I was just browsing through book reviews over on Library Thing. I encountered one about a book titled World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie Wars. Part of that review reads:
"This was surprisingly an emotional story. I was expecting to laugh and get spooked what I was not expecting was to get a bit teary eyed. This is not your humorous zombie story. Its about surviving a war with the zombies, Zacks or Gs. It is scary and very realistic. I kept on imagining in my head, "What if this really happens?". I guess authorities wouldn't have any problems, they can use this book as guidelines. This book has got me panicked."
What is that? A book about a world war between people and zombies, and the reviewer says "It is scary and very realistic." I remember in the movie No Country for Old Men, there's a scene in which ex-sheriff Tommy Lee Jones explains why he has retired from his job: "I feel overmatched," he said.
I think I should maybe retire from writing about books and literature and people. If a book about a world war between people and zombies seems "scary and realistic" to readers, the readers are people I never met and the world they inhabit is some place I've never been. So, like sheriff Tommy Jones, I begin to feel overmatched.