For the last day of the Challenge I chose the word Zombie.
Slightly off topic, but I wonder how many other participating bloggers are going with Zombie today? Imma go with....25%.
Anyway, zombies are hot right now. So hot I even fought my way through Pride and Predjudice and Zombies (never again will I be tricked into reading Jane Austin). I don't know what it is about them that people like. Maybe because it's a way to justify fantasies of blowing peoples heads off when you're having a bad day. How many conversations have I had detailing what I would do during the Zombie Apocalypse (coming to a shopping mall near you December 21, 2012)? The CDC even used the idea of an outbreak of Undeaditis to illustrate emergency preparedness.
Anyway, I wanted to make a point here about zombies that I'm not going to articulate very well. In many modern zombie stories, the surviving humans turn out to be 100% worse for the protaganist than any walking dead. Like Shane in The Walking Dead, or the soldiers in 28 Days Later (side note: 28 Weeks Later sucked so bad because the attention was turned away from how horrible people can be when facing the end of humanity to a Rage infected Robert Carlyle stalking his kids through London.[side side note: I understand many people don't count Infected as zombies, but you know what? I don't care what you think.]).