5 April 2016

8 Things that have Prepared Me for the Zombie Apocalypse*

Okay, so maybe I'm one of those geeks that secretly would love the Zombie Apocalypse to happen because I've watched the films, played the games, and read so many books I would do better on a zombie survival test than any academic exam. Yes, I would go as far to say I am prepared. Want to feel as prepared as me? Here's some zombie inspiration:

The Walking Dead has so many forms: TV series, graphic novel, novel and a game (am I missing any? Did it become a popular beverage when I wasn't looking?) but my favourite form is the original series by TellTale where you play as Lee, a convicted criminal who gets a second chance in a world where the dead are rising. As Lee, you have to try to get to safety, making decisions for the group you're in that have serious consequences. It's story driven and had me in tears, if you haven't played it yet then go and experience it first hand. 

2 | The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey novel

This book. It made my Top 10 Books of 2015 because it is such an interesting take on zombies in a creepy yet wonderful way. And the worst part is I can't even talk about it too much because I would spoil it. I promise it's about zombies and it helped open my eyes when it comes to prioritising what to focus on in a zombie filled world.  

3 | Zombieland (2009)

I love lists, rules and preparedness so of course I loved Zombieland. I want to see Columbus's extensive list most of all because this flagged up a whole wave of things you wouldn't initially think about when it' the end of the world. Zombies aren't the only threat out there. Seatbelts are always important, remember that.

4 | Mira Grant's Newsflesh Trilogy

Now this one I did have a little bit of mixed feelings over, but that's mainly because it was bogged down in a lot of American politics. However, this is mainly about bloggers going out in to the wild to document the zombie hordes first hand since, in this future, bloggers become the most trusted source of news. If I've learnt anything from this, it's that it's a new world out there with a stricter hygiene rules if civilasation survives, get over your fear of needles.

5 | Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The wonderful comedy that I have watched to death since it came out 12 years ago. Who knew a pub could be a safe base? That a simple cricket bat could be a weapon? That you could disguise yourself as a zombie so easily and it might just work? For me, this is the iconic film that told me that pretty much anything can be a weapon against a zombie if you use your imagination.

6 | Twilight Creations Inc's Zombies!!! Board Game

The board game where you have to race to the helipad to get to safety, surviving by recovering ammo and supplies along the way. Maybe this one didn't prepare me as much as the others - tightened up my decision making ability when surrounded by the walking dead, maybe - but honestly, it's a super fun board game and you definitely need to experience it at least once.

7 | Dead Rising

Man, does this game feel old. As old as I feel it is (to be fair, 2006 was 10 years ago) it proves how resourceful a shopping mall can be when trying to survive so close to zombie hordes. And how fun. Hey, it's the end of the world - why not enjoy it?

8 | Night of the Living Dead (1968)

And basically all of the George A. Romero films ever made. This guy is basically the King of Zombies right? You need to watch every vintage zombie film you can to learn from the rookie mistakes made when it comes to zombie survival, and to see how it would pan out staking it out at a mall or a military base or an abandoned house. 

Still don't feel prepared enough? Well, firstly it's because you're still at your computer and you have all that reading, watching and playing to do (chop chop!). Thankfully, Compost Direct* have set up a quick image with lots of tips to help you survive; look, listen and learn:

So, be honest with me now. Would you survive the zombie apocalypse?

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  1. I love Zombieland and for me, is the ultimate check list.
    Must do cardio ;)

    1. You'd think it would be motivation for me to get running but no such luck ;)

  2. My boyfriend owns a gun shop. And we live in front of it. So the large supply of ammo, weapons (Including two machines guns), and sharp shooter boyfriend who teaches me to be a sharpshooter = zombie apocalypse (and civil war) prepared. ;)

    1. Haha! Can I come to your house when the zombies come?

  3. I must read The Girl With All The Gifts!! As for my surival of the zombie apocalypse...I feel like I forfeited that when I had a kid haha! Though she's getting older so perhaps we'd stand a change. I'd certainly fight like hell, and we can both run well (the hubs, not so much) so maybe!

    1. Girl with All the Gifts is fantastic! Get on it!! And I've seen so many zombie things where children sruvive (The Last of Us, Zombieland, etc) so you're totally fine ;)

  4. The importance of the double tap cannot be overstated!

    1. This is the one that has stuck with me. I practically scream this at the television if a character doesn't do it.

  5. I'm definitely pro apocalypse. I think 28 Days Later was one of the films that's mentally prepared me. That and a few that you mentioned - Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. Also, skills from Resident Evil will come in handy me thinks.

    1. Yeah I was thinking about Resident Evil and Left for Dead, they didn't prepare me AS MUCH as some of the others but they did cross my mind when I was making this list :)

  6. I got really secretly excited when I moved to my flat out in the country because I thought it would be really useful in the apocalypse. You know, because out here I can erm...grow vegetables and avoid all the zombies, I guess? Now I just need to learn how to grow vegetables haha.