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  •  then again, maybe zombie stories are just cool. (0+ / 0-)

    The backbone of good fiction is conflict.  Zombie apocalypse stories provide ample conflict of all kinds -- people vs. zombies, people vs. other survivors, people vs. their own internal feelings about having to "kill" loved ones, people vs. natural forces (such as the plague in Walking Dead), people vs. their own basic needs (food, shelter, etc.).

    I realize Chomsky got asked so he had to come up with some kind of answer, but, really, I think zombie stories are popular because they're just good stories.  Ya got horror, ya got action, ya got sci-fi elements, ya got loads of chances for characterization.  I don't think it stems from any deep-seated stuff in our psyche, or is capturing any kind of zeitgeist... it's just a chance for good storytelling.

    Plus, they're fun to write.  I've done a few, just for the hell of it.  Here's one if anybody's interested.

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 10:15:32 AM PST

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