LOS ANGELES (TheStreet) -- Do you shriek when a doctor pricks your finger for blood work, but swoon at the thought of Robert Pattinson draining your capillaries? Do you wish your home was a few stories higher just in case the dead come back to life?
No? Congratulations, you're the last normal human being on Earth among hordes of horror nerds and bloodthirsty romantics. In case you've been too busy playing with troll dolls and collecting angels to notice, vampires and zombies have been locked in a pop culture death match lately -- with corporations and Hollywood studios struggling to catch up. It's not just your brains and blood they want, but every dollar and waking minute you have left.
"Vampires represent a kind of classic female nerd fantasy: Pale stranger walks into your world, takes you away from your apartment full of cat hair into a world of sexy darkness," says Jake Swearingen, author of Diary of the Living Dead or: Are You There God? It's Me. Also, a Bunch of Zombies. "Zombies are a flip side of that, but for dudes: the zombie apocalypse takes you away from your job at GameStop
The more lighthearted mashup of Jane Austen and the undead, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Quirk Books 2009), has 750,000 copies in print and has inspired other monstrous remakes including Mr. Darcy, Vampyre (Sourcebooks Landmark 2009) and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk Books 2009). Romero released his latest film Diary of the Dead in 2008 and the Norwegian Nazi zombie film Dead Snow and Woody Harrelson's comedy Zombieland will shuffle in this year.