Remember when you joined Fanpop and joined the Twilight Series Spot, and you saw [and continue to see] the question, "Which team are you on? Edward or Jacob?"

Let's see if you can remember this one: "Vampires are so hot! I wanna be a vampire! Wouldn't you?!"

The question may not have been phrased like this, but something to this nature. And this got me thinking and inspired me to write this article. This article is a question, but I don't want a simple yes or no. This is also my first article in a long time, so please, bare with me :)

There are a couple ways to analyze this question:
1) If you had a chance to turn, would you?
2) If a Twilight vampire bit you, would you want to be a vampire?

Let's look at all the facts very closely. Then chose your answer.

The vampire mythology has taken many turns in the past decade or so. And most traditional vampire fans frown upon the Twilight vampires. (Note: by traditional, I mean fangs, blood, burn in the sunlight, stake through the heart, and gore.) It's true. Traditional vampires and Stephenie Meyer's vampires are different. However, they have one thing in common. And that is their humanity.

1) We see a lot of vampires that have no remorse about what they do. They give in to their instincts and they can spread chaos and carnage throughout city to city and not even blink. (Example- Traditional: Dracula, Lestat; Twilight: Victoria)

2) However, we also see vampires that have killed but hate themselves for being a monster. We see them come to terms with what they are and what they have done and try to change and are usually successful. (Example- Traditional: Josh Whedon's Angel, Vampire Diaries Stefan; Twilight: Edward, The Cullens.

3) And then, we have vampires that are torn. We see vampires that try to come to terms with what they are; they try to do good but they fall off the wagon somewhere along the road. (Example-Traditional: Josh Whedon's Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampire Diaries Damon)

Now, back to talking about humanity. The examples I have for #1: Traditional vampires, they erased their humanity. They didn't want to feel; they became too much of a vampire that it buried any humanity they had. They embraced what was put upon them; though, not in the right way. A vampires life, like number 1's examples, would be the easiest. However, it's not the most responsible.

The examples for #2: they struggled with what they were. Angel and Stefan were blood-lustful at the beginning of their vampire life. However, they were strong enough to overcome their vampire instincts and change; to maintain what they had left of their humanity. The Cullens knew what vampires were capable of, and because of that, they took the extra mile to keep themselves human-blood free.

The examples for #3, they aren't strong enough. At least, not yet. Why do you think they kill people? When we see those characters, we catch glimpses of their vulnerability. They put on a strong front, but really, maybe they are vulnerable, and they miss their humanity. They don't want to feel remorse. So they try and cover it up with killing because that's all their instincts tell them. And they're not strong enough to overcome that. With these characters, there is usually someone that comes in and helps them and guides to be better.

What most vampires have in common, whether they are traditional, or non traditional, is that they were turned without a choice. When you have vampires, pain follows. Even though vampires are fascinating, we see a lot of vampires who struggle with what they are... not only because of their instincts, but because of their humanity that was stolen from them. This got me thinking, maybe being a vampire isn't as cracked up as it seems to be. Why do you think Edward or the Cullens drink animal blood? Why do you think Angel and Stefan do the same? Because they know being a vampire is somewhat of a curse. Frozen and forever trapped in a blood-filled world. They keep away from human blood because, not only is it the right thing to do, but because they try and hold on to what is left of their human life.

Even the vampires that do drink human blood, you can see traces of their humanity. In Eclipse, Victoria holds on to her love for James and tries to avenge his death. Vampires are non-living creatures. These creatures normally do not feel. Why would Victoria hold on to her love for James if she wasn't at least, a little human? Why would Spike stop from killing Buffy if he wasn't the slightest human? Why would Damon be torn from killing an innocent person after 200+ years of chaos? Because, since they had been surrounded by humans for so long, those same humans slowly bring out their humanity. They never realized they missed being human until real humans helped them realize that.

So now, let me ask you again. Would you want to be turned into a vampire? Any vampire. Traditional or non-traditional? Some people don't really think about the consequences. Nor do they take the time to realize what the vampire characters are trying to tell us through their stories.

Hypothetically, you have a choice. And here are the facts: if you choose to become a vampire, your humanity is not stolen from you. You are giving it up. You know the saying, "You don't really know what you had until it's gone."

Angel[us] was turned by Darla and he killed many people. However, he killed the wrong person: a gypsy. He was then cursed with a soul. Angel, now with a soul, had spent over 100 years trying to atone for all he did as a reckless vampire.

While Angel was soulless, he turned Spike. Spike ended up killing many people. The people Spike killed, that's blood on Angel's hands.

Stefan was turned by Katherine. He turned his brother Damon. Before Stefan became a good vampire, he was a ripper. He tore people apart and drank their blood. However, a witch told him that his heart was pure. And that helped him change.

Damon still has issues to work out. He misses being human, but he needs human blood so he can turn off that emotion: that longing to be human again. He's taking the easy way out. And those people that he kills, is on Stefan's hands.

These traditional vampires have all suffered through something. They have all killed innocent people. And even though some have changed their ways, that blood will be forever on their hands. And all of these vampires, once throughout their vampire lives, have wanted to die. Because they were tired of either trying to atone for their sins, or because they were tired of trying to be good.

Even though Twilight vampires, such as the Cullen's, haven't had quite the past as the traditional vampires, they have still thought about how they shouldn't exist.

If you read between the lines, these characters might be trying to tell us something. Being a vampire isn't too great of a thing. You have to constantly hold yourself back from killing someone. You have to fight your instincts for as long as you live; which is forever.

So really think about it. Is being super fast or strong, or to some fans "super hot" worth it? Worth years of atoning? You might say that you'll be a good vampire. But, like Edward said in Twilight, even the strongest of us fall off the wagon.

What do you think now? Would you want to give up your humanity to be a vampire even though the vampires we all love have tried to maintain their humanity?

Thanks for answering the question or any comments :) Like I said, it's been a really long time since I wrote an article, so I apologize if this article was patchy haha ;)