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Date Posted: Sat May 10, 2008 15:24:50
Author: Comicality
Subject: The feeding concept...
In reply to: Taryn Angeli 's message, "Question about vampire's feeding" on Thu May 08, 2008 16:35:10

Basically, when I first started planning out the details of "Gone From Daylight", I really wanted to make a new kind of vampire altogether. I wanted them to be extremely different from everything else I've ever seen before, and it was definitely a lot of fun playing with the legend a little bit. I took out everything that I thought I didn't need, or that would get in the way of the story (like garlic, holy water, no reflection...umm...virgin boys on horses! Hehehe!) And I added some new things that I thought would make the story more unique (The extras, eternity bands, sun quests, sleep cycles, etc) And one of the big issues I had to focus on was feeding.

The vampires from this series only feed when their blood cells die. So when they feed on another person, those blood cells only have a lifespan of about 25-30 days. (I think I remember reading that human blood cells live that long, but I might have that backwards. Either way, that was how I set it up for the storyline) So vampires can survive until their cells begin to die off, and when they're in short supply, the vampire has to go out and feed again.

There were many reasons that I wanted to do it this way. But mostly it was because I didn't want our main character, Justin, getting his hands TOO dirty. I didn't want him feding every night on unsuspecting strangers, because I think it begins to demonize him after a while. Not to mention that I think the drama behind having to wait...and anticipate that next hunger pain, is even better for the story and the things he's going through trying to adapt.

Also, I wanted a rather large community of vampires in this story. And entire underground society with its own rules and laws and culture. Now...Chicago is a pretty big city, but there's no way that its population could feed thousands of hungry vampires feeding on a nightly or even weekly basis. Even with tourists. :) So I definitely wanted to space feedings out for that reason too.

So, that's pretty much it. I figured that since I was playing around with the typical vampire legends, I might as well use them in a way that would be in the story's favor.

More ideas pop up all the time, which is why I love the "Blood Bank" site so much. Because I can always create a whole new angle on the vampire lifestyle that I've written out so far, and just keep adding my own little twists to it whenever I like.

I hope this answers your question. If not, I'm still lurking around, so ask away. :)

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