Feb 3, 2011

I don't get it.

As a trend that will seemingly never die, zombies have continued to be all the rage. I don't really get why the slow moving flesh eaters are so endearing to most, but they're everywhere in all forms of pop culture. Fairly recently they've been the subject of Jane Austen adaptations, movie parodies, and it appears that every video game released since 2008 needs to have an undead level as if every developer swore a blood oath to do so.

I never found zombies entertaining. By their very nature they have no interesting qualities and are one dimensional. That said they give a lot of room for a protagonist(s) to have fun, but they leave little to play off of. Still the fascination with zombies permeate pop culture in ways that elude my thinking. I get vampires, at least they're an antagonist someone can communicate with and even relate to, but zombies?

I still get all sorts of jokes and what not regarding the upcoming zombie apocalypse. I guess people really enjoy the idea of killing things that really aren't alive and are seemingly harmless since walking at a brisk pace is the best way to elude them. Maybe folks are tired of humanity and want to see our heard thinned a bit. Maybe zombies mask our desire to see Darwin in action and throw another natural, or unnatural in this case, predator to the mix. I assume most people I know only want to see a zombie outbreak in my new home state.

Still if by any chance a zombie outbreak should arise, I shall always double tap.

"I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us. Zombies are the blue-collar monsters." - George Romero


Mattbear said...

I'm right there with you...never cared for zombie movies. Although I do LOVE Zombieland, and have a fascination with the show "The Walking Dead" that I cannot even explain.

Claire said...

Zombies = meh.


wigsf3 said...

I think Homer Simpson put it best, after being informed by Bart that he killed the zombie Flanders, Homer asked "He was a zombie?"