I don’t watch a lot of television. I know that sounds strange, given my recapping endeavors. But it’s the truth. I really only watch the shows I write about, and when they are on midseason hiatus or when their runs come to an end, I don’t watch much tv.
So with Gotham and The Walking Dead on break, the only regular show I have left at the moment is American Horror Story Freakshow, which leaves my schedule open.
I’ve been doing a ton of reading lately, which is a nice change. The Rice Family (Anne and her son Christopher) has kept me busy.
What are you watching? What am I missing? What do I need to obsess about? (My sister says it’s time for me to binge watch all of Supernatural)
In keeping with the vampire theme the past few days, my latest musing revolves around the subject of a vampire’s diet.
If a vampire asked to drink your blood, would you do it?
Let’s assume you have a Lestat or Matthew or even an Edward for the younger crowd. He’s hungry. You will not become a vampire with a simple blood donation. He asks and doesn’t force it. Do you do it?
To me, it would all depend on the circumstances. I’m not even sure what the proper circumstances would be. I just know that I’d have to think about it. And it would depend on who it was and who he was to me. It would not be a blanket yes or no.
Of course, this is purely conjecture. Can you imagine meeting a real vampire, let alone being asked to allow him some of your blood? Crazy. But it never hurts to be prepared….
Yesterday I asked if you would talk to a supernatural creature if you encountered one. I haven’t stopped thinking about the question.
Let’s assume for the moment that these supernatural creatures exist. I see two possibilities. Either they have adapted and integrated into mainstream society, or they live on the fringe.
NBC’s version of the Bram Stoker classic, Dracula, posits that Jack the Ripper was in fact a vampire. Vampires feed on blood, so they would need a source of food. I don’t think this is the kind of vampire I’d want to talk to.
But let’s say that vampires and witches and the rest of the “supes” have managed to integrate. It would make sense given that it would be hard to hide bloodless bodies or mysterious occurrences with today’s 24/7 media coverage. I think you could have a conversation in this scenario. I realize that therr is still an inherent danger. Anne Rice and Deborah Harkness’s vampires and supernatural creatues are mostly civilized, but there is still an element of danger. Frankly, though, I’d go as far as to say that there is danger meeting anyone these days (Christian Bale and American Psycho, anyone?) You just have to be careful.
So as I strive to be a perpetual optimist, I still think I’d talk to a vampire if I encountered one. Good conversation can be so hard to find these days….
If you encountered a vampire in real life, would you talk to him/her? What about a ghost or a witch or a werewolf or a mummy?
It’s an interesting dilemma. These days, supernatural creatures have essentially been neutered by modern literature and movies. Vampires are sexy, not scary. Witches are cool, and werewolves are hot.
I’ve always battled with this question. As a history major, I’d be fascinated to be able to talk to someone who has lived several hundred years. I’d like to think that it would be easy to carry on a conversation with any of the creatures listed, but frankly it probably wouldn’t be as awesome as I picture it in my head.