Writers and Prose; Don’t fear the Reaper

~All our times have come. Here, but now they’re gone.~ 

eisnHave you noticed it? People have become obsessed with the end of the world. Whether it’s by zombie plague or alien invasion or what have you, popular Dystopian novels are becoming movies and people can’t seem to get enough of it.

Why are we so obsessed? Myself I can’t get enough of The Walking Dead. Mind you, it took me a couple weeks to acclimatize myself to the gore. I had nightmares for a while after I started watching, and it was worth it, but what is it about seeing everything we know, everything that makes us feel safe, get blown all to hell?

A while back, I wrote a post about the lure of Dark Fantasy and how we might be drawn to it because it safely takes us into unknown worlds. If things get to scary, we can simply close the book and it’s gone. Could this be the same reason? Are we drawn to end-of-the-world stories because we want to see what it would be like within the safety of our own home?

For me, it’s how we, as a society, would act or react in these situations. Will we survive as a species? Will the old world of gluttony and greed be washed away and replaced with something else. Something better? Something worse? We always want people to be good and do the right thing, but most of the time that doesn’t happen. In real life, bad people win and good people get screwed, but maybe if the world falls, if society crumbles, the bad people would finally get what they deserve.

Do I want the end of the world to happen? Of course not. Quite frankly I don’t think I would survive without my creature comforts, but it’s fun to play along with the Facebook games and meme’s. Like my Grandmother used to say, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

What about you? What do you think of the end-of-the-world stories?

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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.

One Response to Writers and Prose; Don’t fear the Reaper

  1. I like end of the world scenarios to a point. I’m not a fan of zombies but I watch zombie shows/movies because the husband likes them. It’s too fantastical for my tastes. The real life version of a potential zombie virus is far more brutal than the imaginings of WD.

    But like you, I like having the scenarios placed in front of me and try to figure out what I would do. We have a little half hour show called Storm Stories about real life disasters from all over the world. Now that REALLY makes me think about what I would do in a real life situation of imminent danger. My heart pumps up every time I watch that show because I know some of those people shown had died because of the disaster. It puts things in perspective.

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