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Friday, 21 December 2012

Choose your own Apocalypse Blogfest





December 21st is believed by some to be the day the world is either going to have a rebirth or end. 

So what greater way to celebrate than with this witty blogfest happening on 21.12.12 TODAY! Hosted by Shannon Lawrence at the Warrior Muse & Chuck at Apocalypse Now



I've always been drawn to apocalypse stories, films, TV dramas and almost always been disappointed, like with The Road, Mad Max, Waterworld etc written by men and full of bleak depravity about men running round with guns trying to take charge, shooting at others and blowing things up. Sigh!  

 Maybe I'm just being too girlie about it!

I appreciated The Postman where there was hope with one man using his gumption to inspire others. I enjoy films where one man uses his wits to outwit others like Die Hard and Bourne, so combining that with a post apocalyptic setting works for me.

When I was a teenager, I enjoyed the TV series Survivors based on the novel by Terry Nation but once again in both the 1970's and noughties, men ran around with guns, a vast building fell down for inexplicable reasons and not much actual surviving was happening.

I wanted to see a return to the old crafts and ways of living and them using clever survival tactics against adversity. 

Also, the characters kept saying that society had gone back to the dark ages, forgetting that they had the luxury of modern insights into science/knowledge, technology, medicine etc, as a basis for building a better future, drawing on the basic survival strategies and salvaging the technology and the industrial innovations, so they were hardly medieval. Indeed medieval people would probably know how to survive better than us! I wanted to see them struggling to grow their own food, make their own clothes utensils, converting what they had, using herbs etc. etc. 

My dad was a very resourceful man (and something of a basement inventor), so he would have come up with some great ways to get jobs done without electricity  etc.

The children's TV programme, Jackanory once had a story describing two children trying to survive in what seemed like a post-apocalyptic survival setting,  I loved the idea of them creating their own world and being resourceful. The story ended with them returning home again to their families. I wish I could read it again now.


I wonder whether the new celebs would become those who could show survival gumption. 

You'd certainly want them on your team wouldn't you? Like the TV celebs
Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman and Alex Langlands.


Oh and below are some post apocalyptic books I've read and enjoyed:


19 comments:

  1. I should check out that story. Maybe there's still time before the asteroid strikes? :)

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  2. I'd much rather be far far away from celebs if ever the world was about to end! LOL! Take care
    x

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  3. I think a lot of celebs may turn out far too 'divaish' to want around for the apocalypse! I've always been a massive fan of Tank Girl - that's how you rock apocalypse style!

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  4. A lot of celebrities are tough. They go through intense training to beef up for roles or acquire skills their characters have. I wouldn't brush them off!

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  5. Some celebs would do great, and others would go nutso and sob their way into the apocalypse. That children's program sounds interesting. I've never heard of it.

    I think that return to the basics is part of what draws people to post-apocalyptic movies/books. We all feel a bit overwhelmed with today, and the old days, while hard work, seem simpler. At least, it feels that way to me.

    Thank you for participating!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  6. I am hanging with the wrong celebrities... right now. I kind of wish they would just go home or back to the planet they came from.

    Did we make it?
    My link is dead, I ask again did we make it?
    [Visit my post for that to make sense]

    Great end of the world post!!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

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  7. I've always enjoyed post- apocalyptic fiction and movies -- the idea of starting over, as in The Postman, has always appealed to me; but I'm sure it would be a LOT of work!

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  8. Well I never thought Jackanory would turn up in an End of the World blogfest.

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  9. I don't think most celebrities would survive...

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  10. Hi Madeleine,

    In the new reality that actually didn't happen, I became a superstar celebrity, loved and adored by all, even though they did not have the comforts I managed to keep hold of.

    Anyway, those Mayans owe me, big time!

    Have a peaceful weekend which is evidently now going to happen.

    Gary :)

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  11. Hi Madeleine .. I'd rather have someone who knows what they're doing - an engineer, handyman etc etc .. some of those celebrities would be far too precious to go outside, let alone lift anything ...

    Thankfully we're all still here - though your part of the world is mighty wet - hope you're dry and safe .. cheers Hilary

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  12. I'm a huge fan of apocalyptic SF! But funnily enough we're all still here. Hope you have a great Christmas and all the best for 2013 :-)

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  13. Any survival post-apocalypse would probably depend on our ability to rediscover pre-computer/electronic technologies!

    I liked your reference to Peter Ginn & Co. - did you watch the recent 'Wartime Farm' series? I think we would do well to learn from those who lived with 'make-do-and-mend' - the day will come when we'll all have to do that!

    SueH (I Refuse To Go Quietly!)

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  14. I'm not familiar with the shows, but I'd like to read those books.

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  15. Most celebs would be goners! Interesting take on the end though.

    Thanks for playing and come by and get your badge.

    Chuck

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  16. I agree with your take on things - I'd like to see that sort of innovation in apocalyptic stories! Come to think of it, kids might be better at surviving than a lot of adults would, as they've got great imaginations. :)

    I haven't read any of those books you liked!

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  17. i like your thinking! survivor!

    happy holidays!

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  18. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and here's to a wonderful New Year!

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  19. We survived! Hurrah.

    Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2013.

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