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I've been entertaining a little theory for a while now:

Are doctors and vampires really fulfilling the same function in literature, but merely representing opposite ends of the same spectrum? Think about it:


  • Doctors are dressed in white, vampires in black;
  • when a vampire bites you, you become one, but when a doctor injects you, you are shown your place as a non-doctor;
  • both visit helpless people in bed;
  • both tend to be wealthy;
  • both are often portrayed with Eastern European accents;
  • the doctor comes during the day, the vampire during the night;
  • both are introvert, serious, unsmiling figures;
  • both work methodically;
  • both use strategy;
  • both deal with blood a lot;
  • both have "mortal" assistants they boss around;
  • both show an intense interest in a single person at a time;
  • both work alone;
  • both fill volumes of books on the shelves of bookstores, usually of a similar genre, bought by people of the same sort of target group.
Now I don't know if vampire books are read more by younger women and doctor novels more by older women, but it seems that way to me; and they are read more by women than by men, both of them.

I wonder now if you agree with me that these two figures seem very INTJ. What do you think?
 

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I've been entertaining a little theory for a while now:

Are doctors and vampires really fulfilling the same function in literature, but merely representing opposite ends of the same spectrum? Think about it:



  • Doctors are dressed in white, vampires in black; arbitrary, but I'll give it an "O" for opposite end of the spectrum
  • when a vampire bites you, you become one, but when a doctor injects you, you are shown your place as a non-doctor; O (exception for when a doctor has to see a doctor)
  • both visit helpless people in bed; S for the same
  • both tend to be wealthy; S
  • both are often portrayed with Eastern European accents; I am not aware of this for doctors
  • the doctor comes during the day, the vampire during the night; O
  • both are introvert, serious, unsmiling figures; this is not what I think of when I think of pediatricians
  • both work methodically; doctors yes, not necessarily vamps
  • both use strategy; see above
  • both deal with blood a lot; depends on the doctor
  • both have "mortal" assistants they boss around; S
  • both show an intense interest in a single person at a time; S
  • both work alone; disagree for doctors
  • both fill volumes of books on the shelves of bookstores, usually of a similar genre, bought by people of the same sort of target group. no
Now I don't know if vampire books are read more by younger women and doctor novels more by older women, but it seems that way to me; and they are read more by women than by men, both of them.

I wonder now if you agree with me that these two figures seem very INTJ. What do you think?
I do not agree.
 
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There's Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde...

A Gallery Of Archetypes

They list healers and vampires as different archetypes there ^-^.

However, archetypes can be combined:
Use Archetypes to Create Literary Characters

There is definitely a Doctor as Ghoul morphed hybrid archetype out there, maybe it arose as part of a post-industrial collective human technonightmare relatingn to life and death and the seemingly magical power of a skilled elite over it. Mad scientists are kind of related to that, aren't they? Or Dexter-ish characters who walk the line, playing with their shadow side without for all that joining the bad guys?

There's Voivod's "Ravenous medicine" LOL. And the concept of the "Death Angel".

Hey who remembers Doc Shock....(dating myself here! Eek!)
 
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