Everywhere you go these days you’ll see zombies. At the shops, on Netflix, at the movies, on social media. It’s a fad that’s passed me by. What’s so fascinating about the brain-eating undead?
There is a reason that so many kidults are watching and playing The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Left 4 Dead and World War Z. As always, the popular culture of a society can reveal what anxieties are bubbling underneath the surface in people’s minds.
In my view vampire fads, for example, express a repressed disturbance around ideas of virginity and purity in a society. Vampire stories first made waves with Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, written during the sexually uptight Late Victorian period.… Read the rest