For the last thirty years there have been a large number of sensationally popular books featuring both vampires and zombies. The vampire saga “Twilight” became not only one of the most popular novels but also spawned a successful campaign of movies and TV shows. Considering how old the genre is it’s surprising that such an old idea can be so popular.
Zombie books have also been one of the more succesfull genres for the last several years, with even a few books reaching Hollywood status. Max Brook crafted his epic, “The Zombie Survival Guide” which contained basically everything one would need to both survive and flourish during a zombie invasion. Another avid zombie enthusiast Marc White also mentioned how after crafting a website about zombie survival gear and the best weapons to survive the zombie apocalypse he also realize that people were willing to not only listen to his drone on about survival gear but to actually pay him to write about it.
I bring up both of these points to encourage new writers to try expanding into genres or ideas that they had otherwise not thought of. There is no reason you must stick to the same old ideas and topics. There is a vast sea of choices that you can pick from including older themes. Consider the fact that some ideas basically never get old. Regardless of the age, time or ethos of our society thrillers, dramas or even post-apoloycapytic adventures seem to spark the human imagination.
In a recent interview with Zombie fiction writer Max Brooks, he talked about he wrote the Zombie Survival Guide simply out of his own interest and never expected the immense success – a great lesson for all new writers.