Answering the question of just why the apocalypse is so popular in modern culture…
In both fiction and film, the post-apocalypse has always been a popular subject, and with numerous recent releases for both it’s here to stay. The burgeoning communities of fans, and different interpretations of the genre, are evidence of that. This is not a mere modern fascination, though – it’s been a theme in literature for centuries. Why? Because there are many universal themes of heroism and the ordinary becoming extraordinary in these survival settings. Read more
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Title: The Road
Year published: 2006
Genre: Post-apocalyptic (near), literary.
Threat: Unknown, but it’s very cloudy.
Two words: Brilliantly bleak.
Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has been made especially well known and popular thanks to the superbly ported movie of the same name, but it was doing well long before that. Its won multiple awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2007), and brought the post-apocalypse to attention of serious literary critics. Unlike many of the books in our lists, The Road isn’t exactly sci-fi or horror. It’s a harrowing emotional journey, and though it’s set amongst dangers of the apocalypse and the savage survivors, it’s really the story of a father and son. Read more
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