Monday, May 23, 2011

Zombie Chic

Well, the world was supposed to end this past weekend. May 21, to be exact.  It didn't.  Not that I'm complaining, but I am amazed at the Rapture frenzy this past week on Facebook and Twitter.  Rapture was code for "the world is going to end."  It had an eerie H.G. Wells War of the Worlds feel but without the cool voiceovers. 

People were posting Rapture playlists, Rapture survival lists, Rapture anything.  There were Facebook Rapture groups and Rapture parties.  It was as if people were hoping for the Zombie Apocalypse. 

Crazy weird.  I don't get it.  But Zombie Chic is definitely the new black.  Anything for a party and it sure makes for some good stories. 

24 comments:

Heather M. Gardner said...

Like the movie Independence Day. When people know the aliens are coming some pack their crap, get in their cars and drive. Others make glittery signs and get on top of the tallest building to greet them. People are very strange.

Sarah said...

It tapped into something we're all fascinated by--our own existence and what happens when it ends. It was kind of funny, watching it all go by--until I heard about the people who took it so seriously that they hurt themselves or others out of fear or despair. That made me really sad :(

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I was pretty surprised by all the buzz surrounding the weekend too. I'm glad it wasn't the end of the world. I've got too many things on my to-do list that I want to get out of the way first.

Did you hear about the new guidelines from the CDC? How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. True story.

Angela Felsted said...

Yeah, I didn't get it either. Stop by my blog. You've been tagged.

Jennifer Lane said...

I haven't been into zombies at all, though I did watch the first episodes of "The Walking Dead" and really enjoyed them. How do zombies fit into the whole rapture thing?

Talei said...

Rapture was everywhere this weekend! I have to say, I do like a little Zombie black for my very special occasions! ;-)

cherie said...

Haha! I agree--it was all very amusing to watch. I'm glad it's not the end of the world yet; there's still so much to do. Have a great day, Liz!

DEZMOND said...

I'm also kinda missing the zombie attack :( I even came with a plan on how to chase them away from my mansion.

Karen Walker said...

I think I am now doubly glad I'm not on Twitter. I'm with Sarah, the ones that take it seriously - that is sad and a bit scary.
karen

Jean Davis said...

Unless did happen and we're now all plugged into the matrix without ever knowing the difference. hmmmm.

Nicki Elson said...

Yeah, that was crazy, right? I didn't even know about it until I woke up Saturday and my husband told me - then it seemed it was all I heard about.

Well, had I honestly thought the rapture was coming, the first place I'd get me is to a confessional!

Liz Fichera said...

Glad I wasn't the only one being bombarded by the "Rapture" frenzy! It started to become too Group Thinkish. Very Twilight Zoney.

@Heather, Sarah, and Karen: People are strange, indeed!

@Kayeleen: I have heard of the CDC video, but I'm apparently only one of about 5 people who've yet to see it. Must google it today...

@Angela: Okay, thx! I'll stop by later.

@Jennifer: The zombie reference came from some of the Facebook groups. There were some who were definitely hoping for zombie sightings. Very weird.

@Talei: I tell ya, Zombie Chic is now a fashion statement. Design something before it's too late!

@Dezmond: Maybe at the next Rapture party! :-)

@Cherie: I agree!! So much to do, so little time as it is--without a Rapture.

@Jean: You are totally onto something, girlfriend! I LOVE that--and love that as a story idea.

@Nicki: Funny you should say that. I was at a Catholic wedding on Saturday!!

Jen Daiker said...

I was at the Roller Derby and figured that if I went out at least it would have been doing something for the first time! Now I can say I visited the Roller Derby and lived to tell the tale!

Tracy said...

I'm hoping most people were doing the whole rapture deal the way my friends and I were...very tongue-in-cheek.

My guess is, we're so overwhelmed by the bad stuff that goes on in the world and never really knowing when "our time" is coming, that it was kind of a pressure release to make light of the predicted Apocolypse.

Linda Leszczuk said...

There's a great post going around FB today. It's a picture of a billboard that contains the scripture quote "No one knows the day or the hour..." Matthew 24:36 and the line: "That was awkward."

Sherri said...

Very sad to think people took it seriously (heck, the guy got it wrong at least once before, gullible). But I think Sarah is on to something when she says, "It tapped into something we're all fascinated by -- our own existence and what happens when it ends."

Sinner that I am I was out with hubby and some of his co-workers and we toasted the rapture, LOL, with why too much booze.

By the way Liz, a review of Captive Spirit will post tomorrow on my blog. Thanks for the wonderful read!

Donea Lee said...

I should watch the news and get on Twitter and FB more...lol. I had to ask a friend what was going on, on Friday. Needless to say - no end of the world parties at my house. It is fascinating, though - isn't it? :)

Liz Fichera said...

@Jen: Roller Derby?? That sounds like a riot. I used to love to roller skate!!

@Tracy: I found the whole thing very amusing. Most people, I think, were very tongue-in-cheekish. I feel sorry for the people who actually thought it was true.

@Linda: That is HILARIOUS! Perfect!!

@Sheri: You are so sweet! Look forward to visiting tomorrow and reading your review. So glad you enjoyed it.

@DoneaLee:Yep. Twitter is definitely the place to be to find out what weird things are going on in the world. ;-)

M Pax said...

I thought Twitter was pretty funny on Saturday.

Su said...

I didn't get the zombie thing, either, although I did giggle inappropriately at every end-of-the-world reference all weekend long. Hee hee!

Madeleine said...

I'm not really into zombies. Too scary. :O)

Cold As Heaven said...

The calculation behind the doom prediction were obviously wrong. Apparently the calculations were performed by an economist (scientists make correct calculations) >:D

Cold As Heaven

Liz Fichera said...

And if that wasn't bad enough, now the preacher who originally broadcast the May 21 doomsday date has graciously come forward to inform us that the real date is in October! I'm so glad he cleared that up!!

Let the parties (and t-shirt sales) begin!

LTM said...

I confess, I did make some phoney "end of the world confessions." But it was all in fun.

I suppose there's some humor in the idea of waking up to find everyone's gone but you. And it proves you really are going to hell. Or about to hit some seriously rough waters...

why does that make me want to laugh? In a sort of terrified kind of way. (Probably b/c I'm all hopped up on sinus medicine.) I'm sorry. bluh~ xoxo ((hugs))