Welcome to my stop in the Zombies section of the V-Day Blog Hop. As I noted in my stop on the vampires day, I am particularly delighted by this hop because I’m pretty sure that Valentine’s Day brings out the monster in everyone, at some point.
The excerpt below is from an article I co-wrote with my husband for Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human, edited by Deborah Christie and Sarah J. Lauro. In the article, we consider possible reasons for the recent resurgence in zombie popularity.
But before you go, tell me: why, in your opinion, do we love zombies so very much?
The message of much zombie-inspired literature and film seems to be that when individual differences have been elided by death in the case of zombies, the only way to meet the threat becomes the elision of human individuality. That is, to protect human individuality, you have to suppress it for a while, much as a soldier must sublimate his own desires and identity in favor of following orders—and all the zombie prep sites argue for the “common man’s” ability to defend himself and others. But the problem with this is that the “common man” can just as easily become the “common zombie,” and if individuality has been erased, it becomes more and more difficult to distinguish the human from the zombie. In general, as the humans in zombie stories—whether online, in books, or in film—become more uniform in thought and action, we’re beginning to see the individuation of zombies. Leaving aside for the moment the discussion of whether they’re really “zombies,” in the 2007 version of I Am Legend starring Will Smith, for example, Smith’s character Dr. Robert Neville claims that the monsters surrounding him can’t think. Yet one creature—listed in the credits as the “Alpha Male”—clearly shows intelligence and reasoning when he works to trap Neville. Romero’s film Land of the Dead, also gives a nod toward the idea of zombies who think, albeit simplistically, and in doing so pushes the audience to empathize with the undead rather than with the living, who are depicted as rapacious, unthinking, and untrustworthy.
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About the Author
Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel; Fairy, Texas is the second. Her next novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.
Other Books by Margo Bond Collins
When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, when she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she’s witnessed another murder, and she’s not about to let this one go. She’s determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up dead in Alabama?
Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.
Laney Harris didn’t want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that “boring” would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.
She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.
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