I am truly obsessed with the idea of a Zombie Apocalypse. Or an outbreak of a similar disease (think 28 Days Later) with humanity managing to control it and bring itself back from the brink of extinction.
This interests me because obviously I love zombie literature and movies, but also because I think that a virus of any kind could potentially completely change the face of the Earth in so many ways. Think of the population loss for a start. Everything we know and rely on would collapse – supermarkets, banks, police, ambulances… the list could go on for a long time.
Back to zombies: think of the demographic shifts. People would migrate, if they could, to regions where it’s safe from zombies. I’ve just started to read Max Brooks’ book, World War Z. It’s a great read, as it consists entirely of fictional accounts of the ‘war’ against the zombies from made up characters. It makes for a powerful combination. I’m not even sure whether it’s been done before!
Those in some parts of the less developed world would have a distinct advantage – think of nomads in the Saharan desert or rain forest dwellers in different and more obscure parts of the world. The most populous cities would be worst off, depending on where the outbreak happened. In World War Z the virus originates in China, so as you can imagine, a lot of people die.
I find it hard to imagine a real Zombie Apocalypse in all honesty, but I’d like to think that if it did happen, I’d be pretty well prepared for it. Unfortunately (or fortunately in light of the consistent and terrifying shootings that happen in the States) the UK has very strict gun laws so we would have to resort to close combat weapons. Messy and dangerous.
World War Z has been made into a film and is being released this summer. Watch the trailer here.