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Turning Off The TV #24: The Day After Tomorrow


Welcome to my regular Thursday feature, Turning off the TV! In this feature I recommend books similar to TV shows or films you may have enjoyed, both series and specific episodes.

The film this week is: The Day After Tomorrow.

The Day After Tomorrow

Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.

Oh Roland Emmerich, you bringer of doom. I’ve lost count of how many disaster/end of the world movies Mr. Emmerich has made, but it’s definitely a lot. Does he have an obsession with global warming or the elimination of the human race? Is he trying to send us a message? Or does he just like making huge scale mediocre movies full of doom and gloom and attractive young actors in dire peril? We shall never know. The Day After Tomorrow is a fun movie, silly, but fun. Plus I guess it’s not about the end of the world as such, as just a rather inconvenient and extreme ice storm that hits the majority of the world and kills off a large percentage of the population. Nothing too major. Anyway I knew I had to pick this one for this feature one day, because think of many end of the world novels there are! Apparently we, as the human race, could go out in a variety of different ways. Let’s take a rather depressing look at them!

The Swarm by Frank Schätzing

The Swarm by Frank Schaetzing

Okay, so it’s not a huge ice storm that’s the big threat in this, but mankind is still under fire from nature. Apparently The Swarm has been on bestseller lists in Germany since release, which is impressive. It sounds like it would really appeal to fans of The Day After Tomorrow because the peril that humanity has brought upon itself, due to the mistreatment of ecology.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

If you’re looking for something that’s more post-apocalypse, rather than set during the apocalypse itself, then Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is a great pick. It’s stark, it’s bleak, it’s depressing – and highly moving. Although the reader never finds out the names of the protagonists, who are referred to only as ‘The Man’ and ‘The Boy’, they’ll be rooting for them. It’s a tough terrifying world that shows how easily people can turn on each other.

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Throwing a Young Adult choice into the mix, Breathe by Sarah Crossan focuses, like The Day After Tomorrow on environmental factors. The oxygen levels on Earth have plummeted, and millions have died as a result. Now the population must pay for oxygen, which is no problem for the rich, but what about those who are less wealthy?

Are you a fan of The Day After Tomorrow? Do you have any recommendations to add? Are there any other TV shows or films you’d like me to cover?

11 thoughts on “Turning Off The TV #24: The Day After Tomorrow”

  1. I like The Day After Tomorrow, and I’m actually dying to see Into The Storm, that new action movie coming out…the previews remind me of TDAT. Thanks for the recs…never heard of The Swarm, but it sounds good!

    1. I saw the trailer for that when I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, and thought at first that it was a remake of Twister or something! I don’t think I’ll see it in the cinema but I’ll probably watch it eventually 🙂

    1. Definitely, it’s very very bleak. And quite scary, in the way that people treat each other – or what’s left of the human race at least.

  2. I freakin’ love The Day After Tomorrow and apocalypse/post-apocalypse stuff. Ashfall by Mike Mullin is awesome, as is Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis. And I’m just going to recommend a bunch of other stuff, because why not?

    * Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (apocalyptic mixed with urban fantasy)
    * Feed by Mira Grant (zombie apocalypse!)
    * In the After by Demetria Lunetta
    * Blood Red Road by Moira Grant
    * Dark Life by Kat Falls

    1. I think I have the second Ashfall book? But I haven’t read the first. Loads of people love Feed! And I have Blood Red Road on my Kindle 🙂

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