16 May 2009

I Wanna Do Bad Things To You...

Yep, it was inevitable. I fell in love with some vamps. Anne Rice's books were good but never got me enthralled. My fault, not hers. Stephanie Meyer... ugh, sappy, predictable, boring. Her fault, not mine. Then came along Charlaine Harris.

She's a part-time author, part-time minister. She writes stories about sex, drugs, and lots of blood. Every single one of her books in the Sookie Stackhouse series contains the word "dead."

It all started over at Mandar's cousins house. Aurora had gone on for a while about being enthralled by the Sookie Stackhouse novels. She was psyched to be getting the upcoming ninth in the series. After I finished reading Contact by Carl Sagan I thought, sure why not, I'll give it a try.

I bought the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series called "Dead Until Dark." From page one, I was interested. By page 292, I was hooked. Even better, HBO picked up the book and converted them to a weekly one-hour television program which they dubbed True Blood.

The story takes place in the rural Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The books are told from the prospective of 25 year old Sookie Stackhouse. Just months have the underground vampire community decided to "come out of the coffin" thanks to the creation of a sythetic blood drink called TruBlood Sookie is exited to meet a real live vampire when he walks into Merlotte's Bar (where she works of course). Mr. Bill Compton is a gentleman (and has a handsome 1800's look about him). From there Sookie finds herself getting slightly attracted to her dead new friend. The once quiet town of Bon Temps is shocked when several murders occur just months having the vampire's appeared. Sookie is torn between her new beau and the normal life she once had.

Above is the uber amazing Eric Northman (and his second in command Pam), the 1100 year old vampire who runs the vampire bar called Fangtasia. Oh, did I mention that they refer to the people who have sex with vampires as fang-bangers?

The series True Blood is a lot different from the book. Each season of the show represents one book. However, since the book is less than 300 pages long and the show has twelve one-hour episodes, there's time to fill. What I love is how every single scene from the book is in the show. And what's great is they have room to add more. Much much much more!

This show is not for the faint at heart. There is a lot of fucking. And I mean a lot of fucking! There's drug use. Gore. Violence. Blood. Lots of blood. Let's put it this way. Twilight is like huggies pull-ups and True Blood is like Victoria Secret lace lingerie. Don't watch unless you can handle big girl panties!

One of the things I love about the show is it's location. Deep south Lousianna. Just check out the show's opening credits. I love the song they choose and the imagery is perfect.

So it's my new addiciton. Good thing for me, I just finished reading book one and I've got eight more to go (and there currenlty is no end in visible sight for the series). I sure hope HBO keeps this series going for a nice long time!


Mandar Malum said...

the show is amazing. It is a rare thing for me to sit down and watch an entire season in less than a week.

I cannot wait until season 2, and with the way each episode tends to end, I don't know if i will be able to stand having to wait a week between episodes! I foresee that this is going to be a book I have to read

mac said...

Yeah, I really enjoy the show too.

My wife(ex?) has the books. I wasn't really interested in them until I watched the show. Now I'm thinking they might just be a good read.

And yes, the HBO show just drips of sexuality....MMMMMMMM :-)