Vampires and Zombies – they’re all over the place these days. Movies, television shows, video games, books; no matter where you turn the un-dead are there – we are surrounded – better stock up on garlic and weaponry. What’s going on – why have we as a society become obsessed with these blood-sucking, flesh-eating creatures? It’s not like they are new subject matter in the storyline of human nightmares – but the preponderance of media focusing on these to classes of ghouls has got to be at some new sort of record high. And that got me to thinking – why???
Well, I guess the first most obvious reason is – stories about vampires and zombies are selling these days. The networks and executives who are “in the business” can certainly recognize that there is money to be made in the un-dead market – and not wanting to miss out on a fast buck with the latest craze, spin-offs abound. Each new product with its own “niche market” – handsome young vampires geared toward the fantasies of pubescent teens, and vacation islands overrun by bikini-clad zombies offer a new target for teen boys’ first-person-shooter games. This isn’t your mother’s “Dark Shadows” world http://www.metacritic.com/feature/best-and-worst-vampire-tv-shows out there anymore, and everybody wants a piece of the action. And while this, I am sure, is part of the answer it just didn’t feel like the complete explanation to me, as I thought about it just kept feeling like there was more to explain – why now.
So here’s my theory… Right now, the truly frightening reality is that the world is a scary place for most folks. Everyone has a sense that there is some life-sucking monster behind every door – slowly, relentless pursuing them and shaking the very foundation of security that they had worked so hard to create. And it’s not just any old monster, it’s dead already (so you can’t actually extinguish it – unless you have special knowledge and skills to help you do so) and because it’s dead – it really has no feelings and if it catches you it will not just kill you but it may turn you into “on of them” as well. Yikes!
There are always going to be ghouls praying upon your worst nightmares and many times it feels like you just can’t wake up. But I have to say I truly believe that – you absolutely can. Sometimes it isn’t easy, fear can definitely paralyze you and you may find yourself falling right back into your bad dream. It requires work and effort and sometimes the soothing voice of a partner at your side, but it can be done. Leave the zombies and the vampires to battle it out like Godzilla and Mothra of yesteryear – you’ve got sweeter dreams to make come true.