In an effort to spread the word about awesome books, movies, and TV shows I am currently enjoying, I started the “Current Picks” section of my blog. In the upper right corner of every page (just under the green stripe), you can find at least two works I think everyone should check out.
Despite my earlier argument that Zombies Rule and Vampires Drool, I think fans of either subgenre will be able to find something to love in these two high-concept horror texts. Who says that zombies and vampires can’t peacefully coexist?
- Feed by Mira Grant – I found out about Feed by reading John Scalzi’s The Big Idea column. I’m not terribly far in, but I can definitely see the promise in the novel. It’s not your typical zombie apocalypse fare, either. Like World War Z by Max Brooks, Feed delves into the aftermath of the horror, but examines how blogging and social media affect the viral spread of information like the zombies spread their own infection. I may be teaching a horror course in the coming semesters, and I think that Feed might find its way onto my syllabus as a nice companion to World War Z, the original Night of the Living Dead, and Lovecraft’s Herbert West: Reanimator.
- True Blood, Season 1 – I thought I would hate it. I avoided it. I made fun of it. But when I sat down with True Blood, I loved it. Season 2 turned out to be more of the same awesomeness and even better characters (heart Eric and Godric). With Season 3 on the horizon (June 13th!), I figured this would be an excellent time to put up a link and try and drum up some interest from those who might not have seen it. Even if you don’t typically like vampire fiction, you’ll like True Blood. I hate vampires, but I love this show. The vampires take a backseat to storytelling and character development, which is a trait missing from most mainstream TV anyway, vampires or not. Ain’t that right, CSI: Miami?
Have you read or watched Feed or True Blood? What did you think?