Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Most Dangerous Game
If there’s one trope that zombie stories love returning to, it’s that people are far more dangerous than zombies. Sure, zombies are horrifying in a number of different ways, but they lack intellect and the ability to cooperate in any meaningful way. Zombies also lack the capability to recognize right and wrong. They have no consciousness, and thus the things they do can’t really be seen as evil. Zombies are much more of a force of nature than a “monster” in the moral sense. Yes, they kill people, but they do so out of animistic instinct rather than maliciousness.
The living, on the other hand, are very capable of evil. Beyond capable, even. We’re quite good at it, when we set our minds to it. While zombies are the draw in their own horror stories, they can never hold a candle to the evil that living humans can bring to the narrative.
About this Episode:
I’m trying very hard to maintain three comics a week. For the past two weeks, I’ve carved out a chunk of my weekend to write, shoot, edit, and post them. It’s worked so far, but there have been compromises. I simply don’t have as much time as I have before, and I’m spending most of it on the production of the comic itself. As a result, you are likely to find a lot more typos and grammatical errors in the write-ups. I apologize for this, and I hope you’ll have be patient with me as I figure out a good way to continue with the site.
Discussion Question: Evil People in Zombie Stories
As discussed above, there’s no hoarier a trope in zombie stories than living people being the real monsters. Naturally, this manifests in all sorts of ways, but it’s an element in the vast majority of zombie tales. The question is, has it been overdone? Don’t get me wrong here. It’s a trope because it’s likely true; there would indeed be awful, morally repellant people in the zombie apocalypse. Many of them, even. Despite that, I can’t help but feeling that zombie stories lean a little too heavily on the cliche. Maybe that’s just me though. What do you guys think?