Zombie Cliché Lookout: Be Quiet!
The thing about zombies is that they’re easiest to deal with in small numbers. Alone or in ones or twos, you can take them out of just avoid them. In a big horde, things get significantly more difficult. So it stands to reason that people who want to survive should probably do everything in their power to avoid bringing hundreds of flesh eating cannibals into their midst. So things like yelling, shooting guns, setting off explosives, and blasting music at high volume should all be done with care. Long story short: be quiet.
This is an interesting trope in zombie stories. While it seems like a hard and fast rule, it generally only gets invoked for one of two reasons:
- The plot calls for a giant zombie onslaught
- One character needs to look smarter or more prepared than another character by pointing out how reckless (s)he’s being
Generally speaking, character can be as loud as they want any other time. They’re also generally free to dawdle around, or even wander off on their own unless the writer/director needs to kill or infect a major character for some reason.
Discussion Question: Speed, Strength, or Stealth?
What’s the most important physical factor when it comes to surviving the zombie apocalypse: speed, strength, or stealth? Also, which do you possess the most of?
For me, I would think the ability to get around quietly would be the most important thing, followed closely by the ability to get the hell away with a quickness. Unfortunately for me, I’m big and clumsy, so speed and stealth are both more or less out of the question.
Two items this time around. Can anyone guess what they are?
First up, we’ve gotten almost 50 responses to the survey so far. Thanks a ton to everyone who responded. I’m leaving it open for a bit longer for and heal draggers.
Second, the 16×16 Challenge is ending in another day. We’ve got a lot of fantastic entries so far, but there’s still time to submit yours!