Blogging A to Z Day 30: Zombies!

As Sourcerer’s resident horror blogger, it should be no surprise that I am a zombie fanatic. I watch zombie films, I read zombie books, I keep up with The Walking Dead and iZombie and virtually every other zombie show or flick out there, and I sometimes play zombie games.

There are, of course, a host of things that help to account for our fascination with zombies:

fear of disease, fear of death, fear of losing our mental faculties, etc. We seem at once aware of the zombie as a fictional character and concerned about the plausibility of a zombie outbreak. And the result of our fascination is that zombies have become a multi-million dollar industry.

As for me, there are three simple but terribly true reasons that I find zombie stories compelling. The first is the world that gets created when everything fails-the government, and by extension education, social welfare, prison systems, road maintenance, etc.; and modern inventions, including electricity, the Internet, GPS, running water, and telecommunications.

The second is the failure of modern notions of childhood, morality, and socioeconomic status to hold up under the pressures of a post apocalyptic world. In Zombieland, one of most disturbing erosions of culture is the loss of names; in The Walking Dead, it’s the loss of childhood embodied by Carl, Judith, and Carol’s decision to teach the children about knife safety and zombie killing during story-time; in 28 Days Later, it’s ownership of the female body. These conversations mirror conversations that we have daily, that we rehearse in our arguments about these concepts.

And the third thing is the complexities that arise when we see something human that isn’t human. Or that we don’t think is human. In Shaun of the Dead, the undead are able to be trained to perform simple tasks. In Warm Bodies, they retain something of their prior selves and can think and feel. And there is a repeated scene in which someone must kill a loved-one-turned-zombie, one that turns up in virtually every piece of zombie fiction ever.

And so, here at the end of A to Z, and on a Thursday, no less, I give you a Thursday 13 of my favorite zombie flicks:

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This post is by @parttimemonster of Part Time Monster and Sourcerer contributor. For more A to Z geekery, check out Part Time Monster!

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24 thoughts on “Blogging A to Z Day 30: Zombies!

  1. I’ve never been a zombie or horror fan. My daughter on the other hand LOVES all things horror. Your well written article does help me understand why some people find the subject fascinating. keep up the great work and don’t forget to keep an ax handy at all times. 🙂

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  2. Fabulous post, Diana 🙂 I’m a fan of zombies too, and it stems from a childhood memory that never left me! That sounds far more mysterious than it actually is, but needless to say, my fascination is fed by so many great interpretations of zombies today. I like the all – from the humorous to the down right horrifying!

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    • haha…Well now you know that I’m curious.

      I run the gamut from humorous to scary zombie stuff, too. I think the best ones are both, like Shaun of the Dead and, of course, Zombieland.

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    • Why thanks!

      I like my zombies with humor, too, but I’m definitely all for the squicky moments and downright scary films, too. There’s something nice about being scared but not being in any real danger.

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    • Quite true. I think that’s one of the reasons that dystopian fiction has become so popular, too—we’re all wondering what will happen when we do lose some or all of these comforts.

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  3. I’ve seen about half of these movies. I do love Shaun of the Dead. LOVE!
    I’m always amazed how dumb people become when zombies start walking around! (I meant in the movies) 🙂
    My husband and I talk about it all the time.

    “Oh no, zombies! Lets walk around in the streets with no protection and no plan. Yay! Oh, no, they’re trying to eat me!”

    I’ve got it all worked out. But, I can’t share my plans. Top Secret!

    Great post!

    Great job on all the A to Z Posts on this blog!
    Happy Z day!

    Heather

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    • haha…Indeed—it’s much like the way people always go outside and leave the door open or run upstairs in high heels in horror films. lol

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  4. You outdid yourself with this one. Laid it all out nice and clean.

    This is a good post to end on. And what a odd collection of posts we have assembled here this month. #GeekPastiche is right. We just did “Pop Culture from Avengers to Zombies.”

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  5. I often also think that the zombie genre is popular because violence can be enacted on human bodies without the guilt attached. I realize that is a really dark opinion.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! I really enjoyed visiting this blog during April 🙂 I’ll be back!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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    • Actually, I think that’s a really good point, dark or not. 🙂 What many of our monsters do, especially the most human-like of them, is give us that sort of freedom, I think.

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  7. My friend wrote a really compelling, really dark, treatment of zombies that touch on a lot of those issues, especially the third one. It gave me respect for the genre, even though it’s not one of my go-to’s… though I loved Zombieland. 🙂

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    • Awesome—sounds really good! 🙂

      And it’s kinda difficult not to like Zombieland, I think. If you like that funny sort of zombie film, Fido is also a really good watch.

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