I'm officially addicted to the TV show Walking Dead, thanks to my baby brother, who bought me the first season for Christmas. You all know I'm a huge chicken when it comes to horror movies/shows, but there's just something about this one that keeps me watching (albeit behind a pillow some of the time. Ok, ok, MOST of the time).
Maybe it's the skillful pacing, the action and excitement deftly sprinkled with scenes focusing on character development.
Or maybe it's the characters themselves. There's Rick, the main hero and leader of this ragtag group struggling to survive when the zombie apocalypse hits America. He's honorable and always tries to do what is right. (He also reminds me strongly of Viggo Mortensen/Aragorn.) But then there's his best friend and fellow police officer, Shane, who isn't above sacrificing someone to the zombies in order to save the people he loves.
I think it's cool that zombie stories are a study of human nature. What happens when you throw a bunch of folks who are used to Bluetooth and toilets and readily available food into a situation where their main objective is just to survive?
Frankly, I'd probably be the first to die in a zombie apocalypse. (In fact, it's already happened.) I would most likely decide to just give up and let them eat me (akin to the situation wherein I am a Hunger Games tribute and decide to just step off the platform so the mines can blow me up, since Katniss would end me in 3.2 seconds anyway).
But just for fun, let's pretend I am brave and am actually planning to survive. I can already run fast and ride a horse, so I'm good there.
From what I've learned by watching Walking Dead, here are some additional ways I would prepare:
- Learn to tolerate the sight of blood. Yeah, probably the biggest reason why I threw my hands up after three-and-a-half years of majoring in pre-med biology and yelled "I DON'T WANNA GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL." Can you imagine me in the OR? Disgruntled nurse: "Great, the doctor's passed out over the patient's paper cut again." I figure there'll probably be lots of blood with zombies about, so I'd have to do something about this.
- Work on upper body strength. This will be handy for smashing zombies' brains in with blunt instruments. Also, climbing.
- Practice archery. Ideally with an Olympian, a la Jennifer Lawrence.
- Learn how to hotwire a car. There will be lots of stretches of highway with hundreds of abandoned vehicles. It's like a dealership without the annoying salesmen yakkety-yak-yakking at you. And it goes hand-in-hand with...
- Learn how to siphon gas from a parked car. People always seem to run out of gas whenever there's a herd of zombies nearby. I will not be a plot point to help you up the suspense, AMC. I refuse.
- Carry a flashlight w/ extra batteries. This is because when I'm waking up from a coma in an abandoned, zombie-infested hospital, I don't have to escape down a pitch-black stairwell with only a match to light my way (really, Rick?! REALLY?!).
- Always pack heat. Even if it's just pepper spray to ward off the people who would kill me for the last packet of antibiotics and bag of Doritos in the looted drugstore.
- Have some really good books. On the show, the characters are always complaining about the books they have at hand and grumbling that if they'd known there would be a zombie apocalypse, they would have brought better reading material.
Any other tips you'd like to add? And what books would you bring along for your downtime from braining zombies?
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P.P.S. Will be taking a little blogging break to keep working on ELEGY. See you in a few weeks!