As a person who has written hundreds of articles about zombie movies, zombie books, and zombie fans, I am usually asked about many of the aspects of the zombie subculture. One question that I am asked on a regular basis is, “How do zombie fans stay so dedicated to zombie moves, shows, and books?” There are many reasons for why zombie fans stay so strong to their, “zombie roots.”
I have spoken in the past about how zombie fans share certain fears. Zombie movies speak to fears that deal with being alone, death, life after death, disease, and the Armageddon. For zombie fans, they find strength in the fact that they are able to share these fears with other people in the world. Fear is an aspect that breaks through language barriers unlike almost anything else on earth.
When talking about the fears that deal with life after death, and of the Armageddon, we are still left with tons of unanswered questions since all of those that have experienced death have not had the opportunity to come back and tell us what is on the other side. While the shared stories in books and on screen give a fanciful answer to some of these questions to zombie fans, at least answers are given.
While the average person would not be able to point anything out in a zombie story about a utopian society, there are many zombie fans that are able to read through the lines in the stories. The lack of racism, the fact that people genuinely attempt to help total strangers, and the way that people can get along to achieve a common goal are aspects that many writers have attributed to utopian societies. Zombie fans can only hope that some kind of catastrophe would not be the buffer for this kind of society.
As the years progress, there are more and more zombie stories coming out every year. Many bookstores have been displaying complete zombie sections to entice zombie fans to take a look at some of the zombie books that they have not read yet. Some video stores are also finding that zombie fans can be great sources of income with the growing number of zombie movies out there right now.
It is very easy to keep some kind of fandom going when there is a lot out there to satiate the hunger for fans like zombie fans. Even looking past the zombie stories, we find zombie groups, zombie walks, and zombie websites popping up all over the place. Entire networks of like-minded zombie fans can easily keep the subculture going for many years to come.
Through the shared fears, the thoughts about a utopian society, and the increasing number of zombie outlets, it is fairly easy to understand how zombie fans are able to stand true for so long to their chosen type of character and story. There are very few fan types that can say that it continues to grow with the focused product. Instead of looking toward the past joys, zombie fans are able to look to the present, and towards the future in the hopes of what it will hold in the guise of zombies.