Friday, March 13, 2009

I Feel an Idea Coming On...

So quick, before it dies of loneliness, let's give it some O2 and help it live!!

The last zombie antho I edited, I was a little surprised at how many subs were political. (Most of them too blatantly so for my taste.) And they fell into the two extremes, of course:

The Left Wing zombie fantasy, in which the Governor of Florida, while trying to create a zombie army to take over Cuba, has them get out of hand and eat everyone.

The Right Wing zombie fantasy, in which bad terrorists who've been coddled by the Left unleash a zombie apocalypse, and then, once it's under control by the brave, well armed citizen-soldiers of the USA, those lefties start up again by giving the Metabolically Challenged rights and protecting them as an endangered species, rather than shooting them in the head like any red-blooded American would.

Now, as I say, not too many of the last bunch made the cut, and it wasn't the stated focus of the anthology, but what if it were? And what if the book were divided in two halves, along the above lines - sort of an equal time for Left/Right zombies? Maybe even invite some folks from the respective sides of the aisle? Sort of a Politics Is Dead kinda thing. Hmmm...


Blogger Bobbie Metevier said...

Good idea! cut and paste this for starters!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Matt Cardin said...

If you ask me, I say run with it. The American political scene is hopelessly polarized. Why shouldn't zombie fiction be so as well? I mean, after all, there's such a direct and obvious parallel between zombies, politicians, and true believers on both sides of the arbitrary American political divide.

3:40 PM  
Blogger John Goodrich said...

Do it. I'd submit to that.

And really, wouldn't it be a lot more fun to write from a different side of the political spectrum from your own?

12:38 PM  

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