My personal thoughts on the trailer of the film World War Z, based on my views of the Zombie genre and how it reflects the book itself. What the film appears to be in comparison to what it may have been.
I am easily a fan of the zombie film genre. I have even gone to the point where I am one of those that have made some ‘Zombie Apocolypse’ plans for if, and when, they do rise to kill us living folk. Food, weapons, location and people coming with; I have it all laid out. Yet, I have not made these plans with a single type of zombie in mind, as anyone can see through cinema and literature, zombies seem to come in many different ways. I did grow up on the original Romero zombies, although I was born long after they were in circulation, and they have definitely stood as my baseline for all comparisons from there on out. However, I have remained open to the possibility that his zombie creations were only a single type, or strain, of them. This kept me open to the changes made in his films over the years and even to the quite varied zombie craze that has swept the nation in more recent years. I am a fan of his older films, less of the newer ones such as the Land of the Dead. I did enjoy the Dawn of the Dead remake and also support the 28 Days Later film and, to a lesser extent, its sequel. The ‘Resident Evil’ zombies are also fine in my book, although they live in a world of their own. Even Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland are considered amongst my most liked in the zombie world. All of these films, and some light novel reading, eventually lead me to discover Max Brooks.
Mel Brooks is a man of comedy genius to me, and when I came upon the knowledge that his son had come out with literature, I was interested in it simply to see what it was. The first thing I came across was his book The Zombie Survival guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. To put it very simply, I loved it. It went through just about everything I was curious about when it came to the creatures, while cementing them in the old school Romero realm as the slower shambling corpses that started it all. It didn’t just say it though, he went through explaining how the virus itself worked and caused this sort of zombie to be. He even discusses other pseudo-zombies that are not belonging to the cause of the ‘virus’. The book laid out his conception of the zombie and all the ways to survive and thrive through an outbreak. Once I finished this though, I moved on to his other zombie centered piece, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Of course all my preconceptions from the guidebook would carry over with me to this one, and by doing so it made picturing the scene an amazing thing. The book goes on to tell stories of different survivors from across the world, and what they went through when the outbreak occurred. These account are all being collected by the ‘main’ character who is simply conducting interviews and listening.