Posts Tagged: Barb

Episode 269: Shut Up, Ted

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Just Ignore Him In nearly every group of survivors in nearly every zombie story, there’s always one person who is not only useless, but also tends to complain and act overly dramatic and generally make things even worse for everyone else. Advertisers like to call this character “The one you love to… Read more »

Episode 268: Every Group Has One

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Village Asshole Every zombie story, and really most horror stories in general, tend to have a character who is just a complete jerk for no good reason. Often, this character thinks he’s better than the rest of the survivors, or is too concerned with his own safety to worry at all… Read more »

Episode 267: Zombie Survival Ethics

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Good Samaritan Being a hero in a zombie story is often defined as being a person who somehow survives in the face of incredible odds. Being a good person seems to be optional, and – often – a liability. This leads to all sorts of interesting questions about the nature of… Read more »

Episode 266: Wait a Minute…

Zombie Cliche Lookout: What Was That? People in horror movies are different from people in the real world in a lot of ways, but perhaps the most important is the fact that they’re much, much stupider. You can tell this because they tend to ask a lot of ridiculously stupid questions (others might point out… Read more »

Bonus Features Episode 30: Lawyer Up

Bonus Feature Cliché Lookout: I Want My Lawyer Here’s the thing about people demanding lawyers when they’re being questioned by the police: TV and movies have conditioned us to think that it’s something only bad guys do to give the cops a hard time, bide time, and eventually get out of trouble on a “technicality”…. Read more »

Episode 159

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Saying goodbye, especially when you know it’s a final goodbye, is important. In a survival situation, it’s a chance at closure. It could mean getting over a loss faster, which means less time spent distracted. Of course, being in a survival situation probably means you don’t have a whole lot of time… Read more »

Episode 158

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Once a character is bitten, he/she tends to follow a few familiar trajectories. If it’s an especially sympathetic character, they’ll most likely stick around so their slow, painful death is a constant reminder of how much you liked the character and how awful it is that they’re leaving. If they’re the token asshole, odds… Read more »

Episode 157

Zombie Cliché Lookout: The great Russian playwrite Anton Chekhov had a rule about showing important looking items. The Cliff’s Notes version is this: If you’re going to show a chainsaw, then you damn well use it at some point, or your readers are going to be understandably upset. What Chekhov didn’t mention, and what could… Read more »