Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Zombies

I like zombies. Not in the Quisling kind of way (read the part about World War Z, unless you REALLY want to learn an obscure new word that just means traitor), but in the way most consumers of popular culture since the remake of Dawn of the Dead have been. Here’s where I flex my old school muscle and say I’ve been a fan since I was old enough to seek out Romero’s films, how cool am I?

After listening to the audiobook for World War Z, I sought out the book so I could throw a little monetary support to Mel Brooks’ kid, you know, cos they like that kind of thing. Money I mean. Not that the film deal with Brad Pitt’s production company won’t bring him plenty of that. I’m in a tangental mood tonight, I couldn’t even tell a cohesive story to a coworker without derailing myself about 20 times tonight.

After reading the book, now I’m hooked on Robert Kirkman of Invincible fame’s new zombie book, The Walking Dead. Go here for a #1 of both of the books I just mentioned, they rock. This begs the question, what’s the fascination with zombies? It’s not just me, all these things are within 5 years of each other( Dawn remake, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, WWZ, Walking Dead) so somebody else must be thinking about these things too.

My manager asked me what me and my fellow consumers fascination with Zack was all about. All I really could say was that it’s been in the public consciousness since the 60’s thanks to Romero, and that people have a tendency to have a bit of an obsession with things that scare the crap out of them. I could never have formulated such an eloquent and apt description as Simon Pegg has in the afterword of book 2 of The Walking Dead. Unless of course I was hot off of the set of my genius zombie satire film and was asked to write an excellent afterword for an equally excellent book about zombies. Then I coulda nailed it.

Now I’m off to continue my obsession with consumption and classism by watching more of season 1 of The O.C. It’s like the 24 of primetime drama. And I fucking mean that. I don’t just toss Bauer’s name around. I’d be too scared to see what he’d do to me if he found out.



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