Monday, March 14, 2011
Maddeningly Unhelpful Monday--How Does Your World End?
My daughter asked me yesterday what would happen if everyone on the planet screamed at the exact same time. Well, one of two things, I told her. Either we would all implode or the world would spontaneously combust. (Maybe not everyone would implode, but for sure all the mothers of the world would. Or maybe they would just collectively say, "Shh" which would set off a whole different sequence of events.)
This got me thinking about post apocalyptic novels. I don't write them, but I'm very interested in the different 'end of the world' scenarios out there. If you were writing a novel that took place after a major World Destroying event, what would that event be? Or maybe you'd be like Cormac McCarthy in "The Road" and never tell the reader what actually happened to the world, just that it was destroyed. And maybe you would write such a good book that your reader wouldn't notice you never told her what exactly happened, nor would she notice that you never used a single quotation mark in the book (okay, so she would notice the quotation mark thing, but she'd be very much surprised that it didn't bother her in the least). So Mr. McCarthy? What happened? Did everyone scream at the same exact time?
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