In the echelon of monsters, zombies can’t get no respect. They’re not hip like werewolves or suave like vampires. Yet the undead are staging a comeback, Lev Grosman writes in Time. Woody Harrelson is starring in a zom-com, Juno’s screenwriter is producing a new zombie flick, and Jane Austen fans can now devour a novel called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The resurgent popularity of the brain-eaters isn’t so surprising, says Grossman. The biodegradable fiends satisfy our eco-friendly mindset, and old friends regularly return from the dead via Facebook. What’s most refreshing about the zombie is his populist appeal: He’s plucky, tenacious, and humble. “Long live (or is it die?) the zombie: the official monster of the recession."