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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

True Blood Vampires Working to Bring Sexy Back

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in a scene from True Blood.

Last night, I watched the premiere of Alan Ball's ( Six Feet Under, American Beauty , upcoming Towelhead ) new HBO drama True Blood .  If the first episode is any indicator, we're going to see lots and lots of teeth-bearing vampire sex.  Ball is clearly interested in vamping up (sorry) the whole dirty-sexy-dangerous aspect of the vampire/mortal dynamic. While erotica has always been a staple surrounding vampires in pop culture, the depiction of graphic sex usually takes a back seat to the spookiness, violence, or (as in the case of Buffy), ass-kicking.  The sexual aspect is subtext, implicit in the act of vampirism, but rarely materializing because the vampire is often "satisfied" first.  The more graphic deptictions of vampire sex are the purview of B-movies and adult entertainment.

With True Blood and the censor-taunting HBO, vampires in pop culture just got a little freakier. 


Michael from Poway
September 12, 2008 at 07:00 PM
I'm sure that , somewhere, a goth/emo band is re-naming itself "fangbangers."

Angie S from mississippi
October 27, 2008 at 06:22 PM
I caught the first episode of TRUEBLOOD merely by chance as I was flipping through the channels one Snday night, and that was all it took for me to get hooked. Now i program my television as early in the week as possible to make sure that i dont miss it come Sunday night! It is the ONLY show I look forward to watching.

Tom C from Lake Charles, LA
October 31, 2008 at 11:16 PM
and the t-shirt for that band is here: