#atozchallenge 2016: Z is for Zombies

A zombie is a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions. Synonyms: living dead, undead, walking dead, and soulless corpse.

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 8.06.50 AMCurrently zombies are entirely fictional creatures. There have not been any claims of someone actually seeing one. Maybe they feel like one…but that is another story. They are invading television, movies, and books.

Zombies have been depicted as mindless and vicious, flesh-eating types. Or they can be mind-controlled drones. If you like the former watch Z Nation and The Walking Dead on T.V. I don’t think I’ve seen so much blood in one episode except for the True Blood series. On the cuter side, if ever there was one with zombies, try out Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2. My nieces always gross out when they show their arms falling off or that they eat brains. If you like the later watch the Divergent series or currently what is happening on Marvels Agents of Shield. Some zombies are fast and some are slow.

Zombies are definitely not popular like vampires and werewolves. They at least appear to be human to some degree. No one is clamoring to be a zombie. 1) you have no control over yourself 2) you eat brains and 3) hygiene and fashion sense are out the door. Zombies are almost always evident during an apocalypse of sorts. They are created by disease, a plague or some kind of sickness.

There are other zombies who are raised from the dead. Many Buffy episodes portrayed zombies after this manner. Their flesh is usually rotting and their gait is a shuffle. When I think of this type of zombie I want to watch Thriller by Michael Jackson.

What are we trying to say about society with zombies? Are we too reliant on vaccines? Are we too reliant on technology? Are we losing our emotions or who we are?  One book that I really like that has come out in the last ten years about zombies is Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. The book was later turned into a feature film staring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich. This was the first zombie book/movie that I have ever liked. I don’t want to spoil it for you but I would rather be able to be “cured” of the zombie nature than be living 28 Days Later.

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