Recently I began some extensive research on a creature that everyone easily recognizes, and perhaps most are well in-formed of - the Vampire. That's right, "Children of the Night". However, it would seem that the more I searched on this particular topic, the less I was able to discover. This, as one might imagine, could prove to be very frustrating to anyone who wants to increase his, or her, knowledge on matters of the... Show more
Recently I began some extensive research on a creature that everyone easily recognizes, and perhaps most are well in-formed of - the Vampire. That's right, "Children of the Night". However, it would seem that the more I searched on this particular topic, the less I was able to discover. This, as one might imagine, could prove to be very frustrating to anyone who wants to increase his, or her, knowledge on matters of the undead. For instance, most people seem to be undecided as to whether Vampires need to drink the blood of humans in order to live. It turns out that this (the idea of drinking blood) appears to be a matter of opinion, and not cold, hard facts. After all, argue some, Vampires have a heart, and therefore need to replenish the blood in their system. Yet according to others, Vampires do not have a heart, being dead and are therefore not required to drink blood - humans, animals, or otherwise. So, then, what is the truth? Do Vampires need blood, or not? It is my personal belief that, yes, Vampires do need a form of nourishment, despite the fact that they are, indeed, "dead". It is also my belief that Vampires can choose themselves whether to kill humans or feed on animals. However, once a Vampire tastes human blood, it is my belief that they can never go back, no matter how hard they try.
Another matter is the idea of sunlight. Now, I am sure my readers will have their own thoughts on this, but for the most part, my findings have indicated that the general population seems to be split as to whether Vampires can indeed go into the sunlight. Half of the people whose articles I have read seem to believe that Vampires will burn if exposed to direct sun-light, while the other half of the population believes at most, Vampires will merely experience a strong discomfort. Here again I ask myself, Which is right? To begin with, I asked myself a simple question: What is the purpose of being a Vampire?
Answer: To hunt. Which raises another question, if one stops to really think about it. If Vampires cannot come out until the sun has disappeared, then where is their so-called prey? The majority of humans usually do not stay out past 11 or 12 pm, and if they did, they are foolish. Regardless of this fact, the "primetime", if you will, to hunt lies not at night, but rather during the day. So, why portray Vampires as being nocturnal creatures? This completely destroys the purpose of being a Vampire.
The final problem, but by no means the last, is the stake. Now, according to most people, the simplest way to kill a Vampire (which, by the way, is dead already, but I'll get to that soon) is to drive a stake, preferably silver, through a Vampire's heart. Now, think about this. Remember, a Vampire is already dead. It does not have a heart, a pulse, and definitely no real heartbeat that needs to be stopped. So, sorry, Buffy, but no, you can't kill something that is already dead, no matter how safe it makes you feel.
There are many more points -or rather, problems- that can be raised that deal with the inconsistencies of the many different legends that exist. However, if I were to mention them here, I would easily run out of space. That is why I have dealt with the top three. In all reality, I have just barely pierced the darkness on these Sons, and Daughters, of Darkness, yet my hope that this brief discussion has made you stop and really think about what a Vampire is; what they are; and what can, and cannot, stop them