April 03, 2006

Zombies are Hip

The NYT notes a trend: zombies are the happening monster of the decade [it was werewolves in the 80's, vampires in the 90's if you're wondering].

So: why zombies?

Most zombie zealots seem to agree that the zombie renaissance has something to do with the anxieties of life after Sept. 11.

"People have apocalypse on the brain right now," Mr. Brooks said. "It's from terrorism, the war, natural disasters like Katrina." Several zombie aficionados said there was a zombielike quality to the spread of the bird flu.

Zombies, Mr. Brooks said, are the perfect goblin for such times, in part because they suggest broad social collapse, when anyone a policeman, a nurse, a friend can turn into a force of evil. With a werewolf or vampire, all the evil is concentrated on a single creature; with zombies, the evil is everywhere.

Posted by Owlish at April 3, 2006 04:45 PM | TrackBack
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