Thursday, February 14, 2013
Bloody Valentine's Day Blog Hop. Valentine's Day in a Post-Apocalyptic World
Bloody Valentine's Day blog hop. For one day writers and bloggers will dispense with the sappy romance and show you the bad side of love. Come be part of the fun! On the left you will see the other blogs on today's hop. Most blogs including my own will be offering prizes. One lucky commenter I choose will get a free pdf e-copy of Apocalyptic Moon. See the question after my blog.
Valentine’s Day in a Post-Apocalyptic Zombie World
The power grid is gone. Our government has lost control. A disease has ravaged humanity or a great environmental disaster or even nuclear war has turned the earth into ghost planet. There are numerous scenarios from the biblical apocalypse to alien invasion or the current favorite, a zombie pandemic.
Survivors will have to deal with starvation, finding drinkable water, the danger from whatever had caused the apocalypse (demons, aliens, radiation, robots or zombies), and the road warrior type gangs, looting raping and killing.
Because my paranormal romance happens during a zombie apocalypse, the zombie pandemic will be my metaphor for romance in the apocalypse.
What will happen to romance and love during the apocalypse? No flower shops left for buying her Valentine’s roses, no birth control pills or condoms, no going to Victoria’s Secret to buy lingerie to get him in the mood. Yikes, no Viagra for older gentlemen. Okay, so you can loot pharmacies, but for how long? In a matter of days, all supplies are gone. Unless you are a ‘prepper’ (people preparing for a true apocalypse in underground bunkers), things in the romance department will get sticky, or is that messy? Without working plumbing, how will one smell nice for the cute guy next door who just cut off a zombie’s head.
Sex will be dangerous. Imagine being pregnant while zombies roam the earth? Remember, Lori from The Walking Dead? How do you get a year supply of birth control pills? Time to start making friends with a chemical pharmacist. (Truth is most medial types will be the first to get exposed.) Condoms you say. How long can condoms be stored for? Who will be willing to make sheepskin condoms? this is not covered in my survival book. Avoid sex? Not likely. The drive to reproduce to survive as a species is a biological priority. Who will be the new Adam and Eve?
Romance of course will not go away, no matter how disastrous. And I’m not just talking about smitten teenagers like in Warm Bodies (I have not seen this movie yet.) but any person, no matter what age. We all want someone to snuggle with while zombies shuffle behind the walls of our safe room.
Romance might even be enhanced. Studies have shown that danger may even contribute to falling in love. (2004. Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love. New York, NY: Henry Hold and Company, LLC.). Probably because of the drive to reproduce before dying Darwin thing?
Certainly being in love uplifts your mood, which might be a good thing if there are no more ice cream parlors or fun comedies to watch.
Love may be the second time around. There will be widows, widowers and many who have lost their significant others or entire family. Maybe we will settle for companionship instead of our beloved soul mate.
Or will we become survival practical? A man or woman who is a master archer may suddenly be more attractive than the guy/gal with the MBA. Again, I’m thinking of Daryl from the Walking Dead, not my type but during the zombie Apocalypse, a big yes. Cave man who can bring down a mammoth, I mean zombie.
In my current novel, the hero is a zombie fighting werewolf (good thing he is immune to the zombie's bite).
Comment on the perfect Valentine’s gift you would want if you lived during the zombie apocalypse? I will choose my favorite comment to win a free copy of my paranormal romance, Apocalyptic Moon.