Most of the fans of the zombie genre know that location plays a key to a character’s survivability- just as if there were other emergent crises that were to appear at any given time in real life. There’s an interesting site that I came across that uses some awkward but useful data to determine zombie survivability by state.
My argument goes either way when it comes to the location you’re writing for in the zombie apocalypse (ZA). As I wrote Affliction I had to think about this quite often as the plot of my story moved along. It takes real world data and an active imagination to write what’s best in a fiction story. ZA locations tend to urban, suburban, small town, and rural (which I consider to be extremely ‘small town’). For Affliction I had to analyze situations in 3 of the 4, so far.
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If the ZA occurred in a large city that you happen to live in- depending on where that is, a lot of sites/theories suggest that you’d be in trouble. Frequent and close contact with a large population is no good when it comes to a contagious disease (any contagious disease). I happen to think though if you are prepared to begin with there are more resources in that geographical location to be able to maintain your safety for a longer time overall. Again though, you’d have to be prepared and have thought out this kind of scenario to begin with.
Suburban areas would likely have similar resources in my opinion as they tend to be overbuilt with mini-malls. Keep in mind the battles for goods that would likely take place in the first few days and weeks. Most ZA literature acknowledges the frenzy that ensues following an outbreak. Again, being prepared in the first place gets any family ahead of the game. While I don’t believe having a 2-year food supply is necessary. Certain survival skillsets are important for any scenario.
Small town areas in my opinion are a good option locate to but again, preparation is key. You have to know your landscape well and the resources within it in order to do the best for yourself and your family. This includes the elements- as rural Texas may have advantage over rural Montana in January. In the beginning of the ZA the rural community likely has food and supplies on hand to last a longer time than the aforementioned areas because they’re used to being farther away from goods and services. During the time of the onset ZA, they’re definitely not going to need to ‘drive into town’ for anything. The downside of that is likely going to be that the rural stores never carried much stock in the first place so one should expect those stores to become barren within a short time frame. My opinion is that without those skillsets, in the event of a ZA rural areas could end up becoming about as survivable as a desert.
Again, my thoughts here are not focused on an actual ZA event in our lifetime- but rather the lives of my characters in a fictional sense. What do you think? Would a ZA character be able to survive in your location?