I confess my ignorance of this one. I knew that there were people out there who believed themselves to be “real” vampires, and that there were people who engaged in the “vampire” lifestyle, going as far as consuming blood. What I didn’t know was that there are differing factions in this “community,” nor would I have suspected the depth of the animosity that exists amongst them. Perhaps this, more than anything else, testifies to the humanity of the vampires, as in their human nature, as in the fact that they ARE human beings because they are behaving so typically LIKE human beings. I’ve been following some of the exchanges in vampire chat rooms and on Facebook. It’s gotten downright ugly.
The conflict arises, it seems, from those who believe themselves to be, to some degree or other, supernatural in nature, and those who maintain there is no such thing as a supernatural vampire, but rather that the desire for blood can be explained by mundane medical means. (Ah, alliteration!) And then you have your blood-drinking variety of vampires arguing with the “psychic” vampires who only feed on a victim’s or donor’s “life force.” It’s all very entertaining, I admit, but I am left wondering. Comprising such a wee minority to begin with, you’d think these “vampires” would tend to stick together, instead of going for each other’s throats.