Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
To participate, just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link in the comments at YA Highway.
This week’s prompt:
Assuming we make it through the 2012 apocalypse, what do you imagine the publishing world will look like 100 years from now?
First of all, I wasn’t aware that an apocalypse was in the works for 2012. What scary and exciting news. While we might incur a devastating loss of human, animal, and plant life, just imagine all the creative fodder we’ll gain! We’ll be writing about that apocalypse for the next couple hundred years, at least. It’ll be the subject of countless 4-D feature films starring the future’s incarnation of Leonardo DiCaprio. A musical revolution will ensue, featuring post-apocalyptic “instruments” like fog horns and gas cans.
But that’s wasn’t the question. What will the publishing world look like 100 years from now? I imagine that will depend on the type of apocalypse we’re talking about. Is this a zombie apocalypse? A World War III apocalypse? An alien apocalypse?
Zombies likely won’t have much interest in publishing. Survivors of a zombie apocalypse will end up living in isolated, walled-in towns strangely devoid of technology. Each town may have a few writers, but there won’t be any way to reproduce books, much less share them between towns, so publishing will die along with our family and friends.
World War III will result in a vast loss of human life and a complete restructuring of political systems throughout the world, leading to heavy-handed governments, Big Brothers, and bad fashion. Books as we know them will be locked up in bibliovaults, and publishing will be restricted to training manuals and propaganda pamphlets—until three renegade writers band together and plot to change the fate of publishing forever.
An alien apocalypse would be most beneficial to publishing, obviously. Aliens have a keen interest in everything we do. They’ll want to study the inner workings of the human body and mind, which will be unpleasant for us, but very good for books. They will regard our literature as mysterious codes to our imaginations and will treat our authors as esteemed specimens. We’ll be provided with private writing cells and unlimited coffee—a writer’s dream.
So in the end, I’d like to leave you with my own slightly different take on this week’s YA Highway question:
Which type of apocalypse do you think would be most beneficial to the publishing world?