Today’s #AtoZChallenge: Genres–Zombie Apocalypse
The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic. This year, my second year with A to Z, I’ll cover writing genres.
Zombie Apocalypse: in which the widespread rise of zombies hostile to human life engages in a general assault on civilization
- The literary subtext of a zombie apocalypse is usually that civilization is inherently fragile in the face of truly unprecedented threats and that most individuals cannot be relied upon to support the greater good if the personal cost becomes too high.
- For a zombie event to be apocalyptic, it needs to involve a large number of undead, shambling around, or, if you’re into the more modern zombies, running.
- Being undead must be spreading throughout the population or it’s not apocalyptic.
- Initial contacts with zombies must be extremely traumatic, causing shock, panic, disbelief and possibly denial, and hampering survivors’ ability to deal with hostile encounters.
- The response of authorities to the threat must be slower than its rate of growth, giving the zombie plague time to expand beyond containment.
- The society must collapse as zombies take full control while small groups of the living must fight for their survival.
- Zombiism must not only spread throughout a population but throughout the geography. It can’t be contained in a single area.
- The stories usually follow a single group of survivors, caught up in the sudden rush of the crisis.
- The narrative generally progresses from the onset of the zombie plague, then initial attempts to seek the aid of authorities, the failure of those authorities, through to the sudden catastrophic collapse of all large-scale organization and the characters’ subsequent attempts to survive on their own.
- Such stories are often squarely focused on the way their characters react to such an extreme catastrophe, and how their personalities are changed by the stress, often acting on more primal motivations (fear, self-preservation) than they would display in normal life.
- Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne
- Dawn of the Dead by by George A. Romero
- Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
- The Mammoth Book of Zombie Apocalypse by
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
- The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- The Z Word (Apocalypse Babes) by Bella Street
- Zone One by Colson Whitehead
By Jacqui Murray
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