Monday, July 18, 2011

Zombie Romance

Skin hanging off bones? Check.
Insatiable craving for brains? Yep.
A slightly earthy, rotting-corpse smell? Definitely.
Someone you'd want to kiss? Ummmm...

When I tell my library kiddos that "zombies are the new vampires," they tend to look at me like I'm nuts. Maybe I am. Considering the number of zombie romances lately, though, I just might be onto something.

To prove my point, check out this list of recent YA zombie books, where zombies (yes, ZOMBIES) play romantic leads.

Generation Dead (Dan Waters)
When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a "living impaired" boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.
The Cellar (A.J. Whitten)
A peek in her neighbor's cellar window convinces Meredith Willis that Adrien, the new guy next door, is one of the living dead, and when her sister Heather, who has developed a huge crush on Adrien, is cast with him in "Romeo and Juliet," Meredith sees trouble ahead.
I Kissed A Zombie, And I Liked It (Adam Selzer)
Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.
Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?! (K.A. Holt)
Loeb, a zombie in middle school who has a crush on a regular human girl, tries to transcend stereotypes by competing in a haiku competition to make a good impression.
Zombies Don't Cry (Rusty Fischer)
After high school junior Maddy Swift is struck by lightning while on her way to a party with the boy of her dreams, she feels fortunate to be alive. Maddy soon realizes, however, that she is now one of the living dead and must learn to survive as a zombie, but it turns out to be harder than you would think, especially when a bunch of bad zombies are planning to turn prom night at Barracuda Bay High School into zombie Armageddon.
Kiss Me Deadly (various authors)
A collection of short stories combining dark seduction and modern romance presents a variety of tales featuring the romantic lives of humans and werewolves, ghosts, fallen angels, zombies, and shape-shifters.
Passing Strange (Daniel Waters)
Karen, a zombie teenager, attempts to pass as human and prove her zombie friends' innocence when they are accused of murder.
Zombies vs. Unicorns (Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier)
Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.Go zombies!
Dearly Departed (Lia Habel)
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
Ushers, Inc. (Rusty Fischer)
When their small town is overrun with murderous zombies, werewolves, and vampires, four ushers at the local theater use their knowledge of B-movie horror films to keep their town safe.

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