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There are people out there who enjoy nothing more than dabbling in a bit of cosplay, or going to the woods on weekends dressed as an elf, for some reason.
But there's quite a big difference between pretending to be something and actually being something - a point that self-professed vampire Daley South is keen to highlight.
Daley told LADbible: "The most common misconception is that it is just a lifestyle choice or that one can be turned into a vampire. You have to be born a vampire and it is not something one can change.
"There are plenty of people who are not vampires but enjoy the vampire lifestyle, and there are plenty of vampires who do not participate in the vampire lifestyle at all. There are teachers, lawyers, doctors, etc that are vampires and you would never know it."
She and her husband Logan - both event planners from Austin, Texas in the US - 'awakened' when they were 15 and have been living as vampires ever since. That means going to bed at sunrise, regularly presiding over a vampire court and, of course, drinking blood.
Daley - otherwise known as the Queen of the Vampire Court of Austin - said she drinks about a tablespoon of the red stuff every fortnight, which is supplemented with 'ambient and sexual energy between those times'.
She said: "When I am taking in someone's energy or blood it feels like drinking a glass of water after not having any for an extended period. Or like taking a breath after holding your breath for a long time. Any physical or mental ailments I might have been experiencing diminish exponentially."
But while the vampires you may know from books and films just dive straight for the jugular of some poor, unsuspecting pleb, Daley and the vampires of her court are far more conscientious when it comes to blood drinking.
Daley said: "Our donors are always someone very close to us, either a close friend or a sexual partner that gets tested every six months. We use a sterile lancet to prick the finger. This draws the right amount of blood without leaving unnecessary scarring or dangerous wounds. All feeding, even from energy, must be done with consent from the donor.
"It is also important to visit a regular doctor to ensure the symptoms you are experiencing related to vampirism are not from an underlying disease or condition."
But while Daley - who has had her ears surgically pointed - loves the connection to different worldly energies she experiences as a vampire, she admits that it sucks not being able to enjoy daytime activities.
She said: "Sunlight is very draining. The intense energy that the Sun gives off is extremely difficult for vampires to process. It causes headaches, nausea, tremors, fever, body aches and - in some cases - loss of consciousness."
You don't actually have to be a vampire if you want to get involved in the vampire lifestyle, though - nor do you have to be a vampire to get involved in Daley and Logan's polyamorous relationship.
As for any potential babies the couple may have, Daley reckons the likelihood is that they too will be vampires.
She said: "There's a lot of discussion over if vampirism is genetic, but from what I have seen it likely is. It has about the same chances of being passed down to the child as eye colour or hair colour. With two parents being vampires it is more likely."
Before any of that though, Mr and Mrs South are heading off for their annual remarriage - and they seem to have chosen the ideal country for the occasion.
Daley said: "We actually get remarried every year somewhere different in the world. This year is Iceland. They only have four hours of daylight, so that will be fun."