I’ll admit it. I used to HATE Harry Potter. Viscerally HATE it. It wasn’t because I thought the books, and later the movies, were that bad. I didn’t. I resented the unparalleled success of the whole Harry Potter machine. Why was Harry Potter enjoying the highest book sales in the history of the printed world when there were other, more deserving, and BETTER books that struggled in relative obscurity? And then people had the audacity to start comparing Harry Potter to Lewis Carroll, to C.S. Lewis, to TOLKIEN?! Oh, HAY-UL no! (Then TWLIGHT came along and made me realize that Harry Potter was kind of okay after all, but that’s something I discuss over at our sister site, vampires.com).
Why am I mentioning Harry Potter in a post about zombies? Allow me to explain. FEAR THE WALKING DEAD just scored the highest ratings EVER for their inaugural season, for any series on cable television. EVER. And while the Horror junkie in me should be celebrating, as my inner book lover and Fantasy mark probably should have been celebrating J.K. Rowling’s taking over the world, I still can’t help but resent it just a little bit, because there is better, if not zombie TV shows, at least zombie ENTERTAINMENT, out there. There are people out there watching these Walking Dead shows who have never seen Fulci’s ZOMBI, for cryin’ out loud! EDUCATE YOURSELVES, PEOPLE!