Jess Walter: The Narcissism of the Zombie Story

Interview excerpted from Kirkus Reviews:

I had been seeing all these zombie and vampire stories and movies—those post-apocalyptic stories seem so obscene to me. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Steven Pinker’s book that makes the argument that things are really getting better all the time? Except for the advent of technology and warfare, which can kill a lot of people at once, he argues that the world gets less violent over time. Yet fiction seems obsessed that the world is ending…. All I wanted to do was make the point that by believing we are living in the end times, we are engaged in a type of narcissism.

But you start out writing a protest against zombie stories, then you realize how much fun they are.

Read the full here.


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