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Added by Blue Pineapple on 19 Aug 2014 02:54
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Metaphors of True Blood

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To vampires, human blood works like alcohol: it can make you feel good, but it can impair your judgement, particularly if you binge or go drinking with friends. True blood is like a non-alcoholic beverage. It doesn't do much except hydrate you.
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Vampire blood (a.k.a. V), Lilith's blood and fairy blood are addictive drugs with similarities to Cocaine, Viagra, LSD and Ecstasy.
Lafayette dealing V
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Staying off blood and on True Blood is a challenge
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Equal rights?

Vampires and their supporters seek legal protections through the Vampire Rights Amendment (VRA.)
BUT vampires systematically pay lip-service to non-violence towards humans, then violate their rights behind closed doors.
Nan Flanagan is a key spokesperson for the vampire rights movement
...but what she says is later revealed to be cynical propoganda.
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Bigotry and Predjudice

Various citizens of Bon Temps and members of The Fellowship of the Sun show ignorance, fear and hatred towards vamps. It should be noted that vamps are typically dangerous and manipulative, so these reactions are not without basis.
Sarah Newlin
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Nazis and death camps

The Governor of Louisiana: declaring that vampires have no rights, instituting curfews, shutting down their businesses and seizing their property, setting up a 'camp' to hold them, complete with lethal medical experiments.
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Abuse, rape and slavery

Vampires have the ability to violate consent through physical force and/or mind tricks. They also rarely seem to feel remorse and often enjoy it.
A maker has the ability to completely control the actions of their progeny until they release them. This uneven power dynamic can be used to guide and protect progeny, but can also be abused. Bill's relationship with his maker was unhealthy and codependent.
In 'Somebody That I Used to Know' (S5E8) Pam uses her Glamour to turn Tracy into a blood slave. This was done partially out of need due to a shortage of true blood, but also as a punishment. Both Pam and Tara seem to view this as justified.
Feeding is a sexual act and forcing someone to be fed upon against their will is akin to rape. To make it easier, vampires will Glamour humans to make them forget or make them think they agreed to it. In this context, Glamour is like a date rape drug.
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A vampire's lust for blood is entangled with their sexuality.
Jessica can't resist
Pam prefers women
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Sex negativity and slut shaming

Negative attitudes towards vamps are intermingled with racist, sexist and homophobic attitudes towards sexuality. Sex with vampires is taboo and the Fellowship of the Sun (which is also anti-gay) frames it as unpure/unholy. Those who look down upon "fang-bangers" show negative attitudes towards sexuality and sexual freedom. The most extreme case of this was the string of women murdered in season one for having sex with vampires.
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BDSM and kink

Vampires are fetishised by both the media and individuals. For example, according to Hustler "everybody should have sex with a vampire at least once before they die." Groupies/chasers who have sex with vampires are called fang bangers. Fangtasia resembles a fetish club where vampires take on a dominant/sadist role during feeding/sex while fang bangers take on a submissive/masochist role. BUT the similarities to BDSM are often superficial as vamps tend to blur (or completely disregard) the line between BDSM/fetish practices and abuse.
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True Blood portrays 'baby vamps' as akin to children or teenagers. When she is turned, Jessica Hamby is a teenage virgin. She starts out as moody, rebellious and inexperienced. When she first cries she is surprised by the blood - no one had told her that would happen. This is an obvious parallel to menstruation. She begins to learn about who she is both as a vampire and romantically as she explores her sexuality with her first love, Hoyt. In contrast, the end of this relationship signifies a transition into early adulthood as she becomes more familiar with herself.
Jessica is initially embarrassed by her arousal/fangs.
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Hep V is a deadly virus transmitted through infected blood.
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Inquisition - In season 5, the Vampire Authority is home to two conflicting religious/political factions. Several vampires, including Bill and Eric are tortured to determine their allegiance.
Bill is the savior after making a great sacrifice - he gives up his research into day-walking to save the vampires from the camp.
The Holy Grail - Lilith's blood
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A vampire requires an invitation to enter a dwelling and can be expelled upon command. This can usually be gotten around through the use of a Glamour. However, in Sookie's case, a vamp's ability to enter her home directly relates to whether they are in her circle of trust. Circumventing this, as Eric eventually does by buying Sookie's house, represents a deep violation of her trust and boundaries.
Sookie rejects Bill
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First aid

Humans and vampires can heal each other through giving blood.
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Various parallels/allegories/metaphors in True Blood. Many of these are overlapping or contrasting.

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