American zombie Gothic films have changed markedly in their tone, style, and structure
since September 11, an evolution that expands the Gothic mode to include the mobility of
the narratives protagonists, a popularisation of the movies, and an increased engagement
with a multi-ethnic international community. To remain timely, relevant, and commercially
viable, such alterations must occur, and these shifts in particular can best be explained
by the changing cinematic marketplace, the influence of videogames, and the policies and
anxieties resulting from the (inter)national trauma of 9/11 and the War on Terror. This
essay examines the film version of World War Z as a key text for exploring the current
transition from a localised siege narrative to an international kind of road trip movie, a
shift largely tied to the popularity of zombie-themed videogames.
Mary Shelley’s motivic novel as adjacent adaptation
Kyle William Bishop
This chapter proposes the concept of an ‘adjacent adaptation’, an adapted text or antecedent that appears in a single episode of an otherwise original and independent television series. Most science-fiction television narratives include at least one episode based on Frankenstein, and this chapter explores what those adaptive segments mean in terms of the larger narratives, specifically examples from The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and, most extensively, Doctor Who. Understanding the interplay between the larger series and Frankenstein as palimpsestuous texts enables viewers to understand both narratives on a deeper level.