31 October 2008

Zombie Barbies of the Apocalypse

A~Z Reading Challenge “Z” title: Zombie Blondes by Brian James (Feiwel & Friends, 2008).

The new girl in town is having an awful time of it, poor thing, but then the popular girls start being nice to her. Hungry to finally belong somewhere, she wants to be just like them. And they want her to be just like them, too. Now, if only they weren't zombies....

Zombie Blondes seems like it would make a good ninety minute zombie action piece and I wouldn't be surprised if it were already optioned. The "new kid is snubbed by popular crowd, but befriends social misfit and makes good" arc is a familiar hook and the zombie cheerleaders are a nice twist on the old "shambling gray corpses."

I think I would have much preferred the movie to the book, actually. The slipshod editing and lack of depth that frustrated me while reading the book wouldn't have bothered me as much in a film ...

Honestly, I don't really know what I think of Zombie Blondes. I read it all the way through, but I'm pretty sure I complained bitterly the whole time. Zombie cheerleaders sound nifty, right? Well, what's the backstory on that? Who made the zombies? Maggie? Who made Maggie a zombie? Also, where are Lukas's parents? And are Greg's parents also zombies? If not, don't they notice their son is a zombie? And what the heck is up with Hannah's dad? I don't care what Hannah thinks, he seems shady ... and the end is just a set-up for a sequel ...

Gah!