Pride and Prejudice + Zombies the film

So, a few weeks ago, I watched Pride and Prejudice + Zombies for the first time. I was on Netflix one day, and I just happened to stumble across it. So, thinking of this class because I know we will be discussing the book soon, I decided to watch it, and I have to say, I was not disappointed. When I clicked start, I thought this was going to be a boring movie. However, was I ever wrong! I enjoyed the movie so much that at some point, I plan to go back and watch it again. My favorite part of the film would have to be the interactions between Darcy and Elizabeth. I am not a romantic person, and am satisfied with watching one romance movie, or reading a romance novel, a year. However, I enjoyed Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship, and the build up to it. Plus, it was not a super cheesy romance either that you see in a lot of other work.

One of my favorite scenes would have to be after Darcy proposed to her the first time, but she said no. A little later on, when Jane and Elizabeth head off to rescue their sister, she is reunited with Darcy, and together, fight off the zombies that are emerging from the ground. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was super happy when they were reunited.

However, one of the scenes that pulled at my heartstrings was when Darcy and Elizabeth galloped their horse across the exploding bridge, escaping the zombies. When the debris somewhat clears, Elizabeth finds Darcy’s body, and at that moment, I did not know if he was alive or not, especially with the camera zooming out from from them. I was devastated! If Darcy died, I would hate the movie for the rest of my life. However, once Darcy enters the room and proposes to Elizabeth again, I was so happy, I was practically bouncing up and down in my seat.

Overall, I really enjoyed this film, and if you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do.

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Questions I might ask Christopher Jessulat

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am looking forward to Christopher Jessulat coming in next week to discuss his book The Decline next week. I love to write fictional novels, so my questions will be based more on his writing process.

1.How and why did you start writing?

2.What was your favorite book to write?

3. Your least favorite book to write?

4.Why choose to write about zombies?

5.Would you write about any other kinds of monsters?

6.What is your general writing process when writing a novel?

7.How long does it take to edit and publish a book?

These are some of the questions I would like to ask Christopher, and I hope it will help my own writing. I’m sure I will think of more questions before next week!

Presentation Blog

In my presentation tomorrow, I will be discussing zombie folktales from three different parts of the world: Arabia, Iceland, and Tibet, and will talk about the Arabic ghoul, the Norse Draugr, with its history still being present in Iceland and Norway today, as well as the Tibetan ro-langs. In my presentation, I will give a little bit of background on each, as well as a story involving each kind of zombie. There is a total of four stories, and I am going to tell you right now that some of them are quite weird, but you will have to wait and find out for yourselves tomorrow. Below are links of the sources that I use in my presentation, but I could not discuss in full. So, after listening to my presentation, and you want to read more about my material, these are the links below:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277816715_The_Mythical_Ghoul_in_Arabic_Culture

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0015587X.1946.9717812?journalCode=rfol20&

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/462495

In addition, below I will post links of related and/or other zombie folktales that can be found around the world:

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/462495

This link talks about how Korea has formed their own definition of a zombie, and some call it the Han, where zombies are not man-eating monsters, but still possess their human emotions, and feel sad about using their humanity.

http://www.cromrev.com/volumes/vol34/vol34-complete.pdf#page=20

In this article, Lucy Swanson talks about how zombies are viewed differently from different parts of the world, and talks about zombies in works such as Night of the Living Dead and Shaun of the Dead.

https://journals.openedition.org/ejas/11686

Lastly, this article looks at the difference between folktales and myths of zombies versus the horror movie versions of zombies that I’m sure you are more familiar with.

if there anything else you guys would like to find and post in an upcoming post, feel free to leave a comment or ask me after my presentation. I hope all of you are looking forward to tomorrow!

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World War Z cont’d

As I mentioned previously, one of my favorite sections to read in this book was the Kyoto, Japan, which starts on page 204. I honestly cannot say why I liked this section, but I did. I guess one of the reasons could be that I can relate to him a little. I have always enjoyed being alone, even when I was a kid. Now that I am older, I like to stay in my room and have nobody bother me. However, one part I found funny, but also concerning, was when his parents stopped coming home. I found the line “The only reason I cared was because of the precious minutes I was wasting having to feed myself. In my world too many exciting things were happening.” (Brooks, 207). I found it funny because I was just picturing him trying to cook something. In my mind, I read it in the context that he never tried to cook anything in his life, and I was imagining his struggle with the food and pots and pans in the kitchen, but not knowing how to use them.

However, what I found concerning was that that was the only reason he seemed to care about his parents, was that he was wasting time getting his own food. If I were in his shoes, I would be terrified, thinking that I was stuck in this horrible world all by myself, as well as not knowing if my parents were dead or not.

Another aspect I enjoyed was reading this poor boy’s struggle on escaping the zombies. The whole time I was reading it, I was thinking “Wow, this would be me!” He was living a perfectly normal life, until one day, he was thrown into the world of zombies, and had to figure it out as he went. I guess when I really think about it, though, must people will be in this category. I can say with confidence that none of my friends and family are preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

I have not finished this novel yet, but I am almost done. I definitely plan to finish it because I am really enjoying it. It’s a page turning novel, and I especially enjoyed all the cultural aspects of it. When I first started reading the novel, I knew it was also a movie, so I went and watched the trailer on YouTube. The trailer seemed exciting, although from what I saw it did not follow the book. However, I would like to watch the movie, and do a compare and contrast between the two in a future blog post.

World War Z (Spoilers!)

I am almost done reading World War Z, with only about one hundred pages left to go, I decided to write about my thoughts on the novel. To be honest, when I first stared reading this book, the way it is layed out, like in every part there is an interviewer who is asking different survivors about how they did it, and what their experience was like, I honestly thought that this was real, and I was like “What? When did the zombies take over? I should start watching the news more.” However, after a few more minutes of reading, I figured out that it was a fictional novel, and none of what I was reading actually happened. So, after having my stupid moment, I got more into the novel.

I am really enjoying reading this novel. I like how Max Brooks focused on all parts of the world, so he gave me the idea of what surviving the zombie apocalypse would be like around the world. Some of my personal favorites are Parnell Air National Guard Base, Tennessee (pg. 168) and Kyoto, Japan (pg. 204). The reason I like Parnell Air National Guard Base, Tennessee is because the women the story was following was a in a tense survivor predicament. I found I could somewhat relate to her because she is a pilot, but many of the other pilots she is working with are men. I can understand that if zombies were taking over the world, many would trust a women pilot, and much whether have a male pilot because of your typical stereotypes, sad but true. I also found I could get into it more because I found for some reason that I enjoyed her being lost out in the middle of nowhere, with no another human being for miles because Rollins, her copilot, was devoured by the zombies. I could not imagine being in this situation. I would be beyond terrified if I was in her situation. So, I admired bravery and determination for the situation she was in. However, my favorite part I read in this section was when she went to check out a crashed truck, and found a body in it. Then suddenly, she was surrounded by zombies. I was on the edge of my seat this whole time because I kept expecting her to run out of amo, and for the zombies to reach her and pin her down. However, she took out all the zombies and came out unscathed.

I will have to continue this in another blog post because I have to get to class, but in my next blog post, I will discuss the Kyoto, Japan story, as well as look at some of the things I did not like about the novel.

Would I continue reading Feed?

I have to say, I would not continue reading Feed for a couple of reasons. First of all, like many said in class, I did not like the names of many of the characters in the novel. I didn’t mind it at first, but after getting a little ways in, it started getting on my nerves. I like originality, but these names did not have them. I also did not like how the three main characters basically have the same name. It got confusing for me because I did always know which was talking, and I had to take a second to figure it out. However, I did find it a fast read, and it did not take me too long to get through it, but it also wasn’t a page turner for me. What I mean by this is I could wait to get to the next page, and I wasn’t on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading. That is why I am probably not going to continue reading the series.

City or Country?

If I was alive for the zombie apocalypse, I believe I would whether live in the country for a number of reasons. One reason is that more people live in cities, which would mean that there would be more zombies. This would also be a disadvantage because it would be harder to find help, but hopefully, there would be fewer zombies. Secondly, there is far more wildlife in the country for for hunting and trapping, as well as edible plants. If I was in the city, most of the shops probably are being run over by zombies, so it would be hard to come across fresh food, and most of it would be scraps that just might make you sick. Thirdly, it also would be easier to come across fresh water in the the country than in the city. There are many natural lakes, rivers, and creeks to be found in the country, but you would probably have to leave the city to find them, which would make you vulnerable and an easy meal for the zombies if you are undefended and lack fighting and running skills. Lastly, I live in the country, so I would be more comfortable there because I already know the lay of the land, where as I do not in cities.

Keira Mahoney