Posts Tagged: Murphy

Episode 523: Let’s Do It

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Ready? Zombie fiction, and indeed horror in general, is chock full of characters getting injured and then having to try to power through the pain to get to safety. The oldest, hoariest example, of course, is the young woman who falls while running away and hurts her ankle. Of course, that’s been… Read more »

Episode 522: A Little Help

Zombie Cliche Lookout: On Your Feet This trope is a staple in both horror and war fiction. When a character is injured in the zombie apocalypse (or in a war), they simply don’t have the luxury of taking it easy until they can heal up properly. Instead, they’re forced to get back on their feet… Read more »

Episode 521: Assignments

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A (Menial) Job for Everyone One of my favorite parts of Max Brooks’ World War Z was where it talked about the way people had to adapt to a completely different social structure in the zombie apocalypse. People who were once very powerful were doing menial jobs and even taking orders from… Read more »

Episode 520: Employment Status

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Simpler Times If you look hard enough, you can always find a silver lining on any cloud. Even clouds as big and dark as the clouds of the zombie apocalypse. Actually, there are a lot of people out there who fantasize about it, but that’s just because they’re focusing way too much… Read more »

Episode 519: I Guess I’m Sorry

Zombie Cliche Lookout: You Are Not Your Job Fight Club quotation aside, this is very much a zombie or post-apocalyptic trope. A person’s profession is often a large part of their personal identity. In addition to the loss of income and security, the blow to your identity is one of the big stressors that comes… Read more »

Episode 518: Are You a Killer?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Murder is Still Wrong Even in the face of the zombie apocalypse, there are certain truths we cling to. I’m no psychologist, but I would imagine that this stems from our need to draw order out of chaos. The worse the situation, the stronger our need to find the universal tenets that… Read more »

Episode 517: Monsters

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Body Count If you want to show how evil a person is, there are a couple of well defined shortcuts. Having them abuse a child or a dog is usually a sure-fire way to get your audience to absolutely despise a character. Even those who don’t particularly like kids or dogs don’t… Read more »

Episode 516: Small Differences

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Not Zombies One of the interesting things about zombie fiction is that killing zombies is a guilt-free exercise. Yes, sometimes authors try to wring a lot of drama out of people having to kill the reanimated corpses of loved ones, but by and large you can kill a zombie and not feel… Read more »