Many ancient myths are based in fact. Manatees were mistaken for mermaids, the city of Troy turned out to be more truth than legend and zombies were actually just drugged Haitians. Like the aforementioned bath-salted Hispaniolas, vampires do exist; they’ve just been exaggerated in popular literature and movies. Vampires are, in fact, high functioning autistics.
As Joss Whedon said, “Every vampire fiction reinvents vampires to its own needs. You take what you want.” And this is how we disassociated vampires from their Aspergers origin, by adding slight exaggerations for the purpose of story-telling.
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