Fear The Walking Dead

Given that I’m such an avid fan of The Walking Dead television show, I decided to check out AMC’s latest show, Fear the Walking Dead.

I must admit it started a little slow and was a bit predictable. But the action picked up somewhat in last Sunday’s show.

However, I’m a little miffed at the wife in the show. Don’t get me wrong, I know she’s no Carol yet, but she could easily win the Dumb Dora award, i.e. not listening to one of her student’s warnings, walking up to an obviously compromised principle, not making the kids pack while she was out looking for drugs for her son, and look at where she parked the car – at the end of the driveway. “Run for it kids. I have you covered with this crowbar.” “Yeah mom, right.”

So, Ok the show is just getting started but I’m not putting a lot of money on her making it to the end.
Now, on a serious note. The show did get me thinking about what might happen in a real-life crisis.

Case in point HIV/Aides. Our government really should have put some type of quarantine in place. But they didn’t and now HIV/Aides is in the general population. And you literally, take your life in your hands having sex.

Same with Ebola. The citizens of the United States weren’t informed about the Ebola Epidemic in Africa until well after it had killed tens of thousands and was in the general population there.

And Mind Readers. You think they’re just a myth don’t you?

And that brings me to this question, “Would you stay in your home and try and wait it out or would you pack your car and hit the road along with millions of others with no clear cut safe haven (government run, i.e, armed soldiers) waiting for you?

My next post, The Walking Dead and RICK!

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth
By
Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
OneThreeThirteen
Dancing With The Fat Woman

You Taste Better Than We Thought

 

Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.

 

As a beginning writer I’m always struggling trying to find my moral compass in terms of what should and shouldn’t be put in black and white.

Case in point last year’s episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ entitled, ‘A’ in which Rick’s son, Carl, was raped by a grown man. The episode kept me up the entire night. Never in a million years would have written it that way. Because, actually seeing a grown man with his dick up a child’s ass was too far for me to go as a writer.

But, on the other hand, I had reasoned that it would be Michonne who’d be raped, as I’m sure other viewers had also thought. And that was expected and acceptable. And then I had to reprimand myself for thinking that the rape of a grown woman was somehow less brutal than the rape of a child. And that put me in another moral dilemma. So, I dodged the issue by NOT writing about it at all. And I completely missed it, that that is the point of good writing – to make the reader or viewer think. To keep them engaged in the story.

And last night’s show, Strangers – In A Strange Land just absolutely blew my mind.
I know right away, you’re thinking that the show was about how far would you go to survive. But for me it wasn’t. After I got over the nausea, last night’s Walking Dead show made me think, “How much should you let someone else influence your personal choices?”

Those people did not have to turn to cannibalism to survive. Look at Rick and his group, out scrounging for food. But because someone, who was probably a psychopath to begin with, whispered into their ear (planted a seed) ‘You are either the butcher or the cattle,’ they completely shed their humanity and turned themselves into something less than a ‘walker.’
THINK “Who are you letting influence your personal choices?”

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Ruby Sanders
One Three Thirteen
STALKED! By Voices
Flight 404

 

 

Walking Dead Writers – You Made My Day

I wish to thank the writers of AMC’s series, ‘The Walking Dead.’ I’m sure it’s nothing more than a co-incidence but two episodes in particular caught my eye.

The first being Season 4’s opener, ‘30 Days Without an Accident.’ That plane on the roof top of the grocery store bore such a resemblance to the cover of my book, ‘Flight 404, that I had to do a double take.

 And then there was last night’s episode, ‘Claims.’ The scene with Rick falling asleep in the bed and waking upon hearing men moving around downstairs was straight off my blog, ‘onethreethirteen.wordpress.com’, especially the part where he climbed out the window.

http://onethreethirteen.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/onethreethirteen-chapter-4/

I found myself coaching Rick through the scene. It was wonderful seeing the scene come to life on the screen.

Thank you so much. And it’s really good to know someone is reading my blog.

One other thing, from you guys, I learned ‘fearless writing.’

If I’d been writing the show,  before learning how very important it is to write fearlessly, I would have had the characters hiding out atop Stone Mountain surrounded by a brick wall. They would have been safe and secure, and the show would have been cancelled after Season 1.

Shaking in my seat.

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By
Eliza Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
http://onethreethirteen.wordpress.com