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Vampires

Hmm, its 1013 and I think I am finally achieving consciousness. I very nearly said sod it and went back to sleep this morning. At 0705 I got out of bed, 15 mins before I was due to leave the house. I managed it. Grabbed a scone on the way out and hotfooted it down the hill to the bus stop. Slapped my makeup on in transit - to the amusement of fellow passengers (still haven't put my lenses in!) and am sat in front of a PC painfully aware of my sleep shortfall.

My colleague is not in again today, so I am left to juggle a variety of digital video related dissemination outputs. No, it doesn't mean much to me either.

I wanted to ask peeps here what they thought about vampires? Not in they are they a 'good thing' or a 'bad thing' but what the fascination is for some people. Even in terms of films and roleplay games I've never really felt an interest. In terms of roleplay the only thing I saw in that vampire game is the huge potential for political manoeuvring and as that simply isn't my game it interests me not. And why do you have to be a vampire to do it? I'm kinda serious… am very interested. The only way in which vampires have been presented as interesting to me is in the initial Necroscope books. Not all the later bollocks which starts to get ludicrous… I was far more interested in the ESP side of things. Magic interests me, ESP interests me, immortality interests me but vampires no.

So what is it?

Comments

I've read a lot of vampirology (although no-where near as much as some) and despite all the sex-metaphor, lust-without-conscience, eternal life but with damnation malarky, I too have never really 'got' them.

My World of Darkness campaign started out initially as an attempt at a Vampire chronicle and ended up as Werewolf, partly because (despite being a Technocracy type at heart) I found the Werewolf 'gaian angst' a lot easier to grok than the pale types endlessly bemoaning "The endless red thirst" and the "Dark agony of the night" (and this, coming from me, someone who was once called a Goth, albeit by someone who wouldn't have known Alaric had he rammed them up the backside with a purloined altarpiece).

Bunch of cold-skinned parasites... wipe 'em out.

Despite this, my personal favourite NPC of the campaign was a vampire.

-shrug-

Beats me.

Re: Vampires

Coo - thanks John :)

Some responses

1) I have never equated Goth with Vampire. I know it often is and there are generations of Goths who feel that vampire teeth and a little adoloescent instability makes em a vampire.

2) OK the blood thing interests me as too why its 'cool'. Otherwise there is nothing there that specifically make sthe modern vampire any different from say a 1950's rebel, a hell's angel etc etc

3) " Vampires are the most readily identifiable of monsters. Whilst the other
mythological beasties of past times are covered in hair (wolfman),
insane (jeckyl & hyde), or utterly eldritch (the fae); Vampires are, at
essence, human."

Hmm, actually I think that the attraction might be a corruption or deviation from the norm, werewolves, lunatics and fae could all be seen as in the same way derivative from us.

4) I think the transcended death thing is true – and I think that a fascination in producing religious, fantasy and sci fi characters / races that do the same is understandable.

Am I getting it wrong when I sum up the fascination as being something that waxes and wanes but is particularly strong at the moment because of the societal and cultural factors mentioned above?

Where does the vampire originate from? How old is the concept? Is it just a European thing?

"When you look into the abyss, the abyss looks into you." - Nietsche.

Beyond the sex and blood thing, it's that simple. One step removed from humanity, struggling to be human. But with the perfect excuse. A vampire can slip and fall, and still struggle for humanity, because we know that vampires are monsters. We expect them to fall now and again.

A human slips and falls and they become a monster. No redemption. No romance. Just plain dirty. Someone you trust breaks that trust and they're never forgiven, no matter how much you might want to. You always guard against the same in the future.

We expect no better from the monsters, so we can be more understanding. We're all fascinated by "acceptable" and "expected" deviance.

"You are what you eat." Vampires are the most human monsters of all.
(your journal was a stop on my random journal tour)
And I'm glad I stopped here!

I was about to comment about the interest in vampires,
but I see someone else has already hit it on the nose.

I have blood fetish,
and get turned on by nothing in this world more than a good fierce chomp on the neck...
so I guess that's my fascination. There is something very personal about blood,
it is a person truest essence and contains alot of energy.(changes subject befroe I start to sound like some weirdo killer type)

The whole diappearing and turning into smoke bit is not so bad either...but mostly They are just so damn sexy...supernaturally strong fierce predators but fragile souls sometimes sad that they can not ever be human again.
Good luck on finding answers.
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