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Offline phyucin

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How do vampires earn money?
« on: July 25, 2012, 10:28 AM »
So I'm trying to write a vampire fiction and have trouble explaining why my vampires are filthy rich. I did say that they made a lot of investments for centuries but I want to give them a more natural feel and not the puff kind I feel when I find out that our Edward in Twilight doesn't work.
I want my vampires to work. I first thought private bank owners but I don't know what kind of bumps I'll bump into if I take that road.
I'm thinking about oil company CEOs too but I keep thinking I can do better.
Can you give me some ideas? No cliches please.
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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 10:41 AM »
That's something left unexplained on most vampire books... lol :P I'd love to hear some ideas as well. ;)
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 12:47 PM »
Wow good question. But think of all the inheritance taxes they do not have to pay etc... But not all are rich usually. Just the MC and his/her friends.
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 01:29 PM »
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Wow good question. But think of all the inheritance taxes they do not have to pay etc... But not all are rich usually. Just the MC and his/her friends.

Have you read Sookie Stackhouse series? Bill's got some money, but it's not like he's millionaire, right? lol He invested part of his money in a mall and also donated some to his new-discovered family or something... Eric's got his own businness and "investments" too, if I'm not wrong... But yep, you're right, you can see most of the other vamp characters do need to work, but they are just secondary characters. :P
I also remember Strange Angels, where, acoording to Dru, the "Order" has tons of money, but they never explained why and how...  ::)
IMHO, authors write like that because vamps being sooo rich is convenient so they can do whatever they want with their time lol ;)
« Last Edit: July 25, 2012, 01:31 PM by FireWings »
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 06:59 PM »
Back in the old days [points cane at the young whippersnappers]  I always figured it was the big whammy.  If a Vampire can control a person [eyes/mind whammy] what's to stop him from draining a bank account or having other assets "Sold" to him?  Only Ethics. 

 If you aren't doing the mind whammy then it has to be darn luck.  Example.  Investing in IBM when they first offered the stock or Bell Telephone when it started.  And no unless you can throw in time travel, there is no way it could be anything but dumb luck.  Or owning a 500 acre farm on Long Island or Manhattan from the time the Dutch owned it.

Unless you are mainstreaming the Vamp, you have to pretend they don't exist which means he becomes his own son.  Inheritance tax is not universal.  My state has it and I have one due to the tune of paying these twits 15% for something I already PAID FOR.. Excuse me... want to really hurt the local rep by voting for someone else next election.  However if I lived in another state I would pay none.  Trick?  Sell out before you die and move to a state with no tax. That simple.

So if you are not basing it in "reality with the existence of supernatural"  you can create any type of fantasy world you want.  You just have to convince us the alternate world is real.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2012, 07:01 PM by jh1984 »
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2012, 08:28 PM »
What about taxing? If they were part of a council, aristocracy, ruling family, or some other type of ruling body they could impose taxes on their followers (fledglings? Minions? lol). It could be like a tithe or something. Just an idea.
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2012, 02:26 PM »
I've been sitting in front of the idiot box giving this some thought (what a great topic).

Vamps are centuries old.  They see well in the dark.  Who's to say that they didn't come to the new world and when the gold rush happened, they didn't rob working mines at night.  Maybe they could be sensitive to the energy of diamonds or other stones that drew them to veins so they had an easier time mining it.  Back even a hundred yrs ago, things cost next to nothing so (not many places to spend it) they sat on their riches til modern day times.

Old world vamp where natural medicines through tropical plants, parts of weird and wonderful animals/reptiles whatever, that were passed down through the ages.  As time moves on, a smart vamp invested (or starts) in a pharmaceutical company combining forgotten medicine with modern practices.  We all know how much weight pharm co. have with todays governments, policies, health care system, etc.  The companies are worth millions.  Lots of room to expand on this thought.

As technology grew and computers came into existence you have a vamp hacker, an all night programmer.  Life wasn't all about stocking, terror, sex and feeding.  Before Bill Gates there was ?????  Maybe your vamp could be a game creator.

Maybe crazy ideas but ideas none the less.  Hope this sparks an idea for you.     
« Last Edit: August 17, 2012, 02:28 PM by Sally Morris »
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2012, 03:04 PM »
I read a book where the vampire was a romance writer  :D Funny, right? Well, he could be a famous suspance/paranormal writer. In the past he could have been a doctor for some rich men.

He could be aldo part of a famous rock band, could have lots of clinics that are working with the blood...
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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2012, 03:30 PM »
Some of them have jobs, Carlisle does in twilight

then in a tv series from the 90's   He was a cop that only worked nights

In books they made investments and did evening jobs, 


But it is a murkey area in most books
I am not a complete idiot, some parts are missing    :)
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012, 02:53 PM »
hes frustrated cause he couldn't be under the sun..so he invented a special sunscreen so strong with a very high spf ,with it he could stay for 3ominutes without burning...other vampires loved it... and tanning lotion, sunglasses that wouldn't hurt their eyes...
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2012, 05:08 PM »
How old is your vampire and does he/she have the usual vampire traits e.g stronger, faster, misting, mind control etc, origins, ethics?

If not too honest in the past and old enough maybe a burglar that took jewelery, tomb robber, if around when tomb was built and sold items more recently. Family wealth, maybe invented some every day item with some else and owns the rights. Plenty of time to study both books and human nature.
Any income if left in a bank long enough will earn quite a bit of interest, after all what do they need to spend it on except a safe place to sleep and clothes, no need for food.

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2012, 04:24 PM »
you can always take a look at the third-shift listings in your local paper. I have a friend who's an overnight (10pm-7am) paramedic. He's paid double what the daytime paramedics are paid.
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2013, 09:46 AM »
If your vampire is very very old, may be he was in the crusades, and helped founding the Templars. Everybody knows they were filthy rich, richer than any king of Europe, there's even a rumor that says that the Templars are the inventors of today's banks, with interests, loans and such. Philo could probably tell you more about that, he likes history...
 

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Re: How do vampires earn money?
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2013, 01:46 AM »
Personally, I think the vampire would probably rob the person that they have just feed on as it makes the most sense to me.  But if they vampire is very old, there is a possibility that they could have amased a considerable fortune in their time.
 

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