Sometimes I wish our favorite books would become television mini-series’ instead of movies because a) we’d have them faster, like within a season instead of strung out over five years (unless Moffat is involved), and b) more details of the story could be included without sacrificing important bits for time’s sake.
Our obsession with zombies is fascinating. Cities using a “Zombie Apocalypse” situation as training for police. 5Ks and Marathon runners being chased by people in zombie-garb for charity. Tests to see how long you would survive if there was a zombie apocalypse, rating your ability to survive and how you would specific situations.
Zombie lore has bled from religion to horror to pop culture, and in the past ten years has probably spread to an entirely new level of popularity. With Shaun of the Dead it reemerged in a hilarious way (if you’re ever having a bad day, watch Shaun of the Dead and you’ll feel tons better, I swear). I Am Legend scared the crap out of us with it’s rabies-like outbreak (and made us horribly sad at the possibility of zombie-pets - and yes, I cried a few times in that movie). Zombieland was fun and fantastic, giving us the basic rules for survival. The Walking Dead graphic novels and TV show go darker and pose the questions “What would you do?” “What lengths would you go to for those around you?” “Who would you become?” The Fight the Dead, Fear the Living motto reminds you that it’s not such a friendly neighborhood when everyone is fighting for the same resources (sidenote: if they kill off Daryl, we riot). Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide is awesome, and World War Z looks back at the history of the Zombie War in a post-apocalyptic world. Zombie lore has infected pop-culture in a way that it’s part of us now as society, the “what if” looming over our heads.
Now obviously there isn’t a zombie virus (but just in case, let’s just never splice rabies and the flu…please?), but the possibility of an ‘end of the world as we know it’ situation has led a lot of people to join Zombie Apocalypse Survival teams all over the country to learn survival skills and things that are actually pretty good to know - skills we’ve lost or ignored in the age of technology. Are we actually learning and getting something out of zombies? Well, no, most people aren’t - and that’s fine. We have video games like Resident Evil and Left 4 Dead to entertain us in between seasons of our favorite AMC show. And Isaac Marion has written what Simon Pegg (Shaun of Shaun of the Dead fame and author of Nerd Do Well) calls “A mesmerizing evolution of a classic contemporary myth.” After we watch Warm Bodies (in theaters February 1st) while we wait for World War Z to come to the big screen, we can gross ourselves out with Planet Terror’s biological weapon created monsters.
As a writer (of the fiction, non-monster variety), I’m excited to read Isaac Marion’s book, as well as see the movie based on it. I’m thrilled when I see something from an angle I haven’t seen regurgitated twenty times before, and in a Hollywood where remakes are the thing to do lately, I did a little cheer when a few seconds into the trailer of another zombie movie it was the zombie who is the main character and the narrative voice of the story. It’s a breath of fresh air into the zombie culture that has become heavily laden with the morose reality of an infrastructure collapse or possible pandemic breathing down our necks.
While I love the scary zombie and everything it questions about ourselves and society, a little something different isn’t anything to scoff at - and why can’t we have a little fun? So whether you’re a fan of the aimless rambler, the horde, or the hint of humanity zombie, there’s something for everyone in this living dead culture we’re in.
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The Hunger Games displayed properly with a mockingjay pin, a bottle of nightlock, and a bottle of sand with a pearl in it. Next to my John Green collection on my newly restored washcabinet (finished it yesterday) that is now my storage for books and my writing notebooks and references. :)
I want to sell all my high-heel shoes for the wood I need to get to build my custom bookshelf.
I got this wine rack/shelf thing on craigslist for like $3 and I am going to use it as a centerpiece for a long/short bookshelf. I have it all drafted out, the wood prices for if I want to use poplar (cheaper) or oak boards and everything, but I don’t have the extra $$ to do it. But I also have a ton of high-heel shoes I can’t wear/don’t want anymore. And bookshelf trumps shoes.
I am concussed.
Nothing more invigorating than powering through a fantastic book in six hours, knowing you learned so much about so many things, and having more books from the same author on hand (three more, in this case).
I’ve often loved little quips made by John Green, but hadn’t made an actual effort to read his books. That is, until today. I ordered all four of them, although not having enough money really to cover rent but I’ll figure that out later, and they arrived today. I felt somehow that although I didn’t know him as an author, that reading his books would make me a better writer, because although I love my stories and my characters, I’m lacking something and I’m not sure what it is.
The book I started with was, of course, Looking for Alaska because you start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start. And now I’m singing ‘Do, Re, Mi.’ But I digress.
After the first paragraph of Looking for Alaska, I was in love with John Green. It’s completely literary-love though. Although as a person he does seem to be utterly fantastic. I loved the way it was written. I laughed (very loudly), re-read passages that were just great (“I am concussed.”), and cried. As a writer I love learning how to be better at what I do, and I think my four-novel class in John Green: A Word On Writing will really give me a kick in the pants and a reminder of how I want to write. How I think I write, but don’t. I don’t think I’m a failure at all, but I’m learning. A work in progress. Reading is fundamental in being a good writer, and I can certainly say that I felt like reading John Green taught me something about my own writing, since I noticed similarities in the way he writes with my own - though mine is more reserved and placating to the reader and not being true to myself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I can’t wait to tear through An Abundance of Katherines tomorrow. Will have to will myself not to start it tonight.
But it taunts me with it’s untouched pages….
(via some-bookish-things) ~ the literary tumblr of ambiguous fangirl
My children are surrounded with a billion things from grandparents and Santa, so I’m taking the opportunity to watch Futurama and hopefully go back to sleep. Really glad I decided to order John Green’s box set and the Complete Sherlock Holmes in the wee hours of the morning. Need to rest up for all the returns I’ll have to be making tomorrow (including the 8-disc Harry Potter collection from my Mom…told her months ago that we already had all the movies when she not so subtly asked, but this affords me the opportunity to exchange them for Sherlock Series 1&2 which would please me immensely). Can’t wait to get my new books, and start reading my sons’ new book series’ to them (Percy Jackson, and The Spiderwick Chronicles).
I miss Sherlock so much right now (reminder: I watched both seasons twice in the week before Thanksgiving) that I can’t take it anymore and I’m contemplating, money after Christmas allowing, purchasing this BEAUTIFUL boxed set of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle book series.
I KNOW, BENEDICT. SHUT UP, I’M TALKING.
Anyway, geez, so I’m trying to watch these other shows I’ve never seen and read these books I’ve been wanting to read, but I really just want to buy this particular boxed set and read for days on end. And the fact that I’m most likely going to see another Hobbit movie before I see another new episode of Sherlock is really bothering me for some reason, driving me slightly insane.
Don’t judge what people read. Unless it’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Then always judge them (especially if they think it’s ‘well written’ or ‘the best book series ever’).
I’m a terrible read-ahead-er.
Hey hi. I’m really tired and my eyes are burning so I hope I can get through this without any typos.
I made a new tumblr for writers. I’ll be talking about books, book related things, putting up inspirational quotes and cutesy stuff for writers, and just things about words in general. Words are cool. Even cooler than bowties.
www.some-bookish-things.tumblr.com …if you’re interested.
Got a tattoo yesterday! It’s been three years since my last tattoo, which is a shame. I find getting tattoos theraputic. This was my….eleventh time (?) under the needle. I combined some symbolic elements from a couple of my favorite songs and books as a positve reinforcer when things are going bad for me (I have Borderline Personality Disorder). I highly suggest you listen to the song “You Are the Moon” by The Hush Sound. It’s beautiful and calming and has some of the most beautiful lyrics I’ve ever read.