Recently I was having a discussion on goodreads.com asking the question, if vampires were real what book would you want it to be like? There were different replies here and there, but what caught my eye was this one comment that said she wanted it to be like Twilight. :groan: Ok, fine, I can deal with that. However, it got worse.
Mostly because they would be sparkly and feed off of animals – not humans! A little disturbing is that she said they would always have to fight the urge to kill the women they love. How that is romantic I will never know. She went on to say that most vampires are scary, have super long fangs, and are not virgins but Twilight vampires are cute, cuddly, and you get the point.
No offense to Twilight, but I really thought that book did all the damage it could do with the sparkly thing. But this did bring up a whole new type of discussion. Why do readers think it is bad for vampires to drink human blood? Is it due to the fact that it seems so … un-human? And the most important question how is it that people find vampires romantic but can’t deal with the drinking human blood part? Cause as we all know, but most don’t want to admit, there are people out there who get their jollies off of stuff like that. So I can see why they love the idea of vampires but if you can’t deal with the drinking human blood thing, then what’s going on here?
Due to this I have come to wonder if it truly is the vampire that these women adore. Besides books like Twilight, vampires drink human blood. Either straight from the human or from bags it doesn’t matter this is what they do. If vampires were real why would this disgust people so much? At that point they would be at the top of the food chain. Right now we are at the top of the food chain and we eat meat. I know in some cultures they do drink the blood of animals. Is society in the United States truly blind to these actions going on?
After explaining this I get the reply that it is different because we can’t speak to animals and they don’t have their own culture and such, which I don’t find a valid point. I completely believe that you can speak to animals and that they understand you. Also, every animal does have its own culture, its own history, its own way of life. Just because you cannot have a conversation with them does not mean their life is less important then our own.
If vampires were real they would drink blood, even in Twilight they would drink animal blood. I guess that is ok with some people because they are animals and not humans. What it really came down to was the discussion of a world filled with evil vampires or good vampires. However, in every society you will have your good and you will have your bad. Dose society not remember Jeffrey Dahmer or Jack the Ripper? There is no good without bad.
If vampires were real we, as a society, would have to realize that them drinking blood is what they do. Yes, I would like it if they didn’t kill the human or drank from a willing participant. It would be nice but not always the case.
In the end, I feel like readers forget what vampires are. Especially when you have the cute and cuddly vampires being written into the world. I think we all need a reminder of the history of vampires and the legends they come from. Romanticizing vampires is one thing but I never want to hear anyone say they are cute and cuddly ever again.