I’m a cynic. I prefer to believe that vampires are not real, if only not to get my hopes up and have them dashed all over the cold, stone heart of reality. This cynicism tends to colour my opinion whenever someone tries to prove to me that vampires are real. Certainly, one may say that ‘there is no smoke without a fire,’ but anyone who has taken the time to read up extensively on vampire mythology and the origins thereof will register that the fire we speak of is simply the collective superstitions of people trying to understand odd occurrences. Why do our neighbours become sick and have a depleted will to thrive after the recent death of a loved one? Vampires. Why do the bodies of the recently deceased appear flushed, lively, and creased with blood when we dig them up to prove vampirism? Vampires. When human beings fail to understand a thing… Anything at all… They tend to make up stories to explain phenomena. Take the ancient Egyptians – A great ball of fire rises in the sky each day. It must be the hand of a god.
So, there’s your fire.
Although there is a group of people who call themselves ‘real vampires.’ Yes, folks. Real vampires, and heaven help you if you disagree with them. Apparently, vampires exist in the form of individuals who suffer from energy deficiencies. In other words, they cannot maintain their own energy levels sufficiently and they are forced to siphon energy off of others. These individuals refer to themselves as psychic vampires (and occasionally sanguinary vampires for those who use blood as their source of energy). Psychic vampires are an intriguing oddity in that in NO WAY do they resemble actual vampires as we recognise them from myth. In fact, aside from needing to take from others in order to ‘survive,’ I would say they share no similarities at all. And, of course, one could easily say that those who coin the phrase ‘sanguinary vampirism’ for themselves and claim to need blood in order to survive have simple subconsciously chosen to adapt to the banner ‘vampire’ under which they find themselves.
I say that these people bore me. When I discovered this community, I was desperately in search of a real vampire and instead I found people that had not even the vaguest resemblance to my vision of vampirism. Psychic vampirism only holds weight if one believes in auras and fluctuations of energy.
So, if vampires are not real, why is the world so suffocated by people who love vampires and vampire paraphernalia? Simple. The more we believe that something is not real, the more we want proof of its existence. This is how I function. Although I will maintain that Twilight is a stretch. The Saga contains less real vampires than the psychic vampire community does.
I do not believe vampires are real. But I would be thoroughly ecstatic if someone could prove me wrong.