Thursday, May 20, 2010

Interview with Becca Wilcott author of Truly, Madly,Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion

Books on TV posted a new interview with our friend, Becca Wilcott on her new book, Truly, Madly,Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion. I recived an advanced copy of it today and it looks great and I can't wait to sink my fangs into it..

Becca Wilcott, author of Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion

Give us a quick breakdown of True Blood, and a pitch to convince other newbies to become Truebies.

True Blood is set in sleepy, sweaty Bon Temps, Louisiana. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, so it’s an interesting mix of political tensions (racism and homophobia still run rampant) and a need to get along with everyone, especially when there’s only one watering hole in town, Merlotte’s Bar & Grill.
Alan Ball, the series creator, has said that True Blood is about the terrors of intimacy. I think that’s spot on. Most of life is about such terror, but it’s particularly fitting for this show, one in which the main characters struggle constantly with what they share with the outside world, what they keep hidden, what secrets they’re trying to outrun, and which secrets need to be brought into the light of day. Sounds like typical, heady, Alan Ball fare (he’s the mastermind behind Six Feet Under), but the notable difference is that many of these characters inhabit extraordinary traits. In seasons 1 and 2, we become most acquainted with vampires, shifters, and our heroine Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress.
Vampires feature most heavily in the first two seasons of the series. A Japanese company has manufactured a synthetic blood, which resulted in vampires “coming out of the coffin” now that their needs were being satisfied with Tru:Blood. However, while this synthetic blood nourishes, it doesn’t necessarily satisfy, and there are vampires who refuse to relinquish their true selves simply to mainstream into modern society. Like any good suspense show, there are the Good Vampires and the Bad Vampires. But, of course, it’s more complicated than that. It’s far more about working against a homogenous society that shuts out anything it deems “different” and immoral. To that end, the show has been cited as a strong example of programming that seeks to comment on “real world” problems, the parallels to homophobia and heterosexism particularly apparent.
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Launch for Becca Wilcott's Truly, Madly, Deadly

When Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 7:00pm
Where Czehoski / 678 Queen Street West / Toronto

Details: An alter ego launch party for Truly, Madly, Deadly will be held at Czehoski, 678 Queen Street West, Toronto, on 1-June, 7pm to 10pm. Attendees will be provided with name tags upon arrival and encouraged to write down the name of their alter ego for the evening, role play to follow.