True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You
William Irwin, George A. Dunn, Rebecca Housel
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The first look at the philosophical issues behind Charlaine Harris's New York Times bestsellers The Southern Vampire Mysteries and the True Blood television series
Teeming with complex, mythical characters in the shape of vampires, telepaths, shapeshifters, and the like, True Blood, the popular HBO series adapted from Charlaine Harris's bestselling The Southern Vampire Mysteries, has a rich collection of themes to explore, from sex and romance to bigotry and violence to death and immortality. The goings-on in the mythical town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, where vampires satiate their blood lust and openly commingle with ordinary humans, present no shortages of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your teeth into.
Now True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history's great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on such topics as Sookie and the metaphysics of mindreading; Maryann and sacrificial religion; werewolves, shapeshifters and personal identity; vampire politics, evil, desire, and much more.
- The first book to explore the philosophical issues and themes behind the True Blood novels and television series
- Adds a new dimension to your understanding of True Blood characters and themes
- The perfect companion to the start of the third season on HBO and the release of the second season on DVD
Smart and entertaining, True Blood and Philosophy provides food—or blood—for thought, and a fun, new way to look at the series.
playboy ways, Sam’s shapeshifting, or Arlene’s desire to find the next perfect husband. She is irritated most often when people don’t make their motives clear from the beginning. Had the werewolf Alcide Herveaux told her that he needed her to use her telepathic abilities at the funeral of Colonel Flood in Dead as a Doornail, she likely still would have attended the event as a favor to him. But because Alcide hid his true intentions and couched his request as a desire for her company, she
generalized, pervasive anti-vampire prejudice as well as organized opposition, particularly in the form of the militant Christian evangelical group called the Fellowship of the Sun. Indeed, True Blood creator Alan Ball has commented that the police raid on the Shreveport vampire bar, Fangtasia, in the fourth episode of season 1, “Escape from the Dragon House,” was meant to resemble similar raids on gay bars in the 1960s.4 The events of the next episode are also telling. After Bill Compton and
the meaning of this apparently unkillable idea. Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire changed our relationship to the vampire by making him a mildly sympathetic first-person protagonist.2 Now, thirty-five years later, in what is turning out to be a watershed period for the popular culture of vampires, this once horrific creature has finally lost the connection with absolute evil that has been an attribute of the vampire at least since the first American film version of Dracula in 1931.3
orientation doesn’t limit the contributions you can make to society. Throughout history many people of artistic genius were homosexual. We could begin by mentioning Socrates, Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Alan Turing, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Elton John, but a more complete list would fill a book.18 The stigma of stereotyping and the fear of losing the respect of their fans and peers have kept many talented homosexuals closeted, worried that they will be seen only as their sexual orientation,
consent whenever there could be reasonable doubt about whether individuals are willing to take up our ends as their own. That’s because even though there are many instances where tacit consent is given, there are also many cases where it assuredly is not. Certain men have claimed, for instance, that because a woman flirted with them while drinking, she tacitly consented to having sex with them, and so, when later in the evening she was found passed out on a bed, they were morally permitted to