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The Walking Dead

24 Jul

Walking Dead

The phenomenon of “Walking Dead” isn’t really surprising. They tell a damn good story. And it’s ZOMBIES! Who doesn’t love a good zombie flick?

But it isn’t the zombies that make Walking dead great. In fact, the zombies don’t always play a huge role in the story. They are an obstacle for the characters to overcome. They are a background. But they are not the true focus of the story.

The major theme in movies like “Resident Evil” and “28 Days Later” is the zombies. How did they happen? How do they escape from them? How many interesting ways can we kill them? How much blood can we show on screen?

“Walking Dead” centers around the survivors, their interactions, and their characters. How do they cope with being alone? How do they interact? Who do they turn to?

Themes of racism, adultery, survival, and family overshadow the zombies. The zombies are present, and often become tools used by the writers to pull the characters together, or push them apart, but the zombies are not the theme of the story.

“Walking Dead” showcases how a character driven story can really captivate an audience no matter what the backdrop of the story may be. They managed to take something that is usually used as a two hour show and stretch it into two seasons of some of the best TV I have seen in a while. This is, of course, my opinion, and I am partial to zombie movies, so take that with a grain of salt. However, the ratings don’t like. People love this show.

Remember this in your own writing. A great book is usually about the interaction between characters, not the sensational item. Throw in a zombie, a dragon, a wizard or a spy. If your characters don’t make us feel something (amazement, sadness, laughter, edge of our seat suspense) then we won’t care to come back and read again.

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3 Comments

Posted by on July 24, 2012 in On Writing

 

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3 responses to “The Walking Dead

  1. Skippy

    July 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    If you love the TV show you will absolutely LOVE the comic series. The tv show was based off of Robert Kirkmen’s comic by the same name. He changes some parts from the Comic to the screen but not in a bad way just a whoa that’s different type of thing. You should really look into reading the comics I think you would love them!

     
    • CrissyMoss

      August 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

      I’ve wanted to check out the comic, and the game. I’ve been looking at the game on Steam for a while… looks very cool.

       
      • Skippy

        August 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        I’ve played the first chapter of the game and it’s alright. totally check out the comics though. they are amazing

         

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