The show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a great example of post-disaster fiction. In the show Kimmy is kidnapped for fifteen years by a cult leader and held underground. The women who were held captive were told that there was an apocalypse which never actually happened. The show is all about how she adapts to the modern world once her and the other “mole women” are rescued.
In Elizabeth Braithwaite’s Post-disaster fiction for young adults: some trends and variations she discusses many of the ways in which characters in post-disaster fictions exist and deal with the problems in their societies. While Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt doesn’t actually take place in a post-apocalyptic world, Kimmy has still lived fifteen years of her life as if there was a disaster. Kimmy’s world shows the idea that adults do not always make the world better for future generations. The cult leader, Reverend Richard Wayne Gary, told a group of young girls that he would keep them safe when in reality he really messed up their lives. They literally lived in a hole in the ground for fifteen years.
In post-disaster worlds people are forced to grow up faster.While in the bunker Kimmy had to grow up and help the other girls cope with their new lives. Even after they’re out Kimmy still feels responsible for the other girls. Throughout the show she tries to help the other girls become their own persons and begin their new lives. When Cyndee, one of the other girls, visits Kimmy in New York during episode five she won’t even let her roommate talk about the bunker because she wants to protect her. Being in the bunker was traumatic and Kimmy doesn’t want Cyndee to have to relive that time in her life. Kimmy grows up the most in the bunker and makes it her job to help and protect the others.
While Kimmy tries to help her friends cope with their post-bunker lives, she is also struggling to deal with her new life. She is a surviver and suffers trauma from her time in the bunker. In the third episode her roommate Titus is rudely awakened to Kimmy trying to strangle him because she had a dream that she was back in the bunker. Going through something as traumatic as being locked underground for fifteen years will definitely result in some problems.
Even though Kimmy was underground for so long she still has a positive outlook on life. Kimmy is a young adult heroine because she stays strong and sees the bright side even when things look really bad. Kimmy isn’t afraid to tell people what they need to hear and she will give anyone advice if they need it. She lives by the idea that if you can get through something for ten seconds then everything will be okay. At the end of the day Kimmy is just being herself and helping out others along the way.