In this first and only guide to AMC’s exceptional hit series The Walking Dead, the Wall Street Journal’s Walking Dead columnist celebrates the show, its storylines, characters, and development, and examines its popularity and cultural resonance.
From its first episode, The Walking Dead took fans in the United States and across the world by storm, becoming the highest-rated series in the history of cable television. After each episode airs, Paul Vigna writes a widely read column in which he breaks down the stories and considers what works and what doesn’t, and tries to discern the small details that will become larger plot points.
So how did a basic cable television show based on Robert Kirkman's graphic comic series, set in an apocalyptic dog-eat-dog world filled with flesh-eating zombies and even scarier human beings, become a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon? Why is the show such a massive hit? In this playful yet comprehensive guide, Vigna dissect every aspect of The Walking Dead to assess its extraordinary success.
In the vein of Seinfeldia,Vigna digs into the show’s guts, exploring its roots, storyline, relevance for fans and the wider popular culture, and more. He explores how the changing nature of television and media have contributed to the show’s success, and goes deep into the zombie genre, delineating why it’s different from vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. He considers why people have found in zombies a mirror for their own fears, and explains how this connection is important to the show’s popularity. He interviews the cast and crew, who share behind-the-scenes tales, and introduces a cross-section of its diverse and rabid viewership, from fantasy nerds to NFL stars. Guts is a must have for every Walking Dead fan.
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About the Author
Paul Vigna is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and also contributes to the popular MoneyBeat blog. He is the author (with Michael J. Casey) of the critically acclaimed The Age of Cryptocurrency and The Truth Machine. He lives in Verona, New Jersey, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Guts : The Anatomy Of The Walking Dead is a guide of everything that celebrates the show, the characters and why The Walking Dead has such a huge following. As Paul Vigna digs into the Guts of what has made The Walking Dead so popular with story lines, characters and why this has turned into a huge TV hit show. You get a detailed season recap from the very first episode to the seventh season finale, you are able to dive more into what really made some episode really stand out for what happens within the episode. With behind the scenes action with the people who make this show come to life, we get this better understanding of why The Walking Dead is so much more than just another zombie show on TV. I could go on and on of what is in this book but I don't want to give much of it away for the true Walking Dead fans. It's not a book to be missed if you are a huge fan like myself, it has things in it that help you fall even more in love with a series that has changed the whole zombie genre forever. This has to be one of my favorite books to read during the off season that really makes you wish that the show was coming on just to see what will happen next for Rick and the crew. Thank You to Paul Vigna for coming out with this extreme guide of a show that I can't wait to come on and hate for it to end every season! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Edelweiss!