True Blood and Philosophy

True Blood and Philosophy

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NEW BLOOD EDITION: Contains three new chapters from Season 3.

This new edition is available as an E-BOOK ONLY and contains three chapters not found in the print book!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118119303
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/04/2011
Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #48
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 654 KB

About the Author

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy.

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True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I have been fascinated with vampires, werewolves and witches since for as long as I can remember. It used to be that vampires were repulsing creatures who felt no remorse and had no soul. In today's world, becoming a vampire is a romantic notion. I have often wondered why this idea appealed to me and even though I can't quite put my finger on the how or why that I like it, all I know is I've been seduced by the thought of being a supernatural creature. I have always thought that the big reason we like vampires is the same reason that we would choose the "bad boy" instead of a good one. We are attracted to the idea that we can change someone and we're interested in finding out if someone can change us. Little did I know that there are a lot of reasons that I had never thought of. This book dives into questions such as "does God hate fangs" and "are all vampires created equal". This was a fun and interesting read. Fans of True Blood don't want to miss this!
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a big fan of Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series and am in the process of catching up on the True Blood series so my interest was peaked when I was asked to review this book. It was an interesting book and the best part are the examples pulled for each philosophical argument from the books and TV episodes. Each chapter opens up with a quote from one of the characters are the perfect collection of one liners that make you laugh or remember why everyone enjoys the series so much. The main down side was after awhile it started to sound repetitive. Some of the quotes about coming out of the coffin/closet were used so often I started to skim over those parts. The best part were the questions it brings up that makes the reader started arguing the various sides of each question asked like should vampires be granted the same rights as other US citizens or when does a vampire have the right to change someone else into a vampire.
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