Why is post apoc so entertaining? Is it because of being freed of grand societal narrative? Death of ideology? Post post post post scarcity? Survival mechanics? Roaming neo-societal constructs? Decadent beauty?
What's your apocalypse, what's the best you've read and what kind would you write? I'm partial to irreverence of nature found in Blood Meridian.
Post apocalyptic is simply a cultural obsession of a feeble expression of self shame. They are almost universally never good because they are products of underdeveloped minds, be it 15 year olds or whatnot.
I Am a Hero is probably the best post-apocalyptic thing I've ever read. I might be a weeab, but I've read a lot of post-apoc stuff and I've gotta say this comes closest to being a perfect satire of the genre while still staying true to it. It's basically the beta uprising with zombies.
Really if I was to write something post-apocalyptic I would definitely want to make fun of the fans of it for being outcasts who would rather have society fall apart than acknowledge that they need to conform.
The post-apocalyptic genre is interesting because it destroys the existing systems of control and return society to a period where central authority is weak and small, thus allowing for 'adventure' in a world without regulation.
I found it to be quite formulaic, and I usually have plenty of problems with slice of life manga, namely those regarding the storytelling method, predictable hangup on random details and false depth it adds to characters. I think that I am Hero tried to overcome this generic outcome by going surreal but fell into absurdism along the way.
>And now, I will have a dialogue with a head I'm pissing on because I'm deranged, see
Regulation would never cease, worst you can hope for is plenty of small agricultural militia states.
post-apocalyptic work is popular because people DO NOT LIKE THE CURRENT WORLD; it's boring and uncomfortable being a wage slave in a crowded world where you don't really matter and there's no time to have fun anyways and it honestly doesn't even matter if you live or die. Humans are genetically predisposed to be a group of hunters out in the woods, but modern society removes the woods, removes the hunting, and in fact even removes the group.
This is why shit like the Walking Dead is so extremely popular: it's a fantasy of the return to nature, the return to the importance of the individual as a member of a tribe, the return to the ancestral thrill of survival.
That's the point; the regulation is weak and so locally centred that it may as well not exist once you get out onto the roads. It's pretty much a return to the state of affairs before the 19th century.
I thought that the delusions were clever because they were another escape from genuine introspection and represented how terrified he is of examining his life. In one of the latest chapters the delusion points out that he is thinking clearest when he's hallucinating which suggests that being able to think rationally is one of his worst fears as it would place him in control of his life. I thought all of the main character's weird tics perfectly fit in with the image of an otaku who's torn between acknowledging his position in life and actually taking responsibility for his actions or remaining delusional allowing him to act unconsciously.
It all ties back into the idea that the kind of people who desire a post-apocalyptic scenario would rather have the whole world die than change themselves.