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Question of the day: Have you watched World War Z? If you have, what's your disease of choice?

I have not yet seen it. I've loved the book and the audiobook, but I know the movie is a very, very different beastie.

However, I just read [livejournal.com profile] bending_sickle's excellent and frothy review, so I think I know where you're going with this question.


As I understand it, in the movie zombies will avoid anyone diseased. So you have a scenario where what's left of the world population has to infect themselves with something in order to survive, but it has to be something that doesn't make you so sick you WISH a zombie killed you.

My first choice was Sydenham's Chorea, the Saint Vitus Dance disease, for the simple reason that I love the thought of the solution to the zombies being a huge global dance party. But (shockingly!) the disease doesn't actually work like an LMFAO video. In fact, once I got to the sentence that said "Other neurologic symptoms include behavior change, dysarthria, gait disturbance, loss of fine and gross motor control with resultant deterioration of handwriting, headache, slowed cognition, facial grimacing, fidgetiness and hypotonia" I was beginning to think that this was what the *zombies* actually had.

So I'm going to go with Acquired Hypertrichosis. (Which is technically just a side effect of something else going wrong in the body, but I'm sure our wonks at the NIH can figure out a way to make it work.) Or, as they're bound to call it in the movie, werewolf disease.

I mean, c'mon! It does no harm apart from kicking the hair production into overdrive. It will make life very, very interesting as people try to figure out new beauty standards. More than that, though, there's just something so right about the line "The only way to save the human race from the zombie plague is to unleash* this new werewolf plague!" That is GOLD.


Date: 2013-07-05 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemur-catta.livejournal.com
I haven't read the book (inclined to look for it now) but, was sort of wondering if my serotonin metabolism disorder is enough to deter zombies. If not, they're clearly discriminating against the mentally ill (which would come as no surprise really). Failing that, what about hypermobility syndrome and borderline asthma ? I have a wonky BRCA gene too. Nearly all of us have dormant herpes...why doesn't that count?
Edited Date: 2013-07-05 11:32 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-07-05 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oakenguy.livejournal.com
Maybe the dormant herpes is the only thing keeping the zombies from eating us right now?

Ooo, that's a whole other book right there, looking at a world where zombies are as common and harmless as pigeons unless you're part of the 2% of the population they have an appetite for.

Date: 2013-07-06 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ursula-lear.livejournal.com
Mine was typhoid, provided I get to be Mary and not the hungry hordes who need to be cooked for.



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