That's exactly what I was thinking! Is it possible that anyone is unaware of the zombie over-saturation in all forms of media nowadays? Some people might not be fed up with zombies yet, but most of them don't even deny that zombies are in just about everything now.Lemmibl said:OK, so this might sound very critical, but have I suddenly travelled back in time to the year 2008? Zombies haven't been new, fresh or popular since, like, the time when Left 4 Dead 1 or Plants versus Zombies were still fresh games that people played.
It's not so much the "all of a sudden" as it is "Why haven't they stopped being popular?" Horror tropes go through phases. There's been the slasher phase - which was particularly long and ended with the parody that was the Scream movies, torture porn like Saw and Hostel, found footage movies, the rebirth of the religious horror movies with the ongoing string of possession flicks, and of course zombie movies, a trend that like game consoles, died out 30 years ago only to be the big horror theme of our time. A couple other reasons why I'd imagine zombies have become such a phenomenon are that zombies are easy to create in terms of special effects, so they're cheap, and being undead and no longer human, you can slice em, dice em, shred em, shoot em, dismember em, and TV censors won't bat an eye. This of course brings the question of "What purpose did World War Z serve?" to which I can only answer, maybe a zombie movie your grandmother can watch? A lot of the odd nervous ticks the zombies had in that movie do seem somewhat representative of an elderly population with escalating neurological disorders, which again is just another metaphor for zombies, since so long as technology continues to progress, our population will continue to get very topheavy toward retired persons.Lemmibl said:OK, so this might sound very critical, but have I suddenly travelled back in time to the year 2008? Zombies haven't been new, fresh or popular since, like, the time when Left 4 Dead 1 or Plants versus Zombies were still fresh games that people played.
I definitely agree with suggestion that horror tropes going through cycles of popularity. Vampires were supposed to give way to werewolves then zombies then dragons according to industry experts. Instead zombies just keep going and going with no end in sight while werewolves and shape shifters never got their day in the sun and dragons got skipped for a newly resurgent witch phase that's coming on right now like stale acid. In the publishing world zombie and apocalypse fiction doesn't seem to show any signs of slowing down. Same goes for television and movies. Love them or hate them it's hard to deny that zombies are not slowing down but instead picking up speed. And I thought they'd jump the proverbial shark once Warm Bodies hit screens.Remus said:Horror tropes go through phases
Definitely though there seems to be this dichotomy where on one hand the protagonists are heroes saving the rest of humanity. At the same time they are allowed to let their inner psycho out by creatively slaughtering their former friends and neighbours guilt free in increasingly inventive ways (I'm looking at you dead rising)Mocmocman said:I think some of it also has to do with feeling special. For example, out of the entire population that became a zombie, the hero, or as people imagine, themselves, is one of the few that remain human.
I have to say, I gave up halfway through the article because of that. I didn't find the reference to the joke in the movie on the first page particularly clever or witty and brushed it off as the author just getting their little plug in on something they worked on and establish their authority on the subject, which is cool by the way. By page 2 I realised that this was a shill for a book and stopped reading. The reason why the article feels 2 years out of date is because it takes that long to publish a book.Kieve said:Getting the sense that this article exists mainly to plug the author's book, not because of any timely cultural relevance.
The "Why are zombies popular?" question has been evaluated and re-evaluated to the point where it's barely a topic worth discussing.
But alas, like the creatures of horror themselves, it simply refuses to die...