Are You In The Zombie Mood? (Z Books, TV Shows, & Movie Recommendations)

(I’m pretty sure I mentioned that this post was going to be up soon sometime in March… Oops. Again, #productiveblogger)

I’m obsessed with zombies, absolutely addicted to them. There’s just something almost realistic about them. (Yes, I do believe that a zombie apocalypse can happen. Feel free to judge me.)

So, because I’ve been on a zombie high the last couple months, I thought I should just post some book, movie, and tv show recommendations for you guys.

Most of them are quite popular, but there are a couple that you might not have heard of, soooo…. yeah.


BOOKS/COMICS


(I have to mention this before I start, I haven’t read that many zombie books, so I’ll recommend the ones I liked and then give you guys some other options that I haven’t read. The unread ones are going to be marked with a *)

THE WALKING DEAD BY ROBERT KIRKMAN

Ummm, Duh. This is the place to start if you want to get into zombies. I was planning to just skip TWD, but I decided to put in here for the people who’ve been living under a rock for the past 14ish years.

It [The Walking Dead] focuses on Rick Grimes, a deputy who is shot in the line of duty and awakens from a coma in the zombie apocalypse that placed Georgia under quarantine. He finds his wife and son, and meets other survivors, gradually taking on the role of leader among a group and later a community as Rick and his group try to survive the zombie apocalypse.

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ZOM-B BY DARREN SHAN

This is a weird one for me. I mentioned it in my March Wrap Up, and said that I didn’t really enjoy it that much, which is still kind of true, but I thought about it and slightly changed my mind. If you’re reading it critically, yes it’s a bit… triggering for abuse victims, but if you’re only reading it for entertainment, then yeah, it’s an okay/good book.

The interesting thing about this is the fact that it has some art sprinkled throughout. So it’s a book and graphic novel hybrid. Best of both worlds.

When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B Smith’s racist father thinks it’s a joke– but even if it isn’t, he figures, it’s ok to lose a few Irish. B doesn’t fully buy into Dad’s racism, but figures it’s easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. But when zombies attack B’s school, B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors, making allegiances with anyone with enough guts to fight off their pursuers.

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FEED

OH. MY. GOD.

This was so good. I couldn’t find it at any of my bookstores so I just decided to listen to it on audible. That was the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s about these bloggers that broad cast news during the apocalypse and IT’S SO GOOD!

(I wasn’t so crazy about the ending, but it was still great overall)

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

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ROT AND RUIN*

This has been on my to-buy list for the longest time, BUT I CAN’T FIND IT ANYWHERE. I’ll probably end up buying it off amazon.
Everyone raves about this series, and to be completely honest, the covers are part of why I want to read them. Sorry, not sorry.

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS*

I have this on my shelf and have been debating picking it up for a while, but just haven’t for some reason.

First of all, if you just look at the cover, you would never in a million years think it was a zombie book. It looks like more of a contemporary. I’ll probably pick this up really soon though, so it’s not going to stay unread for too long.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

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TV SHOWS


(The same goes here, as the books. Ones I’m still to watch are *)

THE WALKING DEAD

Again, DUH. You already know all about TWD, so I’m just going to move on.

If you wanted to know, I like the show better than the comics (AHHH, I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY THAT)

(I’m way behind on the show, so I’m planning on rewatching the whole thing from the start soon.)

this gritty drama portrays life in the weeks and months following a zombie apocalypse. Led by police officer Rick Grimes, his family and a group of other survivors find themselves constantly on the move in search of a safe and secure home. But the pressure each day to stay alive sends many in the group to the deepest depths of human cruelty, and Rick discovers that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be more deadly than the zombies walking among them.

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iZOMBIE

I know this is another popular one, but trust me, just watch it if you haven’t

This is a great show for people that don’t really like horror (how do you even live, by the way, must be really boring) because it mixes that with comedy, plus there’s not a lot of blood.

When over-achieving medical resident Liv Moore attends a party that turns into a zombie feeding frenzy, she ends up joining the ranks of the living dead. Determined to pass as human despite her pale appearance and newly listless demeanor, Liv forms a plan to resist her drive to consume fresh human brains by taking a job at a coroner’s office, where she can secretly snack on the brains of corpses delivered there. Soon discovering that she absorbs the memories of those she feeds on, she finds new purpose by posing as a psychic and working with a detective to help solve their murders.

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ZNATION

This one isn’t as popular as the other two I mentioned, but it’s still talked about quite a bit.

ZNation is great if you want something super fast pace to binge in a sitting or two.

It’s not the best show out there, but it’s still super entertaining.

Several years since a zombie virus swept across America, there’s only one person — who goes by just Murphy — known to have survived the infection — the world’s last hope at creating a vaccine. The last functioning viral lab needs blood from him for its antibodies, but the facility is in California and the man is in New York. A ragtag group of strangers works to transport him to the West Coast, but his dark secret remains hidden, which could threaten everyone. Hammond and his second in command, Garnett, initially lead the group of the living — later replaced by Lt. Warren — and computer hacker Citizen Z helps everyone navigate through the zombie-infested terrain. When the group meets a man in Colorado, he offers to take Murphy the rest of the way to California. When nuclear weapons are launched, people head into survival mode and become desperate to find a cure.

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I SURVIVED THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE*

I don’t really remember how I heard about this show, but it’s been on my to watch list for a while now.

It’s basically a game show where these people have to survive a zombie apocalypse. Ummm… YES. Sign me up, please.

The show originally features ten contestants who must survive for seven days in an abandoned shopping centre overrun by zombies set six months after exposure to “5G Wifi”. They have to make base, secure food, shelter and safety and complete tasks set by the Army. The key rule is to avoid the zombies at all costs as a slight touch results in death and any exposure to smartphones as they carry the infection. After seven days the Army will airlift any survivors out of the area to a “global tropical quarantine area”

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SANTA CLARITA DIET*

I’ve been seeing this all over Netflix, and I’ve always been interested in watching at least the first episode, but for some reason I just never do.

It looks really cool, and it’s supposed to be a comedy, which is always a plus.

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a quiet life, raising their teenage daughter in Santa Clarita, Calif. Their world unexpectedly changes when Sheila goes through a dramatic transformation that sends her down a road of death and destruction — but leaves her looking and feeling better than ever.

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MOVIES


 

WORLD WAR Z

This is the most iconic 21st-century zombie movie out there. Period. IT’S SO GOOD!

The scary thing is, this is probably the most realistic zombie movies out there. THIS COULD HAPPEN, PEOPLE!

Nothing more to say. Just go watch it.

When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it’s no ordinary traffic jam. His suspicions are confirmed when, suddenly, the city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, Gerry leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread.

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LIFE AFTER BETH

I didn’t realize that I liked so many horror comedies before writing this, but apparently, I do!

This is another one that’s great for people who get scared easily and want a bit of comedy mixed in.

A guy discovers that his girlfriend has returned from the dead, but his joy turns to horror as she slowly undergoes a horrible transformation.

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WARM BODIES

If you want some romance mixed in with your fast paced horror and gore, this is the movie for you!

I watched this such a long time ago, and absolutely loved it. (I’m so going to rewatch this after posting this…)

A terrible plague has left the planet’s population divided between zombies and humans. An unusual zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) sees his walking-dead brethren attacking a living woman named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and rescues her. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and the pair embark on an unusual relationship. As their bond grows and R becomes more and more human, a chain of events unfolds that could transform the entire lifeless world.

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