Apocalypse Now

This is a quick ridiculous little zombie story. Even though it’s a zombie story, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I mean think about this logically. If some weird stranger who is dirty and disheveled showed up at your doorstep, would you really open the door to deal with him? Hell no! You’d lock the door and call the cops and let them deal with him!

Plus when they do deal with the zombie, these two characters instantly assume that it’s the end of the world and start calling people to tell them it’s the apocalypse and writing people off as dead just because they aren’t answering their phones. How does that make sense? “Oh, so-and-so, didn’t answer his/her phone, guess they’re dead.” I’m serious, the main character’s boyfriend can’t reach his family and he writes them off as dead and she is so proud that he is so strong because he is dealing with it so well. It’s like the guy doesn’t even give his family a second thought.

Moving on, the main character calls up her comic convention friends to check on them. If I was in the apocalypse, I really wouldn’t care much about people I meet up with once a year to cosplay with, I would care more about my family.

Another thing that bugs me about this is that everything is just way too convenient for these characters. When they flee, they don’t run into any wrecked cars, the roads are all clear, no roaming herds of zombies, no one in their group is injured or bitten, etc. It’s just one convenient thing after another for these characters. And that includes that scene where two of them just happen to have a bazooka with them and use it to take out a group of zombies with no explanation as to where they got that weapon.

The story ends with them meeting up with the main character’s father in an empty hotel. She is worried about some of her friends, but it turns out that they are also at the hotel. Yet another convenient thing for her.

Something that makes stories interesting and makes you want to know what happens next is conflict. This story has none of that! And without conflict, characters don’t grow and don’t change. Who wants to read about characters like that?

Skip this one.

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