When I was 14, reading Anne Rice for the first time, I constantly daydreamed about becoming a vampire and all the adventures I would have. But the years passed, I moved out of the parent’s house, grew up, and now instead of thinking of a life as a vampire, I think about bills, work, and all of that lame shit. But, the question was recently posed to me – “What if you were a vampire?” – and it got me thinking again. So I went back into that mindset and asked myself:
1. What would I look like?
2. Would I have powers?
3. What would I feed on?
4. What would I do for eternity?
5. Would I be alone?
So, in my perfect personal vampire world, what kind of vampire would I be?
What would I look like?
In many of the vampire books I have read, when someone is turned into a vampire they look like a more beautiful version of themselves – every blemish, every split-end, every little flaw just disappears. That’s how I imagine myself. Those books have warped my mind and I picture an Interview with the Vampire Kirsten Dunst/Claudia type of transformation, where one minute she is a sickly child with messy untamed hair and the next she has perfect curls and looks absolutely radiant. That’s how I see myself. Oh, and I have fangs. What’s a vampire without badass fangs?
Would I have powers?
Once again, the vampires in my favorite books and films are coming to mind. In my perfect vampire fantasy I would totally have the glamour powers like the vamps in The Vampire Diaries and I would have super strength and speed. I wouldn’t be all powerful though, that was never appealing to me, the whole nearly invincible vampire thing is too much. Everything needs some kind of weakness.
What would I feed on?
Blood of course. Human blood. I firmly believe that vampires should be predators full of bloodlust – fuck that vegetarian crap. In my mind, vampires are monsters trying to hold on to what’s left of their humanity. Or monsters that have given into their natural instincts. Would I kill a human? I can’t say, I suppose it depends on my self control in that situation and how far I’ve strayed from my human self. Like Elizabeth says in this post, I really don’t understand why animal blood is ok and human blood isn’t. Vampires are predators, they need to feed.
What would I do for eternity?
Read. I am a huge book worm with close to a hundred books on my Amazon wish list and I constantly think “Ahhhh! I won’t ever have the time to read all of these amazing books!” But if I lived forever, I could totally read them all. Yes, I’m a geek. The same thing goes for video games, I love them and I would love to be able to get lost in them forever. Then there’s the obvious one – travel. Even if I wasn’t able to walk in the sunlight and was forever stuck in the dark, traveling would still be fantastic. I’d see everything I could see. It may get boring after a few centuries, but it would be fun in the beginning.
Would I be alone?
Would I get so lonely I would be forced to create a vampire companion? This is one of those questions I can’t really answer. It’s one of things where you don’t know how you would act until you were actually put into that situation. I am a huge loner as it is, so I can’t see myself doing that, but I can’t know for sure. But turning someone aside, would I live alone or would I live among the living? Many vampires in books and films interact with humans so that they won’t lose their humanity, so that they won’t forget what it means to be human. But doing that leaves yourself open for a lot of heartache, because the humans you befriend will grow old and die. Once again, I honestly can’t say what I would do in that situation. Lame answer, I know. But I don’t know how well I’d cope and how time would affect me.
Honestly, there are a million other questions and answers about what kind of vampire I would be and what my undead life would be like, but if I went into all of that, you guys would be reading for hours and hours, so I’ll stop here. Haha.
In my imagination, being a vampire would be pretty rad (for the most part), unfortunately it’s all a sweet dream.
Now say to yourself… “If I were a vampire…” and let us know what you come up with.