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why do most vampires bite on the neck?
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because biting in limbs is overrated. vampires dont want to level themselves with lower animals
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i guess it's because the neck is one quick and easy.well now that i think about it vampires are strong enough to tear your heart straight outta your chest
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The whole 'biting on the neck to suck the blood of a victim' can probably be traced (at least in images) to some of the nineteenth century works on the subject. Previous to the eighteenth century novella 'Carmilla' (with a female vampire), vampires in most European folklore were nasty creatures that smelled like decaying flesh and graveyard soil, hung out at crossroads at the dark of the moon, had long fangs and claws encrusted with dirt from clawing their way out of the ground every evening and were about as charming as a bag of unwashed laundry left out to rot in the noonday sun in the tropical heat. There was no mention of biting the neck - just that the bodies of victims were savaged and their blood drained entirely. If anyone has seen the old silent film 'Nosferatu', that's the sort of vampire that people were most familiar with prior to a certain Irishman with the last name of Stoker. And the film version was cleaner than common folklore made them out to be - trust me - the old vampires were horrifying, not elegant and aristocratic.

Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, and the 1930's film version with Bela Lugosi as the Count changed all of that. All of a sudden, vampires were suave, charming, sexy European noblemen of Eastern origin, with dark good looks and Continental accents, a piercing gaze and a penchant for satin lined capes and tailored suits. And the 1930's film was the standard 'look' that most of the Dracula's since have tried to emulate. Part of thet change was in where the vampire was supposed to chomp on the victim - the neck. Bram mentions the place where Van Hellsing finds the fang marks on Lucy and if you really think about it, biting from the neck makes sense.

1. A vampire is a predator and if you've ever sat down and watched 'Animal Planet', you've at least seen one large cat take down an antelope. Wolves and large cats like lions, leopards, etc, will almost always go for the neck, because it's often the most vulnerable part of a prey animal - it's the conduit from the brain tothe rest of the body - take out the spine at the neck and lunch is as good as served.

2. As a predator, the one thing that is a continual pain in the neck (no pun intended) is being interrupted whilst dining, either by a larger predator, or by humans with guns (or pitchforks and torches - you'd think that someone with some brains would have realized that neither of these are much good against the average crature of darkness - it's why the peasants are always the ones to get snacked on first I suppose). The thing that makes blood flow out of you when you cut yourself is actually the pressure of your heart beating and pushing blood throughout your body and the force with which that is done is actually pretty impressive. Since a vampire is going to need to both dine and probably dash within a timeframe of about 15 minutes or so (after that, if more that a pint of blood is taken, you want an attack point that will make the act of drinking blood a relatively quick thing. the blood pressure of the victim will drop, making it harder to drink) the carotid artery is your best option. Fangs in the neck mean you have control over the victim. The sudden loss of blood pressure from both the blood loss ad pressure on the artery will make a victim temporarily helpless and the accessabilty of the area means that the vampire gets the equivalent of a blood drinking fountain. You wouldn't even need to suck - the victim's blood pressure would do it for you. As a blood donor a the local blood bank, I can attest tot he whole 'more than a pint' thing. I used to donate plasma and you can faint before you even know what hit you.

3. It's the ultimate hickey - it looks good on screen, it's the vamipre equivalent to a hot screen kiss and back in the 1930's when the censors on movies had less of a sense of humor than they do now, it was a stand-in for onscreen seduction. This a public board and there are probably kids present, so I won't go any further than this on this topic. If anyone else is curious, pick up a book on vampiric lore written after 1990 or so - something written by a folklorist or a person well-versed in Freudian psychology and you'll start to understand. Or just read Anne Rice again.

Okay, school's over. I'm actually enjoying Vampire Knight, BTW. I think the 'Vampire goes to school' thing has been done to death, and of all the vampire anime out there, I have to say I think Hellsing was one of the more innovative recent takes on the whold Dracula thing. Blood +, not so bad, Vampire Hunter D - hard to really follow properly, though the 2000 movie was much muich better than the original.
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freshness... consider the TASTE hmmm yummy
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28 / M / over the hills an...
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jugular artery .... its the fastest way to drain blood from the living human body
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direct flow from the heart......artery.....mhmmm....
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So then they can suck the blood from the main jugular. Not to mention the neck is the weakest part of the body. Lol maybe I watch too much discovery channel.
Posted 6/23/08
The places where most of your blood runs though are the best spot for them. I suggest you use google search or the help thread. If I have to tell you anymore of these stuff, people might call me a vampire

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