"Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire." So says the tagline for The Lost Boys, one of my favorite vampire movies. I was thinking about this after seeing that Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars) was bringing a Lost Boys show to the CW. He mentioned in an interview that he wanted to explore the idea of being 22 and never aging beyond that point.
"The story that I'm trying to tell in Season 1 of The Lost Boys is a story about two brothers and how tempted they are to fall in with these vampires and how tempted they are to want to be 22 forever. I am leaning into the Peter Pan notion of, if you join these vampires, you never have to grow up. Your life can be fun and you can attack life each day you're immortal, and how appealing is that?"
How appealing indeed? To be 22 forever, never age, be free? Or is it freedom? Would it be a curse to never age, never die, always be stuck in one place? Not to mention the slight complication of having to feed on, you know, people. So there's that moral element as well. Although maybe there's ways around that- but I'm not sure needing blood to survive is a good trade-off.
It's fascinating to think about. Many people fear death or at the very least are not super crazy about the idea. Don't we all, on some level, want more time- or want to live forever? Of course if you're a Christian you have the hope of eternal life and death is but a doorway to another existence (that doesn't necessarily make it any less frightening). Other religious traditions have their own views of the afterlife. I've heard it said that living forever without dying would be a curse of sorts, since you would never die and therefore never enter God's presence. Interesting thought.
I think JRR Tolkien addressed this somewhat in his world building with the forebears of Aragorn. The Numenoreans had an elongated lifespan but still didn't come near to the immortality of the elves, and I think it's been stated somewhere (maybe in the Silmarillion) that Eru kept mankind mortal so they could die and proceed to another plane of existence (sound familiar?). Whereas the elves, being immortal, could travel to Valinor but not where mortals go.
Personally as much as I would like to have a lifespan perhaps measuring in the hundreds, immortality might be too much time, you know? But I'd like to know what you think. Are you familiar with The Lost Boys? And would you live forever?