Zombie Zeitgeist Redux

Over at Inside a Dog, YA writer Maureen Johnson has just extended and expanded her Insert a Zombie, Win a Prize contest.

The basic concept is that any scene in any book would be better with a zombie, a truth universally acknowledged among certain of us genre fans. (Scroll down to the blue text in this post for Maureen’s own example, featuring a zombie in Pride and Prejudice.) To enter the contest, just take a scene from any book and add a zombie to it.

For the contest’s new and improved iteration, celebrity judges Meg Cabot, John Green, E. Lockhart, and Justine Larbalestier will choose the winning entry!

Here’s my entry, though I probably won’t win, given that I’m married to one of the judges.

Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Zombies.

It was the best of apocalypses, it was the worst of apocalypses. It was an age of brain eating, it was an age of shotguns. It was the epoch of damaging the head, or of removing it from the body. It was the season of light infantry weapons, it was the season of dark pursuits through abandoned sewers. We had everything at the local mall before us, but there were too many zombies in the way. In short, the period was so far like the present period—except for, you know, all the frickin’ zombies.

Go and enter!

Here are the roolz:

1) Keep it to one paragraph. (250 words or less. Less is better.)
2) Make sure to give the title and author, so we can know whose work is being zombified. If these are not given, the zombified work will not be considered!
3) E-mail the entry to maureen@maureenjohnsonbooks.com. Please use the subject line: ZOMBIE INSIDE! You may enter as many times as you like. (So, if you want to zombify 30 stories, you can! But they must be different ones each time.) The deadline is February 14th. You can go right up to midnight (US, east coast time).
4) All of these wonderful entries will be read by Maureen and the other judges.

Round one: this week on insideadog . . . deadline, end of day, February 14th. The first five semi-finalists will go up to voting on the 15th. The prize for winning this round is the final copy of Maureen Johnson’s Suite Scarlett.

Round two: next week on Maureen Johnson’s blog . . . all entries submitted between February 16 and February 21st, with the next semi-final on February 22nd.

This all leads up to the crowning of the ULTIMATE ZOMBIE on Monday, February 25th.

5) You know who picks the winner? YOU DO! ItÒ€ℒs ZOMBIE IDOL!

This just in: Justine adds a zombie to James Joyce’s Ulysses.

117 thoughts on “Zombie Zeitgeist Redux

  1. yay! my first time posting first!

    hahaha, my class just finished reading a tale of two cities! Very clever zombie writings, scott! =]

    being sick at home makes for a day of internet exploring… heheheh

  2. 2nd post! Yays!
    Love the tale of two zombies!
    It’s true, zombies make everything nine kinds of fawesome!

  3. Haha. Your TTC one made me crack up, especially because we’re reading that in english right now. That’s simply amazing. I might have to try a few…

  4. Tara-la, Rosie-wa, it DOESN’T MATTER. If you don’t win, well then, you don’t win. But what have you got to lose??? Besides, its SOOO much fun.

    I’m not very good either. I entered. Twice. Just do your best, use spell check and ship it out!

  5. i know, this is the BEST CONTEST IN THE HISTORY OF EVER, is it not?

    now i have to go check out the updated rules and such…..
    i already wrote two entries. and will probably write more.

    man, i wish i still had Great Expectations. pity i lost it.

    “it was the best of apocalypses, it was the worst of apocalypses”
    *dies of laughter*

    also, in continued creepiness, i was once again CONVINCED there would be a new post when i got here. and there was. it’s really disturbing at this point.

    my tridecalogism of the day is “nonironically”
    even if it isn’t a word. because i say it is. so it is.
    plus, it sounds cool and i was bored in math class.
    i’m wearing my Bixby High School sweatshirt! and it’s warm!

  6. YOU HAVE A BIXBY HIGH SCHOOL SWEATER??? Lucky.

    I am always convinced there will be a new post. I am usually disappointed. Every author should post every day! And get their books out on time. Impossible, I know.

    Doesn’t Justine Larbalestier try to do that?

  7. Ooh… this remindes me of my favorite song (its not really my favorite, but i like it)

    KILL THE ZOMBIES BY SHOOTING THEM IN THE HEAD!
    THEY CAN’T EAT YOU IF YOU MAKE THEM DEAD!
    SHOOT THE ZOMBIES!
    SHOOT THE ZOMBIES!
    SHOOT THE ZOMBIES, HEY!

    THEY’LL LIMP AROUND IN BLOOD AND COVER THINGS IN STAINS
    THEY’LL MOAN AND GROAN AND TRY TO EAT YOUR FLESH AND BRAINS
    BUT IF YOU LEAD THEM DOWN AN ALLEY YOU CAN SNIPE THEM PRETTY BADLY
    ‘CAUSE THE BEST WAY TO KILL ZOMBIES IS BY SHOOTING THEM IN THE HEAD

    KILL THE ZOMBIES BY SHOOTING THEM IN THE HEAD!
    THEY CAN’T EAT YOU IF YOU MAKE THEM DEAD!
    SHOOT THE ZOMBIES!
    SHOOT THE ZOMBIES!
    SHOOT THE ZOMBIES, HEY!

  8. Hahahaha.

    This makes me giggle xD

    I may enter, can’t imagine a zombie scene in any of your books though πŸ˜›

    OMG. I READ EXTRAS. I admit, i had my doubts, thought it wouldn’t be as good at Uglies – Pretties – Specials, but it was, it REEEEALLY was.

    When Tally pinged Aya, i was like screaming and giggling. I was just so XD <– that was my face πŸ˜›

    So yeah. Fricking FAMAZING job Scott-la. You have exceeded my thoughts once more πŸ˜€

    Alisha-la xx

  9. Zombies be brilliant!! What a fantastic idea for contest. Now I am certain that there is a reason for even the dullest of dull *cough* String in the Harp *cough* books. And that is to experience re-birth (or re-death) through modern writing skillz and ancient corpses. Veddy veddy nice. 7 lightnings (ZAP!).

    *Aella

  10. i love that idea….. i might enter…. idk…. i have been like way too busy… heres what i have been doing for the past 4 days

    Sat. – went to barnes and noble to get the book Shark Girl, but they didn’t have it so we got 5 other books (2 house of night novels adnd all of The morganville vampires books) so then i ha to play in my basket ballgame (we lost) then i read

    Sun. – Stayed home and read (we got the book Shark Girl so i had to read it. it took me 1 hour and 30 mins)

    Mon. – went to school. stayed and helped with the 6th grade dance. went home ate. went to basket ball practice. came home and did my Homework untill 12:00 (right on the dot too)

    Tues. – went to school. went to the eye doctor. went home. watched charmed. played with my puppy. and then you come to now, i don’t want to do my home work so i got on here…

    ya i have been really busy…..
    wed. and thurs. the author of Shark Girl – Kelly Bingham is coming to my school. so ya. and on thurs. iget to go to a speacial respection for all writers to be and ya… its going to be fawesome!

    Sorry about the long post.

    Sophie-LA
    Word-La πŸ˜‰

  11. I am soooooo entering!!!! Sooooo much fun!
    I had a sub for my Language Arts class and he was really really wierd. Like sweater vest and bowtie weird. He was-and I’m not joking- checking out all the guys in class. He was so hitting on this guy named Adolfo. Yeah, Adolfo was kinda freaked out. A lot.
    (YaY!!!Zombies!)

  12. GASP!!! SERAFINA ZANE!!!
    I did Twilight!!! The meadow scene.
    Luuuuuurve it.

    I know some people coughScott-Lacough don’t like it. But to that, I scoff. *scoffs*

  13. yeah, i’m doing Eclipse. but mine is more… critical.
    cuz, though i will not restate my opinions in keeping with my new policy of not picking fights with random people on the internet, i am not a huge Twilight fan.
    my zombies are more the Twilight voice of reason. i really like how it’s turned out, actually.

    now i just have to find the one scene in Eclipse to quote from. damn, this book is long.
    and also bloodstained. no, literally. long story.

  14. lol. awesome contest. Though I won’t enter.

    lol, I love your entry (though, I agree, you won’t win. Being a published writer, and the fact that you are married to a judge…lol) oh, well. It was fun to read πŸ˜›

  15. If you ever want to pick a fight. With a random person on the internet is probably better. Fight in real life and you end up with a black eye. I do anyway.

  16. true, very true.
    or maybe *they’d* end up with a black eye, and i’d get retaliaton or suspended.

    okay, i’ve entered four times. good night!

    also, if it wasn’t copyrighted and plagarism, i would love to start a book with that “tale of two zombies” thing.
    someone should.
    how about you, scott-la?
    it must exist! the army of zombies says so!

  17. If you want to rant about evil people that you know also do that on the internet…unless the evil person happens to get on the internet…AHHH NO WHERE IS SAFE!!!

  18. I was looking for some of E. Lockharts books at Barnes and noble but got a different one instead.

    I just popped my neck! Weird.

  19. Ew, your Eclipse is……bloodstained?

    I hate how some people dont take care of books. Like accidents, no problem but purposely. My friend has been reading my Eclipse book for 3 mothes now and its soooooo dirty!!! The pages are like brown now and the cover is all tearing on the edges. I yelled at her for doing that and she made up this excuse “the only way you can tell if you read a book by if it looks used.” I dont freakin need people to no i read a freakin book!!!!!!! I have a lot of book and there all perfect. Not a bent edge, scrap, scratch, cut, tear, or little crease in it. *Knock knock* I like my books to look brand new. When i go tot he book store i get the ones in the back because there the ones nobody has messed with. I. Am. Very. Very. Very. Picky.

  20. Ok, my comment is totally not related and i’m sure this has probably already been mentioned but i was doing my history homework and I found something…we had to read about political philosophers and Thomas Hobbes wrote a book called Leviathan, meaning sea monster and in Scott’s interview he said somehting about ships being monsters and then Hobbes also wrote that he thought all people should surrendor all their rights to leviathan which reminded of how Scott said “a very different 1914” so just curious if Hobbe’s book relates to Scott’s.

  21. oh geeeeeze! i hate it when people mess with my books. I also enjoy a wonderfully perfect looking book. Books are something you take care of, like a baby (kinda gay, i know) BUT…i love my books…and i like to keep them nice and clean.

    i have never heard of someone miss treating a book to make it look like they read it… silly silly silly

    peace ;]

  22. That sounds so cool! If I were a clever person, I would enter. But, alas, not only am I not clever, I am also a sloth. Ah, well.

    Yours was hilarious!! *COUGH*Itwasmyfavoriteofthethreeyouhadposted*COUGH*
    I love zombies. They add so much spice and sizzle and zest to life. And the classics.

  23. i dunno, i think that mistreating a book is bad, but i don’t freak out or mind if my books are a little worn.

    and yeah. it’s bloodstained. it was unintentional though, and i really couldn’t help it.

    interesting about levithan….i hadn’t heard of that, but it’s probably true. i had heard about levithans being sea monsters though.

    i’m obsessively editing Midnighters Wiki. i am a loser.
    come keep me company!
    http://www.chasingmidnightwerewolves.scribblewiki.com

  24. …sorry to double post, but I must also add that, Scott, you are one step ahead of everybody. You already WROTE a book about the Zombie Apocalypse! How do you get so derned clever?

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