reading the excellent vampire-based graphic novel Bite
Club, I noticed something that I thought you
may be able to explain. It's something about vampires I've
never fully understood.
The Del Toros are a huge vampire clan that control Miami.
As is the norm, all of the vampires are extremely good-looking
and most are young-looking. While this makes sense for the
vampires that were created by other vampires (obviously when
you are young you want to be an immortal being at your peak)
what about the other vampires?
graphic novel explains that there are three types of vampire:
those that were originally transformed by vampire bats (the
pure-bred), those that were turned into vamps by other vamps,
and those that were born of a vampire. How come the first
two kinds seem to stay at the age that they were when transformed,
and yet baby vamps born of vamps grow up?
would seem that, in this version of vampire lore, those who
are made into vampires by bats or other vamps remain at the
physical age they were at when they were transformed. Those
born of vampires probably reach physical maturity and then
stop ageing at that point. Alternatively, maybe the vampire-born
need to be bitten by a fellow vamp in order to halt the ageing
process and stay young-looking - because they're worth it!
in mind that different writers have adapted and reinvented
the "rules" of vampirism for their own storytelling purposes.
In most versions of the myth it is not even possible for vampires
to bear children in the conventional way.
example of the mythology being tailored is that in the TV
series Buffy and Angel
vampires staked through the heart immediately crumble to dust
(in order to make the violence more fantastical and therefore
less gruesome). In most versions of vampire lore, vamps are
rendered inactive by a stake through the heart, but are revived
if ever the stake is pulled out, and only exposure to sunlight
turns them to dust.
don't be too concerned that different vampire stories and
series don't always tally with one another. Fangs for asking!