Two Heads Are Better Than None

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.

 

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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!

Satisfy Your Hunger: Zombie Novels 101

Zombies…zombies…zombies…scared yet? Didn’t think so, but then again you obviously haven’t discovered some of the best zombie books to read in our generation.  With Halloween a little over a month away, now is the time to start reading all sorts of spooky and horrifying literature.  Sure, Stephen King novels are always popular in most respects, but there are countless other up-and-coming novelists and writers who offer incredible and gripping storylines.

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What exactly makes a zombie novel so great? While some literary scholars seem to turn up their noses at the thought of placing stories about zombies on a high level, the reality is that this topic is more popular than ever.  Avid readers of all ages want to hear about the undead rising again; whether it is in book, television series or movie form, we can’t seem to get enough!

It isn’t enough to have just some action scenes, gory violence and frightening details; a well-thought out and captivating zombie book will be unique.  It will have a well-thought out plot line with some additional twists that will leave the reader captivated until the very end of the book.  There are varying degrees of increasing violence and gore that has progressed over the past decades, but one thing will never change: people love captivating storylines.

Even musicians sometimes touch on the topic of zombies, such as the singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens.  With an elaborately named song off his “Chicago” album entitled “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhhh!!”, Stevens has obviously been influenced by the tales of the undead.  If you are looking to either write a riveting zombie book, or are looking for the best zombie books to read, remember the three basics: storyline, plot twists and engaging characters.