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?