What are your thoughts on post apocalyptic stories?

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Post by Lennycat » 11 Jun 2017, 15:06

I'm also a big fan of post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. Sometimes our reality feels like it is just on the edge of this kind of catastrophe. It's interesting to see how each author has their own version of how "the end" will come.

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Post by Kalin Adi » 13 Jun 2017, 09:46

Do you think that civilization will collapse one day?
If yes, then due to what will that happen or how much time will it take?

I'm not a fan of this type of stories. When I read a book about it, it's because someone recommended it a lot to time. However, the fact that society will continue changing is unavoidable, that resource will be scarce in some areas too, but I do not think that everything will collapse entirely and at the same time. Besides, to say when it is going to happen, it's absurd! We do not have the power to see the future.

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Post by JanieReads » 13 Jun 2017, 20:07

It turns out, I LOVE post-apocalyptic books. I didn't think I was the type but something about the genre has just spoken to me recently. I like how everyone's true nature comes to the forefront when everything in the world has fallen apart and has to be rebuilt. I like to follow the thought process on those hard decisions and think about what decision I would make in the same scenario.

I believe that one day our world will be in that situation, especially with the nuclear weapons that are now so vital to all our countries. Nothing good can come from that. Although I do hope that our leaders realize the risks and don't act rashly.
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Post by eelavahs-jay » 28 Sep 2017, 16:13

I think the concept of a post-apocalyptic world is overdone in movies. I haven't read many books that fall under this genre as I just find them too predictable. Some bing too much on shock value and it's never a good thing when that takes precedence over moving the story along.

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Post by Anjum » 03 Dec 2017, 07:01

I like this genre too. There are always endless possibilities.
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Post by inaramid » 15 Dec 2017, 12:32

At the rate that humanity is going, yes. There are a lot of things to like about post-apocalyptic stories. Right now, I'd rather see a post-apocalyptic story set in a fantasy world with a completely established history that somehow collapsed or got destroyed.

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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 06 Apr 2018, 14:30

I'm a fan of post apocalyptic books, I like to see what government they come up with and the communities they remake. The different causes of the worlds fall is also another topic that greatly varies from book to book.

The end of civilization and the beginning of the Apocalypse will probably be due to banks closing/ emp, all electronic equipment not functioning. I think it will be sudden and that no kind of preparation will be enough. But then I'm intrigued by conspiracy theories, so I hope I'm wrong.

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Post by jvez » 22 Apr 2018, 04:46

I've never been a fan of post apocalyptic themes. Perhaps because the ones I've read before all seem to follow the same plot progression. And as for real life, I'd rather look forward to a better future than think of a possibility of worldwide destruction.

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Post by Julie Green » 29 Jul 2018, 07:38

I like the genre too. It's interesting to explore the impact of extreme situations on human behaviour - we see the same attributes in even slightly alarming situations so there always feels a sense of truth in the reactions depicted in disaster movies.

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Post by kelvinmwaniki17 » 30 Jul 2018, 05:16

I can't say I love post-apocalyptic stories but I think it would be interesting to see the effects of extreme human behavior on our world.

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Post by angiejack456 » 06 Feb 2019, 13:09

I love this genre of books, but they have to be well-written. Some of the societies that are set up in this post-apocalyptical just aren't believable. For example in the widely popular Divergent Series, I could never wrap my brain around the idea that a group of people would purposefully divide themselves into factions. Hasn't history proven that segregation was not a successful choice?

When a plot is well set up with believable characters, these are some of my favorite reads. I love seeing the choices individuals make in a world that is so different from our own.

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