If the character is not a tempter, the character is not a satisfactory vampire

Vampires have gotten way too far from their folkloric roots.
The vampire legends of the 18th century stressed that vampires were tempters. Vampires persuaded people to do things contrary to common sense, piety, etc. Frequently vampires were undead family members who relied on familial loyalty to get the victims to open the door.

Vampires like Alucard from Hellsing might be wonderful characters, but they don’t tempt.

Sometimes when you get too far from the roots of the archetype, the original archetype is lost.


Somewhat like a fluffy duck with a switchblade.
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The awesome analysis of Shiki continues … but be warned, there are spoilers galore

Shiki is a totally awesome story, and if you haven’t seen it yet, then don’t read the spoilers.

But if you’ve seen it already, go ahead and see what a literary analyst has to say about it at: