I had nowhere better to post this, so I apologize if its off topic. I don't know how it can be off topic from ranting, but... whatever...
I have started a novel, and I want to RANT my story ideas, and I'd like if everyone RANTED their ideas back to me.
I start a lot of stories, most of them never go anywhere, but occasionally I start one like this, and it sticks--please stick with me, it may sound
played out, but I'm confident in it.
The story starts with a big city in America (it's not clear which city, its supposed to be mysterious) and the story begins with an introduction to
two main characters. The first main character is Sandra, a goth-punk rebel who's about 17 years old. She wears spikes, chains, tripp pants, crazy make
up, everything... and her hair is short in the back, but her bangs are long--and one of them is much bigger than the other. The "emo" hairstyle. Her
hair is blood red with black streaks, she has blue eyes, so on and ect... and, she's also a major conspiracy theorist. She's on conspiracy websites
all the time in school, and she loves to speculate... but it's just a big hobby for her.
The second main character is a guy named Julian, an 18 year old youth pastor who's barely getting by living by himself in the city. He's a very
mellow, sweet, chivalrous guy, he's slender, wears small transparent glasses, has long, thin black hair, wears a black trench coat and black fedora,
and usually dresses pretty formally. One day, Sandra's thug friends run into Julian in an alley and harass him, and that's how Sandra and Julian meet,
and they become close friends.
During the beginning, you hear bits and pieces of news in the story, explaining that the media is spreading some serious hype about some super virus
that's extremely deadly. Sandra hears the news without thinking much of it. Then, when she arrives late to school one day, her homeroom teacher, who
she fights with frequently, tells her that she missed the flu vaccine in the morning and she would have to reschedule for it. Hearing this, she knows
nearly everyone in the school has had a vaccine, excluding a girl named May, a petite, joyful girl who dresses very goth--but very cutely goth, unlike
Sandra, who dressed to scare--who refused the vaccine, and also excluding Satoru, an Asian kid who was a good friend of May's, was somewhat of a nerd,
and who has serious depression and suicidal problems. He avoided the vaccine because he was hiding in the bathroom at the time of the vaccine.
During class, Mr. Knowles, the homeroom teacher, explains that he, and the rest of the staff, have received the vaccine, along with all the kids in
school, even the ones who didn't bring permission slips back. Shortly after, he complains of feeling an unbearable burning sensation throughout his
body, then he collapses and dies. The students panic, then they begin to die as well... and everyone in the city--across the world--starts dying. The
fastest pandemic ever to spread.
Then--just like in all the paranoid fantasies she'd dream about--Sandra looks out the window only to see the military in gas masks kidnapping the few
stragglers on the streets and in the buildings that didn't die. In shock, Sandra shuts off--her emotion turned off like a switch.
Now she, along with May, Satoru, and Julian, the only ones who seemed to have survived the sudden plague, set out on their own. They steal a truck
from a residential area, only to find that the truck contains a living, breathing infant baby in a car seat. With no choice, they decide to keep the
baby (the mother of the baby was lying dead just outside of the driver door when they found the truck).
Now, the four teenagers and the baby are on their own, in an almost empty world. They begin working out ways to loot, to survive, and to start a new
life--then they run into dangerous survivors and rioters, bad storms and disasters, and new societies that are building from the ashes of the old
world that had, in less than a day, burned and crumbled.
Sandra, having assumed the "leader" position in the group as the group gains and loses members, is faced with a kind-boggling reality--that the world
of conspiracies and doomsday survival was no longer just an interesting topic to debate about and watch videos about on the internet. Now, the
nightmare was real... and she realizes that, deep down, she never truly thought that the ludacris ideas from the internet and crazy magazines were
true, and would ever become reality. She had, many times in school, after dealing with being harassed and bullied all her life, wished for an
apocalyptic world, wished for the world to crumble and end, wished that all her enemies would just drop dead...
Then, it happened.
Now, she had to deal with it.
Turns out, the government spread the hype about a supposed pandemic in order to scare everyone into getting the pre-produced vaccine--a vaccine that
would kill them. A vaccine that would dramatically lower the population, all in a day.
However, the plan went wrong, and the virus mutated in a way that it wasn't supposed to. After it was spread worldwide through the vaccine, it became
airborne. Now, people who received the vaccine can spread the disease to those who haven't been injected.
Then, the high-up officials in the government and the military begin dying as well.
Now, the few colonies of mankind left on the planet are the few people who are immune to the mystery virus, including Sandra and her group.
Now, Sandra and her people are responsible for rebuilding the world, rebuilding mankind, reestablishing the meaning of humanity, and so on. She and
her group are faced with difficult choices between helping other survivors, surviving on their own, caring for a baby, saving others who may or may
not betray them, and making rules for themselves and each other without it ending in fights, or worse... and they even run along old enemies from the
past who, astonishingly, managed to survive the outbreak.
So, this is my basic structure for the book I'm writing, Doomsday By Design. I've finished the first five chapters... and I'm proud to say that
they're long chapters. They're Harry Potter-like chapters.
Basically, I need ideas for post-apocalyptic situations that Sandra and her group will get caught in. Situations, new characters, ideas for groups of
humans building a certain society, problems with betrayal, and ect.
So, a group of teenagers survive an outbreak and have to deal with chaos, surviving, and rebuilding the world.
What problems will they face...?
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