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Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Zombies.
Zombies are undead beings, often portrayed as rotting corpses risen from the grave. In legend and folklore they are said to feed off the brains of the living. Lacking their own, they wander mindlessly and clumsily with vacant expressions on their faces, often making a groaning sound.
In the last decade or two, zombies have become increasingly popular and appeared in many paranormal TV shows (The Walking Dead, In the Flesh, Bite Me, Being Human) and films (Shaun of the Dead, Warm Bodies, I am Legend, Degenerates, Dawn of the Dead, Zombieland). Many of these shows imagine a ‘zombie apocalypse’ in which they take over the world, turning everyone they feast on into zombies too. The outcome is usually bleak, with the remaining humans eventually being turned themselves, as zombies prove very difficult to kill when they are already dead. Zombies have also appeared in a lot of books recently, such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, This is Not a Test, The Rising, World War Z and many more.
In the Flesh
A Game of Thrones
Reanimated corpes (both human and animal) called wights feature in the series. They are creatures raised from the death by the White Walkers to act as their minions. They can be dead for weeks without showing sign of rot or decay as reanimation halts this process, but it cannot reverse damage that has already been done. They have icy blue eyes, like those of their master. They are virtually indestructible-even amputated limbs will still move around on their own, an decapitation is ineffective. Like the Inferi from Harry Potter, they can only be killed with fire. They lack speech and are not particularly intelligent.