I left a semi-silly reply on one of erinkyan’s posts the other day about the walking dead game which was something like “im permanently butthurt about the zombie genre as it current exists because day of the triffids predates the genre by like 30 years AND DID IT BETTER”
and the part of that that’s funny is realising how serious i actually am about that
Like, okay. The Walking Dead (the tv series) never, ever manages to zoom out and think about any sort of grand scheme. Survival is all they are willing to offer their children, and even that is limited -there’s a concern re: innocence that is counterproductive to survival, and there’s no thought of improvement, no attempt to safeguarding against future ignorance. Despite having a larger central cast, it’s lacking in scale.
They both ask “what kind of person are you willing to be?” but The Walking Dead doesn’t spend nearly enough of its screentime on it and when it does it invariably muddies the water with its Gruff the Unshaven wish fulfillment, and because it always wants the answer to be “the warrior-protector who makes the hard choices”.
Day of the Triffids spends a lot of time on personal morality; actual morality vs convention, individual morality vs group morality and morality vs necessity, and that takes up a lot of the book, but the vs group and vs necessity contextualises into the final question, which is “what kind of life do you want for your children, and what do you need to do in order to accomplish that life?”
And ultimately the answer it offers is ‘a brighter future than your own’, and ‘man is not an island so lets all go live on one’. The biggest concern isn’t just survival -it’s the kind of living where they can create time and space for learning, for people whose whole job is to think, to preserve as much as we can of what we have learned so far so that future generations can build on it instead of being condemned to reinventing the wheel.
Day of the Triffids ends with the knowledge that they are going to lose a lot of ground, but the determination to keep as much as they can, whilst The Walking Dead are a group of people who will probably never reach the point of really asking that question in a meaningful way. If they manage to survive to a 3rd or 4th generation, I wouldn’t be that surprised if those kids can’t read.
Oh how I loathe Jon Snow. Hooray for Charlie Brooker for being one of the few people to actually call him out on his bullshit.
My blue frock coat means I’m always technically cosplaying comic Eight, so I agree. :P
As a callback to Ian and Barbara, that’d be rather amazing, so long as they don’t go overboard with love triangles and innuendo.