I have often wondered why I am so enamored with disaster books and movies. Since I do not like tragedy or drama in my life or the life of others, I finally realized that it’s the survival part of tragedy that I am interested in and fascinated with! Show me a survival story or movie (and it can be about animals or people) and I am either reading or watching a movie about it.
Our Fontana Regional Library System shows 38 records when searching under the subject of “disaster” and 416 records when the subject is survival…fascinating!
One of my favorite series is the teen Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The series consists of “Hunger Games“, “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay“. Have you heard that scenes of the movie (working title “Artemis”) might be filmed in or near Asheville? Anyone want to join me in the cattle call for extras? It has been suggested that I try out for the Greasy Sae part in the movie. I do wonder why??!!
Another teen book that I enjoyed was “Hatchet” and its sequels by Gary Paulsen. Hatchet (a Newbery Award- winning novel) is about wilderness survival and has all the right elements: plane crash, tornado and most importantly survival.
What would you do if you suddenly lost every modern, electrical device? “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen imagines what our 21st century lifestyle would become without cell phones, computers, electricity, etc. The story takes place near Black Mountain, North Carolina after an electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States and how this community reacts to what 19th century living was like.
I don’t think that any of us can forget Hurricane Katrina which struck southeast Louisiana on August 29th, 2005. There are several books written after that horrific storm, but one that touched my heart was” Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers. It is the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun a Syrian-American father of 4 and his experiences post-Katrina.
Now allow me to digress. Luke (my great co-worker) blogged in February and made a wonderful transition from model railroads to Valentine’s Day. I would like to segue from survival to my favorite actor, Kevin Spacey! Since the Fontana Library System blog began, I have begged my fellow Cashiers Library bloggers to mention Kevin Spacey- to no avail. Did you know that Kevin Spacey shares a birthday with Al Pacino and Mick Jagger? So, hooray for Kevin Spacey!