Zombie Cliche Lookout: Supplies (Or Lack Thereof)
One way zombie stories tend to pile on against the survivors is to severely limit the amount of supplies they have. When access to food, potable water, warm and clean clothes, ammunition, and weapons is limited, the danger level goes way, way up.
Of course this trope isn’t limited just to zombie stories. A lot of adventure stories do the same. I recently reread The Hobbit, and I was amazed at how often Bilbo and company lost their supplies, or found themselves on the brink of starvation.
About this Episode:
When you create a character, it often helps to pull certain traits from people you know. This helps them feel more realistic, balanced, and grounded. In this case, I’m basing a bit of Handyman’s (he’ll get a real name soon, I promise) personality on my dad. My dad starts every day with a cup of coffee and a smoke, then proceeds to continue to consume both throughout the course of the day. I really wish he’d knock off the smoking part.
Discussion Question: Zombie Strength
I’ve always subscribed to the idea that zombies should have roughly the same physical abilities as a living person (barring injury/damage of course). Mental abilities and coordination, on the other hand, would be significantly reduced. To compensate, zombies don’t have the same weaknesses we do: no need to eat, sleep, etc.
However, on the question of strength, one idea I find interesting is that zombie can seem stronger than regular people because they use one hundred percent of their stregnth, while the rest of us (or so I’m told) limit the amount of power we use to prevent damage. Of course, the decay factor should probably be considered in there somewhere. What impact does that have, especially if your zombies don’t decay at a natural rate.
I’m curious what everyone thinks of this. Do zombies have the same level of strength as the living? A bit more? Less to to muscle and tendon/ligament decomposition?