I was a late bloomer when it came to knowledge of zombies. Well, late in the sense that I hadn’t noticed zombies in pop culture, not late in the sense that zombies had taken over. At least I hope the movies didn’t have real zombies acting like zombies, or else the world as we know it would be in a whole lot of trouble.
The undead are everywhere in popular culture. Zombies appear in video games such as Doom, Zelda and Left 4 Dead. They are in movies like 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, and Zombieland. They are in books like those of Max Brooks. However, I am no expert when it comes to everything that zombies are in, just what has caught my attention.
Zombies in popular culture first caught my attention when I saw Zombieland on opening night. Zombieland is a movie based in a post-apocalyptic world that has been torn apart by the undead. The story follows a college student who follows a list of rules in order to survive. He meets three other survivors, and they stick together in order to survive. Each of them find something that they have been looking for, Columbus, the main character, found love, Tallahassee finds a new family, Wichita and Little Rock find people they can trust.
Before Zombieland, I hadn’t really thought about the importance of zombie survival in a humorous yet informative way. Sure, while there was Shaun of the Dead, it didn’t have much information on how to survive a zombie attack. Zombieland has raised awareness in popular culture of the need for a zombie survival plan. What if zombies threatened the well being of humanity, and what if I wasn’t prepared? Well, luckily there happens to be a list of things that I need to keep in mind, and I will be better off.
With the simple to follow rules that Columbus lays down, people will be much more prepared for Z-Day. Columbus has a set of rules that he follows and they have yet to let him down. Rules like cardio, double-tap, seatbelts, limber up, and check the back seat. These rules have become popular culture in themselves. I have a friend who will say “Rule #4, wear your seatbelts,” when getting into her car. If a friend is out of breath from playing football, I’ll say “Cardio, I don’t want to...