What is the most important element in an apocalyptic story?
Here are the responses from the rest of the panel.
Tim Malone offered an excerpt from his upcoming book, Red Sky, that involves meteors striking the Earth. I felt that the following section summed up an important element of an apocalyptic story.
“There won’t be any help,” David said when Stan came back.
“What do you mean,” Cynthia said.
“There are way too many scenes like this all over the city. Think of the movie theaters, the restaurants and pizza parlors. What about the malls, the people at the baseball game, in the hotels, the homeless on the streets, the tourists and the private
Any decent apocalypse is going to leave people in a position where they have to save themselves. And maybe that is really the heart of this genre—self-reliance. That’s scary if it were to actually happen to us, but it makes for great reading.
I recommend that you follow the link over to Tim’s blog and read the rest of the excerpt for yourself.
Wayne Roux suggests that it is the “reminder of the insignificance of man.” Wow. That’s some pretty heavy thinking right there. Are apocalyptic stories just updated fairy tales that teach the proper place of man in the universe? Man may think that everything revolves around us, but the truth is that we are just one small speck in the cosmos.
I think Wayne did a great job of answering the question on his blog. Check it out.
Angie Lofthouse summed it up in one word – Hope. And that is certainly the reason I wrote The Gathering: End’s Beginning. During the troubled times we are currently facing
and will be facing, I want people to have hope.
Check out what Angie had to say on her blog. I think you’ll enjoy it.
What do all of you think? Feel free to leave a comment that answers this month’s question. I’d love to hear a few extra thoughts on the subject.