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Thursday, October 01, 2009
Zombies. Have you noticed them a lot in the media too?
Every undead has their day. The vampires have been frolicking insistently and annoyingly through media for the past season. But move over bacon! Here comes something better! That’s right...ZOMBIES.
Zombies have been steadily making their presence known in the media with movies like Shawn of the dead and books like The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.
Zombies often appear in video games. It’s the only guiltless violent game I can play. I mean, come on! They’re already dead! I’m just putting them out of their misery! My favorite is Typing of the Dead.
Then there’s Zombieland the movie, which comes out tomorrow. Looks hilarious.
And finally we’re back at the book where I left you oh so many months ago--Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
I’m actually reading it now. It’s pretty entertaining. Who knew that going to a ball could be just as normal as slashing zombies in half? I have to say that the character development is the part that throws me off. I’m so used to the way the girls are normally portrayed. It’s hard to accept the idea that all five sisters are trained killers who have learned Western defense/weaponry and studied with a Shaolin master and now live by the warrior code. It evokes more of Batman Begins than Pride and Prejudice (the non-undead version). For example, Mary almost guts Mr. Collins for suggesting that the girls cooked a lovely dinner--something she took great offense to as she is a warrior and would never be caught doing such unwarrior-like activity.
I’m only part of the way through, but it should a fun read. It’s nice to be reading for enjoyment again! I’ve been through an intellectual drought and this seems to be a nice habit to reinstate. (Though it may be argued that the book above does nothing to help my intellectual drought situation!) It started by finishing off the Harry Potter series, moving on to Malcolm Gladwell’s books Blink, Tipping Point and Outliers, and then recently finishing Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
So what o fearless reader (if there are indeed any of you left) are YOU reading these days?