Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Fun: Check out @J_Ryan's fave zombie novel of all time... AKA the zombie Bible.

World War Z, also known as the zombie Bible...

Ryan Hill

The zombie genre may have gotten its start with George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 1968, but things didn’t truly peak until 2006 with the publication of World War Z by Max Brooks. The son of legendary comedian Mel Brooks, Max took the zombie genre to new heights with his novel, which used a series of isolated stories to tell the larger story of the war against the zombies. It had absolutely everything people had been longing for in a zombie story: epic action, intimate horror, and everything in between. He literally thought of everything when it came to the z-heads.

Zombies walking along the ocean floor? Check.

A guy jumping from balcony to balcony, trying to escape a building overrun by the dead? Check.

A blind guy in the woods, fighting the dead meat off by himself? Check.

Why they decided to turn the novel into a film starring Brad Pitt — which, while it was entertaining, has nothing to do with the source material — instead of a HBO miniseries where the material could truly come to live is beyond me. Maybe one day it’ll happen, but until then we all have to be content reading the novel, which is my favorite zombie yarn of all time.


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