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13 – CONFESSIONS

Edward in the sunlight was shocking. I couldn’t get used to it, though I’d been staring at him all afternoon. His skin, white despite the faint flush from yesterday’s hunting trip, literally sparkled, like thousands of tiny diamonds were embedded in the surface. He lay perfectly still in the grass, his shirt open over his sculpted, incandescent chest, his scintillating arms bare. His glistening, pale lavender lids were shut, though of course he didn’t sleep. A perfect statue, carved in some unknown stone, smooth like marble, glittering like crystal.

BLEEEEEAAAAAH!

Welcome to chapter 13, which was written by Stephenie Meyer after she had a dream about a teenage girl and a vampire who loved her but thirsted for her blood. This is the chapter she wrote first, and then based the rest of the book and back story around it. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the chapter that is THE SOURCE of everything that we later identify as being wrong with the Twilight series.

It’s the moment, from paragraph one of this chapter, where we slowly begin to realize that Edward is a vampire, but in name only, and certainly not because it fits any previous description of what a vampire has been known as over the course of fiction. After all, what vampire is capable of reading minds? What vampire is capable of seeing the future? Oh, right, we haven’t gotten to the vampire with that magical power yet… anyway, what vampire has magical, mythical powers like that?

Add to that the fact that NOW apparently vampires do not have adverse effects to sunlight. It’s certainly bad for them to be seen in sunlight, but not for the reasons you might have expected (if you knew nothing about this story already). No, stepping out into the sunlight in front of humans would alert them to the fact that they are inhumanely gorgeous and sparkly like billions of African blood diamonds. How horrible would that be, if man only knew! I mean, that would of course alert humans to the fact that there is something wrong with the Cullen family. But don’t you think that maybe people would just think, “Huh, well, they’re already painfully beautiful and fashionable… maybe they just really like glittery makeup, too.”

Several paragraphs of gooey loving staring and Bella running her fingers over Edward’s body are written about on the next couple of pages. It’s mostly dumb and slow and boring to read, if not icky to some audiences.

I lightly trailed my hand over the perfect muscles of his arm, followed th faint pattern of bluish veins inside the crease at his elbow.

Is that possible? Let’s think about it. Why is it that, when we look at the veins in our arms and hands, they appear to be blue? It should be due to how much oxygen the blood in the body is getting. But does that even happen in a vampire? Does he even have blood of his own? Does it even move? I mean, I recall hearing that later on Meyer describes vampires as losing their fluids upon turning (though, this is then RETCONNED in Breaking Dawn when Edward is able to inseminate Bella, but that’s an atrocity all on its own).

Bella seems to attempt to kiss Edward. But he freaks out and jumps to the edge of the meadow, slowly calms down, and then comes back to her. He explains that, as a vampire, of course he’s interested in her for much more than just her pretty face and *chortle* great personality.

“I’m the world’s best predator, aren’t I? Everything about me invites you in – my voice, my face, even my smell. As if I need any of that!…
As if you could outrun me,” he laughed bitterly.
…”As if you could fight me off,” he said gently.
…”Don’t be afraid,” he murmured, his velvet voice unintentionally seductive. “I promise…” He hesitated. “I swear not to hurt you.” He seemed more concerned with convincing himself than me.

Oh, yes, you make a BEAUTIFUL case for yourself, Edward. You make startling, threatening announcements about what an amazing killing machine you are, then follow it up with, “But it’s all cool, I promise.” It’s a good thing the girl you’re choosing to pursue is a complete dunce, otherwise that approach most likely would have failed.

Ugh, more pages of staring at one another unceasingly, more explanations of, “I’m dangerous, you shouldn’t want to be around me,” “Oh, it’s fine, I want to be with you,” blah, blah, blah.

“How do I explain?” he mused. “And without frightening you again… hmmmm.”

Okay, personal pet peeve, but is it really necessary to have four m’s in “hmm”? I mean, I know it isn’t really a real word to begin with or anything, but still… that just makes it sound like he’s elongating the sound of his thinking for entirely too long.

Edward compares his desire for Bella’s blood to either an alcoholic or a heroine addict aching for a very specific brand of his weakness. He only further continues to solidify the idea that Bella is an object to be consumed. Literally, she serves as his food. He encourages her to keep that in mind. And really, yes, she and the rest of the book-reading audience should keep that in mind. But it seems like neither she nor the young fans of the book really keep this in mind.

What’s bizarre is that it seems like none of the other vampire siblings have ever really had this sensation before, never smelled a human so uniquely delicious to them. Well, save for Emmett, apparently. And he freaked the hell out and ate the person, apparently. So, with very little history of this ever happening, and the one time it did happen it had disastrous results, there’s no reason why any of this experience should appear romantic at all. But Bella is convinced that she’s in love with him anyway and isn’t afraid. This either means that she’s stupid, or she’s falling for all of Edward’s natural weakening features – the gorgeous body, the light-colored eyes, the sparkly skin, the delicious-smelling breath, all of it. And if it’s the latter, that would indicate that Bella isn’t even falling in love of her own free will. It means that she’s been manipulated into it, and why would anyone want to be in a loving relationship with someone who doesn’t actually freely love you back? You know, unless you’re a crazy, manipulative tool. Oh… Is that the answer?

“I thought it would make me deranged that first day. In that one hour, I thought of a hundred different ways to lure you from the room with me, to get you alone. …
You would have come,” he promised
I tried to speak calmly. “Without a doubt.”

Alright. That’s it. That’s the deciding dialogue. She’s just under his magic vampire spell. This is about the farthest thing from “romantic” I can think of.

There’s SEVERAL MORE PAGES of just how tormented Edward is about the idea of killing her, drinking her blood, revealing the vampires for who they are, and ultimately feeling guilt that he hurt his precious Bella… though I can’t figure out any more deep reason why he’s so interested in her past the fact that she smells delicious and he’s wigging out because he can’t read her mind.

Then comes the other stuff. The gross stuff. Or, at least the stuff that SHOULD be gross, if they’d ever even actually say what it was.

He raised his free hand and place it gently on the side of my neck. I sat very still, the chill of his touch a natural warning – a warning telling me to be terrified. But there was no feeling of fear in me. There were, however, other feelings…

…Uh huh…

And I couldn’t make myself be afraid. I couldn’t think of anything, except that he was touching me.

…Okay…

He opened his eyes, and they were hungry. Not in a way to make me fear, but rather to tighten the muscles in the pit of my stomach and send my pulse hammering through my veins again.

…Alright…

“I wish,” he whispered, “I wish you could feel the… complexity… the confusion… I feel. That you could understand.”
…”Tell me,” I breathed.
“I don’t think I can. I’ve told you, on the one hand, the hunger – the thirst – that, deplorable creature that I am, I feel for you. And I think you can understand that, to an extent. Though” – he half-smiled – “as you are not addicted to any illegal substances, you probably can’t empathize completely.
“But…” His fingers touched my lips lightly, making me shiver again. “There arre other hungers. Hungers I don’t even understand, that are foreign to me.”
“I may understand that better than you think.”

Oh, G- so, are we gonna get it on, or what?

“Can I show you something?” he asked, sudden excitement flaring in his eyes.
“Show me what?”

Sly grin.

Oh. Oh, he just want to take her for a run through the forest. That’s cool, I guess.

Bella climbs onto Edward’s back and he runs the two of them at lightning speed back to Bella’s truck. This takes a couple of pages.

And then his cold, marble lips pressed very softly against mine.

That. Sounds. AWFUL.

Seriously! Who wants that!?

And then realize that three books later they’re gonna get quite a bit more intimate, she’s still gonna be human, and he’s going to be absolutely frozen. I can’t imagine a more uncomfortable experience.

Blood boiled under my skin, burned in my lips. My breath came in a wild gasp. My fingers knotted in his hair, clutching him to me. My lips parted as I breathed in his heady scent.
Immediately I felt him turn to unresponsive stone beneath my lips. His hands gently, but with irresistible force, pushed my face back. I opened my eyes and saw his guarded expression.
“Oops,” I breathed.
“That’s an understatement.”

He laughed aloud. “I’m stronger than I thought. It’s nice to know.”
“I wish I could say the same. I’m sorry.”

Alright. So. Meyer obviously wants to describe just how horny these two love birds are, but doesn’t actually want to SAY as much. That’s pretty frustrating and insulting. But then, on top of that, it only further goes to prove that Bella is, interestingly enough, the hornier of the two. It seems to come up consistently over the course of the stories. She just continuously appears to be weak and thoughtless, completely under Edward’s power, even to a point where even Edward is kinda like, “Whoa, hey babe, hold back and chill a second.” If he has this power over women, and he actually doesn’t particularly want it until after marriage, doesn’t he get annoyed by it after a while?

And finally, Edward convinces Bella that he should drive her home rather than him driving her truck.

“You’re intoxicated by my very presence.” He was grinning that playful smirk again.
“I can’t argue with that,” I sighed. There was no way around it; I couldn’t resist him in anything.

Man! Don’t, like, even TRY to fight back or anything. She’s under the influence, and she likes it. Ladies, if you fall in love with a vampire, kiss your free will goodbye. Not like you’ll care by that time.

Good lord, just… All of that was twenty-six pages. TWENTY-SIX PAGES! Twenty-six pages of intense brooding and staring at each other and gushing waves of estrogen and testosterone trying desperately to escape and intertwine with one another but being written in such a way that you’ll either find it supremely disgusting or you’ll find yourself incredibly frustrated because it teases you with disgusting romance and dances around the topic of lust without actually appropriately addressing it. If you’re stupid or aren’t paying attention, you could just about miss the whole thing.

There’s so much not happening mixed with a huge tease and a dash of “What in the hell is a sparkly vampire?”. And the whole chapter just reads like a Harlequin romance novel. It’s pretty much enough romance novel to last me a lifetime. Remember, people. This chapter was the basis of the entire book, based on Meyer’s sexy vampire dream. If that doesn’t speak volumes of this piece of fiction, then I don’t know what else will shake you up about it.

And still, the novel continues. Next up, chapter 14 – Mind Over Matter.

  • “You’re intoxicated by my very presence.” Wow, ego much?

    So this is where the whole horrifying cult started, a middle age woman’s sex dream, Why couldn’t she have woken up and forgotten it like the rest of us? Although maybe I’ll write a bagillion dollar book/movie series on my last dream. You can expect Space Dinosaurs Robo Detective in stores within a year!!

    • Jared

      Can’t wait!

  • Jared

    Am I the only one who thinks the series would have been infinitely more interesting if Meyer had actually gone with “magic vampire seduction” instead of “Bella’s idiocy is totally a great example for you!”.

    • Cinders

      Yes! And it ends with her being eaten. Or saved by Jacob maybe since he is just generally a much better person and not constant rape face.

  • This is so fantastic… The fact that the sparkly banner came just for the sparkly chapter… I have mixed feelings about this because… god, by far is the most vomit inducing one. I can’t erase from my head the perfect, *perfect*, PERFECT pervert grin and his venom-filled veins… brrrgh… Pattinson’s photo didn’t help either.

    I mean… god. I understand about being inspired by a dream to write a story. I had a dream about a twist of a greek myth for a shounen manga (which I hope I can finish one day), it had more plot than THAT.

    I can’t wait for the next one… I even planned the sequence for the next banners, mwahaha!

    • Cinders

      You have a point, not all dream books are bad. His dark Materials apparently came out of a dream. (Northan lights, subtle knife, Amber spyglass ect)

  • Lieju

    I don’t have a problem with vampires with superpowers (which is actually pretty common in fiction, isn’t mind-reading kinda a part of the pop-vampire mythos?) or the author creating their own vampire-lore with any qualities they want.

    The problem with Twilight is that those powers are pretty much either useless to the plot or written badly and inconsistenly, as is the whole lore.

    If she was a good writer and drew us in with the characters or the story, I could ignore that. But she doesn’t, so all the questions will start to bother you.

    I mean, a lot of background of Harry Potter makes no sense (such as, why are the wizards and other magic creatures hiding from normal humans in the first place?), but I can enjoy it because I accept it as a fantasy and it has real characters acting like real people.

    As for the whole sparkling-thing, I actually think the basic idea is good. That vampires aren’t harmed by the sunlight (which in itself raises always a lot of questions) but that it reveals them as non-human.

    I even like them looking like statues.

    But the reason it’s stupid is it’s described as beautiful, when it should be unsettling. A person that looks like a marble statue? That could work well as creepy. Maybe even make them more sluggish (but then again, Meyer can’t allow her vampires to have any real weaknesses, especially Edward).

    But the way the whole thing is handled, just makes it silly and something that’s very difficult to portray in a movie without looking silly or creepy.

    And the sparkle-thing doesn’t help.

    • Story Maker

      I tend to agree. I think, if the entire plot of Twilight had been focused around the sparkly vampires and not on the romance, it would have been a much more interesting story. According to what I gathered about Twilight vampire biology, the sparkly skin comes from the vampire’s venom being soaked up into their every pore and then crystallizing. This makes their bodies incredibly tough, cold and hard, and also – sparkle.

      It’s actually a cool concept. And if this stuff messes up their ability to absorb nutrients, forcing them to rely on consuming something easily metabolized: blood, these things could even keep the drama that comes from the conflict between eating humans or eating animals. Sure, it’s weak science, but it makes a sort of sense. Enough to suspend disbelief.

      And the whole special powers sub plot? That’s a pretty cool concept as well. *Warning: this paragraph contains minor spoilers.* It’s revealed throughout the course of the books that the vampires’ special powers spring from some quirk they were particularly good at during life. Edward was supposedly very good at reading people (though I can’t see signs of it in the books), so this was amplified into the ability to read minds. Another vampire used to be very good at manipulating people’s emotions, so that became his power. A third had some form of ESP and it morphed into the ability to see the future. Etc. This idea could have been very interesting if it had been explored more.

      I can’t quite understand people who get up in arms about the idea of a sparkly vampire. If you really look at it, the creatures are actually (somewhat) well thought out and fascinating. Sure, I’m not sure I would call them vampires. The only thing they have in common with classical vampires is the need to drink blood. But really, if you look at vampire history as a whole, that’s the only thing that unites all “vampires.” The pre-dracula vampires even went out in the sun. They just didn’t go out in high noon sun and kept odd hours reminiscent of a modern day college student. So I don’t really have a problem with the whole vampire concept Meyer comes up with.

      What I am exasperated with is how this really cool idea takes a back seat to this uninteresting, disturbing romance. No, it’s not even the back seat in comparison; it’s stuffed way into the trunk. That’s what annoys me so much about the series. Your ideas have so much potential, Meyer! Why, why, why didn’t you explore them instead?

  • Raziel Star

    It really is sad that whatever potential (and surprisingly, there is a lot) the series had was squandered in place of a trashy “romance”.

    Bella reminds me of those women who fall in love with serial killers and people on Death Row. She has some seriously broken facets to her personality. There are so many red flags that show how dangerous Edward is. The concept of whether it really is love or just Edward’s natural manipulation really needed to be explored. And if the characters had more personality and elaborated motivations they a romance could have been believed.

    {quote} And then realize that three books later they’re gonna get quite a bit more intimate, she’s still gonna be human, and he’s going to be absolutely frozen. I can’t imagine a more uncomfortable experience. {end quote}

    Were you aware that they actually have a Twilight adult toy on the market? That’s right, you can own your very own phallic shaped object complete with sparkles, and it even says that it holds its temp well so you can put it in the fridge for that “authentic” experience.

    I’d link it but didn’t know if it was a good idea to post on your site.

  • Jessica

    “And then his cold, marble lips pressed very softly against mine.”

    It’s reading stuff like this from Twilight (or from any other novice writer) that makes me wonder if the author has actually ever tried to act this out themselves. Or are they just saying it for effect because it sounds cool/sexy? Does Smeyer regularly kiss the lips of marble statues? And are we talking about polished marble or unpolished marble? (ha ha! I’m being a smart ass)

    I mean, I think earlier in the book Bella describes Edward’s voice as sounding like liquid honey. … Huh? Er… okay, maybe she meant his voice was pleasant to listen to, but that sure is a weird way of saying it.

    The only moment I can think of where touching something cold to your lips is soothing, is after someone gets hit in the mouth, and they need a bag of ice to stop the swelling.

    • Audrey

      Exactly. Something cold touching my lips wouldn’t feel amazing, it would be creepy and would send shivers down my spine.

  • The blue color of veins actually has nothing to do with the oxygen in the blood. blood is always red oxygenated or not. the blue color comes from the way light is refracted through the skin and blood vessel before being reflected out. artery or vein doesn’t matter.

  • enchanted_hats

    You know I’ve had weirdly vivid dreams before. I dreamt about giant killer whales jumping out of sea world fountains and falling on top of me. I dreamt about the earth folding in on itself like an origami. I dreamt about a ghost possessing my neighbor and making him throw himself in front of a car.

    all of these are infinitely more interesting than talking to a sparkly guy in a meadow. but i don’t turn them into books. there’s a reason they were just weird dreams.

  • Lila

    Bella is a serious bdsm-style masochist/submissive, did you not notice this? Sure, she was in love with Edward (and he with her) from the start, due to a magical destined-love thing, but learning that he’s a killer makes her even hotter for him. She’s turned on by the idea that he has an intense, near-irresistible urge to kill her, but that he in fact does manage to resist it because his love for her is even stronger. You don’t need to remind Team Edward twihards that Bella is food to him. THAT IS THE APPEAL. In fact it reminds me of a particular experienced sub who describes the dynamic that she wants between herself and a dom as “beast and beast meat”.

  • reader

    It’s just so creepy to think that this was SMeyer’s wet dream that she wrote down. YUCK! You know in a dream like that she isn’t dreaming of some teenage girl. It was HER in her own dream, and dreams like that don’t stop at a few small kisses and staring at each other. She probably woke up after ‘enjoying’ her dream so much, and decided to write it down, but felt guilty and had to write it without the sex. Also, if this is her dream, why are they teenagers? Were they really adults in her dream or were they always teenagers? SMeyer has dreams about sparkly teenage boys! Eww! Also I’ve read that if you read the descriptions of Edward while looking at a photo of the marble statue of Joseph Smith you will see every similarity. SMeyer basically based Edwards look off of a statue of the guy who founded Mormonism. That brings the creepy up to a whole new level.

  • Ergonomalous

    I am usually lenient when it comes to other peoples interpretation of vampirism. Like someone said before;

    “The only thing they have in common with classical vampires is the need to drink blood.” – Story Maker

    The concept of these sparkling vampires would have been good if it wasn’t romanticized and if it was thought out better. It would be physically impossible to be intimate with the type of vampires she describes. Their skin is crystalized and hard. This would make it rough and may even cause small lacerations. It would be like taking shattered glass, gluing it to a piece of paper and then rubbing your face against it. Which makes the idea of their intimacy in breaking dawn even worse. also, if their skin is crystalized then it would not have been as flexible and would crack whenever they tried to talk, or move for that matter. And how would a body like this allow them to move faster? They also wouldn’t be able to feel any sensations. It would be like having sex with a doll(edward certainly has the personality of one).

    The Venom in the story works out of convenience. How is it that they can kiss and she doesn’t become a vampire? Venom acts like lubricant for the body which means his saliva should be venom. Is his mouth dry? How is it that edward can shoot his load in her and she doesn’t become a vampire? How can he even get an erection in the first place? How is it that something that isn’t a genetic traight give vampires super powers? Edward is good at reading people? okay. how does the venom know this? Is it sentient? Was Aro good at reading people? Why does his power differ from edwards? What about Janes ability to make people writhe in pain? Was she good at making peoples lives miserable?

    I could go on forever with these kinds of questions since Smeyer was too lazy to work out the details in her own story. Especially after four books.

    • Ergonomalous

      P.S.

      I want to apologize in advance for the horribly written posts both past and future. I unfortunately take as much care in creating them as Smeyer does in creating characters.

      *Raises hand*
      High five anyone?

    • Lila

      Dude, it’s magic. There are some books that take the idea of vampires and try to science fiction-ize them, but Twilight is not one of those.

      • Ergonomalous

        Dude, It’s not magic. Not once do they mention magic nor has anyone even used magic. Meyerpires are created from a physical substance, Venom. Dracula can be described as being created by magic since it was an unseen force that created him. When you have something tangible that clearly created them then it needs to be well thought out. Meyer was too lazy to do so. Using excuse like ‘Dude it’s magic’ doesn’t make it ok to be lazy. It’s a cheap cop out for lousy writers.

      • Anomalous

        Magic. The lazy man’s explanation to everything.

  • Sonic Rose

    Oh Marz, I read the books, all of them. I just kept going “STUPID, STUPID TEENAGERS!” as I read through this.

    Bella is a teen who is given everything she could possibly need, and just shits on hospitality while trying to feel like a martyr. You’re right, she’s very bland. I know there’s ingrates like her which is laughable as it is sad.

    I love the Vampire Hunter D novels. In those however, Vampires are often described as being other-worldy and unfathomably beautiful – especially D himself. But where Edward is boasting about his attractiveness, D disregards it altogether. If you’re standing in his way, he will kill you. He won’t taunt you, he’ll just do it. And if you’re trying to follow him, he will warn you you take your life into your own hands doing so. I’ll grant he does often save the fauns that go after him stupidly, but it’s usually a 1 time save and they’re so terrified after that that they at least try not to get into any more trouble. He does not stick around his food source if he’s hungry. In fact, in VHD, they have a substitute blood that can sate a vampire’s thirst. So why do they still prefer human blood? Usually because of the thrill of it, with humans as playthings, toys to be used and discarded at a whim, to show their superiority over us.

    And at least D’s reason for being able to walk in sunlight is because he’s half human. God only knows what his sire actually did to him (as it’s heavily indicated that his father is Dracula and did experiments before he came to create his -perfect son-) so he’s not as weak in the daylight as other Dhampirs who still feel the heat of the sun more intensely and it halves their strength or worse.

    Sparkly vampires… I … I … There are things in Twilight I don’t mind. Vampirizing venom for example. I don’t even mind the vamps being described as having skin like stone. It’s hard, cold and suitable for a an undead creature of the night. Hell, I would even accept their insomnia and not having a traditional coffin to rest in. But even my friend Kelly, who likes the movie, (mostly for one of the actors whom she admires) has to admit how STUPID the sparkly vampire thing is.

    Good luck with the rest of the story. I hope it doesn’t hurt you too bad. When you do finally get to Breaking Dawn though, I have to say that I feel like Bella becomes a ‘real’ character in that book.

    My reasoning in that is because she actually allows herself to have some damn fun, and for ONCE, she has her priorities starting to align. I’m not saying she isn’t still brick stupid in some ways, but… She actually ENJOYS her wedding despite fighting tooth and nail against it. She makes a decision to carry her baby to term even on the likelihood that it could well kill her. After the baby’s born, and it needs protecting, she thinks of protecting her baby and family first and foremost. And she’s even willing to tear down Jacob if needs be to accomplish it. Yes she does some things behind Edward’s back, but it’s all for the sake of protecting their daughter – and that’s something he can’t argue with.

    Until then, the only thing ‘unnatural’ about her reactions is that she isn’t afraid like she should be. Bella Swan has absolutely NO survival skills. Her priorities right now are ass backward. She’s more worried about offending vampires who should be considering how they want to serve her up for dinner. If the Zombie Apocalypse happened right now, how much do you want to bet that she’d be hugging one as it bit her jugular vein out?

    And you are totally right, she is only interesting to Edward because he can’t read her mind and smells like his favorite meal. I’ll admit if I was in his position I would find her a curiosity and maybe want to befriend her long enough to find out what makes her tick… But I wouldn’t date my lunch. If she actually had some character development that made her desirable then I could see their strange friendship becoming more interesting, but not the way it’s written.

  • Me!

    To answer your questions…

    “After all, what vampire is capable of reading minds?”

    Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries book series (though not the TV series).

    “What vampire is capable of seeing the future?”

    Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  • Hey, I’m really enjoying your reviews and I totally agree that Twilight is just not… it’s just terrible writing and nothing more than wish fulfilment which sets up terrible role models, etc. and is mostly mormon propaganda (instinctively done by Meyer or not) and it’s only two uses are to a) Give novice writers confidence in getting published since this got published and b) Showing how not to write a novel, but I have to disagree on the vampire supernatural power part. Vampires throughout the ages have gone from zombie like creatures with no actual power aside from drinking blood to disgusting transylvanian sorcerers who could turn in to bats to eternally young super beings and their powers have never been set in stone. Originally they didn’t even burn in the sun (although I must admit the sparkling thing is just… awful). Regardless I think you can give vampires whatever powers they need to have according to your mythology. In the Meyer mythology (if you can call it that) becoming a vampire enhances all of your qualities strength, beauty, smell, etc. in order to make them perfect predators (why it does this nobody knows, but that’s a whole other point). The powers the vampires get are always an extension of some exceptional quality they had in real life (for example people with a great insight into how other people think get the ability to actually read minds) and this insight which was already greater than average, as a vampire it gets lifted up like all other qualities (strength for example) to a supernatural level, making it in that way at least logical. Sorry for the rant btw.