While everyone else is going crazy over the making and release of the Twilight movie*, I am going crazy over the making and release of True Blood, the new HBO series to be aired in September that is based on one of my absolute favorite vampire series, the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. If you haven’t read the series (DO!) the premise is that vampires have “come out,” so to speak, to the world and are finally acknowledged as real. The United States (shockingly) is one of the few countries that have accepted vampires, though they do still receive discrimination much like any other minority. The reason vamps where able to show themselves to the world is because of TrueBlood, a synthetically designed blood that, in theory, tastes like the real thing (and comes in the flavors of all blood types) and allows vampires to live without having to feed from humans. Of course, not all vampires agree to this so there is some definite tension within the vampire community and between humans and vamps. The main character is Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid in small-town Louisiana. Sookie’s different from everyone else; she can hear what people are thinking. This makes everyone a bit wary of her, makes a lot of people think she’s crazy, and makes it very difficult to date! When Sookie meets her first vampire she’s excited because she can’t hear what he’s thinking. This makes vampires the best thing in the world to Sookie, and thus begins her entanglement with the vampire and supernatural world. I love this series because of its evolution. Unlike many series (*cough* Janet Evanovich *cough*) the story does not remain stagnant or redone. In each book Sookie learns a little bit more and the story ends with Sookie reevaluating her position and choosing different directions. So far there are eight books in the series:
- Dead Until Dark
- Living Dead in Dallas
- Club Dead
- Dead to the World
- Dead as a Doornail
- Definitely Dead
- All Together Dead
- From Dead to Worse
This is a series you’ll definitely want to start from the beginning. The first are a little rough–not well edited and such–but are being re-released now that they are more popular so maybe they’ve undergone some editorial revisions.
Now my biggest dilemma: I don’t have cable of any kind let alone HBO. Where am I going to get my True Blood fix??? Please, please, please HBO release full episodes on your website. I beg you!
*Twilight Rant. Can a movie that is so heavily promoted so far in advance of its release really be good? I am not a huge fan of the books ( I know, horrible) because Bella bugs me and Edward only likes her for her scent and they never spend any time together (at least in Twilight and New Moon) because Edward is always running from her so this probably clouds my judgement. But really, the movie doesn’t come out until December people! With how many clips they’re showing I’m betting we’re going to have seen the whole moving before actually having seen the movie. I like a bit of suspense; waiting is half the fun! Also, I’m a bit worried that this is going to be more about the action and saving poor Bella (at least from the clips shown) than about the relationship between Bella and Edward. So, what, they’re only going to show the last 1/3 of Twilight in the movie? I suppose we shall see. End Rant.