Zombie Popularity

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S. Wood | Human desire makes the zombie craze successful|

When it comes to why zombies are so popular there are many theories. Some are about a craving for bloodshed while others are all about the human psyche. I agree with many of the explanation theories; this is because there is not one answer to why they are so popular. The theories that I have found all have one thing in common, that zombies are straight up interesting. Whether you like zombies because virtually killing things is exciting or because you enjoy exploring the unknown, the reason is still the same, because it is interesting. Taking a step back, what is a zombie and how does one become a zombie? According to our Monster literature class notes zombies can be many different things. In Haitian tradition a zombie, usually spelled “zombi”, is a non -flesh eating, reanimated soulless body that will be used as a labor slave. This is similar to the phase “you look like a zombie” It is similar because usually this phase is said while someone is at work or school and has had a long tiring night, so they look as if they have come back from the dead to work. Although I believe there are many reasons why zombies are so popular there is one thing that I think could be one of the main causes, people’s fascination with things they do not understand.

Through out literature we see that there is not a single cause for zombies. In The Night of the Living Dead by George Romero, radiation from a fallen satellite causes dead bodies to rise from their graves and walk the streets. But, in the AMC series the Walking Dead as well as World War Z by Max brooks, the origin of the outbreak is unknown. People enjoy exploring the things they understand least that is why we made it to the moon and why we now have cures for diseases around the world. Zombies give us something new to try and understand without having to be a top of the line scientist or an astronaut. Human nature makes us have a strong...
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