Fiction is full of stand-ins.

The Greek myths stand-in for the uncontrollable forces of nature that seem to reign over the human experience.

In CS Lewis’ famous children’s stories, Aslan the lion stands as a stand-in for Jesus.

I love the stand-in element of fiction. 

It’s one of the reasons I love science fiction. That genre, more than any other, wrestles with real-world issues through intermediaries. Battle Star Galactica wrestles with family and honor. The X-Men films wrestle with societal acceptance of gay people. The Dune books wrestle with the role environment and religion play in the shaping of culture.

Recently, I've been wondering about our cultural fixation on zombies, werewolves and vampires.

What do you think they stand-in for?

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