Thoroughly Thursday - the "Zombies Among Us" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Zombies Are Upon Us" edition. I'm not really a fan of most horror films. Growing up, I never liked slasher films like Halloween or Friday the 13th (Parts 1 - 38) and modern "gorn" fare like Saw gives me the willies. However, there is something about zombie films that I like. Maybe it's the many ways zombies can be presented (scary, funny, as cultural commentary, or as a weekly drama). Also, I like how any first-rate zombie-fighting hero nearly always defeats the menace through intelligent action and cooperation instead of just bigger guns (though some would disagree). However, lately, I seem to be overloading on our brain-chomping friends.
What I'm Reading - Giant, Apocalyptic Naked People Are Coming for You
On a whim, I started reading the Attack on Titan manga a couple months ago after I heard that it was taking over Japan (seriously, they have amusement parks now). For those that you don't know, Attack of Titan is an alternate reality where humanity has been reduced to living within walled cities to escape mindlessly ravenous, nearly-indestructible, neutered giants. No one can quite do grim, doomsday scenarios like the Japanese, but the characters are compelling and the story has gone grown more interesting with political intrigue as it progressed. Also, there is a TV show and a live-action movie and video game... (of course).
What I'm Reading (Articles) - The Shifting Horde through the Ages
One of the more interesting things about monsters are how they correspond to different cultural fears. Vampires and ghosts personify our fears of a restless and covetous dead. Frankenstein's Monster is the creation that turns against us. But, zombies have a shifting place in our cultural psyche. Vox has a great article about how zombies mean different things to different generations.
What I'm Watching - Our Future Disposable Selves
Though I haven't read the original series, I really wanted to check out Netflix's Altered Carbon. Set in a futuristic San Francisco, this hardboiled detective series follows resurrected Envoy (combo freedom fighter and super-spy) Takeshi Kovacs as he tries to solve a murder in a world where people change bodies constantly. The show is truly beautiful and pays off in the end, but I have to admit to two criticisms. First, it wasn't until episode 3 where I actually found a character that I liked. Second, though the constant nudity and violence was intentional, does every high-concept show have to constantly try to one-up GoT on the bloodier and gorier scale?
What I'm (Topic 4) - What I'm Listening To - Runner 5, You're Up
I have a running app that I absolutely love called Zombies, Run by Six to Start and Naomi Alderman. When I first got it, I couldn't figure out how it would work. But, starting with the first mission the app skillfully uses a combination your music playlist, intriguing stories of Abel Township, and the occasional Zombie sprint to become one of my favorite apps. You can check out an trailer for it here. The same crew just put out a new podcast called the Walk which I'm itching to try out.
What I'm Thinking About - Slouching Toward Bethlehem
"Zombies are all the things that will not lie down and die, the truth we cannot repress, the thing that will rise up until it overwhelms us all. Whatever you want to forget is stumbling, dead-eyed and open-mouthed towards you." - Naomi Alderman - "The Meaning of Zombies" - Granta
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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