The Effect Of Fiction On Perception Of Vampire Reality

One major variable in how real Vampires see themselves – and how this affects their awakening and self-acceptance – is the Mundane concept of what Vampires are and do – which is something we Vampires also seem to get caught up in. After all, if we look at Vampires in folklore and fiction now and just fifty years ago – my, how have we changed?

Since we do not know what we are when we awaken – there are few cases where we awaken into a family where there are other awakened Vampires ready to help us reach our potential or mentor us – although this is known to happen in very rare cases – we do not have an established real-life stereotype of what real Vampires are, look like or are supposed to be. Except of course, the readily available fictional stereotype – at least, to start off with as a reference point, before we uncover the real definitive truth of what we are – which is pretty much always presented as a contrast to the fictional Vampire.

Fiction is largely portrayed by Mundanes – and this is largely controlled by existing folklore and earlier fiction based upon the Mundane perception of what we are. It is not really general knowledge among Mundanes that we are in fact real. And as we can testify – Mundanes seem to think that if there were “real” Vampires, they would resemble their fictional creations. As can be seen over the past century or so, this fictional stereotype has been changed gradually to reflect changing times and attitudes.

When we first awaken of course, it is far more likely that we will be introduced to the fictional stereotype than the real Vampire community. This of course results in us comparing ourselves to the stereotype and may result in us thinking we are crazy – or “not vampires”.

Of course, the fictional stereotype also helps to protect our secrecy because if ever trapped or cornered about being Vampires, we can claim that this is not true – as we do have reflections in mirrors, do not turn into bats and do not burst into flames in sunlight or when faced with those kitsch crucifixes. So I suppose the stereotype has its uses.

The fictional vampire has changed considerably, while the truth and reality has not. The fiction is readily accessible, while real Vampires are certainly less so. Vampire fiction – and its influence on the popular culture – both Mundane and Vampire has resulted in the phenomenon of the “lifestyler” and “role-player”. While it has its negative affects on our community, it has also helped many Vampyres to awaken to the truth. Many of us would never have awakened or accepted ourselves if it were not for this influence.

The fiction may change, but the reality of being a Vampire seems constant – and one of the few variables I see is the extent of the knowledge, research and facts we have about what we are.

Val

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