Must say, the trend towards zombie-themed entertainment is a welcome shift away from the world of sultry, sullen and miserable vampires. Vampires are self-involved, overdramatic, oppressed, campy, and they don't even have the grace to be gory in a fun way. Zombie stories, with their focus on survival and interpersonal dynamics, just win for me. The cliches of the zombie genre ("Shoot 'em in the head!" "Run!" "We gotta stick together!") own, own, own the cliches of vampire stories ("It is hard to be immortal and pretty." "I ache to drink blood and hate myself for it.")
It helps that zombie stories also feature unabashedly over the top violence that can be both grisly and hilarious.
And you, dear readers? Zombies or Vampires? It's Monday, and this is about all the discussion I care to handle today.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.