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After being exposed to the Twilight series I had lost all faith in a believable portrayal of vampires. However,True Blood did not disappoint me in its representation of the undead. The vast array of characters in the series supplied the writers with many plot twists. One aspect that stood out to me was the blatant sexuality shown. I appreciate this because it made the characters more relatable. Additionally, most of the protagonists were working class and had, seemingly, normal lives.

Alan Ball did not confine his characters in any way, including sexual orientation.[1]Lafayette is a medium and a cook in Bon Temps, Louisiana. He is a glamorous gay man who occasionally dresses in drag and has a sassy attitude. Lafayette also dabbles in drug dealing, which causes issues with his law-abiding boyfriend, Jesus. Throughout the series Lafayette is powerful, caring, loving and blunt.

The main vampires in True Blood are called Bill, Eric and Pam. Eric and Pam do not define their sexual orientation during the series, but they are intimate with men, women and monsters. I appreciate this blurred line because often society insists that sexuality needs to be defined. When people do not fall between the specific lines of ‘acceptable’ sexual orientation they become ostracized. Jeffrey Cohen writes, “The monster always escapes because it refuses easy categorization.”[2] The vampires in True Blood do not fall within a set of guidelines. Ball filmed sex scenes with tasteful precision. While some viewers claimed the TV show was racy, I found it very appropriate. Emma Gray from the Huffington Post wrote, “Sex is everywhere in “True Blood.” For each moment of lingering eye contact that happens in “Twilight,” “True Blood” depicts an orgasm. And (shocker!) not all of these orgasms involve straight, white people.” [3]

Vampire culture represented through fandom, TV series, writing, graphic novels and art is a platform to make creatures any way he/she wants. Because monsters are, by definition, supernatural and they have no ties to societal expectations. True Blood shows polygamous, homosexual and heterosexual relationships. Sexuality is portrayed as a natural human interaction. Bram Stoker first brought attention to this innate act in his film, Dracula.[4] The relationship between Lucy and Dracula was formed from a blood connection and she was overcome with lust when he was near.
  1. http://www.thedebrief.co.uk/sex/sex-tips/how-true-blood-helped-ignite-a-sexual-revolution-in-television-20140816912
  2. http://www.englishwithtuttle.com/uploads/3/0/2/6/30266519/cohen_monster_culture__seven_theses__3-20.pdf
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/emma-gray/vampires-sexuality_b_1063907.html
  4. https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/d/dracula/summary-and-analysis/chapters-1113

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