How to avoid a financial horror story

Book Review: 'Zombie Economics: A Guide to Personal Finance'

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Zombie films are not exactly my first choice in entertainment. I find it difficult to suspend disbelief to the extent necessary to really be on the edge of my seat in suspense to see whether the living person gets overtaken by the dead, or rather, undead one. (Seems to be something’s wrong if you can’t outrun or take on someone dead. Just saying.)

However, there is one zombie film that I find to be completely entertaining and, in fact, hilarious. "Zombieland," which features Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson — with an extremely funny cameo by Bill Murray — seeks to brief viewers on the 32 rules the living should observe when trying to battle their way through hordes of the undead.

For example, Rule No. 1 in "Zombieland" is cardio — "Zombies lead a very active lifestyle. So should you." This references all the heavy folks who get taken out by very energetic zombies in the movies — in this way, "Zombieland" makes an entire movie by making tongue-in-cheek fun of basically every zombie movie that came before it.

In the same vein, though with less comedy and more utility, authors Lisa Desjardins and Rick Emerson use the zombie film genre and its formulaic elements to generate a stripped-down, financial survival guide in "Zombie Economics: A Guide to Personal Finance" (Avery, 2011).