Why We Should Stop Caring About the Zombie Apocalypse

Why We Should Stop Caring About the Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie apocalypse, didn't you ever learn to share?

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Despite the fact it came out in 1978, George A. Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead,' has NEVER been more relevant. That movie uses zombies as a scathing critique of the mindless consumption and sheep like attitudes of the people at large, and since art tends to imitate life, our obsession with zombie crap has turned us into the very things he was ridiculing.

If you haven't seen it, I strongly recommend you do, especially in the context of the current zombie zeitgeist. It's kind of fascinating.

Eh, zombies have never done much for me in the first place. Yes I enjoy certain zombie video games, but it's more for the gameplay elements they bring to the table (strong co-op in Killing Floor, zany combat in Dead Rising) than the subject matter itself.

Truth be told, I find the fascination to be a bit unsettling. To me, zombies feel like an excuse to kill and maim people (or at least approximations of them) without having to worry about the pesky morality that usually comes with hurting a fellow human being.

To add the final nail to the proverbial coffin, even if a "zombie apocalypse" were to happen, it wouldn't be nearly as apocalyptic as fiction makes it out to be.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html

This article strides the fine line between stating the obvious and being contrarian hipster-bait. Not trying to inflame anything or provoke a banhammer, that's just my honest critique.

The way I see it, Zombies still being popular isn't a big deal. Its just another option of entertainment. I never hear anyone saying. "I'm so sick of Comic Book movies", so why do zombies get so much shit for being popular. Theres still plenty of fun to be had with the subject and if your tired of it then go watch something else. It's not like Zombie's are the only option out there. I see the Zombie merchandise all over the place, I for one am not a fan of the Walking Dead Show, and i'm aware at just how many bad Zombie movies are out there. But I just ignore it. I don't single it out over all the other sub-genres of entertainment as "needing to be culled"

Your argument doesn't give any valid reason why the oversaturation of zombies in entertainment is a particularly negative thing. It just sounds like your bitching.

Those Doomsday Prepper programmes are a bit creepy, aren't they? I mean, some of the people on... It's almost like they're looking forward to global disaster. Like they are planning on annexing other survivors and start running new society their way, y'all!

I do wonder what public horror will eventually follow zombies, though.

sketch_zeppelin:
The way I see it, Zombies still being popular isn't a big deal. Its just another option of entertainment. I never hear anyone saying. "I'm so sick of Comic Book movies", so why do zombies get so much shit for being popular. Theres still plenty of fun to be had with the subject and if your tired of it then go watch something else. It's not like Zombie's are the only option out there. I see the Zombie merchandise all over the place, I for one am not a fan of the Walking Dead Show, and i'm aware at just how many bad Zombie movies are out there. But I just ignore it. I don't single it out over all the other sub-genres of entertainment as "needing to be culled"

Your argument doesn't give any valid reason why the oversaturation of zombies in entertainment is a particularly negative thing. It just sounds like your bitching.

I suppose it's just that the current zombiefic plague is hogging pretty much everything, like vampires did. Not exactly a dire problem for culture as a whole, certainly not, but it's worth being talked about.

sketch_zeppelin:
The way I see it, Zombies still being popular isn't a big deal. Its just another option of entertainment. I never hear anyone saying. "I'm so sick of Comic Book movies", so why do zombies get so much shit for being popular. Theres still plenty of fun to be had with the subject and if your tired of it then go watch something else. It's not like Zombie's are the only option out there. I see the Zombie merchandise all over the place, I for one am not a fan of the Walking Dead Show, and i'm aware at just how many bad Zombie movies are out there. But I just ignore it. I don't single it out over all the other sub-genres of entertainment as "needing to be culled"

Your argument doesn't give any valid reason why the oversaturation of zombies in entertainment is a particularly negative thing. It just sounds like your bitching.

A Google search for "I'm sick of Comic Book movies" (with the quotes) yields almost 5,000 results whereas "I'm sick of Comic Book movies" gives us only 3,600 results. And at least comic book movies give us interesting stories.

The oversaturation of zombie movies is a particularly negative thing because nearly every single one of them follows the same generic and overused plotline. Even a smart book like World War Z was totally dumbed down in its big screen adaptation. Not to mention the premise is stupid and 100% unrealistic. Zombies are about as realistic as vampires and werewolves, and those are pretty stupid too.

Churrasco:

sketch_zeppelin:
The way I see it, Zombies still being popular isn't a big deal. Its just another option of entertainment. I never hear anyone saying. "I'm so sick of Comic Book movies", so why do zombies get so much shit for being popular. Theres still plenty of fun to be had with the subject and if your tired of it then go watch something else. It's not like Zombie's are the only option out there. I see the Zombie merchandise all over the place, I for one am not a fan of the Walking Dead Show, and i'm aware at just how many bad Zombie movies are out there. But I just ignore it. I don't single it out over all the other sub-genres of entertainment as "needing to be culled"

Your argument doesn't give any valid reason why the oversaturation of zombies in entertainment is a particularly negative thing. It just sounds like your bitching.

A Google search for "I'm sick of Comic Book movies" (with the quotes) yields almost 5,000 results whereas "I'm sick of Comic Book movies" gives us only 3,600 results. And at least comic book movies give us interesting stories.

The oversaturation of zombie movies is a particularly negative thing because nearly every single one of them follows the same generic and overused plotline. Even a smart book like World War Z was totally dumbed down in its big screen adaptation. Not to mention the premise is stupid and 100% unrealistic. Zombies are about as realistic as vampires and werewolves, and those are pretty stupid too.

So the premise of super heroes and comic book villains in movies is not also 100% unrealistic? The biggest pull for me in the zombie genre is the themes explored within them from the questions they pose about our society at large to how everyday people interact with each other and deal with emotions - I find the vast majority of comic book movies don't even come close. I see the likes of Batman smash the box office far more frequently and "successfully" than the shuffling Undead and I'm fine with that as there's room for all.

That is what I disagree with most, the thought that there isn't room for anything else and that a single thing that is allegedly over saturating the market (especially if there's more in another genre) is holding back others outside of it's focus. I just don't buy it at all. What are we missing, exactly?

Judging by how Nazi's are still going relatively strong as evil threat... Yea, not getting rid of our lovable but decomposing friends any time soon.

Zombies by now have long since moved out of the basement, and are just another flavour of faceless mooks, to be used when nazi's, ninja's, or mediterranean terrorists would be inappropriate.

The post-Apocalypse setting is a flavour like chocolate or vanilla - it never gets old. You can not like it, or you can burn out on it by consuming too much of it, but there's no reason it should go away.

Speaking personally, post-apoc settings creep me the hell out, but not so much that I lose interest. It's a good creepy - the kind of creepy that other people get from other horror genres that I can't tap into at all. Takes all sorts!

The supernatural flavor du jour goes through cycles. Granted, this latest zombie cycle has lasted longer than usual. But there are already signs of it shifting again. I'd thought we were due for another round of werewolves, but it seems the media is going for witches next.

I'm a bit disappointed that this was just a short opinion piece & there wasn't more meat to this article or anything really new to contribute. Also mentioning

is a pretty big spoiler to those who haven't read the book or seen the TV show...

As long as there is good stuff comming out on Zombie Apocalypse, I'll be on board. It's same as with Star Wars, as long as there is good stories comming from that universe, I'll be reading/watching them.

There is no need to be uninterested just because people feel bored of it. Each for their own. :)

I'm sorry, but we in Pittburgh won't be passing up the zombie phenomenon anytime soon. California would have to give up on oranges first.

Kolyarut:
The post-Apocalypse setting is a flavour like chocolate or vanilla - it never gets old. You can not like it, or you can burn out on it by consuming too much of it, but there's no reason it should go away.

Speaking personally, post-apoc settings creep me the hell out, but not so much that I lose interest. It's a good creepy - the kind of creepy that other people get from other horror genres that I can't tap into at all. Takes all sorts!

Yes, certainly, but post-apocalypse fiction doesn't necessarily equal zombie fiction. To continue on the food-theme, post-apoc is a Digestive biscuit, it's very versatile, and there's many things you can put on top, zombies being but one of them.

I have to agree with @deathbydeath and @sketch_zeppelin on this one. Not for nothing, but I'm not really swayed by this article...and I'm someone who doesn't even care about zombies.

I'm not saying we can't enjoy the apocalypse ever again but the real point of all apocalypse stories is the actual human interaction, the turns that society takes in the wake of a destruction of that magnitude.

This for me is something I disagree with. It's not that I don't like apocalypse media that deals with human interaction, but rather I don't think apocalypse media needs to be any one thing in particular. Sometimes I could give two shits about how people deal with the aftermath and am sometimes more interested in how people deal with an apocalypse in the moment or as it unfolds. Sometimes I'm honestly more interested in what led up to the apocalypse as opposed to what it actually is. All I'm saying is that I think when we start going down this line of "This is what the purpose of an apocalypse is" we start crossing into a territory that doesn't really allow for exceptions.

Also, onto the point of using other things, such as witches, ghosts, or aliens: I said this before in a previous thread about replacing vampire films with eldritch abomination films, it has nothing to do with the creature and more the mentality behind it. It's why I'm not swayed by arguments of "But it's a different creature/design" because, really, it isn't the design/creature that's the issue, it's how its used. Even if it's different, it's all for naught if the same mentality going into the previous films we considered shitty was being applied here instead.

I stopped caring about zombies quite a while ago.

Plenty of things in pop culture are over done.

Every time someone does the "Abloo bloo bloo! I'm tired of [THING X] which is overdone in pop culture, so EVERYONE ELSE should stop liking it too!" thing, it is always done completely without self awareness or the realization that the writer him/herself probably likes something else that is just as overdone and that some other people are probably just as tired of.

GoaThief:

Churrasco:

sketch_zeppelin:
The way I see it, Zombies still being popular isn't a big deal. Its just another option of entertainment. I never hear anyone saying. "I'm so sick of Comic Book movies", so why do zombies get so much shit for being popular. Theres still plenty of fun to be had with the subject and if your tired of it then go watch something else. It's not like Zombie's are the only option out there. I see the Zombie merchandise all over the place, I for one am not a fan of the Walking Dead Show, and i'm aware at just how many bad Zombie movies are out there. But I just ignore it. I don't single it out over all the other sub-genres of entertainment as "needing to be culled"

Your argument doesn't give any valid reason why the oversaturation of zombies in entertainment is a particularly negative thing. It just sounds like your bitching.

A Google search for "I'm sick of Comic Book movies" (with the quotes) yields almost 5,000 results whereas "I'm sick of Comic Book movies" gives us only 3,600 results. And at least comic book movies give us interesting stories.

The oversaturation of zombie movies is a particularly negative thing because nearly every single one of them follows the same generic and overused plotline. Even a smart book like World War Z was totally dumbed down in its big screen adaptation. Not to mention the premise is stupid and 100% unrealistic. Zombies are about as realistic as vampires and werewolves, and those are pretty stupid too.

So the premise of super heroes and comic book villains in movies is not also 100% unrealistic? The biggest pull for me in the zombie genre is the themes explored within them from the questions they pose about our society at large to how everyday people interact with each other and deal with emotions - I find the vast majority of comic book movies don't even come close. I see the likes of Batman smash the box office far more frequently and "successfully" than the shuffling Undead and I'm fine with that as there's room for all.

That is what I disagree with most, the thought that there isn't room for anything else and that a single thing that is allegedly over saturating the market (especially if there's more in another genre) is holding back others outside of it's focus. I just don't buy it at all. What are we missing, exactly?

Goole search for "i'm sick of pie" and you'll get about the same amount of results. you can always find people that don't like something. what i'm saying is that zombies aren't actually taking over the entertainment industry. there just getting a bit more love than they have before. If you don't like them then just ignore them. There's no need to post an article about how we need to stop caring about them as a sub-genre.

I disagree, zombies are not the problem, the problem is people being lazy. Very little seems to be being done with zombies in movies, tv, and video games. The zombies are mostly cannon fodder, there to be an action scene, and not much more. When there is more that can be done with zombies, and has been done, it just gets lost in all the crap.

Romero's Dawn of the Dead (movie)
Sankarea (anime)
George R.R. Martin's Meathouse Man (short story)
David Tallerman's Stockholm Syndrome (short story)
World War Z (book)
Organ Trail (videogame)
Telltale's The Walking Dead (videogame)
Dan Simmons's This Year's Class Picture (short story)

It's the same it's always been. The good stuff is sometimes hard to find, but worth it, then there's all the junk. Just now, the junk's popular. Stop watching shitty media, and when you do stumble across it understand someone did something wrong. and, Under the Dome? TV show, or book? Haven't read the book, and that's the nicest thing I can say about the TV show.

I've been sick and tired of zombies for a long time; the only Zombie game I ever really got into was DayZ, and DayZ basically has the zombies as scenery/mild annoyances when the real core of the game is player interactions and scavenging for gear/vehicles.

Zakarath:
I've been sick and tired of zombies for a long time; the only Zombie game I ever really got into was DayZ, and DayZ basically has the zombies as scenery/mild annoyances when the real core of the game is player interactions and scavenging for gear/vehicles.

DayZ is one of the only zombie games to get zombies right, other than their running and glitching of course heh.

Zombies are really not supposed to be the straight up adversaries, atleast not for long. they are supposed to be an environmental danger while survivors deal with the loss of everything that made life normal before and try to survive in the new more dangerous world and how they interact with one another.

Never understood why people believe a zombie apocolapse could last decades. At best 5 years. Winter would destroy a goid portion of them. Spring, maggots wpuld devour most flesh and tendents so moving zombies not high. Than the heat from dessert would mummify them if not onrease fly count or vultures would be abundent. Just my 2 cents.

Churrasco:

sketch_zeppelin:
The way I see it, Zombies still being popular isn't a big deal. Its just another option of entertainment. I never hear anyone saying. "I'm so sick of Comic Book movies", so why do zombies get so much shit for being popular. Theres still plenty of fun to be had with the subject and if your tired of it then go watch something else. It's not like Zombie's are the only option out there. I see the Zombie merchandise all over the place, I for one am not a fan of the Walking Dead Show, and i'm aware at just how many bad Zombie movies are out there. But I just ignore it. I don't single it out over all the other sub-genres of entertainment as "needing to be culled"

Your argument doesn't give any valid reason why the oversaturation of zombies in entertainment is a particularly negative thing. It just sounds like your bitching.

A Google search for "I'm sick of Comic Book movies" (with the quotes) yields almost 5,000 results whereas "I'm sick of Comic Book movies" gives us only 3,600 results. And at least comic book movies give us interesting stories.

The oversaturation of zombie movies is a particularly negative thing because nearly every single one of them follows the same generic and overused plotline. Even a smart book like World War Z was totally dumbed down in its big screen adaptation. Not to mention the premise is stupid and 100% unrealistic. Zombies are about as realistic as vampires and werewolves, and those are pretty stupid too.

Right, because realism has always been the ultimate gauge of good storytelling. I bet all the best, most critically acclaimed stories throughout history are super realistic.

This is disregarding other media, but I always figured zombies in gaming became so prevalent because their A.I. is just so easy to code compared to more sentient adversaries. If you're fighting Evil Paramilitary Organisation V-3294 they need to know how to move in a co-ordinated fashion, execute suppression fire and flanking manouevres, proper use and care of chest-high walls, etc. Zombies can just walk toward you moaning while they become a lead sponge.

I'm so sick of zombies. I hate every aspect of them. They aren't interesting. They aren't scary. The stories involving them are shit. The amount of times I've heard a friend talking about how much they "love" zombies and hope for a true zombie apocalypse drives me utterly insane. Let's not forget that no one most people know will be the "main characters". Every single one of us would be dead in the situation of a "true zombie apocalypse". It's obnoxious. It's stupid. It's just plain lazy writing.

Desert Punk:

Zakarath:
I've been sick and tired of zombies for a long time; the only Zombie game I ever really got into was DayZ, and DayZ basically has the zombies as scenery/mild annoyances when the real core of the game is player interactions and scavenging for gear/vehicles.

DayZ is one of the only zombie games to get zombies right, other than their running and glitching of course heh.

Zombies are really not supposed to be the straight up adversaries, atleast not for long. they are supposed to be an environmental danger while survivors deal with the loss of everything that made life normal before and try to survive in the new more dangerous world and how they interact with one another.

THANK YOU !

thats exactly how they are best used and its why the night of the living dead and dawn of the dead are still effective movies. they get boring when they are the primary focus and just devolve into a shooter with monsters. its the human interaction between the survivors that really hits it out of the park and why the walking dead game was so successful

actually worth checking out was a uk zombie show called dead set.. very well done and instead of consumerism its main theme was peoples obbsession for fame, etc there is one scene with a big brother producer feeding parts of a contestant to the horde.. " here you go eat it up!" not subtle but gets the point across

Neverhoodian:
Eh, zombies have never done much for me in the first place. Yes I enjoy certain zombie video games, but it's more for the gameplay elements they bring to the table (strong co-op in Killing Floor, zany combat in Dead Rising) than the subject matter itself.

Truth be told, I find the fascination to be a bit unsettling. To me, zombies feel like an excuse to kill and maim people (or at least approximations of them) without having to worry about the pesky morality that usually comes with hurting a fellow human being.

To add the final nail to the proverbial coffin, even if a "zombie apocalypse" were to happen, it wouldn't be nearly as apocalyptic as fiction makes it out to be.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html

Ah, one of my favorite articles. It drives home how nonsensical zombies are as enemies.

OT: I find it creepy people still obsess over ANY kind of apocalypse, whether it's zombie or biblical or Ragnorok or JAM (I still have to read that book), and 2012 came and went. The History Channel still runs shows about the "upcoming" end of the world NOW and they have to stop it. The world wasn't destroyed, society didn't collapse, the dead have not risen, and the planet just keeps on spinning.

All thanks to Desmond Miles. Requisite en Pace, amici.

Contrary to popular opinion I feel the time has come for even more zombies and zombie apocali. We need to double down on zombies. Fast zombies. Slow zombies. Infected, ghouls, the risen, give me more. Pile it on until I am suffocated beneath a writhing mass of zombie flesh.

Why can't we keep zombies, but expand into new areas as well? I rather enjoy zombies when done right and I believe there are still awesome games and stories to be made with zombies. Live and let live (again).

I don't get it. We should stop caring about the zombie apocalypse because there are other things?
We should stop caring about the zombie apocalypse because... something something human drama?
I fail to see the point of this article. Who is the author trying to convince exactly?

Its famous therefore its bad is all i got from this article.

Why cant we have zombies if we want them? Why must we hate everything that becomes mainstream?

Neverhoodian:
http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html

http://www.cracked.com/article_15643_5-scientific-reasons-zombie-apocalypse-could-actually-happen.html
Careful here citing Cracked, for you can find things backward.

Darth_Payn:

OT: I find it creepy people still obsess over ANY kind of apocalypse, whether it's zombie or biblical or Ragnorok or JAM (I still have to read that book), and 2012 came and went. The History Channel still runs shows about the "upcoming" end of the world NOW and they have to stop it. The world wasn't destroyed, society didn't collapse, the dead have not risen, and the planet just keeps on spinning.

All thanks to Desmond Miles. Requisite en Pace, amici.

People were obsessed with the end of the world way before the 2012 date misrepresentation and will be obsessed long after. 2012 isnt a magical date. we had doom and gloom in the 50s, in 1980, in 2000, plenty of them. This is probably your first more notable one so you think it passed and things are going down. they wont. ever. Or well, at least not until we can reverse entropy.

Strazdas:

Neverhoodian:
http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html

http://www.cracked.com/article_15643_5-scientific-reasons-zombie-apocalypse-could-actually-happen.html
Careful here citing Cracked, for you can find things backward.

Just because it could happen, doesn't mean it won't still fail.
Also, Check the source on the last entry on that one. The one with the highest "chance". It was dated April First.

That said, I don't hate zombies. I hate how the fans made them "tame". They're basically made into walking targets for the NRA enthusiast inside of us instead shambling pale reminders of mortality.

... Wow, no wonder I don't post much round here. Geez, did I mention that I do actually like most zombie media?
That said, I think I'll take this opportunity to plug Bogleech's thoughts on this because he needs more love and he puts it better than I ever could.
http://www.bogleech.com/halloween/hall12-zombies.html

TwistedEllipses:
I'm a bit disappointed that this was just a short opinion piece & there wasn't more meat to this article or anything really new to contribute. Also mentioning

is a pretty big spoiler to those who haven't read the book or seen the TV show...

Oops, I apologize. I didn't realize that this would be considered a spoiler. It's now been removed from the article. Thanks for pointing it out.

 

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