I’m been toying with the idea of writing a novel for the last few months or so, or rather, the idea has been toying with me.
As a reader I tend to get on genre benders (note I said genre, not gender, Chaz) and devour everything I can get my hands on by a specific author ,or in a given type of story. For the last half-year or so I’ve been burning through one post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction after another. One Second After, The Raggedy Edge, Lights Out and a dozen similar books have all flowed through my Kindle (and no, I don’t get any sort of a kickback or Amazon referral to those links) lately.
I’ve become fascinated both with the worlds I found the protagonists trying to survive in, and I’ve become just as fascinated in the worlds that the author’s had their character’s so quickly flee.
In each and every one of these books, there was a distinct “head for the hills” mentality in place. Metropolitan cities are inevitable death traps and their suburbs are pillaged and burned out as people become little more than human locusts fanning out into the countryside in search of survival. That’s a solid basis for a plot, as endless successful variations of that formula have attested.
But I’ve often wondered… what happens to those that stay behind? A great many would simply die from lack of food, medicine, and sanitation (disease), but there may be those that have the sort of resources, and skills that give them a better chance trying to ride things out where they are instead of trying to flee.
The story I have in mind would hinge upon a middle-age father, his wife and their two kids, a set of grandparents (the reason they can’t really move even if they wanted to) and some neighbors that decided to stay in a suburban neighborhood on the edge of rural areas to their south and urban areas to their north and west.
The drama would hinge upon many of the same factors that these other books are based upon, with a twist of trying to farm, forage, and when necessary fight among the “mcMansions.”
The question is: would anybody out there read something like this, or would I be wasting the reader’s time?