Vampires vs Zombies
Why are zombies always talked about in the same sentence as vampires and werewolves? Well, one of the main reasons is because zombies and vampires actually share one big interesting similarity – which is that both zombies and vampires are “undead“. Undead creatures are creatures that are dead, but they still walk around and seem human – they still seem alive in some respects. Technically though, they are not alive – they have no heartbeat, and the traditional laws of nature do not apply to them.
The main difference however between zombies and vampires is that zombies are for the most part considered mindless creatures. Their main drive (traditionally) is to eat the flesh of humans. Most are depicted as not having any type of intelligence left, and operate mostly on instinct. The bodies of zombies also tend to be decomposed and ghoulish, as there is nothing keeping it nourished and healthy. Vampires on the other hand are quite intelligent. It is only their bodies that have died, not their minds. They keep their bodies nourished, young, and whole by drinking blood. Vampires are also known to have the ability to rationalize and use judgement, unlike zombies which are mindless.
Interestingly, sometimes werewolves are also grouped into the trio, so sometimes you’ll hear discussions about “werewolves, vampires, and zombies”. It’s important to remember however that werewolves are very different from zombies and vampires in that they are NOT undead. Werewolves are very much alive.