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Brooding boys, lots of blood, and the peak of 2009 fashion—it’s time to take a closer look at seasons 1 – 4 of The Vampire Diaries. We’re talking about gothic fiction, taboo desires, and the strange lack of engagement with race in the CW’s hit vampire series.
Content Warning: Contains brief mentions of sexual assault as well as the expected discussions of violence and sex.
Some Sources You Might Find Interesting:
My Vampire Boyfriend: Postfeminism, “Perfect” Masculinity, and the Contemporary Appeal of Paranormal Romance by Ananya Mukherjea
(Un)safe Sex: Romancing the Vampire by Karen Backstein
Saving Innocents: Tracing the Human Monster Hunter’s Hetero-Normative Agenda from the 1970s to Today by Adam Kem Yerima
The South as “Other,” the Southerner as “Stranger” by Orville Vernon Burton
Strategies for Success?: Navigating Hollywood’s “Postracial” Labor Practices by Kristen J. Warner
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