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Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 17, 2013 05:21 PM

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! My friend Thom Dunn has terrific post about Irish vampires:

But what the Irish vampires have above so many others is a painfully human struggle; they may be fast healers with super-strength and longevity, but at their core, characters like Mitchell, Cassidy, and Angel still deal with the same emotional struggles as the rest of us (or at least that the rest of us can understand on an emotional level). They can't just consume deer instead of humans and have it be done with, or sleep away the day inside a castle with a casket for a bed. The Irish have a dark history, and while they clearly didn't invent the vampire, they certainly perfected it by finding that same darkness within their culture and spinning it out into the supernatural.
Several folks object to his characterization, and the discussion in the comments section is interesting and civilized. 
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