Monday, August 15, 2011

True Blood, True Witches?

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Have you seen True Blood — the popular HBO vampire drama teeming with spooky thrills, blood, sex, and camp?

I admit, the award-winning series has been a guilty pleasure of mine since its 2008 premiere. Set in a fictional backwater Louisiana town (where else?), True Blood brings to life all sorts of mystical creatures who must cope with humans, and each other, in the modern world. We’re talking werewolves, shapeshifters, psychics, fairies, werecats, and, yes, bloodthirsty vamps.

The fourth season of True Blood tackles something new: Wiccans. The recent Reuters article, “Real Witches Cry Foul at Portrayal on ‘True Blood,’” explores how real witches feel about the television show’s portrayal of Witchcraft. Several witches offer their view, including Llewellyn authors Christopher Penczak and Ellen Dugan. Note that not all of them “cry foul” as the headline suggests.

Are you concerned that television shows like True Blood may be giving Wiccans and Pagans a bad name? Or do you believe mainstream entertainment plays an important role is building awareness of nature-based spirituality? Have TV shows like Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer impacted sales at your store? Please shares your thoughts and stories!

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