What is the attraction of losing everything that makes our lives easy and getting back to basics - sometimes with added zombies?
Here are my theories as to why we find a post-apocalyptic scenario appealing:
- In an increasingly Nanny state, the disappearance of tiresome rules and bureaucracy. No more parking tickets or obsessively checking the speedometer to avoid a fine or remembering to put the rubbish out on a Friday, after 5.30 but not before.
- The chance to have adventures and move out of one's comfort zone. Farewell nine to five.
- The novelty of being in a familiar setting but under hugely different circumstances.
- There is a looter and pillager deep in all of us, just waiting for an opportunity. The collapse of civilization makes looting acceptable, even necessary.
- You can, like my heroine Tori, get to choose an opulent flat to live in that you could never normally afford.
- Having to be resourceful, and having more control over one's life.
- Immediate and rough justice, instead of our flawed and expensive judicial system - whose results often, after an agonizingly long wait, amount to rough justice.
- The planet getting a rest from its biggest depradator, man.