Zombie Cliche Lookout: Desperation
It’s hard to find a zombie story about someone who is actually prepared to survive. The reason for that is very simple: it’s a lot harder to put a prepared person into peril compared to a non-prepared person.
For starters, they have both equipment and know-how to help them get through most trials, so you either come up with ridiculously dangerous situations, or try to strip away their preps. Second, because they’re prepared, it becomes less necessary for them to take stupid risks to get what they need, meaning you need to come up with some sort of reason to get them out there in harms way.
There’s also the connection to the audience. The average person doesn’t have months of food in their basement, or a collection of guns and the knowledge to use them safely and effectively. The audience, by and large, is going to have a tougher time associating with someone who can calmly assess a problem, come up with a workable plan, and drawn from a considerable reservoir of experience and materials.
About this Episode:
This little mini-arc is something I struggled with a bit. I am very much anti-looting, but I also wanted to people my story with everyday people trust into the story with little but the clothes on their back.
Discussion Question: Dress Appropriately
We normally talk about the more exciting aspects of zombie survival: cool guns, awesome vehicles, and badass survival buddies. Sometimes we talk about the more philosophical aspects of surviving and living with yourself afterward. But then there’s the stuff that we just take for granted. Clothing, for instance. In a situation where you can only carry so much, and can’t count on washers and driers to keep you smelling nice, how do you cope? What are appropriate clothes to survive the zombie apocalypse. How much do you need, and how to you keep them reasonably clean?