Why I Think End of the World Books Are So Compelling to Readers
By Michael Okon
I live in a world of make believe. Well, at least when it comes to my writing anyway. Not in a happy, princesses and fairy kingdoms kinda way. Don’t get me wrong. Those stories are great, but I prefer my make believe to be edgy and to include monsters and end of the world stuff. I mean, who doesn’t? That’s why Sci-Fi/Dystopian books are so popular. Who doesn’t like to play the what if game while sitting in the safety of their own living room?
Don’t we all read to escape for a little while? I know I do. I enjoy immersing myself in a terrifying world where just about anything can happen. Imagination is truly a wonderful thing. A good book can take you to places you probably will never visit in real life – and a few you probably don’t want to experience except vicariously.
When I write about mummies, zombies, monsters and vampires, I’m creating a world of possibilities for my readers. If I do a good job, my readers will empathize and relate to my characters. They’ll root for characters to pull through any adversity I throw at them. And, for a little while, readers just might even put themselves in those situations.
A good end of the world book will be an emotional roller coaster ride for the reader. They probably won’t even know why things are happening until the climactic ending. Building a suspenseful world where anything can happen is a writer’s dream and one that I always aim for when creating a story. That’s why I think end of the world books are the best!
Michael Okon is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Monsterland Reanimated, Book Two in the Monsterland series, was just released on April 13, 2018 and promises to be bigger and badder than Book One. Michael invites readers to connect with him on his website.