So, in response to Julia’s presentation about the movie Zombie Honeymoon, it reminded a lot of what we have talked about in previous classes with the majority of the texts. The fact that love often gets mentioned, that a lot the texts have some kind of love story narrative, and that often the most human of characters are described as the characters who know how to love other people. And I remember Julia’s specifically mentioning that the characters in Zombie Honeymoon that were considered the most human were often the ones that were still able to love. As well, that even despite the main female character’s husband turning into a zombie, she still saw human in him, because of the fact that she loved him. I really appreciated the background that Julia gave on the zombies as well, with the information on Haitian ideas of twenty-four hour zombie powder, and that they actually did not eat flesh.
What I kept thinking about during the presentation was other texts that I found to have similar themes that we have discussed in class. Like for instance, some dystopian young adults I have been reading often have characters that have been altered in some ways, like one recent novel called Cinder, is kind of a retelling of Cinderella where the Cinderella character is an android. Then, there are the older series by Scott Westerfeld called Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras which deal with characters that have been physically altered through a kind of extreme version of plastic surgery. Another example is the novel Partials, which just came out in February which dealt with these biological robots that looked just like humans, similar to the Cylons, called Partials which the remaining human population is prejudiced against. Actually, now that I’m thinking about, Partials has a lot of similar themes to Battlestar Galactica, in that the Partials are a kind of biological robot that looks very human, to the point where other humans could not tell a difference, from what I remember the only difference with the Partials was that they were considered more attractive.