Monday, June 13, 2011

Top 10 Doomer Novels Number 1 - The Stand by Stephen King (1978, 1990)

How the World Ends: Superflu epidemic and then an epic clash of good versus evil among the survivors.

Scenario: In a sweeping tale, King describes the breakdown of civilization as the plague sweeps across America and then slowly builds up the suspense to the final confrontation.

Coolness Factor: This was King’s magnum opus, his best and most memorable novel and one he’s never managed to top. The 1990 version restores an incredible 500 pages deleted from the initial publication, and yet doesn’t seem bloated despite its length. The Stand has had arguably had the greatest cultural impact of any doomer novel.

Likelihood of Scenario Coming True: 3 out of 10 for the epidemic part, 0 out of 10 for the supernaturally tinged, post-apocalyptic confrontation.

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