This Week’s Pick: The Walking Dead: Book 3 by Robert Kirkman
I have a confession to make. I’m kind of a nerd. I have an obsession with anything sic-fi related, and have a weakness for comic books. In fact, one of my prized possessions is an autographed copy of a Stargate comic. But lately, my favorite graphic novels are The Walking Dead series by Robert Kirkman, the inspiration for TV show of the same name. Now, some of you might be wondering why I’m suggesting book three. Well, that’s because if you follow the TV show, this is where season three picks up. However, I highly recommend reading all of them, particularly to get the back-story we don’t see in the show. But don’t worry! I’ve read the whole book in a day, so if you start now you’ll be ready to pick up with survivors on Sunday when it picks up on AMC with the second episode of the season.
While the book does make for a great read, it is not for the faint of heart or children. While many graphic novels are associated as being children’s books, The Walking Dead, no matter which book you read, deals with adult themes such as death, murder, the after life, and darker topics. In The Talking Dead, the counter part to the AMC series, the cast talks about the show, book, and characters they portray. In one episode, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl (a character not in the book), says season three of the show is not so much about zombies and people, but “people versus people,” the same of which can be said about the graphic novel.
While the rag tag group of survivors struggle to find safe haven in the prison and eventually at Woodbury, they face arguments, deceit, rape, and suicide. Such a plot brings up many moral questions and difficult choices. But with Kirkman’s skill at writing the reader is right in the thick of the action with the group, forcing us to think deeply about the difficult choices they have to make, and even calling us to examine our own decisions.
Overall I would highly recommend reading the series to people mature enough to handle the content, but with caution. It offers a good opportunity to look critically at moral dilemmas, as well as non-stop action perfect for fans of gore. I know I can’t put them down, and enjoy catching up with my friends as the new books come out, as well as the new episodes of the show. So if you’re looking for a new book to take your mind off homework and lose yourself in, The Walking Dead is a perfect choice.
Until next time, happy reading!
– Meg Schlegel, Assistant Blog Editor
Editor’s Notes: Meg Schlegel is in her senior year, and is a double major in Theology and English with a minor in Spanish. An avid reader, she loves the classics like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula, historical fiction and non-fiction.