apparently icy din't read post #9...i said it was necessary in walking dead, and i mentioned the preexistence of the comic stories. i'm pointing out how so many shows/movies are highlighting bow and arrows suddenly after walking dead. it's getting old, kinda goofy, and definitely getting run into the ground for me.
I did. I pointed out how it's equally necessary in the other post-apocalyptic stories, and also mentioned that not only does Arrow
have the comic book source, but is also kind of a post-apocalyptic hero transplanted on a modern day urban scenario, which makes archery make sense in context. I also pointed out more instances of archery in your pre-trend timeline. And The Walking Dead
more followed the trend than led the trend. The Hunger Games
was published in 2008. Brave
was announced in 2008 (as The Bear and The Bow
, so they clearly didn't add that aspect in post-trend). The Avengers
was first announced in 2005. AMC started work on The Walking Dead
in 2010, and Daryl is a TV exclusive character.
**** sakes! these numbers are sickening!
2001 lotr (doesn't really count, though)
2010 walking dead
2011 once upon a time
2012 hunger games
2013 crysis 3
15th c. Robin Hood
15th c. William Tell
1922: Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood
1941: The Green Arrow
1954: Lord of the Rings (written in the '30's)
1973: Disney's Robin Hood
1991: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1997: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
2000: The source of a certian popular show
2001: Lord of the Rings movie debut
2002: Inu Yasha on Cartoon Network
2004: Blade: Trinity
2005: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (archery becomes prominent later in the series, which concluded in 2009)
2005: Avengers movie announced
2006: BBC's Robin Hood
2008: The Hunger Games (book)
2008: Brave (then The Bear and the Bow) announced
2010: The Walking Dead
2000's: Somewhere in here, The Green Arrow was featured on Smallville, too.
2011: Once Upon a Time
2012: The Hunger Games movie debut
2012: Brave movie debut
2012: The Avengers movie debut
2013: Crysis 3 (whatever that is)
Yes, there's a nice big clump at 2012, but I'd place the start of the trend at 2001.