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There’s no such thing as a unique zombie apocalypse | What are zombies really about?

by Deleone Downes, Special to Alpha Textbooks


No… seriously. The undead are the least of your problems.


The Walking Dead - Robert KirkmanBook A. With flashbacks, we follow a group of survivors from different walks of life.  Each with a story of how they managed to get this far and all the people they cared about who didn’t make it. This is a group of people who’ve survived the zombie apocalypse, so far. Scavenging for food, befriending other survivors, falling in love, elements of racism, elements of isolationism, elements of protectionism, betrayal, teamwork, falling apart, evil, good, cannibalism, religion and spiritual faith, trying not to become the undead, trying to remain civilized, trying to remain human in the world with dwindling numbers of unbitten and a dwindling number of moral and humane people.

 

Book B. With flashbacks, we interview a select, combined group of people. Each individual is from a different walk of life.  Each has a story of how they survived the zombie apocalypse.  They have the ability to analyze how they managed to survive and how so many others did not. They scavenged for food, befriended other survivors (sometimes to their detriment). They fell in love, much to their detriment. They experienced racism, practiced isolationism and protectionism. They were betrayed by others to survive and betrayed themselves to survive. They survived through teamwork and died when teamwork fell apart.  They saw the best of humanity (good/selflessness)  and the very, very worst of humanity (evil/gluttony), often seeing no happy medium in themselves.  Some resorted to cannibalism to fill their stomachs and save themselves. Others resorted to religion and spiritual faith to fill their souls and save their sanity.  Both the cannibals and the faithful, each trying not to become the undead, trying to remain civilized, trying to remain human in the world with dwindling numbers of unbitten and a dwindling number of moral and humane people.

 

Book A is the graphic novel, The Walking Dead written by Robert Kirkman.

Book B is the novel, World War Z written by Max Brooks.World War Z - Battle of Yonkers

What is the difference here?

There isn’t one.

The zombies are just these things in the background which keep both Brooks’ and Kirkman’s characters moving. If the characters stop living, stop fighting, and stop fighting to live, they will die.

Both authors show us with a backdrop, being a zombie apocalypse, what humans – regardless of their state of health and existence – will do for self-preservation.

 

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