I've been telling my student lab worker that I'm concerned that Zombies are the new Vampires. She just smiles politely and goes about her dishwashing duties. Of course, I don't think she quite shares my fascination with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. She'll come around.
Here's the thing: Used to be, Vampires were pretty much all around bad guys. Anyone remember Salem's Lot? No good guy vampires there. Dracula may have been some kind of sexy, but he was still a bad guy. But then vampires started getting all sparkly and junk.
Which is fine--sparkly vampires got my daughter interested in literature. The Black Dagger Brothers are just plain HOT. And Bill and Eric? Bring 'em on.
But now I'm realizing that since vampires are good guys(and werewolves have almost never been bad guys, just poorly trained puppies), we need new bad guys.
Bring in the zombies.
Brain dead, human eating, slow and stupid; yet relentless and hard to kill (since they are already dead, right?). Zombies are just nasty. They're not only cold and ugly, they are rotting. There is no amount of Old Spice that is going to take care of that.
But if vampires used to be bad guys, and now are good guys, and zombies are now bad guys, does that mean that zombies are going to be good guys sometime soon? Who would the bad guys be then? Talking sea slugs?