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07-26-2009, 06:39 PM
Ok, I know that I am late to view the HBO series True Blood, but I wonder if anyone else has enjoyed this particular series. It is now in the 2nd season, and I have viewed the DVD set, and added it to my collection also.
The part that interests me most I think is the paralells to Gay rights. The vampires in this series wish to mainstream and are fighting for protection from discrimination, marriage rights and hate crimes protections.
I do also know that the series is based on books about the character Sookie Stackhouse, a telekenetic bar waitress. It also has alot of supernatural beings in it. The books are different than the series, but I love vampires and find them incredibly sexy beings anyhow. I also enjoy looking at the actor playing Bill Compton, he is brooding and sexy in his own right. (Hey, just cause I am a lesbian does not mean I don't notice hot, sexy males!:lol::lol:)
07-28-2009, 05:36 AM
<3 that show!
I love the sign in the opening that says "God Hates Fangs" like, in case you didn't pick up on the parallels.
07-28-2009, 11:03 AM
I haven't seen the show, but I was actually thinking about some parallels with the folklore surrounding vampires and the GLBTQ community. I have a lot of time on my hands, and have been wanting to write a graphic novel of sorts, so I am considering throwing this issue in there--however vague it might end up being--since things like this always provide for a good page turner. Too bad I'm lazy and lack initiative :p
But I have heard good things about the show, nonetheless, but I don't really watch tv, let alone Hbo :(
07-28-2009, 12:20 PM
Six Feet Under which also written by Alan Ball, the creator of True Blood. I've watched some episodes from this season (missed the first one) and have to say that, in comparison, the I like the writing of Six Feet Under better. Though the characters are more overtly dramatic in True Blood- they don't resonate with me in the same way that those in Six Feet Under did. However, it is entertaining.
The tie-in to gay rights etc isn't doing much for me. It seems too obvious for one thing. And you know what? I didn't give it much thought when I first saw it. When I've watched my mind focuses on the characters, plot and what's happening overall. I want a good...no...I take that back...I want a great story. Just not sure it's doing it for me. Six Feet Under did.
And what's with all the gore? Gore for gore's sake? Strange. I imagine it's supposed to be funny. But I'm not getting that. Nor does it seems terrifying. Perhaps Ball has yet to find his voice with this one.
What do you think?
07-28-2009, 06:53 PM
I don't know much about the writer of the series at all. I have never seen Six Feet Under, but I do know the one actor, Michael C. Hall is also Dexter. I have heard it is very good, and my friends have recomended it to me as he plays a closeted gay man in it.
I have hit a few of the posting boards on True Blood, and the consensous seems to be that it is not matcing the books so it is not good(because of that). However, I am looking forward to seeing how the characters develop. I hope they actually flesh out the character of Bill Compton and Sookie as she seems very immature to me in the show.
I usually give one season to let that happen. Even Queer As Folk had difficulty with the first season, noticable after you watch it all and look nback on the characters. They seem a bit hallow at first.
You should really see Dexter, it is a very cool show and I enjoyed it greatly. The first season actually matched the book closely also.
07-28-2009, 07:34 PM
The first season of True Blood was a LOT more subtle with the homo-paralleling. It was like there were all these tiny little details that other people might not even think about. Also, Jason was either shirtless or in bed with a girl pretty much once per episode: I think they were deliberately courting a market.
I'll be honest: I haven't read the books, but I understand that they're referred to as the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels. Despite this, she's TOTALLY my least favorite character. And I'm not a superhuge fan of Bill either; all the other, more "Minor" characters are way more interesting for some reason.
This season, they are being pretty heavy-handed with the church and everything. That said, once again, I'm way more interested in what's going on back in Bon Temps than I am about the Dallas misadventures, so maybe I'm not really paying attention to it so much.
07-29-2009, 04:10 PM
True Blood will be available this Fall.
07-29-2009, 09:18 PM
...for $16 for a four-pack. I was SO down with that till I read that far. ::sigh::
08-06-2009, 09:12 PM
LOVED Six Feet Under. Didn't care for Dexter. Haven't seen True Blood, but have heard the same comments from others.
Now, for some great British Action, try the campy series on LOGO, Bad Girls. There's a show!
08-12-2009, 01:23 AM
I love both the show and the novel.
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