Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The one with the knight with a flesh wound, the killer rabbit, and Tim the Enchanter.
The Middle Ages, he said, were not all kings and queens prancing around in castles. There was mud. And squalor. And people dying of the Black Plague, and others just carrying on. And of course, there was still jokes and laughs.
That story really stuck with me. We romanticize so much, from our own lives and memories to the way we think about the history.
And about the future.
Recently, I was watching a movie. Some people probably thought this movie was a bit over-the-top, just looking for laughs, but as I was watching, I realized that this is my Monty-Python-dystopian; what I think the future is most likely going to be.
Twinkie-obsessed, foul-mouthed, horny-in-a-nice-way, Zombieland.
THAT'S what I think the future apocalypse will hold.
Yes, obviously, this movie is a comedy. Obviously it did things for shock and comedic value. But you know what? I think when the world ends, the ones left over are going to be a lot like the characters in the movie. Some are going to be brutal killers, dependent on only themselves for survival. The children aren't going to know about simple things we take for granted, such as watching Ghostbusters, but they are going to know how to shoot and kill.
And some are going to want Twinkies.
So, what about you guys? What movie or book do you think is the most realistic version of the end of the world?
(PS: My runner-up for most realistic end-of-the-world movie? Shaun of the Dead.)
The League of Extraordinary Writers is a group of debut YA authors who write science fiction and dystopian works. The ten of us have works that run the gamut of near-future mind control to far-future space travel, but they do have one thing in common: a future where the Earth we know now is twisted, gone.