I do not create this page to alienate anyone, but feel as though this needs
to be said. The question often posed is: Will you make me into a Vampire?
The answer, pure and simple, no. If I, myself, do not enjoy this way of living
most of the time, why would I turn another and so give them the chance to hate
it once the novelty has worn off? I was born as I am, not turned... but had
I had the choice I would not choose this life knowing what I do and feeling
what I do. Some people do have reasons they want to be "turned" by us but they
often have not really looked into nor understood the consequences to themselves
or others by such an action. Also, I am not even sure if I can turn someone.
I use the term "vampire" to encompass many types of energy needers when I am
making generalizations, when I am talking solely about me, those like me, and
what I am, those are Sanguinarians. So, here I will attempt to give my reasons
and responses to each reason a person may give for wanting to be "turned".
1. I WANT TO BE DIFFERENT...
2. I WANT TO BE IMMORAL/HAVE SPECIAL POWERS/SCARE
Then change your style, have your own opinion, dress as you wish to, speak
as you wish to...you can be different without being a Vampire or a Sanguinarian.
Sometimes, being a such only means you have to be more like everyone
else so that you don't get pestered on the street.
3. I WANT TO DRINK BLOOD...
Number one, as far as I know being a sanguinarian does not make one immortal.
Number two, being a sanguinarian does not give you special powers, just
one more thing to worry about. This life gives you the power to have intense
cravings for one thing only, to have to wear sunglasses because the sun
burns your eyes, to have to watch what you say around some people, to constantly
worry if you have misplaced trust in telling another about your condition,
to worry if you are next on some Hunters hit-list, to go half mad because
you cannot get blood this time, to worry where you are going to be the next
time a craving hits, to worry about what diseases are in the blood you are
drinking (oh, yes, we too get sick, catch AIDS, and other blood borne disease),
to worry where your next drink is coming from...get the picture? As to scaring
your friends, jump out of a closet and say "Boo"..."Boo" doesn't last your
entire life. It is possible to scare friends away as well.
4. I WANT TO HAVE FANGS...
Have you thought about just what you are saying there? Some may as well
rephrase that as "I want to put myself at risk for numerous diseases." e.g.
AIDS, Syphillis, Hepatitis...etc. And what of the person you are getting
blood from? Is the blood letting tool sterile? Are you sure? What about
scars? Think about your donor as well. Remember, as a sanguinarian it is
not useful to take your own...it is like taking water from a bucket and
putting it back in order to fill it up, it doesn't work and only leaves
one more drained afterwards.
5. I JUST WANT TO BE A VAMPIRE...
Then you will have to pay money to get a set of prosthetic ones. If I want
fangs, I have to go get prosthetics too.
6. I WANT HEIGHTENED SENSES...
First of all, if you are looking to be the stereotypical type vamp, keep
looking, thats not me. I am not sexy, nor immortal, nor super strong, or
able to seduce virgins in a look. We make need to drink blood, but that
is our ONLY connection to the stereotype of Dracula or Lestat. Secondly...for
how long? I can almost guarantee that the first time you get a major craving
and can't satisfy it, when you find yourself mad with need, when you snap
at your friends because you haven't been able to satisfy your urge, when
you find yourself literally shaking when a friend accidently cuts themself
because you want to help but are afraid to get too close because you can
smell the blood,when you lie awake at night and have to work in the
day, when you worry if perhaps you can pass this on to any children you
may have (would they want it?), you will wish you weren't a sanguinarian.
When you loose friends because they are afraid and won't listen to the truth,
when you have to be afraid if your parents know, when you have to watch
every medication you take because you react to most of them badly or with
medications your donor takes, when you look at every scar on your "significant
other" or friend and realize that each one you made hurt them in some way,
you will wish you weren't a sanguinarian. Have you thought about the beast?
That's not just a role-play thing, you get frustrated, you forget, you turn
more animal than human, you wind up in a padded cell, or, worse, behind
bars. Remember, you can't get blood in either of these places.
7. I WANT TO BELONG...
Then eat carrots, stop cranking your music to a thousand decibles and teach
yourself to notice things...you get the same effect. The heightened
senses won't help much and I am honestly not really sure if they come with
being a sanguinarian As I am, though, the senses just mean you have to watch
who's car you ride in so you are not deafened, and wear sunglasses because
it's too bright on overcast days. We don't use them for hunting. They are
just one more annoyance to contend with.
Then join a club or other organization. Being sanguinarian does mean that
there are others like you out there, but you will most likely rarely see
them. Most of the others I talk to are words on a screen. I never see them,
I don't really know any of them. Loneliness sets in fast. You will belong
to a group of people whom most of the world doesn't believe and the rest
of the world doesn't understand.
This will be added to as time goes by, but for now I hope that those of you
who wish to be a Vampire have realized this isn't Vt:M here, or White Wolf,
period. It is reality, the hard truth...*climbs down off soap box(es?)* Also,
it is not even known if one can turn another person...
Ok, as an addendum, there are some advantages, though the cons way outweigh
the pros. I will still list the pros to keep this page from sounding too depressing.
1. Ever drive around at night with sunglasses on? The looks on some peoples
faces as you pass them are hilarious! Just keep an eye out for the police,
they don't get funny looks on there faces, just pull you over :P (would not
recommend this if you have bad night vision...)
2. I had fun at work when someone will tell their friend what they want softly,
and then when they turn around I can have what they wanted ready. Makes for
more funny faces, and great ESP conversations.
3. Vampire jokes...at least I seem to like them more than some of my friends
4. Seeing the looks on peoples faces when they try to insult you by saying
"You Suck!" and you respond with "with pride!" :)
5. Being able to laugh uproareously when people try to start fights by yelling
"Bite me!" (at least I always laugh...)
6. Saving money on electrical payments 'cause you don't need those
bright bulbs at night.
7. Commenting on how the local Red Cross blood drive trucks have excellent
I am afraid that is all that I can think of...not many in comparison, you see...
Need more reason... or a better description? A good article is by Lady Slinky:
So You Wanna Be a Vampire.
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