!vONhvIg88o 01/21/09(Wed)09:02 No.3474164|
They're mixing up behaviour with some of the traits, I suspect.
Behaviour is more fluid, but if I say "vampire", I suspect most people would agree on them having the following traits:
* Pale skin
* Die/are severely hampered by getting stakes through their hearts
* Burst into flame from the touch of sunlight
And added stuff which may or may not fit some vampires:
* Not visible in mirrors
* Aversion to religious symbols (or faith)
* Hideous in appearance
* Sex on legs (or a metaphor for sexuality, whatev)
* Inhumanely strong, fast etc
* capable of limited shapeshifting
* cast out from heaven
* demonic subrace
* weaknesses void when invited into house
And so forth. You CAN add behavioural stuff like "lust for blood", "mindless when newly made", "love garlic", and so on, but they don't _need_ to be there for a typical vampire.
This is a matter of prototypes, though - not everyone will view a "real vampire" with the exact same criteria, but most will agree upon something close to it. And, thanks to Twilight, we'll probably have a generation of fangirls whose prototypical vampire is dull, immune to sunlight and sparkles like glitterdust was applied to them.
There's a difference between "favourite type of vampire" and "typical vampire", though.