The idea of a vampire can be construed to be more than than what it stands to be. A metaphor for something that sucks the life out of you, for example, a tracker mortgage.
The idea of a zombie is also fascinating on many levels. The thought of something that is gone and dead forever, coming back with nothing in common with its former self than the bag of flesh it is. For loved ones in movies it is a hard connection to break. It is in fact a reminder that we are more than just this bag of meat we see before us. Another metaphor that digs its way into our sub conscious and creates a fascination? Maybe.
Overall, I believe that the fact that both creatures can be and mean more than what they are, reaches out to more than one audience. It appeals to us more than, for example, a banshee, which is more terrifying and interesting on the face of it, but a less popular mythical monster. Lack of metaphor may be its downfall, and it doesn't allow for much creative expansion.
Because it is more popular then the south so there is more blood and humans to eat.
A lot of these legends are born of folklore. The modern entertainment industry merely continues the folklore tales in a different format.
I think it is the World which is obsessed with Zombies and Vampires and that is the reason for the Western media groups to write and make stories on Zombies and Vampires.
Think about it, the normal identity as a Human Being is to live and die and when something violates that usual flow, it does pique our curiosity, doesn't it? Maybe that is where the obsession is coming from. Besides, the bigger part is that it is a fast selling topic. So, watch out for Resident Evil: 10, 20 or even 100.
The idea of vampires, as immortal and powerful, can be attractive, especially since the past few years vampires have taken on a more sexy and cool image than in older myths and movies where they were portrayed as more of a monster, uncontrollable in their hunger for blood.
For zombies, it is the worse case senario, where those we know or love come back from the dead with only one innate desire, to eat human flesh. It pits the living against the dead. There is probably a lot of social commentary, but mostly I think its about what the living will do, in a world full of the walking dead, to survive.
I like Zombies because, they are scary but, Vampires have become a little crazy over the years.
Let's face it, they're so much more attractive than real people
Because both are "what would you do" situations. People love to endlessly think about what they would do if they were vampires (immortal) or if they were once of the few people left in the world and had to fight constantly (immediately a bad@ss). That's why you keep seeing these ideas spun out again and again in new ways. Because people keep thinking about themselves in those scenarios, they never really get old.
Good question, have often thought of this myself. If I had to guess its because they're both entertaining.
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