In which I pontificate on The Walking Dead
A story about a ‘Walking Dead’ promotional event features a few choice quotes from yours truly:
Lively interest in undead
Created exclusively for the venue by local talent booker and “Dead” fan Matt Beringer and Nicotero’s speaking engagement agent Scott Wolfman, the event sold out the first weekend it went on sale (outside of a few scattered solo seats), prompting an encore presentation Saturday night.
Interest in the undead has rarely been as lively as in recent years, with genre diversifications ranging from high-minded horror (“28 Days Later”), to an undead classic novel mashup (the book “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”), to “zom-coms” such as “Zombieland,” “Shaun of the Dead” and “Warm Bodies.”
“My personal take is the recent rise of zombie titles correlates with the digital age,” said Brendan Riley, an associate professor of English who teaches “Zombies in Popular Media” at Columbia College Chicago and contributed an essay to the book “The Triumph of the Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen.”
“It’s distancing us from each other and ourselves, and in some ways zombies reflect our fear of being out of control.”
More storytellers are realizing that “zombies are the most interesting kind of monster because they allow so many different kinds of stories to be told,” Riley said. “It allows for tales of paranoia, it allows us to tell stories of how we treat one another, it challenges the ideas of what it is to be a person.”