Vampire Cheating: Reflections in Mirrors

When I created the universe of The Scribbled Victims, I consciously choose to break from tradition and allow my vampires’ reflections to appear in mirrors. I did this for a variety of reasons, but the main one was that I thought it was simply too difficult to write a modern day vampire story where the lack of reflection would be a dead giveaway to everyone that there was a vampire in their midst.

This may work better in vampire tales that occurred centuries ago, where mirrors weren’t as commonplace, and reflective surfaces like those of skyscrapers didn’t dominate our cities.

But another reason I chose to allow my vampires to appear in mirrors, is that I wanted them to to be able to admire their own beauty. I don’t know if it comes across in my characters, but I hope it is clear that most are quite vain when it comes to their appearance. I want them to be aware of their radiance and allure to those around them. Without this, I would have to rip off a hilarious scene from the film “What We Do in the Shadows” where the vampires sketch each other in an attempt to convey how their outfits look before going out.

I’m happy with my choice because beauty is a major theme in The Scribbled Victims universe, but I still acknowledge that it is a cheat. What do you think?

3 Replies to “Vampire Cheating: Reflections in Mirrors”

  1. I loved the book and I think that not letting them be able to see themselves in mirrors would be dumb 😩 Vampires are supposed to be supernaturally beautiful but how can they be beautiful if they can’t see themselves to fix their makeup or hair

  2. I thought that the not seeing in mirror thing was always kind of an odd power/disability. I get they are fictional, but from a physical stand point why wouldn’t they show in a mirror. They are undead, but still have physical bodies. Them showing up in mirrors doesn’t bother me at all.

    1. First off that film clip looks hilarious. Secondly I think that the decision to allow reflections in a modern-day vampire novel makes perfect sense. And it challenges readers to think outside the coffin (ha ha). There are other “rules” in the book that don’t seem to come from vampire folklore, (albeit I am not an expert), but I think new ideas on an old topic are what makes your story original and compelling to read. If I wanted a classic vampire story I could read Stoker.

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