Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien was published posthumously in 1974. It is a strange little book, following a young girl left alone after a nuclear apocalypse, but with a decidedly not-at-all feminist feel—until the last quarter when things turn around dramtically in feminism’s favor. Turns out O’Brien’s wife and daughter rewrote the ending for him once he departed. Good on ’em. Otherwise this little tome never would have made it onto my list of favorite apocalypses.
In August 2015, Z for Zachariah will have been rewritten and published again, this time in the form of a Hollywood movie. (Thanks to Lady Business for alerting me to its existence.) From the look of the trailer, the screenwriters and directors have made some large changes of their own—adding a third character being the most obvious. Though perhaps it will be built of different puzzle pieces, it looks like it’s got the same stomach-ache-inducing tension though.
What do you think? To see it or not to see it?