What are your thoughts on post apocalyptic stories?

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Post apocalyptic stories are too dark for me. Things in the world seem like they could go south very fast. In trying to keep a positive attitude in life in general, I try to have my television viewing or books be lighthearted. Not everyone feels the same way and that is why there are different genres available. Something for everyone. As with other types of literary works, there are different authors that also have storytelling styles that appeal to different personalities.
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I haven't read too much post apocalyptic stories, but from what I have read, I enjoyed them a lot. I think much of the essence of this genre is the about survival. and to what extent humans will go in order to survive.

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Honestly, yes. Not sure if this makes sense but I feel like the law of entropy applies to humans as well and we too easily drift towards disorganization.
I absolutely love post-apocalyptic stories because they're always so interesting and unique, as well as how they all touch up on human nature, no matter what the environment is.
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It's not my favorite genre. For fiction, I tend to prefer light and upbeat novels. I read a lot of nonfiction so I just like giving my brain a break. However, I will read post-apocalyptic stories on occasion and enjoy them when they're really well done, and for me that means really strong world building and character development.
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Apocalyptic/dystopian genre is my favorite. I love to read and see how others view the world and how they would grow from it. As I read, I always find myself in a conversation whether it be with myself or someone else on what they would do in that situation. Each apocalyptic/dystopian situation is different, always depending on how much technology is lost, how many buildings are still standing, how many people are still around, is there still war, etc.?

Personally I strongly believe that civilization will collapse and partly due to the selfish ways our world seems to be leaning towards. It seems that more people have are all about themselves, rather what they can do to keep this world going. When you have an "easy" life (and we all do compared to no lights, running water, etc.) it's easy to forget that you are going to school to learn a skill that helps further our world. Way back when, people needed to learn so they could fight sickness, fight to survive, learn to hunt and cook to eat each day, learn to make blankets and clothes so everyone had more than one outfit (due to being dirty, cold, wet, not fitting, etc.). Today, many people just want to learn to make money so they can have what they want.
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I love these kind of books I do think civilization will collapse. How and when? I have no idea. My husband and I are slightly prepared but the more books I read in this genre the more we do to get prepared. ;)
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When a writer creates a new world in a book, I have always felt that it "exists" somewhere as a possible dimension, although exactly how it does so I could not say. If so, when a reader then enjoys their work, they put energy into the author's vision. Because of this, I have avoided post apocalyptic novels, not wanting to add energy to such possible outcomes of human existence.
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i don't usually enjoy the post apocalyptic genre but there is an exception to every rule. To answer your second question, yes, I do believe that eventually society will collapse
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It's not really a genre I've really explored because I didn't think it was my kind of thing. I REALLY enjoyed Station Eleven, though, so I think I'll definitely be looking into similar books in the future. Do I think society will one day collapse? I'm not so sure. Maybe to an extent, but I don't think it will be eradicated completely. Not for a looooooong time, anyway.
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I also enjoy a good post apocalyptic book. Like any other genre, there are authors who could write a story about shaking someone's hand and I'd read it. Then there are those who bore me to tears on any topic, and usually everyone else likes them, lol. There was a post apocalyptic series I read a couple of years ago that I really enjoyed, but I can't remember the author or a book title. Grumble.
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I like this genre because the stories always make somebody to think and ask some questions about the future of the mankind. Another thing is that Bible is a great resource in these kind of novel.
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I decided to read the book Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, because I thought the picture on the cover was interesting. The way she describes the world before and after the collapse is compelling. Also the stories about the survivors are interesting. Most apocalyptic stories don't explain how the world was before the destructive event.
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The idea of a post-apocalyptic world is a massive leveler. Those who relied on others for their day to day lives will find themselves possibly unable to cope with what is necessary for survival. With our reliance on electricity and technology today, could you imagine a world where it is just shut off? I would feel so isolated and probably not really know where to start. Best I make some post-apocalyptic plans now!
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Post by MagicToDo930 »

I really enjoy reading post-apocalyptic stories. I just began Station Eleven and I'm already hooked. I think this may be my most favorite of the genre.
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Post by MarvelGirl »

Wasif Ahmed wrote:Station Eleven can be sorted into the post apocalyptic genre.
What are your thoughts on this genre?
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?

Do share your thoughts on this topic. :D :tiphat:
I'm usually oddly picky when it comes to what post apocalyptic stories I'm willing to read.

I tend to prefer poems or short stories set in that genre.
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