***Short version of question below*** So I've started working on a survival horror (zombies: I know, I know) but with world falling apart around the main character I've gotten stuck trying to think of a feasible motivation for him to do something other than curl up in a corner and cry. The typical cliche is that he has a lost wife/daughter/son/"bestest frend in tha hole woid wulrd" that he needs to go out and find and/or save the world while doing so but it's a scenario I'd rather avoid. Examples like the Resident Evil series where it's "survive and beat up the bad guys" are too shallow for a good book [/opinion] but I'm not entirely sure that a plot based entirely around the emotional developments that would take place in such an outlandish setting could be considered good either. *** Could a book about the human element surviving and evolving in a zombie apocalypse propel itself sufficiently? (e.g. Highschool of the Dead, but minus the missing parents).