Paranormal Discussion: Zombies Edition

I know this isn’t one of my typical bookish post, but zombies often show up in media so I think this topic will be okay.

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I love to read fictional stories, and that also includes books with paranormal creatures. Just the other night, I was thinking about the movie World War Z and how it was unusual to see zombies move quickly rather than your stereotypical slow zombies. (Author’s note: I have never watched World War Z, but I watched the Everything Wrong With video over it and that’s what got me thinking.) I was working on some essays I needed to write for an application when the question suddenly struck me:

Would you rather face one fast but dumb zombie or a group (let’s say five) of slow but smart zombies in a post-apocalyptic setting?

And so the discussion begins.


One Fast but Dumb Zombie

The Pros:

You would only have to go against one zombie versus the other option of five. That would be four less zombies to keep track of and make sure that they’re dead… well, more dead than usual.

On top of that, the zombie is dumb, so you might be able to gain some time to either get away or go for the kill by distracting it with, I don’t know, some rotting meat or something.

The Cons:

On the flip side, the zombie being dumb can be your downfall. Its inability to reason to try and stay alive can make it reckless and try more dangerous things that could cost you your life. Say you happen to come across a cross bow and start shooting arrows at it. A smart zombie might take cover for a while and try their chance at getting you when you are weaponless or during a surprise attack. A dumb zombie would probably continue to run up to you at a sprinting pace, despite the fact that someone is shooting arrows at them and could potential kill them. If you do not somehow stop it before it gets to you… well, you’re dead meat (okay, you can stop booing at my terrible pun).

This zombie is FAST. I mean, World War Z zombie fast. They can basically keep up with a really fit person when it comes to running, which is absolutely terrifying. If you’re not a runner, then I’m not sure if you would want to go against this zombie.

A Group of Five Slow but Smart Zombies

The Pros:

I’m a slow gal. Let’s just say that the last time I ran a full mile without stopping was never. Actually, it was almost five years ago. The thing is, I injured my ankle and both of my knees in the past, so it’s hard for me to run without my joints flaring up in pain. It was to the point my doctor advised me against running for the rest of my life (that doesn’t mean I don’t exercise though XD). That being said, I wouldn’t have to be too concerned with the pain in my legs if I have to go up against a group of slow zombies.

You could out-walk them, or even jog if it comes to that. That’ll give you some time to gain the higher ground and hopefully take them out before they think of a way to outmaneuver you.

Even though they’re smart, their reflexes are slow. If they decide on an ambush, you might have time to take them out before they infect/kill you.

The Cons:

Just because they’re slow doesn’t mean they can’t think. They would probably be thinking of a way to ambush you… maybe set a trap or something. I don’t like camping because… bugs. I hate bugs. That being said, I have no experience trying to survive in the outdoors/wilderness. If I got caught in a trap, I would not know what to do.

On top of that, I don’t like handling anything sharp/dangerous. I barely trust myself with a kitchen knife. I could maybe use a baseball bat as my choice of weapon. Then again, I have no upper body strength so I probably wouldn’t be able to wield the metal bat for long. Maybe if I had something like the spiked bat that Steve made for Nancy in Stranger Things….

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The fact that you have to keep up with five zombies instead of one can make anyone’s brain scramble. Trying to make sure that you get everyone before they get you can be a stressful event, unlike going against one zombie, where when you kill it, that’s all you have to kill.


If I had to, I think I would go up against one fast but dumb zombie because I think I would be able to outsmart it and hopefully kill it before it gets to me. I don’t think I would be able to outmaneuver a group of zombies for too long. I might be able to dodge the first couple, but I feel like one of them will get me when I least expect it. At least with the dumber zombie it will probably not be concerned with stealth and surprise attacks.


Which option would you choose?

Tell me your thoughts!


Until next time….


19 thoughts on “Paranormal Discussion: Zombies Edition

  1. Gianna 07/08/2018 / 11:32 am

    I loved this post!! It was definitely off the radar cause you never see a book blogger talking about zombies!!

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    • Jessica 07/08/2018 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, this post is a little bit of a tangent of what I normally talk about, but the question about zombies invaded my mind once I thought of it and I needed to get it out somewhere. XD

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  2. Norrie 07/09/2018 / 4:49 am

    I think the question is: would i be smarter than the smart zombies? Like, can i figure out their traps?
    Meh, i don’t know. I can’t run for the life of me, so i guess it has to be the slow ones and hope for the best 😀

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    • Jessica 07/09/2018 / 11:20 am

      Hm… I haven’t really thought of their level of smartness. I would just say maybe that they have different levels of intelligence, so some would be smarter while others would be less smart to even out the playing field.
      I’m not much of a runner either, so I was going to choose the slow group but I wasn’t confident in my ability to outsmart them but I see where you’re coming from XD

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      • Norrie 07/09/2018 / 1:06 pm

        Yea, exactly… cuz what if one of them is like super genius who could join the MENSA 😀 right?
        I think we’d be pretty much doomed either way… 😀

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        • Jessica 07/11/2018 / 1:31 pm

          Hahaha I agree! We’d be screwed if a zombie apocalypse happens and the zombies are smart XD

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  3. Michael J. Miller 07/09/2018 / 8:57 am

    Hmmm….I’m not one for exercising or “fun running” or anything like that. But I still think I’d pick the one fast, dumb zombie. It’s a one-on-one thing so my odds would be better and, while it’s fast (and probably faster than me), it’s just trying to chase me down. it isn’t thinking, planning, reasoning, or anything like that. And it isn’t doing those things in a group of equally smart zombies. Plus, have you ever seen ‘It Follows’? While not about zombies, that’s about some sort of…well thing that follows you slowly but unrelentingly. No thanks! No matter how slow they are, if they’re smart and won’t stop sooner or later they’re going to get me. I have a chance against one fast, dumb one.

    Although, whenever I watch or read about a post-apocalyptic dystopia I always think about how I’d be the first to die in a setting like that so I probably wouldn’t last against either :).

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    • Jessica 07/09/2018 / 11:28 am

      I was thinking the same thing! My odds of surviving are better if I only have to go against one zombie rather than a whole hoard.

      I’ve never watched It Follows before, because I’m not really into the whole thriller/horror genre (I’m a big chicken), and judging about what you said about it, I’m not sure I would want to watch it. It sounds too creepy for my tastes. Having something slowly hunt you sounds terrifying.

      Hahaha me too! I’m so un-athletic and have no knowledge about surviving the outdoors that I would probably die even before the post-apocalyptic dystopia. I wouldn’t survive the apocalypse to even make it to the post-apocalyptic setting. XD

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      • Michael J. Miller 07/09/2018 / 11:23 pm

        I was never a big fan of the horror genre either. I am a HUGE baby. But then I started dating someone who’s passion for horror rivals mine for nerdy superhero and Star Wars stuff. Then I found out, in a long-term committed relationship, you have to “share each other’s interests.” So that came back to bite me :). Now I watch horror stuff all the time…but the nightmares are thankfully only intermittent, hahaha.

        I thought ‘It Follows’ was a brilliantly artistic film. I’d say it’s one of the best films, in any genre, I’ve seen. Even though it totally freaked me out I wanted to go see it again the next night. Buuuuut I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like horror. Stay safe for both of us! Maybe watch a romcom or two for me, huh?

        I like your not surviving to make it into the post-apocalyptic setting idea too! I think I’d be right there with you. In fact, you can sign me up for that plan. That’s what I’m built for :).

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        • Jessica 07/11/2018 / 1:34 pm

          I might watch It Follows… but only if I’m with a friend. I’m actually a big fan of action and superhero movies over romcoms. Not that I wouldn’t say no to a cheesy, funny movie. 😀

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          • Michael J. Miller 07/11/2018 / 9:45 pm

            Superhero movies are TOTALLY my thing! I laugh embarrassingly loud in comedies (which I also love) and I’ll enjoy a good romcom (but they aren’t always good…yikes). I also dig films with a more philosophical explorations of love (like ‘Her’ or the ‘Before…’ series). I guess I kind of like all genres, but those are my favorites.

            As to ‘It Follows,’ it was a very indie horror movie so, lacking any wildly large special effects budget, it’s nothing like ‘IT’ or some Blumhouse spectacle. It’s far more intimate and cerebral. And, for all the scares, it leaves me spending a lot of time discussing and debating the director’s message and vision which is one of the things I love about it. So yeah, if you have a friend with you (I’ll NEVER watch a horror film alone, EVER) then you’d be good to go.

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            • Jessica 07/13/2018 / 1:07 pm

              Ok I’ll keep that in mind if I ever decide to watch “It Follows”… My friends probably won’t need any encouraging because they love horror films while I’m the chicken in the group XD

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            • Michael J. Miller 07/13/2018 / 10:15 pm

              You’re my kind of people! Weirdly, I’d be the last person to recommend a horror film usually (as they freak me out) so, admittedly, this discussion has taken am unusual turn. So I’m sorry if you watch it and it freaks you out! However this plays out, may the Force be with you.

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            • Jessica 07/15/2018 / 10:27 am

              Hahaha thanks for the recommendation! I need to branch out from what I usually watch so it’ll do me some good. 😊

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  4. Gerry@TheBookNookUK 07/09/2018 / 4:42 pm

    I would definitely go with one fast but dumb zombie over slow and smart! I think someone has already mentioned it but ‘It Follows’ is based on the premise of something sloooowly following you but its way more creepy than it sounds.

    I read something that said that there are two types of predators – speed vs. endurance – and that humans are endurance predator. Back in the ol’ hunting days we would never be able to catch up with fast prey but would simply steadily walk and follow them until they passed out from tiredness or took a break and then we struck…

    Yeah, I think slow and smart is more creepy/ deadly!

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    • Jessica 07/11/2018 / 1:38 pm

      Yes, someone has mentioned ‘It Follows’ to me! 😀 I think the premise is rather creepy, and I would be spooked if someone (or something) was stalking me slowly but persistently. I’d rather have a zombie come at me quickly so I can either get rid of the problem quickly or be bitten. I don’t think I could handle having something hunt me slowly. I’d probably go insane with all the paranoia. Like you said with the speed vs. endurance, I would probably be the prey that tires out and then get caught.

      I think you and I are on the same page with facing one fast but dumb zombie. It’s just easier on the mind and, in the long run, the body. 🙂

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      • Gerry@TheBookNookUK 07/15/2018 / 3:42 am

        I agree with you! It’s the psychological impact of knowing something is steadily following you and that it will eventually get you! I’d rather the same – just come at me and get it over with! I wouldn’t be able to stand the tension (and this is why I can’t do psychological horror!)

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