Fiction should be an escape

Dear internet,

Fictional works about plagues etc that I am thinking about a lot now:

 

Last Man on Earth, almost everyone dies of a mysterious virus. Surprised there aren’t more memes of this. Probably because it’s a little too real right now.

 

That twilight zone episode where a guy is the last person left on earth but his glasses break and he can’t read

 

That twilight zone episode where a guy stockpiles canned goods in his nuclear war bunker but then forgets a can opener…this inspired me to always, always have a can opener on hand. I probably have 5 or 6 at this point.

 

The Girl Who Owned a City—all adults die and kids have to make their own government. As a kid, etc. I just remember that the protagonist made her brother take vitamins, which was important because all the other kids got rickets. This was definitely a book I had to read for school, I would not have read it otherwise.

 

The Hot Zone – about the time that Ebola was discovered in primates near Reston, Virginia. Again, assigned school reading.* Pretty terrifying!

 

I don’t recommend any of these works of art, but I am thinking about them.

 

Yours,

 

Daya

 

*Assigned school reading was always such crap.