Would You Want to Become a Vampire?

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Vampires are usually portrayed as wealthy and worldly in films and literature. Even when they are the cruel villains, they are, more often than not, gorgeous and cultured sirens with charisma to spare. Aside from the necessary blood drinking, there do not appear to be many drawbacks to actually being a vampire. You can’t die from natural causes or disease. You have all the time in the world to learn new skills and profit from them.

But would you really want to become a vampire?

I don’t think I would miss the sun. Unless my family all changed with me, however, I certainly would miss them. I would obviously outlive them all. There would be a point where everyone that I know now would be dead and gone. That might be sad to experience. But who knows—perhaps I would only view people as potential food sources, and I would not care by then.

A popular stipulation in vampire lore is they sleep during the day. I doubt I would miss the sunlight. First of all, people need the vitamin D in sunlight. Without it, they get depressed. But vampires don’t do things as pedestrian as suffer from vitamin deficiencies. Without the actual need for sunlight, I don’t know that it would matter if I experienced it or not.

Much of the mythology around vampires also imbues them with special powers. Often called preternatural, these talents help vampires move about undetected while searching for and luring their prey away from safety. Who wouldn’t want the ability to move so quickly they remained unseen? And nobody would complain about being blessed with enough charisma to get people to follow their every whim. A sharper sense of smell, keen hearing or better vision would certainly be helpful as you go from boring food that you get out of the fridge or pantry and cook to being a true hunter. Again, I don’t see much of a downside.

Some vampires have been more creative in their bloodlust. Some only kill those who were bad and therefore deserving to die and others supplement their need for blood by robbing bloodbanks or killing animals instead. These vampires usually operate in this manner so that audiences will not see them as the villains, but instead someone to sympathize with. I don’t know what kind of vampire I would be, but at this point, I can safely say that I would prefer to be one of those vampires than one who fed and killed without discretion. However, this may simply be a question of exposure—the vampires we see depicted as killing almost indiscriminately are typically the villain, whereas those who seek out bad people or drink the blood of animals tend to be portrayed as more sympathetic and well-rounded creatures.

These are just some of the moral questions one must consider if the moment ever arises and we are given the opportunity to choose. We would have to decide if the risk of losing the life we know would be worth all the gains that being a vampire would provide.