Zombies on the brain…

So, I watched the first episode of The Walking Dead this weekend. Very creepy, very well done! It made me want to write more zombie stories. (Partly to distract myself from peering suspiciously at shadows.)

Zombies are definitely in these days, with dozens of books and other media dedicated to them. Strangely enough, even though I’m fascinated by the idea of zombies, I haven’t watched most zombie movies, or read any of the recent zombie books. (Though I did buy and start Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I couldn’t get into it – maybe because I read the original right before trying the adaptation. I liked it, but there is such a thing as too much Pride and Prejudice.)

Why such popularity, though? I mean, there’s no way I can think of to make them sexy, like vampires or werewolves.

Simon Pegg, director and star of Sean of the Dead, wrote an excellent essay on the enduring fascination with zombies – particularly the slow, shambling ones.

Personally, I think it’s because so many of us feel drained by modern life. We work all day, often in a drab, artificially lit box, and then go home wishing we had the energy to do something fun and enjoy life. We feel almost like zombies ourselves, and can sympathize with their plight. Or maybe that’s just me. ;-)

Finally, not zombie-related (so far) but very awesome: After Ever After. Recounting the days following the arrival of our alien overlords, it just started March 10, so scrolling back and reading from the beginning is well worth it.

I particularly like the post titled Jenny Gets A Pet. :-D

2 Responses to Zombies on the brain…

  • TimT says:

    When I worked in cubicle land, we were all in one huge room divided by partitions that were visually blocking, but not sound (although you wouldn’t believe some of the conversations people held thinking the cubes were sound proof). But I digress. Anyway, I was pretty sure that at least half of the inhabitants of that cavernous space were zombies, the shambling kind!! If my experience of corporate America is typical, it’s no wonder that zombies are popular.

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