What Kind of Vampire Are You?

We’ve been watching the hilarious comedy series, What We Do in the Shadows, which focuses on a house of vampires living in modern-day Staten Island. The show is loosely based on a mockumentary movie of the same style, but I think it’s better in 20-minute chunks.

My favorite character in the show isn’t any of the traditional vampires; rather, it’s the energy vampire. He uses boring conversation to feed on peoples’ energy. I’m sure you’ve experienced someone like this character (though, in the show he still has some of the powers of a fictional vampire).

The show later features an emotional vampire, which again is a nod to real life (the type of person who is always distraught about some personal drama).

All of this got me thinking: What if everyone is a vampire? Not in the traditional sense, but rather in terms of what aspect of other people do we “feed” on in a way that ends us leaving them a little weaker and us a little more energized? Seems like an important thing to be aware of.

For example, there are people who want to steal just a moment of your time, people who thrive on pulling secrets from you, and others who get a little burst from scaring or surprising you.

I’ve been trying to figure out what I unintentionally draw from other people that is good for me and bad for them in the hopes that I can catch myself from doing so in the future. In the context of romantic relationships, a fairly superficial one is that I like to use Megan’s body heat to warm me up, as my hands and feet are perpetually cold.

With other people, perhaps humor/laughter? I’ve always found that I’m drawn to people who laugh easily, and I think part of it is that I’m energized when someone is willing to laugh at random humor, even if it’s mostly a miss.

I’ll keep thinking about this. What about you? What kind of “vampire” are you in this context?

3 thoughts on “What Kind of Vampire Are You?”

  1. Definitely a “delight” vampire, though sort of a “surprised delight” vampire; I get a surge whenever I make someone’s day when things seem bleakest or hardest for them.

    • I like that positive twist on this concept! I can relate to it with board games in particular: If someone else does something clever and is clearly delighted by it, even if it isn’t good for my strategy, I’m really happy for them–that energizes me.

  2. The emotional vampire is the best part of the show. Even his name — which escapes me for the moment — makes me laugh.

    I think my vampirism is that I use other people to vent my stress. Obviously this isn’t strangers, but I have a lot of people in my life who are very patient and know it’s just me being me when I launch into a minutes-long rant about something in my day or life at the moment 🙂


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