘.

Remember all those apocalyptic movies Hollywood was belching out? Where at the very last moment, the Hero would do something and save the world from a horrible end? Yeah, not those. I’m talking about the movies where the main character(s) struggled to survive, and most of the secondary ones didn’t. Movies like WAR OF THE WORLDS, CLOVERFIELD, and to some extent, SKYLINE. With these movies, the MC wasn’t falling in love during a lull in the action, or trying to come up with a clever way to save the world. All that was on their minds was how they could survive the next few minutes, few hours, few days.

Movies like this are rare, and I understand why. People like to have a happy ending. A happy ending wraps things up nicely with a bow on top and says ‘it came, it conquered, but we survived’. What kind of a story would it be where everyone died? We feel confident that if we ever got into that kind of a situation, at least we know we could get through it, and that makes it easier to watch it in the first place.

With novels, readers expect some kind of a neat and tidy ending. The Boy gets the Girl, the Hero saves the world, the quest is completed, etc, but what if that didn’t happen? What if the Hero didn’t find the answer in time, or the quest wasn’t completed?

It would be a bold and daring idea. Would you have the nerve to write a survival novel where the characters don’t make it?


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

4 Responses to How Destroying the World Could be a Good Thing!

  1. I tend to write stories with a romantic thread, so even if I did write an apocalyptic story, it would probably have someone falling in love. At the very least, I would concentrate on the relationships between characters, whether romantic or not. Setting is important, but for me, characters make the story. The Apocalypse would just be an excuse to explore people, and how they might respond and interact with each other in that situation.

    I can, however, see myself writing a story where a main character dies. I’m not necessarily stuck on “happily ever after.” I’m more interested in how people handle what life throws at them.

  2. I like bittersweet endings, but I would be REALLY disappointed if the main character didn’t make it. His sacrifice would have to be traded for a monumental reason that would be worthy of his sacrifice.

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