What is a Vampire?
What is a vampire? It seems like such an absurd question to ask, however, it’s been a topic of debate for years. It seems that everyone has a different opinion when it comes to what a vampire is or what a vampire “should” be. For some a vampire is simply a creature that drinks blood. But for others it’s much more complicated, they have all kinds of rules and criteria for what a vampire is. I’m on the simple side of the debate…
Personally, I feel that a vampire is a being that feeds on the blood of another. Simple. That is the basis of what a vampire is – a blood drinker. Truthfully, there is no right or wrong vampire, it simply needs to follow that one rule and that rule is feeding on another’s blood (or in some cases, life force/energy). That’s how I see it, but others disagree and have countless rules and regulations when it comes to what a vampire is “supposed to be.” Like, a vampire has to be scary, a vampire has to be evil, a vampire has to look a very specific way (no sparkling blah blah) … etc. I think that’s all nonsense. To me a vampire is a creature that drinks blood. It can be evil, it can be wholesome, it can sparkle if the author wants it to, it can have glowing eyes and rotting flesh, it could be mindless, or it could be intelligent, and so on. No right or wrong. Vampires are universal.
But what do you think? Are you one of those people who feel that a vampire has to be something specific? That there is a right and wrong kind of vampire? I am not asking for your favorite “type” of vampire, but what you think a vampire should be or is. Everyone has their preferences, but your least favorites aren’t wrong, are they? I think a sparkling vampire is ridiculous, but it’s not necessarily wrong, because there is no right or wrong when it comes to what a vampire is. Or so I think.
To me, a vampire can look however it wants or act however it wants. A vampire is whatever the storyteller wants it to be.
What do you think?
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).