Sexy vs. Sexual Violence?

at first watch, i agree that show is pretty sick. actually its definitely very sexy and brings back that whole vamp erotica that we haven't seen in awhile....but there are parts of the show that i wouldn't give an A++++++. vampire sex is definitely connected with rough sex and S&M, but i dont think that means the show has to sexualize....or better yet, eroticize sexual violence. but not to say that i wouldn't want folks to watch the show or that S&M is wrong (to each his own). but im not a fan of audio-visual media using 'rape-like' scenes to turn viewers on with how disturbing it all is. i just hope that the writers of the show will take that aspect down a notch and/or viewers/new viewers are prepared for these kinda scenes. besides that, however, the basis for the show--the "us" vs. "them" (sweetly reminiscent of the X-men comics), is so very creative. can't wait to see how it progresses. ps. sookie's character is definitely hawt! happy watching folks.

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Sep 14, 2008 8:28PM EDT

Vampirism has a lonnnggg history of erotic sexuality, and I suppose I just figure that an HBO show about vampires is going to have some sex in it. But I kind of get what you're saying about the roughness of it.
Was the rough sex violence though? The girl was into it, both times I might add. All of the sex, rough or not has been consensual so far. I think that when Anna Paquins character's brother saw that sex tape with the vampire in it, it kind of put a spell over him.. and now suddenly he's really into rougher sex. I'm sure we'll find out some more about that in new episodes.
Just keep in mind that:
#1 - This is written/ adapted by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under). He's not afraid to break boundaries and shock.
#2 - It's HBO, lol

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Sep 14, 2008 10:52PM EDT

hello read the books(THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE aka SOUTHERN VAMPIRE SERIES)!!!!!!! They have changed it, and it is HBO. if you don't like it don't watch it.

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Sep 15, 2008 12:20AM EDT

not sure how to respond to the last comment, cause i actually said that i liked the show thus far but was concerned about one certain thing. as per the first comment, totally well taken. i actually was thinking about that too--that it was consensual, right? but then i remembered that the brother's girlfriend seemed really disturbed for awhile when she was saying that she thought the roughness would be good but then looked horrified that it had been soo rough. but yeah, im down to see how it all goes. just writing out some thoughts. thanks! -b.

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Sep 15, 2008 12:36PM EDT

I know what you mean. I really loved the show, it's so great to see a vampire show with sure a different idea behind it. But I too was a little surprised by vampire sex scene (and trust me, I've watched enough HBO shows to expect lots of nudity and sex in their series). I just think it could have been shown/shot in a better way. A way that would suggest all violence, not just throw it out there. In my opinion, the rawness of the scene made it seem, well, a bit silly. As shocked as I was, I almost wanted to laugh. Well...who knows, maybe Alan Ball wanted me to laugh, maybe that was the whole point! Haha. I suppose I will never know!!
None-the-less, I still absolutely love the series, and I sincerely hope it doesn't get canceled!

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Sep 16, 2008 7:04PM EDT

Yeah, I don't think we're supposed to take the show entirely seriously. I find myself laughing at some of the scenes too hehe

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Sep 16, 2008 11:35PM EDT

Am I the only one who thinks the roughness is kind of justified. I neither expect to or want to see sensual love making. This is a vampire show! The vampire bite is a metaphor for the penetrative sexual act and their blood lust for sexual lust. Isn't it? Violent, raw and erotic. Thats what I was always lead to believe. I think if thats what the show was going for they have it down.Love the show. Love the rawness.Its all a bit of fun.:D

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Sep 17, 2008 7:34AM EDT

Alan Ball is still introducing viewers to the characters, who I don't find to be cliche. There are aspects of the central characters that are yet to be revealed. Did anyone notice the picture on the wall in Sam's office, for example? What does that hint at? That Sam and the protective, watchful dog that hangs around the bar is connected to Sam, or maybe it IS Sam? Or what about Jason's "girlfriend" and how smoothly she slips into doing it vampire style. What's up with her? And the grandmother has many layers it seems; perhaps this isn't her first encounter with a vampire? Maybe she has some bite marks on her wrinkled thigh? You all know Alan Ball is gay, so sometimes the "other" metaphor is referring to the gay/straight conflict in America, and how irrational it has become in some minds. He is also referring to some of the other divides in American society: take another listen to the evangelical and the vampire politician "dialogue" on the TV program. Did you notice that Ball threw in a quick satirical reference to casual hatred of homosexuals in the home moviesque opening sequence: the sign that says "God hates fangs". Take out the "n" and you have a theme he will be writing about, using vampires as stand-ins for gays and gay rights. Sorry if I ruined the show for some of you by pointing these hidden aspects out to you.

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Sep 17, 2008 11:42AM EDT

I love that gay/straight conflict angle. I hadn't quite thought of it myself its not so important here in the UK.I saw the dog picture in the office too. I also noticed that Sam is kind of lightish in hair colour. like the dog.Also as these shows constantly rewrite vampire lore (not that I'm complaining) who else wonders how Sookie came across her impressive talent. (Bill told her that different vampires can do different stuff. maybe she has some genetic thing or something!)Clearly getting carried away with this show already lol!

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Sep 18, 2008 5:55AM EDT

plasmatvbrain brings up a great point. but the show isn't just about gay discrimination...i'd go one step further to say that it is about discrimination in general...i love that it is set in the south...in a manner that is almost w/o a time frame...playing off the historical allusions of slavery and religious fundamentalism and distrust of big government...it's all bloody genius, it is-- pun intended.

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Sep 21, 2008 12:41PM EDT

it's funny sometimes when some shows let see something behind that are never discussed but while it's a matter of sexuality, there is always a problem! I mean, some shows have been advocating for mafia tenderness, use of guns, proning the use of drugs, showing actresses so thin almost breathing out of anorexia, or in a fake bubbled gum upper side place suffering of just being too rich !!!! I like True Blood because it's open and honest and does not cheat with the audience! But if you don't like then you don't watch!

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Sep 22, 2008 11:25AM EDT

anyway after episode 3 Sookie's erotic night dreams are quite normal for a girl of that age, but the part when she caresses herself on the steps of Bill's House, at noon time, is kind of byzzare...for a virgin! I guess she's her brother's sister or was it some moon spell ...at noon time, I know I know, I don't buy it either!

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