I’ll Take the Slow Moving Zombie, Please
Slow vs. fast moving zombies is a debate that has been going on ever since the fast zombie started making their appearance in movies like Dawn of the Dead and Resident Evil. Some like the idea of a full-on chase scene with jaw-crunching zombies that have sprinting styles that could easily go head-to-head with any Olympic gold medalist long distance runner.
I, for one, say no. I would not enjoy that one bit.
I’m perfectly aware that my ability to survive in a zombie apocalyptic world, even with slow moving zombies, is slim. (Terrifying situations cause me to become a deer in headlights. I know this. I understand this). But to toss in some running zombies, as if zombies themselves aren’t scary enough, and my chance of survival goes from slim to not happening at all.
My fingers want to cling to the slim chance. Let’s not take that away.
And, running sucks. I’ve tried it, even ran a race, but I don’t want to ever do that again. I’m a fan of breathing and running makes breathing hard. With slow zombies, I could walk REAL fast, breath just fine, and possibly be okay. And “possibly” is so much better than “not gonna happen.”
All that aside, zombies represent death. It’s that one thing we are all afraid of and are doing our best to keep at bay for as long as humanly possible. Every day we live, is one day that death creeps a little closer. That’s scary.
The slow build-up of something bad and dark progressively coming closer and closer is also incredibly terrifying. It’s there. It’s coming. It’s just a matter of time. Anticipation alone gets the heart pumping and the adrenaline going. With fast zombies, BOOM, they’re there in your face, no build up. Where’s the fun in that?
With slow zombies, they’re also easier and much more fun and creative ways to kill them. That’s a plus right there. Baseball bats, lawnmowers, blow torches, saws, pitchforks, big knives, a knitting needle, pointy fence posts, grandma’s knick-knacks, etc…The opportunities are endless. But with a fast zombie…you better have a gun. A big gun. That’s it. There’s no wiggle room there. If you don’t have a big gun, then a fast zombie will be munching on your face quicker than you’d like.
Slow zombies: you can run them over with your car and get away.
Fast zombies: will surround your vehicle before you can turn the key and then they will eat you. Eat you.
Slow zombies: You need a horde of them to actually kill you. On their own, they’re manageable.
Fast zombies: All you need is one to kill you. And a horde of fast moving zombies…. ha,ha,ha, you’re screwed. No point in wasting bullets. Just lie down and get it over with.
I guess it really just comes down to this: hope. With hordes of slow moving, progressively getting closer zombies there is still hope. And where there is hope people will do everything within their ability to survive. We can argue the fine points of dead muscle mass and rotting bodies parts making it near impossible for the zombie to be a runner, but that would be mute.
It’s all about hope. With slow zombies we have hope, we have a chance, however slim, and we have possibility. Everyone wants a chance at survival. Besides, slow zombies are bad enough. Why in the world would we ever want to speed that up?
Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West–and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs. (Photo © Scott Cornford)
Summary for Survivor Roundup – Red always knew she would have to face the man who nearly destroyed her. She just didn’t figure it would happen so soon… With the plague sweeping across the nation, destroying many and turning others into walking corpses, survivors head West in search of a chosen land, a place designed to keep the infected out, while sealing survivors inside.
In theory, the idea seems the only way to keep humanity alive. In practice, it doesn’t matter whether a person is on the inside or the out—there is no humanity… And even though John Gatherum hunted her down and instigated their reunion, Red’s no longer the passive girl he once manipulated. This time, she has a hidden agenda of her own. Kill him. Save her family. Save herself.
Angela is kindly giving away FIVE (5) book bundles:
- For ONE WINNER the bundle will comprise of a signed finished copy of book one, WANTED: Dead or Undead and book two, Survivor Roundup, along with a little zombie extra!
- For FOUR WINNERS the bundles will comprise of an ebook of book one, WANTED: Dead or Undead and an eARC of book two, Survivor Roundup.
For entry into the giveaway please answer the following question then fill out the form below: What is your favourite zombie movie?
This giveaway is International and ends 12:00am GMT 30th November 2012
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