First of all, I want to be clear that this is not meant to antagonize my fellow writers who are profiting from this niche. The problem as I see it is that it’s actually no longer a niche. There are thousands upon thousands of these books and they all seem to be making money.
What does that mean? It means that you, John Q. Public, are buying these mindnumbing stories which are never more than rehashed versions of what came before. I just checked Amazon for books with the vampire tag. How many are there? 13,034. No, it’s not a typo.
Then again, I guess there’s always a way to spin a good yarn around vampires. Hey, I admit I read the Twilight books and as corny as they were I actually found myself minorly addicted. What that tells me is that it’s all in the telling. If you want to talk about vampires getting elected to the city council to implement much-needed reforms involving pesticides and school lunches, knock yourself out. It might be good.
But zombies? Really? A zombie has to be the worst villain in history. A slow walking animated corpse that doesn’t talk, doesn’t make demands, that is destroyed after receiving a baseball bat to the head or a gunshot in the brain is not my idea of an involving story. How can it be such a popular sub-genre of fiction?
Geez, we’re at the point where government agencies use zombies to publicize their announcements. Want proof? The Center for Disease Control established a blog to let the citizenry know they’re prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse. Yes, that’s where your tax dollars are going. You’re working 60 hours a week to pay for zombies.
Searching through Amazon I found 4,556 products tagged zombies and over 1,000 simply zombie. I have a feeling there might be more if you add terms like undead and living dead, etc. These stories are everywhere and I want to know why.
Maybe I’m just getting grumpy as I get older. But whatever you do, don’t get me started on those fantasy books. What the hell is an orc anyway?
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