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Reading Reflection

While watching the End Day short film, I really enjoyed watching and making the connections between the people in it. Despite it being five different versions of an apocalypse, they were all similar in some way until the very last one. The first four didn’t directly affect the Doctor besides causing his flight to either be cancelled or redirected. It wasn’t until the last version was he directly affected, and killed, by the apocalyptic event. Throughout the film I was able to see some connections like how the movie theatre was playing Groundhog Day which was correlating with how the short film kept repeating the same day just with different events. The film also connected characters that the Doctor would run into without having thought about them until their story was introduced. It was a very interesting short film despite it being a little bit cheesy.

The End Day short film showcased five different kinds of apocalyptic events: tidal wave, virus, volcano, meteor, and black holes. Each one was interesting, but not quite as catastrophic as one would think for an apocalypse-themed film. Besides the black holes, each one only affected the area in which it happened. For apocalypse stories, the events usually affect the whole world for it to be truly apocalyptic. In this case, it wasn’t. I’m not sure how I would have reacted in these instances besides trying to leave or get to high ground. There are some things that you just can’t prepare for or escape from, so it’s hard to tell what I would have done. In this case, I think the most frightening ones were the nature ones (tidal waves, volcanoes, and meteors). This is usually because it’s something that I feel could actually happen and is hard to escape from. They give me a sense of helplessness which makes them a bit frightening.

The Routledge article was definitely an interesting read in the sense that it gave a new point of view on apocalyptic science fiction. I learned what the meaning of the word “catastrophe” really meant in this category/genre. The “overturning of a given situation” was an interesting way to define the word that actually made these stories make a little more sense. The fact that they’re connected by progress and technology made it even more interesting. While it was mostly things I had unconsciously already knew, it definitely helped put a new perspective on the whole thing that I hadn’t really thought about before.

After looking through the titles and descriptions of the novels given to us, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife really stood out to me. I have previously mentioned that I prefer the more virus/plague type apocalyptic stories over any of the others. This one definitely fits that category as a fever sweeps across the world and starts to kill off women and children. I found it really interesting to read that the story would explore a world where there wasn’t really any women. The main character even disguises herself as a man to fit in and survive. I thought that was super interesting, so I decided I wanted to read more. When I read the preview provided on Amazon and Canvas, I was surprised to see it written somewhat in a journal format mixed in with a third-person telling of her story. I actually really enjoy this kind of format since it gives different perspectives on the events that occur throughout the story. This definitely looks like a book I wouldn’t mind reading all the way through!

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