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Zombies?

Okay, so WHY am I so fascinated by zombies???

That's a very valid question. And to be honest, I'm not sure why...

I finished reading the book, "Zomblog," by T.W. (Todd) Brown. I really need to do a detailed review of the book. Look, Brown is a good story teller, but rather poor writer.

SPOILER WARNING !!!

If you're not interested in knowing details of this book, then PLEASE don't read on...

For those of you who do write -- and especially for those of you who are serious about your writing -- the quality of Brown's work can be jarring.

The entire story is told in First Person, which should be the easiset way to write. It makes sense here, considering this is supposed to be a blog (though one must immediately question calling it that VERY early on, when the internet goes down and the blog clearly turns into a hand-written journal... and it's never discussed if this is in a tablet or book, where the pens and/or pencils come from and how the 'blogger' protects this journal -- though I certainly wondered!!!).

But I was very disappointed when the viewpoint went from one person to another -- yet the writing was EXACTLY the same! I was already bothered by the constant use of the word 'Anyways' -- but I chalked it up to a somewhat ignorant writer (meaning the character Sam). When the female character (Meredith) also used the word over and over, I realized the writing quality had pulled my focus from the story to the mistakes -- never a good thing. Too bad someone didn't just tell Brown about such errors, so he could have fixed them...

Editors are a good thing! Or get a Beta, please.

Brown's use of contractions (or lack of, actually) makes the work stiff, I'm afraid. I give kudos to his story, though, because even when I was put off enough to abandon the book, I stuck with it...

By the way, why do so many male writers have such a hard time writing decent female characters? And especially STRONG female characters?

Sorry, boys -- strong women are NOT just men in drag. Men and women think very differently. And women are motivated a lot differently then men. If you can't write a realistic female, why not just use a man, instead? I don't see what you prove when you mess up so badly with the gender...

Lots of people dislike Brown's main female character, with good reason, frankly. What they miss is that 'she' isn't female at all. And, yes, I know many strong women -- TONS of them, in fact! I know that there are differences between women, but there are more differences between men and women...

Interestingly, Brown's teenage girls weren't bad. They rang true, most of the time. But they weren't very fleshed out, so...

There are two more books in this series -- which I didn't know when I started this book. I've read some reviews of the sequels, and they don't sound promising, I'm afraid. Mainly because of Brown's female lead, by the way. (sigh)

Well, this is still better than the last zombie book I read. That one had several unrealistic characters. Kids can also be hard to write well...

Anyway, I like reading these books, watching movies and TV shows and belonging to zombie communities -- and discussing zombie-related subjects. I'm not sure WHY...

Tags: 2012, book, books, january-2012, reading, writing, zombies
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