A little background. I’m a vamp fan. No, I don’t have a coffin and I don’t drink pewter chalices of mortal’s blood. But I’m a little bit of a fan when it comes to watching shows about them. Now I’m a girl through and through – a big lover of sappy love stories and dramatic twists and soapies galore, but when it comes to my vampires, I like them more gory and macho, and the real twist I love is the one in their minds. So yes, I’ve watched the Twilight series (and am all Team Jacob – I like them dark and handsome!), and I’ve dabbled with the hunks in Vampire Diaries, but there’s only one true contender for me and that’s the Mikaelson brothers. (Don’t make me choose which one though!)
And if you ask nicely, I’ll give you my thoughts about that series ending too!
But I’d heard about True Blood, nothing more than just it being a series to watch, one with vampires and such. So I did. And yes, I tend to only get to watch things years later – late bloomer…
“Stephen Moyer plays the vampire and while he’s not all that bad, has broody looks that kinda have a girl’s knees turn to jelly, he’s just not Elijah or Klaus.”
So bearing in mind I’m a spoilt connoisseur of The Originals, finding myself transported into the middle of what felt like a hillbilly bar where the protagonist’s name is Sookie, my first impression was definitely wtf is going on here? Wtf is this?
So I googled. This lasted ten years? Seven seasons? There must be more I’m missing then, surely. So I watched more. Yes, ever the investigative reporter, I know.
It has to be good. The show’s creator is from the acclaimed Six Feet Under. The story is based on popular southern vampire mystery novels. Even little ol’ Sookie is played by Anna Paquin, so we’re not talking about a backyard production.
So the synopsis. Sookie is a telepathic waitress down in Louisiana. She’s apparently a halfling which for the ignorant like me, means she’s half human, half faerie. But there’s more. Apparently, the world is filled with shapeshifters, werewolves, faeries, witches and all sorts of other things, including, yes, vampires. Hallelujah! But vamps now apparently are a species out in the world who can happily feed with the invention of synthetic blood. Boring!
Stephen Moyer plays the vampire and while he’s not all that bad, has broody looks that kinda have a girl’s knees turn to jelly, he’s just not Elijah or Klaus. (I think I’m going to have to get onto writing my rant about the show ending, aren’t I? I clearly have withdrawal issues.)
It’s the strangest love story though, if that’s really what it is. Sookie trying to show the world that humans and vampires can actually co-exist, but more than that, they can find true love. And all the while addressing all the hot subjects of equal rights, discrimination, violence against minorities and homosexuals, drug addiction, religion, you name it, they touch on it.
I’m a sucker for stats, and apparently, this show is HBO’s most watched series since The Sopranos and everyone knows that was really good. Maybe then it just boils down to personal taste? Maybe Sookie just doesn’t have the elegance of Rebekah Mikaelson, or I’m not that into dark horror type stories. But I’ll do the right thing and watch a little more to give it a fair chance anyway.
And while I’m leaning towards me never really getting into this series (but I’ll keep watching ‘cos I’m a sucker for these things), I will give it a big GudShiz thumbs up just for the title song. I should have guessed by the intro that I was going to be watching something more along the lines of a dark fantasy horror series, but I’d watch it again and again just for the song, Bad Things by Jace Everett.
Dassie brings her own take on the entertainment world be it her fangirling over The Originals or Vikings or complaining about waiting for the next season of Vikings, or about The Originals ending. Did I mention she likes The Originals? And Vikings? She’s also a fan of drama series like The Last Ship, Shameless and classics like The Office and Seinfeld. To say she has a diverse taste would be an understatement making her a perfect fit for GudShiz.