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The Best New Vampire Lore in a Long Time

  • May 20, 2009
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Probably inspired by Anne Rice's novels, this new version of vampire lore is far more interesting than Blade, Underworld, Twilight, Buffy, etc.  It takes place in a small town in Louisianna and has a real Cajun feel to it.  The premise is that vampires have admitted their existance so a blood substitute (True Blood) has been developed and sold wherever beverages are sold.

The first season centered on a vampire named Bill moving into a Louisianna town and he fascinates Suki who works a Merlot's, a local restaurant.  Probably the main reason for Suki's attraction is that she is a mind reader and when she lets her guard down she usually hears embarassing thoughts from her male suitors.  As Bill is undead, she is not able to read his thoughts and in her mind, she is able to have a "normal" relationship with him. 

The main themes are that the vampires are seeking civil rights and acceptance while a murderer is loose in the town, preying on women that are on friendly terms with vampires.  Suki's brother Jason always seems to be the prime suspect.

As the season went on we were introduced to a whole society of vampires who mostly congregate at a bar in a nearby town.  It is always dangerous for humans to enter the bar as the story is they don't get out alive.  Of course Suki makes Bill take her there.  The head of the bar seems to be the local "Don" of the vampires and we later find out that he reports to a higher council, which dispenses swift justice with fury.

I am really enjoying the show so far and look forward to the new episodes being launched in June!  This is probably the best drama on cable right now!

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November 12, 2009
I love True Blood. I love the Sookie and Bill and Eric love triangle.
November 12, 2009
YES! Me too. Totally the best part!!
November 12, 2009
Don't really consider it a triangle, Eric changed the game with his stunt. I am not sure if he has any "love" for Sookie. He just wants to possess her for her talent and to spite Bill.
 
October 02, 2009
I am a big fan of the show and the Books. But the heroin's name is Sookie not Sukie. The books of course are much different they are only from Sookie's point of view and are fantastic. Alan Ball is doing a wonderful job with creating the world on film.
November 12, 2009
I am so glad I watched True Blood first. Now I can picture Eric saying or doing that. I love Eric. I agree with you Alan Ball is doing a good job bringing Bon Temps to life.
 
May 22, 2009
I've only watched two episodes of this, but I found my self feeling very protective of Suki. What do you think of her character?
May 22, 2009
I don't want to spoil anything for you so I won't discuss anything beyond the first couple of episodes. Suki has it hard, living with her Grandma and being treated as a freak because of her ability to read minds. She has to be constantly alert to block out people's thoughts or she gets overwelmed. It makes it difficult to have relationships because she has to block out other peoples' thoughts so not to embarass them or herself. Her brother Jason has his own issues and their relationship is very strained. You really need to stick with it. By about the 6th episode or so it gets really intriguing. I look very much forward for the next season.
 
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Thanks to a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures "coming out of the coffin." Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out. Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), however, knows how it feels to be an outcast. "Cursed" with the ability to listen in on people's thoughts, she's also open-minded about the integration of vampires — particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill's arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test. 

A new drama from 'Six Feet Under' creator Alan Ball, True Blood delves into the meticulously-crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris. Described by the Emmy®-winning Ball as "popcorn for smart people" and featuring a colorful cast of local misfits, 'True Blood' promises an intense ride.
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Premiere Date: September 7th 2008
Description: HBO series about Vampires who have gone public and want human rights
Genre: Drama
Studio: HBO
Original Air Date: September 7th 2008
DVD Release Date: May 19th 2009
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