Again, sorry for the delay. I was terminally ill for a very long time and am now just starting to recover. I knew the consequences of having a pulmonary embolism which produced multiple clots in both lungs. But, shit, nobody warned me about being crippled or nearly bed-ridden. I even have memory loss and have to re-learn the keyboard. I'm making godawful mistakes with words and key positions. So, I'm typing this real slow.
Since 2001 the amount of Zombie books and films has doubled. It's still
going incredibly strong with no letup. I can't help thinking that this
trend will continue or morph into something very similar. Plagues, bugs,
viruses, strains, more of the same--pandemics. I guess we owe it all to
Romero, although it was alive in culture thousands of years before that.
I know some of the self-publishers who got on this trope years ago and
are still profiting from it. Me? never wrote one. I just can't ascribe a
thorough characterization to a foe/protag that either is fast or slow
and eats flesh. Oh, and many of them need head-shots, fire or complete
Zombies are so ill-struck, deteriorated, limited
in agility and function, it's a wonder they're alive at all. They
attack in shear numbers and are usually brought down by gunfire or other
instruments of mayhem and destruction. For the life of me I can't see a
complex plot in any of these movies. I'm sure some of the books (I
haven't read yet) have a semblance of motivation and diversity--but I
wonder what, other than wiping the hoard out, surviving or finding a
cure, is the statement or solution to this. I mean, how much better could
one Z flick be from the next? Do we add sparkles or really smart
zombies who can mask their identities? Shape-shifting zombies--really
pretty or handsome ones. We've got them on ships/boats, grocery stores,
in the forest and in desolate cities and townships. Just keep changing the environments and locations?
I'm agog at
running through the TV listings and finding Z movies in the droves. The
science and nature channels are running series and special programs. I think the
only Z movie that made me laugh and pay attention was Zombieland. That
one had some personality.
What say you? Is this Zombie thing a
tiresome, worked over trope or trend, or are we headed for more of this for the
next couple years? I wish I had a crystal ball--As far as trends
go--this one's got me stymied and a little bit fed up.
I had two
editors tell me that Michael Crichtonish type strain and plague books
were as dead as ever. This was four years ago. I'd like to ask them
about that now and see what they're buying.