The Walking Dead, The Leftovers, The 100, Mad Max: Fury Road and World War Zare just some of the recent movies and television shows capitalizing on humanity's obsession with the apocalypse. For some strange reason, many people believe that if the world were to end tomorrow, they would be one of the lucky few to survive. That's probably why we love stories about the survivors of acataclysmic event, but our fascination with the apocalypse is far from a recent development. Sure, in the '80s we had Back to the Future, but we also had The Terminator.Even the Bible's New Testament has an entire section dedicated to the end of times, filled with terrible prophecies of destruction and mayhem.
Some people claim contemporary media is saturated with post-apocalyptic themes becausewe as a species have lost faith in our future. That's simply not true. Humans have always been pessimistic a-holes, and here's the literature to prove it.