So yeah, zombies
I was on Twitter the other day, being my usual goofy self, when a thought struck me: nobody ever bothers to explain why zombies want brains. To be clear, I know that not all types of zombies do just want brains. Some just want to eat people meat, no matter which part. But it's part of zombie canon that they just can't get enough braaaaiiiiinnnnssssss.
So I started musing aloud why this might be. Many Twitter friends chimed in with their thoughts, but one in particular hit me like a thunderbolt: Zombies want brains, but destroying their brains is the quickest way to kill them.
I suddenly realized that it's the brain that keeps zombies animate! Take away their brain, and they die the second, permanent death. So maybe there's something in the brain that makes them come back to life, and it's why they want more brains... to get more life, or to extend what they already have.
How is it that no one (to my knowledge; I'm happy to admit that I haven't seen every single zombie movie out there) has bothered to explain this? Because I can tell you that it not only solves this worrying aspect of the zombie biology, but also points the way forward to my writing a zombie novel of my very own.
Now, Universal Soldier aside, my idea is this: Scientist identifies and isolates the thing in brains that makes zombies reanimate. He then creates a serum that the government uses to create an army of soldiers that can keep fighting despite loss of limbs and the suffering of normally fatal wounds. From there it can go in any one of many different directions, but it's somehow telling that after decades of trying to put together a novel, I've only just now hit upon something that interests me and has the potential to be something different.
What's this got to do with movies, you ask? Absolutely nothing.