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Monday, December 1, 2014

{Book Review} Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies by Jessica Robinson

Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies
by Jessica Robinson
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Released: October 31st 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: zombies, society
How I got it: Received a copy from author via Bewitching Book Tours

Jessica Robinson’s obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high. Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science. Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation. Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reason aliens are taking human prisoners or the cause of the dead rising from the grave to consume living flesh.

Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Robinson examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears. Robinson’s goal is to explore how zombies become a metaphor for our fears of science and what could happen if science gets out of hand.

Review: I'm a huge zombie fan so I found this book fascinating.
Ms Robinson makes great points about how our fears of certain things are revealed in zombie movies, comics, TV and books. Undead Obsessed explores disease, social isolation, the collapse of civilization, mind control and the fear of playing god. She points out how scientists maybe the cause of a zombie apocalypse and how the only way we will survive is to put egos aside and work together. Ms Robinson takes popular movies, tv shows and books to make her point comparing these fictitious circumstances to how things work in the real world. I found it both interesting and humorous when she pointed out that during an episode of The Walking Dead the group contaminated a well. She turned to her significant other and asked if they hadn't contaminated all the water, when not getting a satisfactory answer she went in search of one. Her search for answers taking her to local water treatment plants. This is just one example of the way she compares things and uses the fiction to make her points. 
Ms Robinson also goes into the Voodoo zombie, exploring how they are made and how they are represented in media. She uses references to World War Z, and The Walking Dead to show how we can survive the zombie apocalypse. The book makes wonderful points on how movies like 28 Days show that scientists and playing at being God will be humanities downfall. 
Undead Obsessed is a very interesting and fascinating read.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book!


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