Z is for Zoology
Killer animals? What a cool idea! Not popular in the apocalyptic genre.....
OK. Let’s stop pretending. We know what this post is actually going to be........
Z is for ZOMBIE
Yep, the last post of this challenge and my favourite apocalyptic scenario – Zombies! You can’t turn anywhere in the reading world nowadays without running across a few zombies now and then. Whether in YA or adult literature, our fascination with zombies only continues to grow. Why? Because they are a damn scary thought – many other apocalyptic scenarios you could just stock up on bread and dry biscuits and hide out in your home until the heat dies down, but with zombies your dearly beloved aren’t just going to die, they’re going to die and try to EAT you!
There are so many variations on zombie books it’s impossible to get them all down in writing – there’s the action-man hero who goes out to battle zombies, the family trying to ride out the apocalypse together, groups of random survivors, average Joe’s trying to get home to their families, teenagers trying to find their place in the post-Z world, military POV’s, survival handbooks.
So what makes a good zombie book for me? As I read so many I need uniqueness to make them stand alone from all the others. But below are my generalizations for what makes a great zombie book for me, and what I think will also appeal to other readers.
Scenario: The dead are walking! As news programs broadcast live action of the zombapocalypse over the airwaves, panic begins and people try to make their way home to their loved ones. Using whatever make-shift weapons they can get their hands on, as others fall victim to the horrific hordes, several characters make their way through a chaotic city.
Characters: an average Joe, a kick arse chick with an attitude and a teenage boy band together to make it out of the city. Unlikely allies, they learn more about each other on their quest to make it out of the city unscathed, gather up their families and try and find a safe place to ride out the rotting storm.
Location: Any big city or largish town can work. The apocalypse itself starts locally, a mutated disease leaked from a research facility, or bought back from the deepest jungle by an ill traveler.
Stand-alone or Series: Either – it depends on your eventual outcome for your characters. Does it end when they find their families and refuge from the undead? Do they split up and there are separate stories to tell? Is there a focus on long-term survival?
This is just one possible scenario that I enjoy in zombie books – there are many others out there, with a bigger or smaller focus on the actual zombies, concentrating on relationship development or long-term survival, gory and clean, scary and funny, YA and adult. The point is, there are so many possibilities, you can make your story unique and stand out from the masses.
I hope you have enjoyed my A-Z challenge and hopefully learnt some more about the apocalyptic genre, either as a reader or a writer. If I’ve unintentionally stolen the storyline to a book you have read or a book you have written, let me know so I can read it – after all I’ve just outlined all my favourite scenarios and chances are I’ll love the book too!