Mat J Reads The Stand: End of Book 1

I’m done with Book One! I should have covered more ground by now, but life once again got in the way. Besides the usual distractions, I’m also reading a fun biography about Waylon Jennings so that’s eating up what’s left of my free time. Anyway, I digress.

As was mentioned before, I’ve never much been a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. It just seems too formulaic. Think about it: the vast majority of the population dies, normal nobodies become hardened survivors via some kind of crucible, the same nobodies — who started out two-dimensional — become increasingly complex, the “good guys” band together, the “bad guys” reveal themselves, and both groups clash.

So far, I have no reason to believe The Stand will stray from this path and that’s not a bad thing. When it comes to literature, film, and television, I don’t much care what happens; I care how it happens. I constantly read spoilers and plot synopses like a savage. Why? Because I can usually guess what’s going to happen anyway. No, I’m not smarter than the average critic/fan/reader/viewer/whatever, I’ve just watched and read more things than the average whatever. Pretty much every successful anything is a variation of a tried and true formula. It just so happens The Stand is one of those works that contributed heavily to its own genre’s formula.

Alrighty, I’m getting sleepy. Thank you for taking your valuable time and reading my words. I would greatly appreciate a Follow if you have not followed me already. Your support is greatly appreciated and I’ll do my best to return the favor.