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Is it too late to jump on the zombie bandwagon? There are loads of stories about the possible popular outcome of an apocalypse, is it possible to squeeze anything more out of it?

Or, maybe it would be a good idea to make a parody of the genre after it's all squeezed out dry?

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You can still use zombies, but only if they're sexy, sparkly zombie vampires. –  Neil Fein Nov 18 '10 at 21:37
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As long as there are unicorns present… –  Marcel Korpel Nov 18 '10 at 21:58
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ok. sexy sparkly zombies, unicorns. What next? keep it coming, it's starting to look good! –  Axarydax Nov 18 '10 at 22:25
    
Is romance dead? –  John Shedletsky Nov 19 '10 at 19:25
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The love story between pretty-yet-troubled teenage death-metal fangirl and handsome zombie guy who eats only animal brains. They can't kiss or the zombie can't resist the temptation and eat his love's head by accident. But death-metal girl is in love and wants to give head to him. Hilarity ensues. –  Lukas Stejskal Jul 18 '11 at 14:45
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Is it too late to jump on the zombie bandwagon?

It's never too late to jump on the zombie bandwagon. You just have to make your work stand out. Perhaps it would be better to think of it not as jumping on the zombie bandwagon, but rather claiming your own unique bit of territory in the vast zombie jungle.

Or, maybe it would be a good idea to make a parody of the genre after it's all squeezed out dry?

The problem with this theory is that modern zombie works are often already a parody of the genre. Would you watch a parody of Scary Movie?

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I think I would –  Jaime Pardos Nov 18 '10 at 21:56
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then counter-parody -> extremely rigorous serious version of Scary Movie! –  Axarydax Nov 18 '10 at 22:25
    
@Axarydax I like it. –  mootinator Nov 18 '10 at 22:41
    
For a great example of mootinator's first point, read Richard Matheson's "I am Legend". –  Zayne S Halsall Nov 18 '10 at 22:44
    
That would be akin to a YouTube parody of a Weird Al parody of 80's hair metal, which was self-parody when it came out. (I'm hoping real hard it was, anyway.) –  Neil Fein Nov 19 '10 at 4:09
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If you've got something original to say involving zombies, write it. A different point of view, maybe a twist like Matheson's "I Am Legend", something unexpected that might follow from an apocalypse.

If you don't, try something where you can add something personal.

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Good horror stories tend to restate the common fears of the times, don't they? Why not pick a fear and restate it with zombies instead? It might make the genre fresh enough to be interesting.

For example, terrorism became a concern of society in the US after 9/11. Even though, as JMC says, a zombie apocalypse is unlikely, what about terrorists using zombies rather than suicide bombers? It could be interesting, especially if they received the support of some governments and that support backfired - badly.

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Just add a twist.

For example, let the sympathy of the reader move from the people to the zombies. (They "lived" for centuries undisturbed in the caves until the humans started their mining destroying the source of energy of the zombies and now they have no chance then to feed on the humans).

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2 years ago I would have said it's a great idea. Evil Dead was a great movie and the world needed more classic tales. This year Cracked.com shared 7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail (Quickly) and ever since then, Zombies have been dead to me.

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+1 for the funny last bit –  Jürgen A. Erhard Dec 14 '10 at 0:03
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Put one foot on the zombie wagon, and another one in a completely different field. Combine things that haven't been done before.

What would a zombie story be like if it was set in a typical Jane Austen setting? Write 'Brains and Prejudice'.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an good idea well executed –  Axarydax Nov 19 '10 at 9:44
    
Prideful and prejudices zombies. –  Jürgen A. Erhard Dec 14 '10 at 0:04
    
When you put a foot on the wagon and another one in a field, make sure the wagon doesn't move. But I think the zombie bandwagon is not making much progress at the moment anyway, so you'd be safe. –  Jürgen A. Erhard Dec 14 '10 at 0:05
    
Twilight Sparkle Zombie Romance. It's gonna be big, I'm telling you. –  JSBձոգչ Jul 14 '11 at 17:15
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If you can make them genetically modified, armed terrorist superzombies, that might work.

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