Monday, October 12, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 9 - Amanda Ashby

Today's Blogtoberguest is Amanda Ashby, giving away a signed copy of her hit release Zombie Queen of Newbury High.

And it just so happens that yesterday was World Zombie Day (I am not kidding).


Um, actually, yeah. Sometimes I'm just a luck magnet, and things magically work out. Which makes up for my very poor planning skills.

(Speaking of flesh-eating holidays, Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends!)

Amanda is also the author of the RT Reviewers Choice-nominated novel, You Had Me at Halo, about "a dead girl getting kicked out of heaven for talking too much."

But since zombies are more in keeping with our theme of Halloween (and, you know, World Zombie Day), Amanda's here to talk about her favorite movies on the subject. So give Amanda a the kind of warm welcome only the living can offer!

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Okay, I have a confession to make. Not only have I never dressed up in a Halloween costume or gone trick or treating, I’ve also never been to a homecoming dance either. I know. Crazy, right. But in my defense I grew up in Australia – a country that is full of spiders and snakes and almost entirely Halloween and homecoming free. Actually, that might not be the case anymore, but back in a few years ago, neither of these things really existed.

But fear not, because the one thing that us Aussie girls do have is the ability to think on our feet. I mean there was this one time when I bumped into a pack of fleshing-craving zombies who were determined to eat me. Obviously, I was scared at first but then my Australian ingenuity kicked in and I told those slobbering zombies that I’d just eaten some chocolate cake with gluten in it and bingo, they were shuffling off in the other direction before I could even tell them about the whipped cream (little known zombie fact. They are fine with all the blood and guts but gluten and lactose really screw up their digestion).

Okay, so that’s not really true but I figured it would be a cute way for me to start talking about my top five zombie movies. I know, I’m so smooth. So, in the only Halloween/homecoming blog post that you’re ever going to read about zombie movies, let’s get started.

Number Five is Serenity. I’m not really sure if this counts as a zombie movie but I’m going to include it for three reasons. First, it has flesh-eating Revers. Second, it was written by Joss Whedon and third (and most important) it has Nathan Fillion in it.

My fourth choice is the Resident Evil movies. Not so much humor in these ones but I do love a good butt-kicking heroine and Alice totally falls into that category.

28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later are my combined number three choice. I love both of these movies. Not exactly traditional zombies, since they move a bit faster than the average, degenerating, shuffling, flesh-munching living dead. But the fact that they move so quickly just makes it all the scarier. Plus, there is an added bonus of Christopher Eccleston in the first movie and Robert Carlyle in the second. Like I said to my husband, something for him (blood, gore and zombies) and something for me (hotties).

Fido is my number two choice. Now I must admit that I’ve not always been a big Billy Connolly fan but he is just perfect in this movie as a loyal companion to Billy. In fact it’s sort of Lassie but with zombies. A must see.

And my number one, all-time favorite zombie movie is Shaun of the Dead. What is there not to love? It has scare factor, some funny stuff and it’s all combined with the best British comedians in the business.

So, that’s it from me. But before I go, I’ve love to hear what everyone else’s favorite zombie movie. Oh, and did I mention that is a copy of my book, Zombie Queen of Newbury High, up for grabs?

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To enter to win Zombie Queen of Newbury High, leave a comment below. What's your favorite zombie movie or book? Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse?

For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Monday, October 19, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Cara King! Cara, please send your mailing address to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com in the next week.

Sarah Beth Durst and Ice
Megan Crewe and Give Up the Ghost
Nancy Holder and her 5-pack of novels
Kelly Parra and Invisible Touch
Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Crazy Beautiful

Thanks again to Amanda for her brilliantly timed post!

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I think any time you want to put Serenity on a list of favorite movies, you're allowed, regardless of the topic. :)

Given that you're a Nathan Fillion fan, are you watching Castle?

Posted by: Blogger alanajoli at 10/12/2009 10:06 AM

I would pick the same movies (although my hubby would move Resident Evil to #1) So glad you saw Fido - I LOVE that movie & no one else has seen it!
Books-Love the Morningstar Strain series, just read Empire: A zombie novel, Breathers - A zombies Lament, on the lighter side I loved your book (anymore books with those characters coming soon?) & You Are So Undead To Me.
Also been playing Plants vs Zombies - an oddly addictive computer game :-)

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/12/2009 10:16 AM

I would probably have to say that the Resident Evil movies would be closest to number one for me. But you have a spectacular list. So the chocolate cake and zombie joke was pretty funny. Don't feel bad, I never went to homecoming either. But my reason was mainly because I didn't see the point in it. Who wants to be uncomfortable in a dress all night that you spent way too much money on? I'd rather have put any money I'd conserved on something way more exciting and meaningful. Anwyays, I really want to read your book. Sign me up! :)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/12/2009 10:54 AM

Maybe it's because I just saw it, but Zombieland is now among my faves... as is Shaun of the Dead. The thing is, for me, I'm not a big fan of straight horror, blood and gore, just for its own sake (you know, like the Saw movies and such). It has to have something else to it, and when it comes to zombies, wit and humor do it for me! That said, not too long ago I did see the original Night of the Living Dead from 1968, and it was pretty darn good for a no-budget zombiefest!

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/12/2009 11:55 AM

Hahaha. I love your top five zombie movies. I would love to have you at our parties for Halloween. It's my birthday and my mom goes all out. Every year she and my stepdad have a huge halloween bash and a costume is a must...all adults of course so there would be no trick-or-treating, but if you wish I could take you with me

Posted by: Anonymous Brittany Littlepage at 10/12/2009 12:00 PM

My fave zombie movie is Shaun of the Dead, too!
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Posted by: Blogger throuthehaze at 10/12/2009 1:03 PM

Hello Amanda and welcome! I love your humor by the way ;)

ok.. favorite zombie movie? eh, am I horrible if I say I don't know that I have one?? lol Im bad aren't I?? hmm.. can I get away with Loving MJ's Thriller video instead?? lol Hey, can't blame a girl for trying to be creative on her feet/seat?!?!

Much success to you!
Thanks Jeri for sharing your little bit of luck with us.. ;)

Debbie G NY

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/12/2009 2:15 PM

alanajoli - in a big crime against humanity, we haven't actually got Castle over here in NZ but don't you worry because the minute it gets here, I'll be a watching it. And I agree with you that Serenity is allowed to go on any movie list because it's just so awesome (as is the Nathan!!)

Karen - oh we are like minded! I'm so pleased you loved Zombie queen and Breathers and You Are So Undead to Me are two of my fav zombie books (though heads up, I'm currently reading Strange Angels by Lili St Crow and I can already feel like I have a new favorite. It's amazing!!!)

Bekah - snap! I so agree with you and that money could be much better spent on books or zombie-repellant!!

Ken - we don't get Zombieland in NZ until November, which is very cruel indeed, but you can bet I'll be there on opening day. Actually zombie and gangster movies are the only things that my husband and I can both agree on. Hmmmm, zombie gangsters, now that's a good idea for a book...

Brittany - as long as there are no misbehaving zombies lurking around at the chip and and dip table then I'm soooo there!!!!

throuthehaze - yay, Shaun is the best!!!!!!

Debbie G - of course you are forgiven. Zombie movies aren't for everyone (though my list is actually designed for the scared at heart so if you want to have a go at any, these are the ones to pick!). And of course Thriller counts - especially since Vincent Price does the voice over in it and he is like Sir King of Horror!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Amanda Ashby at 10/12/2009 3:00 PM

My favorite was Dawn of the Dead, loved all the Romero movies!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/12/2009 3:09 PM

Christopher Eccleston! *Swoon* My favourite zombie films are 28 Weeks Later, Shaun of the Dead and I Am Legend. That last one may not count exactly, but I do love a last-man-on-earth story.

I must see Serenity! And I can't wait for Zombieland.

Posted by: Blogger Rhiannon Hart at 10/12/2009 5:04 PM

Well, I am a big old horror movie wimp, so I haven't really seen any zombie movies, unless Serenity counts! But I have two favorite zombie books: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, and On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers. And actually both might be made into movies---Forest has been optioned by Seven Star pictures, while On Stranger Tides may (or may not) be made into the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Which I'm slightly scared by, to be honest!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/12/2009 8:01 PM

Hi, Amanda,


No need to enter me in the contest since I was lucky enough to win your book already, but I wanted to say my favorite zombie novels are THE FORESTS OF HANDS & TEETH, BREATHERS, and GENERATION UNDEAD by Daniel Walters. (YA)

Posted by: Blogger Karen W. at 10/12/2009 8:13 PM

I used to say I'd never seen a zombie movie, but of course I now realize that Serenity counts! So that's my favorite zombie movie. (And Amanda, you definitely need to see Castle when it comes to NZ! And everyone in the US needs to watch it now so it doesn't get cancelled!!!!!)

Er...sorry about all the exclamation points. Nathan Fillion does that to me for some reason. ;-)


Posted by: Blogger Cara King at 10/12/2009 8:34 PM

I also love the book Generation Dead by Daniel Waters.

As far as movies, the Resident Evil movies are killer (pun intended) lol

Also, Pet Semetary, which does double duty as both a book and movie.


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 10/12/2009 9:38 PM

I love the zombie movies... to pick a favorite is hard, but the classics by Romero such as Dawn of the Dead etc... are my favorites, followed by 28 Days series, and the Resident Evil series... but any remakes of Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, etc... are my idea of zombie heaven!

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Posted by: Blogger Michele P. at 10/12/2009 10:15 PM

tetewa - my husband loves Romero movies as well!!!

Rhiannon - yah for another CE fan - he is the man! As is Nathan so get ye to your DVD store and check out Serenity!!!!

Kimbely B - Carrie's book is amazing. Definitely one of my fav books of the year (and hahaha - when I read it I suddenly thought 'ah, so that's how you write a zombie book!!!'

Karen W - waves back at you and I like your choices. You must try Strange Angels - I think you'll like it!!!

Cara K - the only thing I love more than Nathan is a good exclaimation mark so you don't need to apologize for an over use of them!!!!!!!!

ddurance. Oh, I must watch Pet Cemetary (though I'd be far too scared to read the book!!!. I'm wimpy like that!!!)

Michele - I think my husband wants to trade me in for you! You definitely come from the same school of zombie movie watching!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Amanda Ashby at 10/12/2009 10:29 PM

Amanda -- oh no! International trade regulations, particularly in regards to TV, are completely unfair. I hope Castle comes to a station near you very soon!

Posted by: Blogger alanajoli at 10/13/2009 9:14 AM

ZOMBIES--the BEST thing EVER. seriously. I love Shaun of the Dead, though I think the Resident Evil movies are so much cooler. I love Milla Jovavich. So pretty. So deadly.


Posted by: Blogger Lexie at 10/13/2009 12:46 PM

Serenity. Shaun of the Dead. Plus Troy. Cool article, and the book sounds fun.

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/14/2009 7:19 PM

I am definately ready for the zombie apocalypse! I have no clue what my favorite zombie book/movie is though...

Posted by: Blogger Erica at 10/14/2009 8:58 PM

I don't really have a favorite Zombie movie...bah...I'm no good..but I love zombie books! I would love to be entered to win!


Posted by: Blogger Andrea at 10/14/2009 9:08 PM

I love it that all these Zombie books are coming out. Out with Vampires in with Zombies the real creepers.

Posted by: Blogger Brittany at 10/14/2009 10:19 PM

We're looking for a dog to adopt and one is named Fido (it's not ever fitting for the kind of dog) and I keep thinking of that movie!

And I love, love Zombie Queen--now I have to convince all the pages of You Had me At Halo to come apart (it got wet D:) so I can read it...


Posted by: Blogger Book Sp(l)ot at 10/15/2009 3:17 PM

I don't think I'm ready for the Zombie Apocalypse... I took a quiz once that told me I'd only live for about an hour and a half... so I'm really hoping it doesn't happen anytime soon.

Also, Zombieland is my favorite zombie movie! It has just the right amount of humor, gore, romance, and heart-wrenching parts... totally a little bit of everything!

Sara (The Hiding Spot)

Posted by: Blogger Sara at 10/15/2009 3:55 PM

I loved 28 weeks later. Please count me in. Great Post!

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Posted by: Blogger I ♥ Book Gossip at 10/16/2009 9:57 PM

I love zombie movies - especially the bad ones. They suck me right in. *grin* Like most, I love Serenity & the Resident Evil movies. But I also have a cheesy favorite from way back in 1984 called Night of the Comet with Catherine Mary Stewart. Makes me laugh everytime.

Thanks! :0)
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Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 10/17/2009 2:32 AM

Resident Evil is the only zombie movie I have watched and loved it.


Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 10/19/2009 12:15 PM

Ooooh Shaun of the Dead is my favorite zombie movie, too!

Posted by: Blogger Rhia Raye at 10/19/2009 7:23 PM

The winner of Amanda Ashby's Zombie Queen of Newbury High is...Cara King! Cara, please send your mailing address to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com in the next week.

Thanks to everyone who commented!

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