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    World War Z (the book, not the film)

    Haven't seen the film yet, but I thought I'd read the book to see what all the fuss was about. It's a very fast read, but I found it to be very enjoyable. It's interesting to read a book about something as "out there" as a zombie uprising, and see it used as the base for commentary on world politics, isolationism, bureaucracy, etc. Then again, the original zombie movie "Night of the Living Dead" was rooted in deeper themes as well.

    Anyway, has anyone else read it?


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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    I have read it, great book.



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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    A fun and light read. I enjoyed the post apocalyptic review of how it all went down. I wished the movie was more like that... but the flick was entertaining.



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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    It was really interesting to see different nations and the way they reacted to the outbreak. China attempting to keep everything secret. Israel going full isolationist and being successful. The U.S. being overconfident, reacting slowly, and being pushed to the brink.


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    Loved the book. I think my favorite part was the part about the submarine. The way the book treats zombies + bodies of water was really interesting imo. Also, I liked the exploration of the "go north to a place where the zombies freeze" strategy.

    I've said this a million times but fans of the book would be much better served by a mini series a la Band of Brothers which divides the books chapters into stand alone episodes. A HUGE missed opportunity imo. I have no interest in seeing the movie. Lots of ****ty looking zombies plus Brad Pitt bugs. Should've cast Ed Norton.


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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    Read it a while ago and enjoyed it. I think a lot of the flashbacks in the book would make great scenes in a movie.



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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    Quote Originally Posted by weR138 View Post
    Loved the book. I think my favorite part was the part about the submarine. The way the book treats zombies + bodies of water was really interesting imo. Also, I liked the exploration of the "go north to a place where the zombies freeze" strategy.

    I've said this a million times but fans of the book would be much better served by a mini series a la Band of Brothers which divides the books chapters into stand alone episodes. A HUGE missed opportunity imo. I have no interest in seeing the movie. Lots of ****ty looking zombies plus Brad Pitt bugs. Should've cast Ed Norton.
    I agree, it would take a mini series to do it justice. I haven't seen the film, so I can't know for sure, but from what I've read, it doesn't cover a lot of the things in the book. Part of what makes the book successful is that it's presented through the memories of people who lived through it, but were recounting them long after the fact. It gives the reader the benefit of hindsight, which truly changes the way we perceive the story. We know that humanity is going to survive. We know there will be a watershed moment. The story is simply there to tell us how we arrive at that moment. Because we know there will be a "happy" ending, it allows us to focus on the war's impact in other areas, psychological/political/idealogical/etc, which, in my opinion, gives the book a lot of depth. The book references All Quiet on the Western Front, and it's a good parallel. The reader already knew how WW1 ended, so Remarque was able to divert the reader's attention to the other effects of the war, rather than just who wins and who loses. I think the same thing is going on with Brooks, although I'd never say that World War Z was a better read than All Quiet on the Western Front.


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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    I agree, it would take a mini series to do it justice. I haven't seen the film, so I can't know for sure, but from what I've read, it doesn't cover a lot of the things in the book.
    The movie is pretty much nothing like the book, except for a few things thrown in there as bones for fans of the book.

    I wouldve killed for the battle of yonkers, the pilot on the louisiana (iirc) interstate, the guy with the katana, etc



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    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    The movie is pretty much nothing like the book, except for a few things thrown in there as bones for fans of the book.

    I wouldve killed for the battle of yonkers, the pilot on the louisiana (iirc) interstate, the guy with the katana, etc
    How do they not include the battle of Yonkers? That's a major turning point in the story. It's when the US first realizes it's in big trouble.


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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    It's a great read. It's a retrospective look at it so there isn't tension whether humans make it or not. The structure gives you a look at lots of different ways people dealt with the epidemic.

    The book would have made a boring movie if they had not changed it. They could have stuck with more of the stories from the book though.


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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    Haven't seen the film yet, but I understand that it will be nothing like the book.

    To be true to the book, a film or TV person should shoot a Ken Burns style documentary...



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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyFine View Post
    Haven't seen the film yet, but I understand that it will be nothing like the book.

    To be true to the book, a film or TV person should shoot a Ken Burns style documentary...
    or, like someone suggested earlier, they could do it similar to Band of Brothers. The opening scene shows the person being interviewed, setting the scene, then the episode is presented as a flashback.


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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    I read the book about a year ago and found it very interesting but I can't say that I really enjoyed it in general. There were some entertaining points but the lack of an overall plot or central character made me feel like I was just reading a bunch of vignettes on zombies.

    Also don't read it on a kindle. There are way too many footnotes/glossary items in this book and in the kindle formatting that means you have to click on that term, be taken to the page defining the term then hit back to go to your page. It gets pretty damn annoying when you have to do that 8 times per chapter.



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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    I've read the book and loved it. As it was previously said, it was interesting to see how each nation reacted.


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    Re: World War Z (the book, not the film)

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    I read the book about a year ago and found it very interesting but I can't say that I really enjoyed it in general. There were some entertaining points but the lack of an overall plot or central character made me feel like I was just reading a bunch of vignettes on zombies.

    Also don't read it on a kindle. There are way too many footnotes/glossary items in this book and in the kindle formatting that means you have to click on that term, be taken to the page defining the term then hit back to go to your page. It gets pretty damn annoying when you have to do that 8 times per chapter.

    I just got a kindle fire and actually like that feature. Also, being able to look up words in the dictionary by just touching the word is awesome.

    I think you guys are spot on on the Ken Burns type of angle. That is what made the book clever. They could definitely follow up the movie with a retrospective documentary type mini-series.


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