True Blood & Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You arrived at Wiley this week. The books will be sent out to stores on Monday, 5/17, and all of you fans who pre-ordered your copies will get your orders by month's end. Sookie and Bill grace the cover and inside, well, let's just say you fangbangers out there will have lots of True Blood flesh to sink your fangs into. There are two "lost" chapters that are not included in the published version of the book; one of the two chapters is lost forever but another is my own contribution dubbed "too controversial" to be published. When asked to change it, I refused and withdrew the chapter. I bet you're dying to know what it's about. Maybe it will appear in a future book. Otherwise, I can't tell you...at least, not yet. I CAN tell you that you won't find a chapter on race in our little book. While my chapter briefly touched on that aspect, sadly, the other "lost" chapter fully addressed the issue--like why Ball creates African American characters and makes them victims, like Eggs...if you're a fan of Harris's novels, Eggs doesn't get shot point-blank by a militaristic white man. He's not even black! So why create that scenario...what was Ball trying to do there? There are a plethora of other examples that may not raise the collective eyebrow of an audience who has yet read to Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels. But it should. The black characters are relegated to victimization, except for the female police officer, who has a very minor role in Ball's adaptation. But that's a topic for another time.
If you are prepping for the juicy third season of True Blood, and you're going to buy our controversial little book, you'll need to pair it with a drink...that is, if you're 21 or older. I'll give you a few of the recipes to try for yourself...give you something to do between now and the HBO premiere of our favorite existential train wreck, True Blood:
Fangbanger: 1 part Amaretto; 3 parts red wine; 1 part Cola. Mix and serve in a wine glass.
THE Fangbanger: 1.5 ounces of Vodka; 2 ounces of Tru Blood drink (trubeverage.com); .5 ounces of Galliano. Mix vodka and Tru Blood beverage. Serve in a collins glass over ice. Add Galliano as a hat on your drink.
Plasmapolitan: 1 part Cointreau; 1 part vodka; 2 parts Tru Blood beverage; add a dash of lime juice in martini shaker and ice. Serve in a frozen martini glass.
Dutch Blood: This is a real killer. You'll want to use an 1.25 ounces of Absinthe in an Absinthe glass--top with Tru Blood beverage. Et voila, cherie, you have a Dutch Blood! And one of my former students living in Colorado has an Absinthe distillery. I'm not sure she can send it over state lines, but if you're in the Colorado area, her Absinthe is top notch! See the "PS" below for more on the Overland Distillery...a green distillery making the "green" fairy, hmmm.... ;)
The Undead Experience: 1 part Jagermeister; 2 parts vodka; 1 part triple sec; 1 dash of bitters; fill the remainder of the shaker with Tru Blood beverage. Strain into glass and add ice as desired.
Undead Sex on the Beach: 1.5 ounces of peach schnapps; 1.5 ounces of vodka; 2 ounces of OJ; 2 ounces of pineapple juice; 2 ounces of Tru Blood beverage. Combine and serve over ice.
And here's my own little concoctions:
Bloody Margarita: 1 part Tru Blood beverage (or V8--your choice); 1 part Cointreau; 2 parts Tequila; dash of lime juice. Mix and serve on the rocks...any glass will do! Salt the rim.
Blood Thinner (for those of you counting your calories): 2 parts vodka; 1 part unsweetened raspberry puree; wedge of lime. Pour raspberry puree in bottom of martini glass. Top with vodka. Squeeze in wedge of lime.
Viking-Vamp Water (in honor of that oh-so-yummy Eric Northman): 2 parts Akvavit (Norwegian whiskey); 1 part Ringnes (or any pale lager); 1/2 of a lime; Stir Akvavit and Ringnes gently after squeezing in the juice of 1/2 a lime. Pour into frozen glass--no ice. In Norway, Eric's homeland, the tradition is to drink a shot of Akvavit, followed by a pint of beer. My Viking-Vamp Water is a nod to tradition with a twist...cheers!
NOW, if you're too young to include alcohol in your True Blood festivities or just don't feel like wasting the calories (I hear ya...)--here's a virgin cocktail for you to enjoy:
Freshy Fleshy: 1/2 part soda water; 1 part Tru Blood beverage; 1 part mango puree; the juice of half a lime. Shake in Martini mixer and strain into glass over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and paper umbrella.
June 13th, here we come! Armed with my True Blood & Philosophy book, the latest Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novel, and a plethora of vampy-drink recipes...the long-anticipated season opener will go off with a bang...a fang-bang, that is. Are you ready??? I am.
And hey, why stop the vampy-fun there. Two weeks later, on June 30th, tons of screaming Twi-hards will enter theatres at midnight and beyond to see Eclipse, the third installment in the Twilight film franchise. To aid my fellow Twi-hards, my contribution to our shared fandom is Twilight & Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians & the Pursuit of Immortality. If you haven't yet bought your copy...you should. EVERYTHING is covered in that book. Before watching the season finale of LJane Smith's Vampire Diaries on the CW tomorrow, Thursday, May 13th at 8pm EST, hit fandango to PRE-PURCHASE your Eclipse tix: www.fandango.com
The next month is FULL of vamp-gasmic fun for all! Whether you LOVE True Blood or Twilight (or both, like me), I've TOTALLY got you covered! Don't go in to season 3 of True Blood cold, buy your copy of True Blood & Philosophy today! And why wait until after Eclipse to delve into the philosophical folds of the Twilight universe...you've GOT to buy Twilight & Philosophy. I promise you, reading both books will give you new insights into the worlds of our favorite pop culture vampires...in seven languages, in a kindle edition or e-book, and/or, as an audio book.
Until next time, dearest readers...eat cupcakes, fall in love, watch bad b-movies, and enjoy the not-so-guilty pleasures of vampire popular culture!!! Life is good...especially with fangs.... ;)
PS: Check out eco-conscious Overland Distillery in Colorado for more on their Absinthe for drinks like "Dutch Blood": http://www.OverlandDistillery.com