Tuesday, June 1, 2010

True Blood – Season 3 Preparation

This is a retrospective of a television season in preparation for an upcoming season premiere, like one of those “previously seen on” sequences before the show starts (maybe with a bit more snark), basically a reminder to those that have already watched. I warn you: there are spoilers below. If you want to catch up naturally, now is your time to leave and pick up the recorded media of your choice and catch up. Then come back later.

Let’s just get this out there off the bat: I had a huge aversion to True Blood initially. It’s not because I hate vampires. Interview with the Vampire is a favorite book and film of mine. I’m even somewhat interested in the Twilight films. But the huge and rabid fandom of the show was off-putting to me. And I don’t like Anna Paquin. But when it was given to me as a summer assignment for the blog, I put all that aside and actually gave it a try. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

True Blood is not just about vampires and sex and rednecks, although it does contain all of these elements. True Blood is a dirty, sexy, southern mystical romance novel topping to some of the most delicious social commentary on television. Sure, on the surface it’s about Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill Compton (or Vampire Bill as he is affectionately referred to as). But it runs deeper than just being Twilight for twenty-somethings. It’s a show about prejudice and intolerance and hate, making the deep south of Louisiana the perfect setting. But it doesn’t stop there. Drugs, religion, sex, growing up, cults, sexuality: True Blood hits major societal themes without making you feel like you’re being preached at by some Southern Baptist deacon.

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Rita said...

Very nicely put,and did not like Anna Paquin glad to see it made them a fan.