Zombie Cliche Lookout: Perspective
If a crowd of ten people witnesses an event, odds are you’re going to get ten very different descriptions of what happened. Eye witnesses, as it happens, are kind of terrible. Our minds do all sorts of things to the stimuli we take in, ignoring some, focusing on others, and maybe twisting a few through the lens of our preconceived notions. In the words of Chico Marx, “Who you gonna’ believe, me or your own eyes?”
That perspective, while flawed, is very important. It can turn a hero into a villain, an honest mistake into a terrifying conspiracy. When tension is already high, it can make mountains out of molehills. On the other hand, if we’re conditioned to expect something, we may end up ignoring all sorts of evidence to the contrary.
What does this have to do with zombies? Well, obviously everything is worse with zombies.
About this Episode:
A lot of you guys called this little twist, although we haven’t actually seen what’s behind the store so we don’t have anything in the way of specifics.
Discussion Question: Your Zombie Rules
I recently asked what everyone’s favorite type of discussion question was, and a few people pointed out some potential issues with questions about how zombies work. Specifically, they stated that most people just follow the rules from whatever media is the most influential (e.g. The Walking Dead, Left 4 Dead). Essentially, there are no hard and fast rules.
This is one of the things I really like about the genre. A zombie from your short story can have completely different rules than the zombie from my RPG, but they’re still both zombies. Of course, it’s easy to overdo it with the unique zombie rules, but that’s a whole other topic.
So today’s question is: where do your zombie rules come from? Do you stick to one source? Mix and match? Come up with some on your own?