The Zombie Apocalypse

I was racing to lock up the library and go home, when I stopped to jot down a to-do list for the next day. If I didn’t write down all the things on my mind, I’d forget them by morning.

  1. Work on the Book Club Grant
  2. Review the 3rd grade book club book
  3. Read the Teen Book Club book
  4. Plan the Zombie Apocalypse

There’s nothing quite like the to-do list of a librarian and a writer to give normal people pause.

Technically, I suppose one doesn’t plan the zombie apocalypse unless one is a zombie. As a mere mortal, I should be planning to buy lasix in uk survive the zombie apocalypse. My writing friends tell me they want me on their team when the apocalypse comes due to my former lives as a nurse and a farmer. I do know how to stitch people up and grow things to eat. Still even though I might have a chance being useful in the zombie apocalypse, I can’t say reading or writing about it is very appealing. Give me a story with a kick-ass heroine and a sword and I’m happy, but I have issues with zombies.

At the library where I work though, the teens love zombie stories. So, I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with them mostly to get them to consider reading Pride and Prejudice. I figured if Elizabeth Bennett is my all-time favorite smart-ass heroine, how much better would she be with a sword? Unfortunately, I really wanted Elizabeth to have a smarter foe. If you are going to be great with a sword, you should be using it against someone with a brain. The teens loved the zombies and hated the regency romance. So, I’m planning a teen writing program on writing new zombie apocalypse stories. Maybe I can get the teens excited about writing a better zombie narrative. One with a little more brains.

Fortunately, I discovered a great book called Stem to Story by 826 National, a book of activities that combine writing and STEM. They have a chapter on “Rewriting the Zombie Apocalypse” by Julius Diaz Panorińgan that combines a great deal of actual science about how diseases spread with student’s creating new zombie stories.  If you think about it, there are loads of things that cause diseases and loads of ways for those diseases to spread. So, if we apply that to zombies, they can be created in multiple ways. They can be fought in multiple ways. Usually though, zombie narratives utilize some kind of disease metaphor. An epidemic occurs. The dead rise. They have an insatiable hunger. Their bite infects the living, creating more zombies, which need to be killed before they spread the infection.

Zombies always have an insatiable hunger and that is where the story could have so much meaning. What if zombies and their hungers are metaphors for something that really exists in this world? This is what I want the teens to explore in their new zombie narratives. If zombies are mindless empty creatures hungrily and greedily craving more, what can that be a metaphor for in our current day? What kinds of satirical or metaphorical stories can we tell about society as zombie narratives?

So, I’m planning the zombie apocalypse. I guess, we’ll see who is left standing when it’s all over.