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 ;-)


The Pierced Pomegranate Tavern is dedicated to exploring social issues and more through the lens of True Blood. As such, you may encounter:

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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Saturday, July 23, 2011

True Blood sans politics is like Tru Blood Lite; the show de-fanged

In her July 22, 2011 piece, “Comic-Con2011: ‘True Blood’ creator Alan Ball lets secrets slip”, Los Angeles Times correspondent Gina McIntyre wrote:
Ball did hint, though, that the vampires might continue to fight over Sookie, but they will unite to fight for their survival as the season reaches its dramatic conclusion. The year’s big baddie, Marnie, played by Fiona Shaw, isn’t exactly the threat Ball mentioned, though: “They’re going to stick together because they are fighting against a common enemy,” he said. “And that enemy is Michele Bachmann.”
At least one reader took umbrage; someone identifying himself only as Edward commented:
It would be nice if Ball would keep his politics to himself rather than taint the show with his liberal leftist views. I was actually enjoying the comic-con panel until he decided to inject politics. I thought that was very inappropriate. Not impressed by Mr. Ball.
Now, I know that the way you see something is determined largely by the lens you use to view it through; but seriously, what is True Blood without its politics?

It's wildly entertaining to be sure. Sexy. Fun. We know lots of fans see it that way - and judging from the Comicon coverage thick with references to the panel attendee who stood up and announced to Mr. Ball and the cast that the show has "improved his marital relations" and was met with raucous cries of agreement - this view isn't fading anytime soon. And it's justified. And I love it for those reasons. But it's more than that, too; it's more than the sum of its parts.

I, for one, appreciate a healthy dose of sociocultural and political content with my excellently acted, smartly written, so-called-escapist entertainment, thank you very much.

In my opinion, the show is neither didactic nor preachy. Yes, it has its fair share of "partisan" lefty rhetoric, i.e. when Jessica glamoured out of the guy she ran into at Merlottes who remembered her from her time spent at Bible camp as a human that he had been out, "picketing the baby killer factory in Birmingham" (S3E4 9 Crimes). But I think that True Blood actually posits far more questions than answers, and that's what makes for good civic discourse via pop culture.

The show reflects and comments on real issues in our real world; for me, therein lies its ultimate value. If the show had no greater relevance than do bodice-ripping romance novels or the usual throwaway popcorn TV fare the networks usually try to ram down our throats each summer (and year round for that matter), I'd have tuned out a loooong time ago.

Any thoughts? Please share below.

~ Rachel

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