With the countless vampire tales out there you could find hundreds or even thousands of different types of vampires. But there is one way, out of many, to categorize them – scientific vampires and magical vampires. We have met many vampires in novels, television, and movies, and these vampire are either beings of magic or of science. Let me explain in detail…
First are magical vampires. I’d say the vast majority of vampires fit into this category. These vampires are like those in The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, The Vampire Chronicles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and on and on. They are immortal beings created by magical and mystical means. They have superpowers and are entirely unnatural. There is no scientific explanation for these vamps. They are undead and mysterious. They weren’t born, they were created in a magical manner. These are the vampires of fantasy, not science-fiction.
The vampires of science-fiction would be, well, the scientific vampires. These aren’t as common in novels (which is a shame). These are vampires with a real scientific explanation. The author busted out scientific knowledge and logically explained the existence of their vampires. There wasn’t magic involved, it was pure science. An example would be the vampires in apocalyptic tales, like The Strain. There was a virus that manipulated the body and created hordes of the undead. Or in alternate universes, like J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, vampires are an actual species. They are not made, they are born. It’s genetics, not magic.
Now here’s the question of the hour – which do you prefer? Which stories do you like more? The ones with scientific vampires or magical vampires. I even made a poll!
Personally, I am a fan of the scientific vampires. I like both, but lately I am leaning more towards the science. I have literally hundreds of vampire books on my shelves and 99.9% of them are fantasy tales full of magic. That was my favorite kind of story once. But after reading all of those books, I have grown tired of them. I am more in the mood for science-y stories now.
How about you?