As the autumn continues on, the latest hit television shows are enrapturing millions of Americans as we speak. Without a doubt, The Walking Dead has the largest audience in the cable industry, and it is no small wonder: the public is always ready to watch and read anything zombie and apocalypse-related. Many of the best urban fiction books are geared towards these topics, and there truly is an undeniable appeal towards these quality stories; why is it that we are so obsessed with the undead as a society?
As a nation, I think it is fair to say that we have a distinct tendency to desire chaos, drama and entertain our senses to the max. In a way, we have become desensitized to most forms of violence; do you think that the movie ratings or video game ratings mean anything at all any longer? The reality is that the thrill of an engaging story, especially when geared towards a topic such as zombies, truly makes the mind spin. Questions arise, such as whether this could happen in real life; most individuals undoubtedly have a secret desire that the undead would arise, giving them plenty of opportunity to take out their anger and despair on hordes of targets.
Violence is just one piece of the puzzle, however. If you went to see a movie and all it offered was action and violence, yet no storyline, most would feel that it was somewhat lacking. The same can be said for novels and stories; violence within a story can be gripping, but the overall premise should have solid character development and a story that makes you want to re-read it over and over.
Two heads are better than none: rather than endless decapitated villains and creatures, the concept should focus on you, the reader, having a connection with the main character. As we approach Halloween, keep this in mind when looking for new and exciting fiction novels to read!