Because most philosophies that frown on reproduction don't survive.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bloody stupid question

What happens if a vampire drinks contaminated blood? You just don't hear much about blood-borne disease epidemics in the vampire community.

And for your un-vampirical delection, here's this parody of Twilight (h/t Happy Catholic):

6 comments:

Julie D. said...

Believe it or not, Already Dead does address that issue. The author uses the device of vampirism being caused by a virus. That virus attacks any blood borne contaminants and kills them. Voila!

Which creates quite the moral dilemma and interesting contrast when Joe Pitt (the vampire) must ponder whether to offer the woman he loves the chance to become a vampire. She suffers from AIDS. One has a virus which keeps him alive which making him other than human. The other suffers a virus which will kill her but she is entirely human.

All done in fantastic noir style.

Anonymous said...

The Blackadder Says:

If we are talking about vampires the fictional creatures, then the answer will of course depend on the fiction in question. In most standard depictions, vampires are immortal, and would presumably be immune to any blood borne disease.

If we're talking about the real life people who call themselves vampires, go around in black, drink blood, live in their parents' basements, etc., then of course contaminated blood is going to be a problem, though depending on the disease drinking infected blood might not be all that risky (still gross, though).

Rick Lugari said...

...real life people who call themselves vampires, go around in black, drink blood, live in their parents' basements, etc. ...

LOL

crankycon said...

I also think this was addressed on True Blood, the show that was just aired on HBO (one of their worst efforts, by the way, though even a "bad" HBO show can be fairly watchable). If I recall correctly, tainted blood made the vamps sick, but they wouldn't die from it.

BTW, South Park just had an hysterical episode mocking the vampire phenomenon.

Maggie said...

This is hysterical! The same woman (who plays "Bella" in this parody) is also in another Twilight parody called "Dimlight" which is pretty fantastic.

I love Twilight, but it's so mockable...

CMinor said...

My gosh, Julie,
You mean somebody recently wrote a vampire novel that actually explores all those compelling life-and-death issues the concept necessarily raises?