Zombie Cliche Lookout: Binary Choices
This one isn’t specific to zombie stories by any means, but it’ll certainly show up there. I’m speaking, of course, of when the leader character will boil down the options available to the group into two broad, mutually exclusive options. This is generally just a bit of narrative streamlining. Sure, there are loads of other options available, and there is plenty of overlap between many of the options, but all that gets far too complicated to get across to an audience. The answer, just reduce the options down to two and force people to pick a side.
In this case, our heroes could do a few different things. They could secure the house temporarily to prepare to flee. They could barricade the house and work on some way to distract the zombies or draw them away. They could hunker down and only send one person off to try to find help or lead the zeds away. I could go on and on.
About this Episode:
I’m not sure if it comes across here or not, but I’m trying to show Barb walking back and forth as she delivers this little monologue. The idea is to mimic a scene that shows up in a lot of military and action movies where the leader character is trying to pump up the heroes to go out and kick some ass.
Discussion Question: Options C – Z
Maybe this is a lame question, but when I was doing the above write-up I kept returning to it. Other than the options Barb listed, and the additional ones I enumerated about, what else could these characters do to try to survive? Are any of these choices better than the others? Any of them a surefire way to end up as zombie food?