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:
1 | TellTale's The Walking Dead Game
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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