Let there be zombies

Two posts in three days?

It may well be the apocalypse coming…or the fabulous publicity initiative by the Queensland Police Service and their tweets about World Zombie Day (which was a move that very cleverly and effectively promoted their disaster alert system, QLDAlert). Props on a catchy stunt that had a good purpose!

Readers of this blog and my twitter stream will know too well my family’s obsession with horror movies. We’re not fussy.

Creature features? Cheesy franchises? Movies starring Billy Zane (including Demon Knight – right)? We’ll watch them all and enjoy them.

I loved these movies so much that I even engineered my Honours thesis around them. I researched gender and contemporary sci-fi/fantasy films, comparing the representations of women in these genres. The full title is: “The Position of Woman in Recent American Science Fiction Film: The Representation of Women and the ‘Feminine'”. Yes, I’m cringing, too.

The films I managed to shoehorn into the dissertation included:

  • ‘Hard’ scifi: Alien, Aliens, Leviathan, and Inseminoid (!).
  • ‘Fantasy’: Legend, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Conqueror, Red Sonja, and Flesh and Blood.    

Don’t judge me too harshly about the divvying up of genres, or for the films themselves. I was young. It was 1991. I was constantly listening to the Hoodoo Gurus.

The nice thing is that our love of science fiction and fantasy material in general has already started rubbing off on the kids. The entire family is dead keen (hah) on Plants vs Zombies. Most of us have played the game through a couple of times, and E. regularly plays a screen or two. G. is a bit young to play properly, but he likes collecting suns.

My brother loved it so much that S. made a PvZ cake for him in 2009:

Plants vs Zombies: The Cake (Nov 2009)
Detail: Marzipan zombie

We took the family to see the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Melbourne Museum a couple of months ago. E. was sorely disappointed that the only mummy we got to see wasn’t roaming freely around the site making grunting sounds. Jewelled sarcophagi and accompanying carved organ-jars just didn’t cut it. Particularly for her, when her 5-year-old female buddies seem interested only in the painfully banal princess/fairy/ballerina nexus, encouraging a love of monsters, aliens, dinosaurs, and things different become ever more important. Who knows if it’ll have any traction once the full power of peer-group pressure comes to bear in the schoolyard (next year…gulp)?

Meanwhile, her room is strung with mini-monster lights, full of wildlife and Scooby-Doo posters, and sports several giant pipe-cleaner insects. And she likes the Powerpuff girls. That will have to do at the moment.


5 thoughts on “Let there be zombies

  1. lea 08/10/2011 / 2:51 am

    oh sure, you start posting while i’m virtually mia on the internet due to being heavily involved with wordstock festival. but i couldn’t miss the plants vs zombies cake! ::rushes off::

    • Tseen Khoo 09/10/2011 / 3:52 pm

      It’s like Halley’s Comet! Catch it while you can! I’ve been thinking a lot more about the shape + content of my personal blog, mostly because…well, there isn’t much of either. I’ll do occasional historical read-throughs of my posts + be impressed that I managed to stay on-topic for a post or two.

      The discipline of blog-writing is something that I’m hoping to develop. It’s very different from the way I used to do academic writing; in many ways, much more consistently demanding, but also an easier form.

      Hope the Wordstock Fest was a hoot. 🙂

    • Tseen Khoo 09/10/2011 / 3:55 pm

      Wow. Just visited the Wordstock website, too. Great stuff. Really like the short author-posts on the event blog.

  2. Christina 19/07/2012 / 2:08 pm

    God, I love this cake….and your family obsession, it’s hilarious!

    • Tseen Khoo 20/07/2012 / 10:59 am

      Thanks for dropping by, Christina! Yes, the obsession is a bit out of hand, and much longer-lived than I’d anticipated! But fun. 🙂

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