Reading Reflection


“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.

2 thoughts on “Reading Reflection”

  1. The blackhole scenario was absurd. I felt like they just needed a way to end it, and that one was different enough that it worked. But despite the general silliness of some of the show (and the bad production values) I found it entertaining and it definitely made me think — like, would i run from NYC or be the idiot taking a selfie as the tsunami bore down on us?

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