Jessica Robinson’s obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high. Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science. Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation. Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reJessica Robinson’s obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high. Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science. Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation. Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reason aliens are taking human prisoners or the cause of the dead rising from the grave to consume living flesh. Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Robinson examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears. Robinson’s goal is to explore how zombies become a metaphor for our fears of science and what could happen if science gets out of hand....
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Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies Reviews
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest reviewUndead Obsessed is an interesting, in-depth look into zombies in popular culture. I admit, I'm a huge zombie fan, find everything about them fascinating. In this book, Ms. Robinson takes the reader on a journey to learn about all aspects of zombies, from science to religion to outer space.Many zombie movies and books are discussed in depth to the point that even if you haven't seen them, you won't be lost. The author also takes a look at the popular TV show, The Walking Dead.Ms. Robinson really did an impressive amount of research in the creation of this non-fiction book. I enjoyed her trip to the water treatment plant and the veterinary center. Undead Obsessed is well-written and engaging. It read like an intimate conversation with the author. I really enjoyed this book, though I will admit there were a few sections that I skimmed through just because I got a tad tired of the long film recaps.If you like zombies, then this is a must-read. If you want to learn about zombies, again a must-read. If you want to survive a zombie apocalypse... well you have a lot of planning to do...
From the title of this book, I expected this to be a mainly literary exploration of the portrayal of zombies in various mediums (film, books, etc). However, as the first chapter defines it, using "film, literature, and interview with experts, this book examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears."The chapters in Undead Obsessed can be roughly grouped into three types - what I call "science" chapters, which look at the possibility of certain types of outbreaks/ways of becoming zombies, how we react to zombies, and the types of zombies.For me, I had this impression that this book focuses more on film than literature (although Frankenstein makes its fair share of appearances). I'm not familiar with a lot of the films, but the author manages to provide quick summaries, so I managed to follow along.Out of all the chapters, I liked "Haitian Zombies" (or should it be "Zombis") the best, as it dealt with the history of a particular type of zombi, and how it was seen in the community it was. Following that, I liked the chapters which analysed movies according to a certain theme, like "power", because I used to be a literature student.What I didn't quite like were the science chapters, which made up the first part of the book. It may be my natural tendency to science, but apart from showing me just how possible a zombie attack was, it didn't tell me anything about human nature. I would have been interested if there was a chapter on the false science/rumours behind the possibilities of zombies, since that would talk about the fears of mankind, and our limitation to understand science/our tendency to misinterpret scientific news.This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a BibliophileTwo additional notes from my readings:First, on jiangshi, or Chinese zombies. Apart from what the author mentions (throw rice on the ground), apparently, if you hold your breath, they won't be able to notice you either. I was hoping for more about Asian zombies, but apart from a mention in chapter 2, they were neglected in the book.Second, about spreading zombie-making diseases through water: I wonder what the author thinks of Newater? Newater basically uses things like reverse osmosis and UV disinfection to turn used water into drinkable, super clean water. I'd be interested to know how that stands up to diseases, because Singapore is so small that we'll probably be quickly overrun by a zombie invasion.Overall, this book will probably appeal to the person who's interested in a serious study of zombies. So, enthusiasts and writers looking to do research.Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review.
Please note that this review is a modified version from my blog After The Last Day.The PremiseUndead Obsessed is an exploration of all things undead and in particular anything related to zombies. Undead Obsessed covers familiar zombie territory (like The Walking Dead) as well as zombies in mythology and different cultures.What’s So Great About It?The first thing that I can pretty much guarantee you – if you think you know everything there is to know about zombies, think again. I’m not talking about whether zombies prefer brains in the morning or as part of a hearty lunch (geddit??? I thought it was funny) or exactly how fast they can move in this movie vs that movie. I’m talking about the origins of the zombie, across different cultures and with differing levels of intelligence. Prepare to be fascinated by the exhaustive detail in this book.Undead Obsessed crams so many aspects of the zombie into one volume and takes that information into new and unexpected levels of detail. The title of this book was chosen correctly – the author’s obsession with all things undead shows in this work and imbues it with a sense of passion and wonder that’s missing from just about any ‘zombie’ manual you’d care to name. In an era where zombie ‘entertainment’ is reaching saturation point, Undead Obsessed proves there’s still life in the undead (c’mon…just a smile??)Reading this book leaves you with the feeling that there’s much, much more to be explored in the zombie genre, and hoping that there might be a volume II in the near future.What’s Not Great About ItSome of the book, particularly the beginning, reads a little too much like a personal essay. I was more interested in getting to know my zombies than the author. Not a fault by any means, but I had to put something in the negatives column.Recommended By Captain DoomsdayYou like zombies, get it.You don’t like zombies, get it and have your mind changed.
[Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (cclapcenter.com). I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.]I have to confess, I don't have a lot to say about Jessica Robinson's new essay collection Undead Obsessed, because there's simply not a lot there to talk about; a nonfiction book that purports to be all about the subject of zombies and how they relate to our current culture, it instead reads with all the insight and excitement of some mediocre undergraduate's term paper on the subject, with chapters that are less analysis and more just unending lists of creative projects over the years, that describe how those projects have presented this or that particular aspect of zombie tropes. Written well for what it is, it's the "what it is" part that I have a problem with, essentially a book-length Wikipedia entry that had me quickly skimming through entire sections in the failed hopes of finding anything truly fascinating that Robinson has to say. An A for ambition, but sadly today a D for actual execution.Out of 10: 6.2
Movies and books about zombies are more popular now then they’ve ever been. Some stories about zombies are humorous while others are scary, but zombies carry a deeper meaning. They represent society’s fears of disease, social isolation, the collapse of civilization, mind control and the fear of playing god. These are only a few of the fears that zombies represent, we haven’t even touched on the biggest fear, which is the fear of the science that makes the zombie apocalypse possible.In her book Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning In Zombies, Jessica Robinson examines how zombies are a metaphor for our fear of science getting out of hand. She also gets into how the zombie apocalypse could happen and how science may be responsible but at the same time may be the only thing that can save us. A line from the intro in Undead Obsessed really set the tone for this book. Jessica says she once had a professor who said “every film has a message, but if you really want to know what society is afraid of watch horror movies.” The main idea of this book is to find out why we’re afraid of zombies.This book goes deep into the meaning behind zombies. Jessica Robinson tackles voodoo zombies such as the ones in Serpent And The Rainbow and the flesh eaters that we know from Night Of The Living Dead. It also gets into what zombies are, how the zombie plague can be transmitted, and how to survive in a world full of zombies. Jessica does this by using examples from such movies as The Crazies, World War Z and The Walking Dead.My favorite part of this book were the chapters dedicated to surviving the apocalypse. I like the talk on how people would need to work together to survive and how egos need to be put aside. Another good point that is brought up in Undead Obsessed is how in most zombie movies scientists are the ones who start the apocalypse such as in the movie 28 Days Later (actually animal rights activists had a lot to do with it also) but in a movie like World War Z, it’s a scientist who is the hero. Scientists get a bad wrap in movies and it’s probably because people fear that scientists are smarter than them and are withholding information. Though we also have to realize that in certain situations we would have to rely on science to fix the world’s problems.Undead Obsessed is a zombie book unlike any other and a must have for zombie literature fans. While I admit that some of the science in this book went way over my head, I found it an entertaining read. Undead Obsessed is for the horror fan that likes to look past the blood and guts for the deeper meaningSome people watch zombie movies and see it as simple entertainment. In this book Jessica Robinson shows us that there is more meaning to zombie films then people think. The main idea I got from Undead Obsessed is that science can be harmful and beneficial. Watching a zombie movie is a way to help us understand these fears. This is a great analysis of what zombies stand for and it will change the way that you look at horror in general. There is always a deeper meaning if your willing to look for it.
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, Jessica is published and represented by Booktrope, the same publisher which released my debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked. She also sent me a copy of this book for review purposes.When I first picked this book up, I was concerned that it might be a clone of Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide, but I needn’t have worried. While Jessica is a Max Brooks fan, and she does reference his work, the two cover different subject matters – Undead Obsessed is much more of a serious scientific study into the causes of the zombie virus itself, rather than how to survive it.It’s remarkably well-researched, and there are some interesting stories to look forward to as Robinson explains how she carried it out. It also reads more like an academic essay than some other non-fiction books – that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if you’re looking for a lighthearted read then perhaps you should look elsewhere. For me, I thought it was fascinating – kudos to Jessica Robinson and her alter ego, Pembroke Sinclair. Looking forward to more!
Yes had some good information and insight on zombies. I found myself skipping pages to something good and helpful to help you survive zombie apocalypse. It was boring hearing about all movies and dates and story's too and t.v. shows after I already see them all and die-hard fan of the walking dead. This book for someone else