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September 14, 2010 4:08 PM   Subscribe

Night of the Living Trekkies. They have trailers for books now! (SLYT) Trekkies + Zombies = two great tastes that taste great together.
posted by crossoverman (21 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Okay, I actually think the "[insert title] and Zombies" craze is out of hand, but I thought this was highly amusing.
posted by crossoverman at 4:18 PM on September 14, 2010


The big problem with this? I would really, really like to see this as a full-length movie, or even as a decent-length short.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:26 PM on September 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


The big problem with this? I would really, really like to see this as a full-length movie, or even as a decent-length short.

Better idea. An actual zombie plague breaks out during ComiCon. At first everyone just thinks they have really good costumes.
posted by The Whelk at 4:29 PM on September 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


More info (and hype) about the book, out now.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:30 PM on September 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


The big problem with this? I would really, really like to see this as a full-length movie, or even as a decent-length short.

Agreed. I'm actually surprised at the effort they went to for this marketing effort - good solid Trek jokes, costumes and a few good splatter effects.
posted by crossoverman at 4:38 PM on September 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Books: Now with more movie.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 4:44 PM on September 14, 2010


I am so much more a Trekker than a Star Wars fan, but Star Wars did this last year (to predictably crappy results).
posted by bpm140 at 4:52 PM on September 14, 2010


Botany Bay Hotel & Convention Center

Yeah, I want to see this movie too. (Are these books actually any good?)
posted by Gator at 4:55 PM on September 14, 2010


If fast zombies can completely subvert the genre, I'd hate to see what zombies with transporters can do.
posted by mhoye at 5:17 PM on September 14, 2010


Now THAT was something completely different.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:35 PM on September 14, 2010


So we aren't all in agreement on "Jesus fucking christ please stop."?
posted by Legomancer at 5:51 PM on September 14, 2010


Dammit zombie backlashers, I've had enough of your shit. Zombies are not pirates and they aren't ninjas and they aren't robots and they aren't Chuck Norris and they aren't bacon. They are not a kind of somewhat cool thing that became a stupid internet thing that everyone pretends is awesome so they can have conversations about how awesome they are because they didn't get to have in-jokes in high school. They are genuinely great and inspire people to make great things featuring them regularly. When was the last great ninja movie? So is it overdone? Yeah. Do people use zombies as a crutch to try to make up for the fact they are talentless hacks? Totally. But that is not the zombies' fault. Anything great is going to inspire crappy knock-offs. But here is the thing zombie haters. They ain't going away. They are great and not in a "Snakes on a Plane" way, but for real. Zombies are the real thing and no they won't stop. They won't rest. They will just keep on coming.
posted by ND¢ at 6:34 PM on September 14, 2010 [4 favorites]


I do not want to read this book. I want to see this fucking movie.

NDcent: I don't think zombies are bad at all. I think zombies are fucking kick-ass (ninjas are too, but I don't think there's ever been a good American ninja movie, and yes, that includes the American Ninja movies). I do think that "X cultural artifact + Zombies" is kind of lame in the sense that any formula is lame and leads to hackery. If it isn't doing something interesting in one or both genres in which it is working, then that's boring. This is fun because while it doesn't do anything new with the zombie genre, it does do something new with the Star Trek and fandom genre (relatively new, at least).

But, as I said, I really have no desire to read this as a book. I haven't read any zombie books, but I can't imagine them being all that interesting.

"It walked towards them slowly. Shuffling its feet, moaning, its blank eyes staring at nothing, but its open mouth speaking though inarticulate: it was hungry for brains.

It continued to stumble towards them.

Still walking slowly towards them.

They watched as it advanced, inch by inch.

It was about 50 yards away now, close enough for them to see that it had once been a woman. Who had she been? Someone's mother? Sister? Friend? Now reduced to a sick parody of life.

It was now 49 and 1/2 yards away. They were beginning to worry. What would happen if this thing ever caught them? Would they become like it, their humanity sloughing off them like the creatures rotting skin?

At 49 yards, it seemed to pick up speed. But that was just because the ground inclined downward for a couple of feet. Once it hit 48 yards, it would be back to its normal, shuffling, interminably slow gait.

They watched with horror as it slowly, slowly, ever so slowly closed the gap between them, and theyOHMYGOD ANOTHER ONE IS RIGHT BEHIND THEM THE OLD GUY GOT BITTEN!"

Put that shit in visual form, yo.
posted by Saxon Kane at 6:57 PM on September 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


There are lots of great books about zombies.
posted by ND¢ at 7:03 PM on September 14, 2010


That was a cool book trailer (yeah, they've been doing this shit for a little while now) but goddamn if I don't hate these books. I don't care if they're just fucking with Sam Raimi or whomever, but since they started fucking with Jane Austen, I hate these books as a general rule.

But then, I got angry at Dead Mark Twain for hating on Austen, so it might just be my giant Austen hard on.
posted by angrycat at 7:04 PM on September 14, 2010


also, The Passage is about zombies, or zombie vampires maybe, that is one great yarn.
posted by angrycat at 7:05 PM on September 14, 2010


NDcent/angrycat: I'm sure there are good zombie books, but it isn't a genre that really appeals to me. Comic books? Sure. I like my zombies in visual form. Just a personal preference.
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:11 PM on September 14, 2010


I read it. It's not a bad book. I think the trailer doesn't do it justice, to be honest.

At heart it's a decent zombie tale with some nice twists. The Trekkie dressing is the gravy. It's a heavy helping of gravy, but they manage to play a lot of the jokes straight. (e.g., the Botany Bay Hotel is never commented on.) If you're a Trekkie, you'll love it. If not, you'll at worst go 'meh.'

And I hated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, FWIW.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:27 PM on September 14, 2010


I wish it had been "Connnnnnnnnn" instead of "Cooooooooooooon", but I'm picky like that.
posted by Nabubrush at 8:37 PM on September 14, 2010


I wish it had been "Connnnnnnnnn" instead of "Cooooooooooooon", but I'm picky like that.

Yeah, same problem with "Fraking" versus "Frakking." Do you follow the (somewhat) standard English rules? Or do you follow the declination of the word you're mimicking?

It's hard being a Grammar Natzi on the Interwebs.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:44 PM on September 14, 2010


Zombies are played out and boring now. The next big thing is a giant monster revival that capitalizes on the middle class' vanishing prosperity and helplessness before the new wealthy. Think "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" meets "The Devil Wears Prada," or "Godzilla" meets "The Hudsucker Proxy" or "Cloverfield" meets something that doesn't suck.

No, wait, I think I meant to say that Trekkies are played out and boring now. The next big thing are "reals", people who dress up as superheroes or possess actual superhuman powers teaming up. It's a result of the middle class' vanishing prosperity and helplessness before the new wealthy - a desperate bid to make fantasy real, as they see no other solution. Glen Beck listeners taken to a new level!

Actually, I wanted to snark on the whole thing. So I did.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:31 AM on September 15, 2010


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