World War Z is the first zombie book I ever read – and I loved it. So good. When the movie came out, I tweeted for someone willing to chat it up with me, and Amy Severson replied. I’d long been plotting how to get her on the podcast, and she literally volunteers! Not only is she funny and awesome and completely zombie knowledgeable, but she knows how to tell a great story herself. Her zombie and robot short stories are just magnificent!
Here we talk about the movie in relation to the book, what we loved, and what we wanted more of. Amy also schools me on what makes a real zombie movie.
“…but one zombie, when you actually get a chance to…look in it’s eyes…
and see it for what it really is…that’s terrifying.”
0:00 ~ Amy Severson, zombie expert
2:45 ~ “I love being scared”
5:30 ~ a zombie movie for people who aren’t into zombies
8:20 ~ a book-sized hole in our hearts
13:20 ~ personal stakes & real zombie movies
20:00 ~ PG-13 zombies
25:00 ~ “inspired” by the book
30:35 ~ tacked-on act 3, or finally getting it right?
36:15 ~ mainstream endings & crappy sequels
Saturday A good thing about working the late shift
is I can take a nap before work.
I did, and it was delicious.
Sunday Off today, so I took two naps!
A morning nap and an afternoon nap.
Like a toddler.
Except then I wasn’t sleepy at bedtime,
so I was up half the night.
Monday Oh my gosh,
I am sooooo tired.
Tuesday Last night I had very detailed,
very vivid, zombie dreams.
Still not too gory though,
I only give myself pg-13 zombie dreams.
Wednesday For weeks it’s felt like I was missing clothes.
Hm, maybe they’re in that bag in the foyer.
The one I dropped there when I came back from the river.
And then never noticed again.
Like it was invisible.
Thursday I tried to go to work in my slippers today,
but I only got as far as the porch.
Friday I’ve watched World War Z almost every day
since I bought it, in part or in full, or
maybe in the background just for noise.
I’ve finally – finally! – switched to something else.
It can be hard to tell nowadays. There are movies adapted from books and graphic novels, books “of the movie” (which I don’t really get), and whole series of books developed from a movie. Then there is fan fiction. Then there is fan fiction that the fans reject and so it turns into its own crazy phenomenon of mainstream soft porn and will probably eventually become a movie.
Clay Morgan posted about a movie supposedly adapted from a really great zombie apocalypse novel called World War Z. I say supposedly because judging by the trailers, it looks like the only thing they brought over from the book was the name. It wouldn’t be the first time that book rights were purchased simply for the strength of its name recognition. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.
But it got me thinking about movies adapted from books. I started pondering which were my favorites, which were pure disappointments and all the reasons why. I figured that would make a good Query, so I started asking other people: “What’s your favorite movie that was based on a book?”