Well, I have had little choice but to follow the trial on Charles Taylor and the ‘blood diamonds’ and can’t help thinking that the thing is one huge media circus! I have no opinion either way as to whether our very own Super Model is guilty or not….and guilty of what? I have no doubt that she does indeed receive gifts all the time and she probably knew that these weren’t ‘above board’, but does that make her a criminal?? Can she honestly be held accountable in any way for possession of the illegal stones? Who knows whether she knew that she shouldn’t have them? I suspect that she did, given the speed with which she got rid of them again, but should she be prosecuted?? Obviously there are wider implications than whether she has committed a crime or not, but I happen to think it would be wildly unfair if she were to be charged.
So what has this got to do with Equilibrium I hear you cry? (apart from the obvious!)
Well, as you all know by now, Equilibrium is constantly evolving and lately I have attempted to use this blog to gauge readers/fans of this genre’s reaction to certain ideas that we intend to pursue within the story, soooooo…… here’s another one for you.
It is a common and well-accepted fact that vampires need blood to survive. Check. But……..with the recent insinuations in shows like True Blood and films such as Twilight, it has become acceptable for vampires not to kill to get their fill. In TB, they merely buy it in carry out 6 packs!!!!
So whilst writing Equilibrium, we are faced with a dilemma between whether the vampires kill to survive (and are therefore creating more vampires) of whether they can merely ‘feed’ by other means. That may be a blood substitute that is commercially available or by only taking small amounts and leaving their victims alive.
Also, my co-author came up with an interesting angle the other day….if a vampire took blood from a person infected with say HIV or some other kind of blood-bourne virus, would they contract it and if so, so what? I mean, it can’t kill them right? But would it make them ill….
Some interesting stuff to muse over and as ever, your opinions are greatly appreciated.