‘True Blood’ and social exclusion: the vampire as a metaphor for othering

I think I may have once said I would never watch a certain vampire series because I had read the books it was based on, and they were so bad I wondered if a blood-sucker grabbed the editor around chapter 2 of the first volume. I said this before an impoverished week when the Owl couldn’t afford the video shop and we were left with the offerings available at the local library, and I let the Owl loose with my library card. P.S. Dear local library, I think you should have a little look at classifying your dvd section. Vampire-loving 12 year olds  love this shit, but their parents might be annoyed that they could readily access what is essentially really blood-thirsty porn. Of course, that was not why I was watching it with deep fascination. No, I was interested in the sociological implications, and there were enough of those to write numerous essays. Here are my dot-points for the issues to be addressed in the essay I will one day write when I finish dealing with the far less sexy and bloodthirsty theme of social exclusion amongst seasonal workers.

  • The vampire community depicted is a socially excluded group that are marginalised and forced to exist on the periphery of mainstream life because their difference is threatening to other sectors of the population – binary ‘us’ and ‘them’ perceptions of sub-culture 
  • no interaction with their peers – look at impacts of inability to participate in social activities i.e. sporting clubs, community organisations, voluntary and charity groups
  • Christian fundamentalists further exclude and denigrate vampires by resorting to populist arguments about ‘our way of life’, ‘good and evil’ – necessary for the Christian groups to support the status quo because money and power are bound up in their continued control
  • socio-economically deprived groups pleased by the creation of a class lower than their own, leap in to finally feel superior and defend a way of life in which they previously have been marginalised by others – insecurity and fear of the unknown manifesting as a kind of moral superiority
  • issues of patriarchal and hegemonic power inherent in the structuring of isolated regional communities, fear of difference

I could go on, but I really need to get a structure for my essay about social exclusion amongst seasonal workers. Although maybe I could borrow from the above dot-points.