I don’t spend a lot of time promoting other writers’ work, but man, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the upcoming The Walking Dead series on AMC. Check out this trailer:
This is one of few books in any genre that realizes the story is more about the characters than it is about the gimmick. If it were just zombies and survival horror, it couldn’t support a multi-volume comics series like this, much less a television series. Some of the characters feel like clichés, but Kirkman challenges them — and the reader — and they grow and change as the series progresses. Some live, some die, and at times they’re fighting one another as often as they are zombies.
In fact, the zombies are more part of the environment than they are threatening monsters. They could just as well be poisonous snakes or post-apocalyptic cannibals for all the difference it would make in the story; the characters would face the same problems and be every bit as compelling.
Then there’s the cliffhangers. I went right from volume six to volume seven instead of doing the things around the house I needed to, and now I’m going to have to order volume eight very soon.
I’ll be thrilled if I can capture half this kind of success with The Pack.