True Blood

I have a confession to make. I am completely hooked on this show. I devoured the first two seasons and I’m panicking because I have to wait until June 2010 for a new episode to air.

As the show is based on a series of novels written by Charmaine Harris, it’s now inevitable I shall read a few of those to see how they compare.

Vamp love isn’t anything new, even on television; Joss Whedon managed to produce seven whole seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and five of Angel. More recently, vampires seem to have become a bit of a fad, with Twilight winning the hearts and minds of teenage girls everywhere. Don’t let that put you off, though, as True Blood is a cut above.

Anna Paquin won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of psychic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, despite receiving some mixed reviews for her performance. Personally, I think her real-life partner Stephen Moyer surpasses her slightly in the role of William “Vampire Bill” Compton, but they do compliment each other well. While their relationship is interesting and full of surprises, I feel it is my duty to stress the show is much more than just girl meets vampire.

As you might have come to expect from HBO, this is slick, stylish, adult and very entertaining. The inhabitants of Bon Temps, Louisiana, are so full of surprises, True Blood seems to have much more potential than some other HBO shows (such as Dexter). The supporting cast is absolutely fantastic and when their individual storylines entwine the show has a soapy quality reminiscent of Twin Peaks at its best. Actually, it’s also a bit like that show American Gothic, except stuff actually happens which you care about. Trust me, once you sink your teeth into it, you’ll be thirsting for more too.


2 Responses to “True Blood”

  1. Good review! You are almost forgiven for getting ‘sucked’ into this teenage girl fantasy show. altho – Karim makes me watch it too.

  2. thebigsmoke Says:


    I’m almost finished reading the first Twilight novel, which is a million times worse.

    I’ve bought the first True Blood novel now as well, which I’m eager to compare to the show.

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