I’m sure you’ve all noticed the recent abundance of undead in pretty much every medium recently. The strange young adult female obsession with Vampires, the over-abundance of vampire like people in television shows, and let’s not forget that we’re at the tail end of a huge i8nfatuation of zombie themed television and video games.
So my question is, why the undead? We all know why the teenage girls like the vampire movies, but if you need an in depth analysis, The Oatmeal has one here. That’s pretty damn accurate. Not to mention, what young adult male isn’t excited asbout the prospect of surviving in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland where his only hope for survival is his shotgun and his chainsaw?
What I can’t seem to figure out is how it all went mainstream? Since when is it cool to like nerd stuff? Don’t get all testy, Vampires have long been Nerd-Girl fodder, and Zombie Apocalypse falls firmly into Geek territory.
I know there was a big Vampire boom in the late ’80s into the early ’90s that was fed by the series of books, The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. The movie versions of these being released afterwords gave them a big boost as well. Then there was a big dry spell on the Undead front until a few movies rehashed every Zombie film ever, which caused video game companies to find anyway they could to tie Zombies into their games.
I’m not terribly upset by the concept of Zombies in video games. There’s no denying they make perfect subject matter for violent video games because they don’t represent real people getting hurt, you can have as many Zombies as you want, there’s already a well known set of facts in place in regards to how to kill them, and last but not least, they explode awesomely.
I guess I just realized that the Undead have been everywhere lately. maybe we’re closer to the inevitable Zombie apocalypse than I thought?
Where’s my Boomstick?