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A Better Vampire Romance

June 13, 2009

     Vampire romance stories are all the rage today.  You’ve got Twilight, the ridiculous book series/movie, and you’ve got True Blood, the popular TV show based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of books by Charlaine Harris.  Taking place in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps, it tells the story of a young adult named Sookie Stackhouse, a girl who mysteriously has the power to read people’s minds.  Just recently, vampires revealed their existence to the general public, and they’re now attempting to mainstream and enter human society.  Well, some of them are.  Sookie works at Merlotte’s, a local bar, along with a few of her friends.  She ends up meeting a vampire named Bill Compton, and eventually she falls in love.  The show details their love life, as well as that of many of the other people in town, including Sam Merlotte, her boss, Tara Thornton, her foul-mouthed best friend, and Jason Stackhouse, her idiotic, borderlinenymphomaniac of a brother.  The first season chronicles Sookie learning about vampires and falling in love with Bill, as well as the mysterious murders of various women around town who associated with vampires.

     This show is really quite superb.  Even though the first few episodes seem odd, as Sookie and Bill don’t quite have good chemistry, and Stephen Moyer hasn’t quite gotten down playing Bill yet, it’s really addictive.  You get to love all the characters, especially Sookie.  Sookie faces traumatic event after traumatic event, and you can’t help but wonder how she deals with it all.  The show deals with the redneckness of many of the people in the town within a modern context, and it really shows vampire culture quite well, especially through Eric Northman’s bar, Fangtasia.  Personally, I think that the fangs look silly when they come out.  I prefer the way Joss Whedon did it in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  But that’s just me.  Anna Paquin is a great Sookie, though personally, my favorite performance is that of Rutina Wesley as Tara.  Now, if you don’t like seeing sex, then don’t watch this show.  There’s tons of scenes that simulate sex, and there’s blood and all sorts of stuff to make you a bit nauseous.  But otherwise, if you like vampires, and you miss Buffy, you should really watch this show.  Alan Bell’s done a great job with this show, and I can’t wait to see Season 2 and all the new craziness that comes with it.  As my dad said, few shows are so good with their twists and turns.

Story: 9.4      Cinematography: 9.2      Soundtrack: 9.2      Acting: 9.3      Overall: 9.3

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  1. July 17, 2009 10:29 pm

    I’m sure it’s been recommended to you, but if you like Sookie, you should read the books (if you’ve not already), They’re a quick and easy read and a lot of fun!

    I agree about Stephen Moyer as Bill, it’s almost awkward. And he’s way old to be Bill, but thats secondary. I totally agree about the fangs, that looks stupid, especially when they talk, or it’s supposed to be sexual? Really? But all stuff that can be overlooked.

    Thanks for the review, I enjoy the show as well!

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