Friday, April 10, 2009

True Blood is: True love, with fangs

By cara van miriah, in los angeles

Blood. Violence. Sex. That was what drew award-winning American screenwriter Alan Ball to The Southern Vampire Mysteries. He stumbled upon the bestselling series by American Charlaine Harris in a bookstore and it inspired his latest HBO television series.

True Blood, which premiered yesterday on Max (StarHub Channel 59), stars Anna Paquin in a Golden Globe-winning role as telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse who falls in love with a 173-year-old vampire named Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). The screenwriter, who shot to fame with his Best Original Screenplay Oscar for American Beauty (1999), says the story was 'just so much fun'.

'It's scary, dark and funny,' he adds in an interview at The Lot studio in Farmosa Avenue, Los Angeles.

'Vampires are sexy but they will do anything without constraint, without morals. Yet they are objects of fancy for a lot of women,' he muses, with a laugh.

In the world of the book and TV show, vampires are 'coming out of the coffin' to live among humans, thanks to readily available synthetic blood called Tru Blood.

Vampire novels have been fodder for movies ever since 1922's Nosferatu, an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula novel. Since then, adaptations have ranged from Hollywood blockbusters such as Interview With The Vampire (1994) to the recent Swedish arthouse flick, Let The Right One In (2008).

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True Blood airs every Thursday at 9pm on Max (StarHub Ch 59).


Joan said...

I am wondering, if season 2 is going to focus on Bill and ERic's past lives, how is this going to include Sookie?