I’ve always noticed a weird trend in books and movies featuring the undead; no one uses the Z word.
Picture this: the characters encounter one of those things, someone calls it a –gasp– zombie, and said character is reprimanded for doing so. Jeez! That moaning, flesh-eating, only-can-be-killed-with-headshot guy isn’t a zombie! He’s just… sick. He’s just…ahh…
Or, better yet, people just never ever use the word “zombie” as though the concept of a zombie is simply nonexistent in the reality the movie is set in. I understand the need to suspend certain aspects of reality to create a movie, of course, and I don’t mind that at all! But the fact that only zomedies use the Z word is interesting. You notice that, right? I’m sure you do.
What’s wrong with calling a zombie a zombie? I’m honestly not sure. Perhaps removing the concept of Zombie from the characters’ reality contributes to the overwhelming drama and horror of the whole thing. It would make sense since in a zomedy—in which people use the Z word and fully accept the undead for what they are—people don’t take the situation seriously, thus making the whole thing humorous.
So, reduced, when the concept of Zombie is known to the characters’ it creates humor and/or empowers them. If the concept of Zombie is unknown, their reality is more horrifying.
And so, my friend, there is some brains for thought.
I’m sure you do.