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The 10 Types of Fictional Apocalypses (And What They Mean)
The Apocalypse rules pop culture. Half the biggest literary novels these days are apocalyptic, and meanwhile The Walking Dead is a huge hit. Post-apocalyptic stories are what space opera was in the Space Age. But what are they about? Here are 10 types of apocalypses, and what they each signify.
By Charlie Jane Anders

Werewolf Wagon’s Top Ten Themed Fics is a monthly feature suggested by the lovely Juliana, where a list is made of the Top Ten Fics based on an specific theme previously chosen by us or suggested by a follower.

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This month’s theme? Apocalypse/Dystopia!

Apocalypse tag & dystopia tag.

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Come with Me and Walk the Longest Mile by DevilDoll (39,275 - Rated E)

“Stiles shouldn’t accept rides from werewolves he meets behind abandoned convenience stores." 

In which the zombie apocalypse is just one of their worries.

Enemy Lines by qhuinn (149,179 - Rated E)

This is the story of werewolf Derek Hale and human Stiles Stilinski: two people who grew up in the same town but completely different worlds, their realities split by the war between men and wolves.

Years later when Derek returns to Beacon Hills, he does it as Alpha of a military pack on a mission to capture those responsible for the region’s resistance. With his main objective, Sheriff Stilinski, out of sight, he settles for the next best thing: his son, Stiles.

Neither of them suspects they’ll need to trust each other if they want to make it out this alive.

Into Dust by melfice (10,727 - Rated M)

It stands to chance your prince charming is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Sometimes you fall for the wolf.

monster at the end of the book by kellifer_fic, maichan808 (16,700 - Rated T)

It’s not like he forgets about the scar. Just, sometimes it takes him off guard when he’s half asleep or run down. It’s there, a new companion that reminds him of the world he now lives in, how it’s changed and what it’s cost. Still, sometimes he’ll blink at it owlishly in the mirror like he’s doing now, at the way it runs alongside his collar bone and down. It even separates a mole into two neat halves. 

Phase 3 by damnitgreenberg (128,839 - Rated M)

In a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, the remaining members of the species are kept, guarded and protected, in self-sustaining compounds called “domes” while werewolves and other supernaturals run the rest of society. After Scott is bitten, Stiles is pulled from his dome to work at Beacon Hills, the largest supecity in what used to be California. There, he strikes up a surprising friendship with the Alpha Prime’s son and stumbles upon a series of secrets that may explain why the war with the Darach and her human separatist army never ended.

Rat’s Alley by auburn (101,736 - Rated M)

Four years after season two, after the pack has solidified and are attending school in Southern California, civilization crashes to a halt that kills most modern electronics. Derek orders the rest of the Hale Pack to either wait in LA or return to Beacon Hills, while he heads to Mexico to retrieve Stiles. What should have been a few days’ trip turns into an odyssey contending with human horror, natural disasters and a lethal disease that may infect werewolves too. Derek and Stiles are forced into a closer partnership and an honest relationship even while they have to face that there is no promise of safety at their destination. Not for them, not for the Pack, and not for humanity.

No one guessed the domino fall of civilization would end with a howling from the forest when it all crashed to a halt.

Ride by wolfbeater (34,758 - Rated E)

The howlers emerged after the war that stripped the world of its colour. All Stiles knows is the wasteland and he calls the road his home, hunting the mutants wreaking havoc on what’s left of humanity. But when he becomes the hunted, he has to team up with the very thing he kills. And it’s possibly the worst road trip he’s been on.

way out east there might be a way out by paxlux (14,970 - Rated M)

Life in the Capital Wasteland ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

We, the Monsters by neko_fish (59,544 - Rated M)

In a post-Day Zero world where Strains and Humans and everything in between are at odds with one another, Derek’s managed to survive on his own for years now. Never putting names to faces, never getting attached - that’s just the way he prefers it.

Then the boy gets thrown into his life.

when the highway takes me by paxlux (12,765 - Rated E)

It’s been a hundred days.