Vampires come in all flavors and sizes of character these days. What was once more or less a pasty, coffin-creeping horror villain with maybe–maybe–a hint of sensuality of you squinted hard enough has become anything from the alpha fighter who can beat up the bad guys and then fuck like a god until his mate is boneless with satisfaction to a pensive beta with a touch of nerdlinger who tussles with wolf shifters on his walk home from school. Do you like vampires who can walk in the day? See themselves in the mirror? Does their blood have some kind of special flavor? Special powers, anybody?
Dead or undead? How do you like your vampire served?
Okay. True confession time: I’m posting while hungry. So I recognize that this vampire-as-restaurant-fare analogy may not totally be working, but I’m gonna go ahead and beat that horse until it’s dead.
Speaking of hungry, do you prefer vampires who eat food or no? Vampires who drink only from each other? Only from humans? Vampires who drink from say, only animals so as not to be too villainous and murderous? Where does your ideal vampire hail from, and what are his or her family values? What story do they have to tell?
Word on the street is, vampires are done to death. But several of the authors on this here very blog write vampires and we happen to disagree. I’m betting some of you readers do too. If you’re a fan of the genre, what turned you on to those fanged-up bad boys to begin with? don’t know about you but I’ve been fascinated by the idea of vampires as romantic creatures ever since Michael and Star got their groove on in The Lost Boys. *fans self*
You know, I see one burger joint after another opening in my area, and nobody seems to be getting tired of burgers. The key, however, is the burgers have to be not just good but special somehow. We have the place with the juiciest burgers, the place with the delicious milkshakes, the place with the custom burgers and the place with the exotic ones made out of ostrich and bison and stuff. The place with the tried and true brand. I figure with blood suckers, the same rule applies. Take what’s familiar with “the lore,” as it were, and then find the twists, the voice, and the story that make those creatures of the night uniquely your own. Yes?
(Did you think I was done with the restaurant thing? I’m so sorry.)
For those of you who love vampires, what do you love about them? Is it the fangs? The hot, forbidden, inter-species love that dare not speak its name? What is it about vampires that draws you into their world? Is loving the undead dead? In the vast-array of vampire options, what draws you in?
And also, how do you like your burger?
*Please note that no actual vampires or burgers were grilled in the writing of this article