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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

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?

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