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    Our Ongoing Love Affair With Zombies (or, Why Do We Love The Walking Dead So Much?)

    "As the author of a Zombie-themed book, people inevitably ask if I watch AMC's macabre Sunday night masterpiece, The Walking Dead. The answer is, of course, a resounding "Yes!" I'm also quick to share with them my own personal encounter with Norman Reedus (Daryl) while I was speaking at a Zombie Convention, and how I found him to be gracious, accommodating and pretty darn cool, too.


    The Walking Dead is more than a television show. It's a cinematic phenomenon, with the 3rd Season Finale watched by some 12.4 million viewers, most of them in the 18-49 demographic. But the question we have to ask ourselves is "Why?" Why are we so captivated with rotting flesh shuffling aimlessly about, empowered by an irresistible urge to consume humanity and its brains? Why is that so appealing? Is there something wrong with us? Why do we love zombies so much? Is it merely an offshoot of our enduring obsession with horror-related media (movies, games, TV)? Eh, I don't think so. Not totally, anyway. Though there is no short supply of fans of the horror genre, I'm not convinced it's these aficionados alone who have fueled the meteoric rise of TWD to the top of the TV food chain. A contributing factor? Sure. But "the" reason? Probably not. No, there has to be a more substantial explanation..."



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    Ripley, you just beat me to it - lol. I found the psychological reasoning, in this article very interesting, so was too busy reading it instead of posting it! Great to see a different focus on TWD instead of only highlighting the cast, gore or spoilers. Got to say you are great tracker and would be an asset in a ZA! The slow pace I'm writing this - I'd be walker bait!

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    On a related note, for any NYU alumni, Glen Mazzara will be moderating a panel on Saturday, 10/19/13:

    "Feel like zombies and vampires are popping up everywhere these days? That’s because they are. The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara moderates a panel discussion on why we are obsessed with the undead and whether our obsessions evolve based on society's current issues. We promise our panelists won’t bite."


    http://alumni.nyu.edu/s/1068/2col.as...gid=1&pgid=359

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    I'm really not that into zombies. I have a big appetite for all things dystopian though.

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    YesRipley, I agree with you and I want to say that Its very difficult ! like love marriage specialist we need to behave like specialist!

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    People are fascinated with death and destruction. We know what scares us yet we have to look just to satisfy ourselves that we were right, it still scares us. We have to slow down going by that accident just to look for the gore. We watch the news just to shake our heads at the senseless destruction

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