Friday, January 7, 2011

Zombies vs. Unicorns

Team Edward and team whatever the werewolf guy's name so last year.Now it is time for a real debate. Zombies or unicorns? And specifically, which is better for use in storytelling?

Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (both YA authors) facilitate a literary battle royale. Before each essay they talk snark from their respective corners.

Of the 12, my favorite stories were:

Alaya Dawn Johnson's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in which a zombie falls in love with a living boy.

Naomi Novik's "Purity Test" which hilariously plays with the role of virginity in unicorn lore. Oh, and baby unicorns. Adorable.

Carrie Ryan's "Bougainvillea" in which the zombie masses have taken over and a small group of people flee to an island to hideout. I love this one for the hardcore heroine.

Meg Cabot's "Princess Prettypants" which, yes, the name is awful, but the story is awesome. Imagine My Little Pony comes to life, only this one hoists bullies into the air by their swim trunks.

The other stories are great too. Topics include: prom during a zombie invasion, bestiality (I said it) unicorn style, celebrities who adopt zombie babies, baby killer unicorns, zombies who just want to stop being bored, etc.

So am I team zombie or team unicorn? Usually, I definitely sway towards the mystical in literature, but this anthology has shown me the true range of the zombie. So I think zombies who love and zombies who forgo eating for love and zombies who just want to have some fun beat out a unicorn's death whinny.

I started a unicorn and ended a zombie.

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