Introduction

Starting as a popular comic book, The Walking Dead has taken the world by storm. The adaptation television series based on the comic book aired on AMC in October of 2010, exciting Walking Dead lovers everywhere. The series is now on the second season and keeps bringing new surprises to the comic lovers.
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The Walking Dead is a zombie based comic book that shows how a small group of people are surviving during the zombie apocalypse. The comic and the television series both follow this path of a zombie apocalypse.



Why are Zombies so adaptable?


The fascination with zombies was rooted from The Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero’s first zombie film that he filmed and wrote, sparking his career into the zombie world. The real boom started after 28 Days Later first hit theaters, this was also the first time a infected zombie hit the screen. MV5BNzM2NDYwNjM3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNDYxNzk5._V1._SY317_.jpgThe two main forms of zombies are the infected and the “Romero” zombies that have been named after the famous writer and director, George A. Romero. The infected zombies are known for the way they are transformed. The zombies are reanimated by an infection such as the rage virus (28 Days Later) and the T-virus (Resident Evil). This virus is transferred through blood, salvia, bite, open wounds, etc. These are a few forms but the biggest difference between a “Romero” zombie and infected is the way people become zombies. Infected zombies must be infected by a transmit of blood or salvia to be turned, infected cannot be turned by just dieing.
Night-of-the-Living-Dead.jpgRomero” zombies are slightly different from the infection zombies on a few basis', the first being how the people turn into the living dead, they can either drop dead from natural cause or anything as long as they die. The second being the way they move. These zombies can only run for a certain amount of time after they die, their body then begins to deteriorate and they can not do anything but walk.


Okay, but why are they adaptable?

The zombies are adaptable because of the many forms that they can take. Zombies have become a fascination for the people because of the surprise. Hutcheon states, “Others argue, instead, that it is a particular kind of story that provides the comfort that explains the popularity of adaptations: the familiar linear and realist story-line “founded upon the principlies of narration doubtlessly begun with Aesop, if not Moses, and polished by Walter Scott and Balzac” (Axelrod 1996:201) (115 Hutcheon)” Zombies are these familiar story lines that they speak of. Zombies have become a way for people to experience a post-apocalyptic world, while given hints and tips on how to survive. There are many people within the world that believe zombies will come and take over the world but the fear of this is slowly evaporating into the air. There are stores opening, such as the Zombie Apocalypse Store, that’s sells equipment, books, and food specifically for the zombie apocalypse. This adds-on to the list of how zombies have been used and adapted from movies to comics, zombies are so universal and there are so many forms it becomes one of the perfect subjects to adapt. The open story lines and the following attracts many people to start using these within their films. The stories are almost always drawn out for adapters as well, with short stories and comics that have been released in the past years. These stories hold entire movies within them that can be tweaked and still hold true to the story. These are major functions for adaptation, features within short stories and novels to turn into major motion pictures and make money are essential to adaptation. Zombies are major stories that hold true to all of these functions, The Walking Dead for examples has all of these features by just showing a group of people trying to survive. A simple story line that has gone above and beyond in the zombie world and now holding true to becoming and adaptation itself.


The Walking Dead Comic VS. The TV show!
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The comic is the original for of The Walking Dead, written by Robert Kirkman. The story follows a group of adults and children trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. The TV series follows the same concept but adds a few twist into the story line trying to add something new to the hardcore fans of the original comic.
The comic is adapted because of the creative story line and the open story line that is available. It leaves holes that can be filled with anything that the creator decides would be good for the story. The down side to doing this is the TV series does not match up perfectly to the comic, which is understandable because adaptations are not always perfect. The comic was adapted, into a TV show, because of the large calling for the comic. It became a rage after time. People from all around started hearing about it and it proved to be a worthy cause for the adaptable world. The name has now been turned into toys, books6a00e551db674c883301539275a21a970b-500wi.jpg, and posters to better promote the name and the money that can be gained from it. This franchise has skyrocketed in the years and will most likely continue if the franchise keeps gaining money. MCF_TWD_CS01_set4.jpgMcallister states it best, “Films, on the other hand, look to comics as inspiration for additional commercial and aesthetic inspirations. In some ways, this has encouraged or at least facilitated a movement toward the commercial blockbuster, where the main focus is on economic predictability and long term licensing potential. (113-114 Mcallister)” Films are going to keep advancing with time and gaining money while comics are hitting their big boom, so literature is becoming a thing of the past for adaptations and comics are beginning to movie in.






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Works Cited
Hutcheon, Linda. A Theory of Adaptation. New York: Routledge, 2006. Print.

Mcallister, MATTHEW P., Ian Gordon, and Mark Jancovich. ""Block Buster Art House: Meets Superhero Comic, Or Meets Graphic Novel?: The Contradictory Relationship Between Film And Comic Art."" Journal of Popular Film & Television (2007): 108-114. Web.


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