Michelle’s Review: True Blood and Philosophy by William Irwin, Rebecca Housel, and George A. Dunn

Michelle’s Review: True Blood and Philosophy by William Irwin, Rebecca Housel, and George A. DunnTrue Blood and Philosophy: We Want to Think Bad Things with You by George A. Dunn, Rebecca Housel, William Irwin
Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #19
Published by Wiley on 2010-06-01
Genres: General, Philosophy
Pages: 256
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
The first look at the philosophical issues behind Charlaine Harris's New York Times bestsellers The Southern Vampire Mysteries and the True Blood television seriesTeeming 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 seriesAdds a new dimension to your understanding of True Blood characters and themesThe perfect companion to the start of the third season on HBO and the release of the second season on DVDSmart and entertaining, True Blood and Philosophy provides food—or blood—for thought, and a fun, new way to look at the series.

Each chapter was written by a different person or group of person about different aspects of the story. I would recommend reading this in parts. If you feel like reading a chapter, read it. But reading it as one whole book is a bit heavy. Do not take this book and think, “I love True Blood, let’s read about it!” The emphasis, to me at least, felt like it was on philosophy while using the True Blood and Southern Vampire Mysteries as a source. That said, it is not a light read.

Some articles were better than others. One read as very preachy, an attempt by the author to convince his or her readers to become a vegan. You could definitely tell where a person’s expertise lay. One of my favorites considered the possibility of actually incorporating vampire society into American society. It considered the logistics of it given the American government and cultural ideals with those of the vampire society we see in the series.

I would also like to offer another warning. I have read up to about the fifth book of the Southern Vampire Mysteries. I am completely caught up with the True Blood series. Even so, some authors referenced much later books in the series, creating spoilers for me. While I should have acknowledged the possibility of that happening, it still bummed me out that I now know things about the characters that I hadn’t gotten to yet.

It was enjoyable, and I’ll probably reference different parts of it or look back at some of the other questions. But I can’t say it’s one of my favorite books.


From the Stash is my way to denote when something is from before Playing Jokers was established. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work, as well as safeguard my reviews for posterity.

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