Are zombies the new vampires?
Although the appeal of vampires is still strong (who doesn’t like those attractive, super powered, immortal blood suckers), the time of the zombie seems to have come. Zombies have been around in popular culture for a long time. Zombies appeared on the big screen as early as the 1930’s. George A. Romero can be credited with bringing the zombie into modern film. His first zombie film Night of the Living Dead (released in 1968) was the first of six “Living Dead” films. The motion picture zombie really began to gain momentum at the beginning of the millennium. Films like the “Resident Evil” movies, Romero’s remake of his own movie Dawn of the Dead (first released in 1978), 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Land of the Dead, Zombieland, Survival of the Dead and Planet Terror (to name a few) all had box office success.
Humans vs. Zombies (HVZ), a game that started on college campuses has become very popular and is now being played by individuals and organizations all over the world. Currently Boston, New York City and Chicago all have annual events that celebrate the undead. Locally Novato High school celebrates the zombie within us all by having unofficial dress like a zombie days (the next one is on Thursday 1/12/12).
Currently we can see that the zombie is on the rise (ha ha get it) in teen as well as adult fiction. Some popular titles include the Alex Award winner The Reapers Are Angels, Pride Prejudice and Zombies, World War Z, and The Zombie Survival Guide.
For more information about how to interact with zombies or survive the Zombie Apocalypse get these books from your local library:
The Angels are Reapers Bone Shaker
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
How to be a Zombie: The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains
I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It
Pride Prejudice and Zombies
A Zombie Ate My Cupcake
The Zombie Survival Guide
World War Z