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A Taste of True Blood

From Castle Dracula to Merlotte's Bar & Grill

Some Notes on the Evolution of the Modern Vampire

by Bruce Bethke, Karen Bethkeon True Blood

I. Preamble

We are not your usual sort of married couple. She likes cats; I prefer dogs. I’m the software engineer and science fiction writer. She’s the bookstore owner, unpublished fantasy writer, and paranormal romance fan with a four-novel-a-week habit. I think Casablanca is the greatest movie ever made. She is the only person I know who owns a library of more than fifty vampire films, covering the entire genre from the original 1931 Universal Pictures Dracula to Ankle Biters, which is apparently the only all-midget vampire movie ever made.

As you might expect, there are some serious tradeoffs that go into making our house a happy home. Once every four years, I pretend to be interested in Olympic figure skating. Slightly less often, she pretends to care about the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff chances. Recently it was her turn to suffer through … read more»

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In season one, Dexter entered therapy with the purpose of getting close to a homicidal psychologist. When a fellow patient asked him how he liked therapy, Dexter candidly replied, “I’m a sociopath; there’s not much he can do for me” (“Shrink Wrap,” 1-8). Although he was half kidding, the statement … read more»

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Harry Potter and the Word That Shall Not Be Named

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“Race” in the twenty-first century is ubiquitous. It influences our understanding of history and current events, school achievement and athletic success, and both interpersonal relationships and group dynamics. Yet, in many contexts and social circles, race is so emotionally threatening that for many White people it has simply become “the … read more»

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