Monday, August 31, 2009

Hot Zombie Love?

It seems that the publishers are jumping on the band wagon of a new genre trend. Zombies. While cooling my heels after missing my flight in the Atlanta airport, I noticed that all the recommended reads in the bookstore were Zombie related. Even the children's books. My response is "Ewwww" I just really don't get it. Now while I wouldn't mind reading a story about a couple fighting Zombies ala Resident Evil I'm pretty sure I don't want to know anything about loving a Zombie, even if they originally were the love of my life. Yet some publishers are asking for stories involving humans and zombies. The following is an editor request that's been going around the writer loops
"is looking for "love amongst the undead, between zombies
and the living, and (we hope) many stories about the hot, alpha male and
female zombie killers." She's interested in short stories from 1500 to 5000
words and novellas, 20,000 to 30,000 words."

Meanwhile Zombies are now the subject of research. Scientists say "If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively." Even researchers are jumping on the trend. Publishers Weekly also mentioned a book deal featuring a Zombie professor who is now trying to find the meaning of life while fighting off humans that are trying to kill him. Well yeah, I'm pretty sure I would want to kill something that wants to eat my brains.
So what do you think? Is there a future with Zombies? Do you find them sexy? Would you lay down your money for a Zombie love story? Do you think Zombies will take over the shelves in the same way vampires have? I'd love to know what you think of this new trend in publishing. And no, I am not even considering writing a Zombie love story. As I said early, ewwww.


Nancy Naigle August 31, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

I don't like zombies. Don't understand how they can be sexy, and don't think I want to.


Hope it dies a quick zombie death.

Cheryl August 31, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

I agree with Nancy.

EmilyBryan August 31, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

My first mental image when someone says "zombie" is a half-decayed corpse walking around. I defy anyone to find that sexy.

However, in a world where "vegetarian" vampires outsell even the estimable Mr. Potter, anything is possible if you put the right spin on it.

On a deeper level, is this trend evidence of the very human hope that life (of a sort) continues even after death?

Bonnie Vanak August 31, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

Hot Zombie Love... the title cracks me up!

Patricia Barraclough August 31, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

Zombies are dead decaying humans. What is sexy and romantic about that? Don't see how this can go very far as a romance if the relationship is to be between zombies, or zombies and humans.
Sorry, No Sale.

Beth Caudill September 1, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

Just say No to the zombies. I'm having a hard enough time dredging up enjoyment for Vampires....lets not go into the decaying corpse thing.

I don't know where booksellers come up with these trends but can we please go back to the hot, sexy animal shifters or super hot rebel star fighters please.

Bonnie Vanak September 1, 2009 at 9:52 AM  


Not to toot my own horn, but just as an FYI, this is why I write werewolves for the Nocturne line. I love writing sexy werewolves. Just can't see the appeal in a zombie.

In Haiti, one of the countries where I travel for the day job, zombies invoke real terror. The poor can't afford bread, but they'll do anything they can to bury a person to keep them from being dug up and used by a Bokor, a voodoo priest. Bokors practice both dark and white magic.

Cindy Holby September 1, 2009 at 11:52 AM  

I'm all for the hot rebel star fighters Beth!

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner September 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

Bonnie: Wow about the Bokor. I never knew this. (And the writer in me says--food for stories).

I can see the zombie appeal in action/adventure and fantasy and even humor (like the Pride & Prejudice and Zombies book).

In romance, I'm not so sure. I'm loving the shape shifters. Hot blooded guys who have beasts within them. Mmmm, yeah.

And heck, I like good old fashioned normal people too! Whatever happened to romances where the guy is just a guy? (A hot, delectable, wonderful alpha male of course, but not dead, half-animal, or demon.)

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