An Anthem for Post Apocalyptic Fiction

For most of you it won’t come as a surprise when I say I’m a musical gal.  I love a song that gets the heart pumping and the body moving. With that in mind, most of my writing has a particular type of music that works best with it. This summer I heard a song that I immediately fell in love with, Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.  It’s got huge heavy drums, great vocals, and cool lyrics.

Every time I hear this song it conjures up memories of great scenes from my favorite post apocalyptic movies and books and captures the darkness and struggles found there. I have yet to branch out into writing this type of fiction, but one day perhaps I will as it’s one of my favorite genres to read. Post apocalyptic fiction includes such series as, The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and The Uglies.

Cool, huh? Now I want to come up with a great story to go with this, but I’m told I first have to start completing a few projects. Until then I’ll have to keep this on the back burner, collecting ideas and concepts.

I’ve matched my epic fantasy novel project with a different type of music, symphonic metal; which is best described as what would happen if Mozart and Metallica had a baby. The result is an odd but appealing cacophony of screaming guitars, drums, strings, and keyboard, all with a great soprano at the helm.

For me symphonic metal epitomizes the juxtaposition of darkness and light, of beauty and brute strength, making it perfect for epic fantasy, at least the variety I write.  There is always the battle between good and evil, the hero’s journey to overcome his villain. The story must be as beautiful as it is chilling and must stick with the reader long after the book is closed.  At least that’s what I hope will happen, I have to finish it first!

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4 thoughts on “An Anthem for Post Apocalyptic Fiction

  1. Excellent choice, Jodi. I agree it is a great musical rendition for an apocalyptic novel. It is both somber and moving. The lighting really adds to the effect, too. I can only pray any real apocalyptic event won’t actually be radioactive, though.

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  2. So that’s who wrote that song! I keep hearing it on commercials for movies, TV shows and video games.

    I’m not really a fan of bands that are led with male vocals, but I have to admit, that was a pretty awesomely crafted song. The drums are epic and the use of cellos are heaven. Very wicked.

    And symphonic metal is the best music ever! \m/

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