“What did you think about the versions of the apocalypse outlined in End Day? How would you react in the situations that were shown?”
I found the variations of apocalypse be quite interesting. Throughout the film, I found myself searching for additional possibilities for the world to end because I couldn’t help but notice that so many are left out. I noticed that there was a trend among the four versions; they all took a very scientific or biological standpoint. Between a tsunami, meteorites, plague, volcanoes, and a black hole they were all remanent of (far-fetched) scenarios that could potentially happen in real life.
If I found myself in the situations shown I wouldn’t try to run; you really can’t. With the proportion of these situations, death is inevitable.
Which situation was most frightening (or silly)?
It was all pretty silly, but just because the CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) was so bad. I will say, I think the most ridiculous situation was the black hole.
What did you learn about apoc/post-apoc science fiction in the Routledge article that you didn’t already know?
I learned that the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic science fiction genre was extremely popular in the twentieth-century and was a dominant form of expression for artists. The phenomena of catastrophe fiction has captivated audiences and left them mesmerized– Which I find ironic because this genre has never been on my radar.
What are your initial reactions to the novel excerpt you read? Is this a book you would continue to read? Why or why not?
I read the excerpt from Margaret Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake.” My initial reaction was that it is beautifully written; very descriptive. I found it interesting for the main character Snowman to refer to pre-apocalyptic times as “before” or “the past.” They are little details, but as I was reading it those phrases made it seem more real. I felt the shift in their lives. Things were ripped away from them; people, memories, material items. I just couldn’t imagine being left with anything but myself.