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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vampires/Werewolves/Shapeshifters and Everyday Life

So many paranormal romance books feature vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters that I can't help but wonder about how they'd function in my town, city, or as my next-door neighbor. How do these "people" go about everyday normal living? Yes, we suspend disbelief for most of this stuff in order to concentrate on the "real" story...that of the romance and passion between the hero and heroine.

But let's talk about some "real life" issues they would face. They can't all be rich, can they? Live in mansions, own expensive cars, never work? Right? do they get birth certificates? Driver's licenses? Social Security numbers (in the US)? Do they pay taxes? Can they get health insurance?

Maybe there's a secret central Vampire/Werewolves/Shapeshifter Identification Unit that works solely on providing necessary documentation like fake passports, licenses, birth certificates. And, now in the age of advanced technology, these could be updated quite easily.

Surely a 300-year-old vampire can't provide an original birth certificate. In fact, a new one would have to be issued every 30 + or - years to keep the vampire in question "looking" close enough to be in a particular age bracket. With eternal youth at whatever age a vampire was first bitten and "turned", you could only say, "I've had plastic surgery" so long before people would get suspicious.

Werewolves? Shapeshifters? What form were they born in? Human? If one of them goes for a blood test, do "red flags" appear in their test results from strange, abnormal human readings?

Now that I'm dwelling on all this, what about resumes? Do they get phony ones? Would anyone do a background check and start asking questions?

What about voting? Can a vampires register? And, here's another question from a far-off tangent from the inquisitive side of my brain...what costume does a vampire wear on Halloween?


I'm thinking way too much about this. I should sit back and enjoy a vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter romance book at face a romance without pesky "hows" getting in the way.

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  1. Very cute! I never thought of vampire backgrounds in that light. Maybe they gravitate toward working in the health fields, you know dentists, hemotologists, cosmetic surgeons, etc! Thanks for the laughs, Marianne!

  2. Hi Marianne,
    I'm new to your blog. I saw your post on the FF&P loop and I often think too much about this subject. My main concern for vamps is how do they find jobs at night. It's not too bad in the winter but what about the summer? I often thought like Susan above that the Heath field would be good so they can work in the hospital on the night shift.
    What about a full moon for weres? That could do a whole lot of screwing up someone's life.
    Anyways, I love the bog and will return.

  3. Susanne and Bonnie,
    Thanks for reading our blog...we have a lot of fun here and I think you'll find more interesting blogs each month.
    I wrote this for as a Halloween theme, and wanted to make people think and laugh at the same time!

  4. I love your idea of a paranormal registry that creates new data for immortals every few years.

    Somewhere on the net is something called The Monster Registry. It's a cute fictional idea for zombies, vampires, werewolves, etc. (or is it? Mwuahahahaha)

  5. I always enjoy fiction that presents the details of a supernatural creature's adjustment to the modern world, especially my favorites, vampires. It seems to be usual for a particular vampire or an established group of them to supply ID documents for their comrades. One computer nerd vampire specializes in that work on the TV series FOREVER KNIGHT.

  6. I think a few book series explain some of those questions (Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake novel come to mind) but they are based on the coming out of the closet of the super community.

  7. The novel "Breaking Dawn" from the Twilight series covers this issue for vampires, while Molly Harpers "Nice Girls..." series and her 2 novels "How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf" and "The Art of Seducing a Naket Werewolf" cover the issue of jobs, doctor visits, etc. Molly Harper's work is hilarious so you might get a kick out of reading her series novels.


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