So What IS It About Zombies? (& Mah Plans 07/07)


Having enjoyed talking about The Matrix trilogy so very much I reminded myself just how much I enjoy films. As a result I filled the gaps in my collection and spent four glorious evenings watching films from the Resident Evil franchise (after doing all my work for the day of course).

Umbrella Corporation logoBased on the games of the same name, this set of (currently) five films follows Alice, a security officer who used to work for the Umbrella Corporation, a mega huge pharmaceutical company that also dabbles in biotechnology and viral weaponry (of course). While working for them, Alice sees Umbrella bring about the zombie apocalypse and pretty much end the world as we know it, when a strain of one of their viruses (the T-Virus) escapes their facility in Raccoon City.

It’s good stuff. It really is and well worth watching the first one, even if you don’t make it through the rest of the series.

I watched the first film (released in 2002) because I’d heard a lot about the games. By the time Resident Evil 4 (the game) came out I was absolutely hooked to everything about the franchise, games and films.

Michael jackson thriller zombie - clipartBut what is it about zombies? Those slow, flesh eating, finger twitching denizens of the undead? They’re so much less graceful and attractive than their vampire counterparts.

I wish I knew, but as I look through my film collection I can’t help but notice just how many zombie films I have.

  • All five Resident Evil films
  • 28 Days Later
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Zomebieland
  • Shaun of the Dead (yes it does count!)

And that’s far more than I have vampire films and these are, supposedly, my favoured creature of the night.

Over the next few months I’m going to spend some time figuring out just what it is about zombies that people find so attractive. It’s certainly not their looks, but there are many different aspects to zombies that I think will be interesting to delve into the same way I have with vampires. Who knows, if I do enough digging around I may find myself wanting to pick apart the zombie tropes and remake them the same way I did with vampires in SORB. Hmm… we’ll see.

line break, swirling graphics, from openclipartAs Raven mentioned last week I’m off to a LARP on Thursday. These means that four days out of seven this week I’ll be unable to work. Hell, I won’t even have a phone signal for two of those four. *shrugs* It’s never bothered me before, but it does mean that I won’t be able to pound away at the keyboard quite as much as I have been in past weeks.

Let’s see….

Last Week

Continue to write, on average 2000 words per working day (at least five days) on WTRE
Yup. At the time of writing I’ve written 18,740 words and I’m nearing the finish line of the whole novel. If I’m on track I should finish the whole thing this month.

Look at the freebies I intend to give away on the solo website and pick one to get ready
Yep. Got one. Again, like Raven, it needs a bit of work before I’m happy to let it go. Just because it’s free to you doesn’t mean I should take less care over it.

This Week

  1. Continue to write, on average 2000 words per working day (this week, that’s three days) on WTRE
  2. Properly outline the parallel time line aspect of WTRE so it’s ready to write when the main storyline is done
  3. Update the WTRE page of this blog to better reflect its current state
  4. Enjoy the hell out of my LARP! Squeeeeeeee!
Trya Fenwyn HF 10

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There. What I want to add to this list is things like ‘pack my bag, check my ears, find my crystal headband, test my tent, wipe down my sword, loop my sword belt,’ but none of that is related to writing so maybe not.

I guess I’ll make a separate list for that in my own head and get on with it that way.

Promise, when I get back, I’ll have tales of my LARP adventures just like I used to (here, here, here and here). And, all being well, there may even be some pictures… like that one! *points further up*
^_^
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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