I thought you liked zombies?
First I have to note that liking zombies and vampires is not mutually exclusive.
Secondly, the zombie thing is relatively new to me.
Yes, I've written two inspirational zombie books and support the Zombie Rights Campaign. As much sympathy as I have for zombies, that doesn't mean I would want to be one. The genre is different too, most zombie related movies are about survival one way or another. Also, totally off the record, I find zombies to be funny.
I think I was 11 or 12 years old when I first read Interview with a Vampire. I loved it immediately. One of my favorite books of all time is The Vampire Lestat. When I think of vampires, it's Anne Rice's portrayal that I immediately associate with them. Ever since then, I've been a fan of vampires.
Vampires are romantic and tragic. In many stories, vampires don't have to take human lives, but they do for many other reasons. I love the juxtaposition of love and lust, of vitality and death, of sophistication and savageness, that's present in many vampire stories.
Becoming a vampire is both a blessing and a curse. That being said, I would probably give in and want to become a vampire.
Basically, I want immortality. Don't get me wrong, I don't fear death. But life is too short to do everything I want to do. It would be hard, seeing loved ones die. Restraint to let them die instead of making them all into vampires with me would be a constant battle. I would also miss the sun very very much. But to be able to write all the books I want, learn all the things I want, see all the new innovations we come up with, all the things left to discover, it might just be worth it.
A note on Twilight:
I feel like if I'm talking about modern vampires, I have to address Twilight. I read the books, and even enjoyed the first couple as light reading. I did not like Stephenie Meyer's version of vampires though. The sparkling bugged me. Not because it's pretty, but because by making vampires merely sparkle in the sunlight, she removed their greatest weakness. Sure, it's a problem, but compared to death, it's slight. Especially in the second book, when the whole point was for Edward to be his own undoing, threatening to kill himself would've been a lot more tragic than threatening to out himself.