Tuesday, October 23, 2012

 ...BOOKS?

http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2012/10/spooktacular-giveaway-hop-50-gone.html
In honor of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, and because I've already outed myself as a geek of MASSIVE proportions, let's just get right down to it and talk about what's REALLY important in my life lately:

This is the vampire on Being Human. Tell me you blame me.
I don't think I've ever loved a show this much. At least, no show since the first three seasons of the BBC's Being Human (don't bother with the US version, BTW. Utter crap).

Both shows have a sense of humor, people (well, supernatural beings, in the case of Being Human) living on the edge, bad ass main characters with a conscience...and buckets of blood at times.

And that's what I'm worried about with the Walking Dead. Yes, yes... I've already told you that I like that stuff. I've revealed myself as a lifetime reader and devotee of Stephen King, right? And he's known for gore, right?

Right...and wrong. In his fine non-fiction book about the horror genre, Danse Macabre, King talks about three levels of scary: first (and finest) is terror. We hear something scratching the door and it scares the crap out of us even if we never see it. Second is horror: We see what's behind the door, and yep, sure enough it's the monster we expected. It's big and scary...but it's almost a relief to see it. The third level is the gross-out. We see the monster as it rips it's face off and squirts blood and fluids all over our body just before it eats us (This is a paraphrase, but I think I got his tone).

The best scary movies or books might dart between the three levels of horror; the worst stick to the third and make us sick without really scaring us.

That's where I'm becoming afraid my beloved Walking Dead is heading.

The first two seasons had a mix of horror and humor, and a dose of real-people relationships that I think might have surprised some people that expected zombiemunchies every week. Our intrepid band of survivors dealt with a lot of things: loss, sorrow, infidelity, spousal abuse, murder, even the place and nature of God in their lives. All while trying to avoid being lunch for flesh eating monsters, I might add.

Rick Grimes. Zombie killer. Loyal Husband. DILF.
Season two ended at a crucial point (SPOILER): the leader of the group (My Beloved Rick) decides to kill his best friend and fellow survivor, Shane. Shane has been slowly becoming more unstable over the season. He's murdered two people and is set to murder Rick in order to take over Rick's family. So Rick kills him first. Simple enough...except that Rick has been a man of principle so far. He's tried to do everything possible to stay human (inside and out). He sees what he's done as his last resort to save his family, and expects his wife to feel the same.

But she doesn't.

When he admits to her what happened, she jumps away from him like he was one of the zombies and looks at him like he was freaking Frankenstein.

Now we're in season three, and I'm nervous. No one talks much any more. They've killed a god-awful lot of zombies, though, and in some of the most gory ways possible. Can you blame me for worrying that my favorite show might become Splatter of the Week? That wasn't Robert Kirkman's goal when he wrote the graphic novel--in fact, in his author's note he warned the reader not to expect that. He was interested in how people cope with things of real life in a calamity, and the show has been fairly faithful to that up to this point.

I like zombiesmushing. Don't get me wrong. But what is killing me is what is happening to Rick. I think his wife's rejection broke him, and I want that to get better. The last scene of Sunday's episode broke my heart: in one of the few 'people' moments of the season so far, Rick and Lori finally talk a very little bit about their struggling marriage. Rick tentatively reaches out touch his wife's shoulder...and then mumbles something about how the whole group was grateful to her for saving Hershel. It ends with him walking off without ever looking her directly in the face. Lori rests her cheek against her shoulder where his hand had been... *Sob* THAT WASN'T ENOUGH!!

Though I can't help but think that the make up sex could be epic.

I DO write romances, people.

Speaking of which, Andrew Lincoln (who plays My Beloved Rick-MBR, from now on) is my picture inspiration for the hero of my next book :) It's set on the beach, so in honor of that, I'd like to offer you the chance to win a beachy prize: a sliver sanddollar necklace! Enter here, and get hopping to any of the other nearly 500 blogs participating in this hop. GOOD LUCK!

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18 comments:

  1. I dont watch scarey movies , but use to love Stephen King.

    thanks for the hoppin fun ~
    Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. I totally agree with you about The Walking Dead. It's my fav show too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. My favorite scary movie would have to be IT. That clown freaks me out

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  4. Anna Dressed in Blood was great. It wasn't really scary, but it was definitely a bit creepy. That and The Forest of Hands and Teeth.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway!! Super excited
    Love scary things. Books and films!!
    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Fave scary movie would be jeepers creepers one and two it doesn't scary me anymore it use too.

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  7. The Shining by Stephen King "Here's Johnny"

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  8. Favorite scarey book -- Salem's Lot
    Favorite scarey movie -- The Shining

    Thanks for your giveaway.

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  9. I don't have a favorite scary movie, but I enjoy watching Hocus Pocus.

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  10. I love The Shining, it still scares me everytime I watch it!

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  11. What about tv show? I love The Walking Dead! That show is great and I just feel bad for Rick. His wife is really annoying:p Thanks!

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  12. I'm not much into the scary movies or books. For movies that I watch during Halloween would have to be the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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  13. Freddy vs Jason is a good movie!

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  14. My favorite scary book is Gerald's Game by Stephen King. I haven't read it in ten years and it still gives me the creeps! Thanks so much for being a part of the hop and the great giveaway.
    Happy Halloween,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Anything Stephen King cause he's just creepy!

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  16. My favorite scary movie is The Shining. :)

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  17. Scariest movie I've ever seen is The Strangers. NOTHING has ever scared me that much! Book... probably IT (King) Only two things have ever given me nightmares: that book and one of his novellas (A Good Marriage)

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