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Modern Culture’s Fascination with the Undead

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Modern Culture’s Fascination with the Undead
LE 300 Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone

This essay begins by exploring the origins of the undead, and how these monsters became so popular to pop culture in recent years. I will explore the beginnings of vampire lore, as well as the mythology associated with zombies. I will also go into depth on the various literary identities that the two have produced throughout this generation. The essay will continue with a discussion on the most recent and ever so popular vampire films Twilight and “Let me in” and the TV series True Blood and why the latest X and Y generations seems to lack the fear people once had of these blood thirsty creatures. I will also discuss several of the most recent Zombie movies and how they’ve changed over the last two decades. Although zombie literature does not frequent the shelves of libraries and book stores, as do vampire literature. There is a zombie fiction novel written in 2006 called World War Z by Max Brooks, which became an immediate hit and a New York Times bestseller. Brooks had also authored the cult hit “The Zombie Survival Guide”, an exhaustively researched, zombie-themed parody of pop-fiction survival guide. I will also include sources indicating the US Government’s interest in zombie fiction and how the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has made use of this pop culture phenomenon to better inform the public on disaster preparation. In my conclusion, I will argue that the generation Xrs’ fascination with zombies, vampires and all things undead related is part of a search for immortality. In an age of increasing narcissism, identity crisis and denial of reality, generation X’s obsession with the undead seems to be a healthy distraction from the cold bleak truth-that when it’s over…it’s over. My research consists mostly of...

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