Thirsty for a Fresh Take on All Things True Blood?

WELCOME! Thirsty for a fresh take on all things True Blood? Pull up a virtual barstool at the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern where sisters Rachel and Rebecca are serving up juicy feminist analysis with a twist and opening a vein of thoughtful sociocultural dialogue on HBO's hit series.

Like the epic literary salons of eras past - theaters for conversation and debate which were, incidentally, started and run by women; where the spirited debate about the issues of the day ran as copiously as the actual spirits did - but updated for the digital age, the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern is a fun forum for exploring questions ripe for discourse about the human condition & today's most crucial social issues through the medium of True Blood.

Your salonnières are not peddling liquor per se, but they are offering up new and alternative ideas informed by such diverse influences as pop culture, art, music, cultural history, Goddess studies, transformative theory, literature and poetry, and archaeomythology, filtered through the sieve of their own lived experiences as feminist women of a particular age, background, and culture.

This is a space where you - patrons and passersby alike - can view and engage with these perspectives through the lens of True Blood and contribute your own thoughts. So, no matter if you're a Truebie or a more casual viewer of True Blood, or your drink of choice is a pomegranate martini - one of Rachel's favorite cocktails to drink and Rebecca's to mix - an herbal tea, a frothy double mocha latte, or a can of Fresca (wink, wink) you're invited to join the conversation on the show's complexities in a way that can spark transformation.

Hopefully you'll find something to sink your teeth...err...straw, into! PLEASE ENJOY RESPONSIBLY ;-)


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related to the often provocative and adult themes presented by the show

If you choose to enter and participate in this virtual salon, please be prepared to do so in a thoughtful, respectful, and mature fashion with the above in mind. Click here to check out our comment policy. Thanks!


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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

...and speaking of fine detail TV viewers may or may not be able to see on True Blood sets: a quick aside

Since I'm popping into the tavern just to point out something Fangtasia-related, I think I'll grab a quick bottle of Tru Blood A neg (my blood type, TMI?) served at the requisite 98.6 degrees - as Tara would tell would-be experimental imbibers like Hoyt - for the road since I'm about to head out to the diner for some actual nourishment in a few minutes...

You'll recall that in my last post I summarized the "True & A" panelists' response to Rebecca's question about how the unique locales in and around Bon Temps like the Stackhouse home, Merlotte's, and Fangtasia - when thought of as characters on the show in their own right - might influence or shade the actors' performance. Sam, Kristin, and Michelle seemed to unanimously agree that the sets' fine detail (which TV viewers may or may not ever see) has an immense impact on how they interpret and get into their characters, how they play their scenes with co-stars, etc.    

Speaking of fine details on sets, I leave you to ponder an image we noticed in the background at Fangtasia very early on in Season 1; last time we checked, it was still occupying a relatively visible spot behind the bar:

former U.S. President George W. Bush taking a bite out of Lady Liberty

Some thoughts/questions:

  • Does this image make a statement on Eric, Pam, or even the late Longshadow's politics?
  • Or more likely Alan Ball's?
  • What meaning can we take from the (strategic?) placement of images like this?
  • Is using imagery like this on set - even in the background where it is not directly addressed by the characters or involved in the action or in the ongoing narrative - an effective means of communicating ideas or catalyzing discourse?
  • What background images have YOU noticed on True Blood - even if they appeared on screen only for a split second - that you think may have been put there to make a statement or send a message?

Talk amongst yourselves, I'll be back to sum up the insights we gleaned from all three Dragon * Con True Blood panels.

~ Rachel

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