Zombie Cliche Lookout: Home Sweet Home
We all hold a special place in our heart for home. It’s a place we look forward to getting to at the end of a long day. It’s a place of safety and comfort. I would assume these feelings would become even more prevalent in the zombie apocalypse. I imagine this would present itself in two ways. First, people would be very, very hesitant about leaving their homes and the perceived security therein, even when supplies are running low and it’s becoming very dangerous to stay put. Secondly, people would very quickly associate “home” with a place of relative safety.
We see both of these things happen often in zombie stories, and we just as often see those things used to add additional stress and challenge to the survivors. Imagine returning “home” after a tiring and dangerous supply run, only to find it completely surrounded by zombies. Not a great way to end a day, is it?
About this Episode:
I don’t know why, but I always like to be sure to show characters learning things as part of the plot. I guess it’s because it bothers me so much when I read a story where a character knows something, even though we’ve never seen them learning it at any point. No, I’m not talking about things like learning how to weld or speak Spanish, I just mean generally information about things going on. In this case, Murphy and Inez need to learn about the zombies outside the cabin.
I’m probably taking the concept too far.
We’ve been getting some mighty impressive entries in the Double-Down Challenge. You’ve only got to the end of the month – 15 days of this posting – to get your entries in, so get crackin’!
Discussion Question: Scariest Dream?
This question popped into my head over the weekend as I was driving out to my in-laws. What’s the scariest dream you’ve ever had?
For me, the scariest dreams are always those that are the most plausible. If they hew very, very close to reality, they tend to get a much bigger reaction out of me. Without a doubt the creepiest dream I’d ever had was when my son was a baby. I dreamed that I woke up because of the baby monitor, but instead of hearing him crying, I could hear the voice of a strange man trying to keep him quiet. Needless to say, I sprang out of bed in a complete panic and rushed into his room, finding him alone and sleeping.
In a similar experience, I once dreamed that I woke up, rolled over to look out the window, and saw a man staring back in at him. That one scared the hell out of me too.