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Author: Charlaine Harris
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Monday, May 24, 2010
Anna Paquin has a great Southern accent. The actress, who was born in Canada and grew up in New Zealand, manages to incorporate a regional twang in her dialogue as Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of the HBO series "True Blood," without it sounding labored or exaggerated. In fact, it sounds less like a Hollywood version of a Southern accent than the real thing itself.
That's just one of the reasons why Paquin makes such a good heroine for this deep-fried soap opera, and why "True Blood" is so much more than simply another entry in the exsanguinated vampire trend. Better than "Twilight" (the movies and the books), better than "The Vampire Diaries," the series may trade on its Southern setting for a few laughs, but it never disdains its characters, their predicaments or any of its potentially silly fantastical elements, from vampires to the churches that arise to combat them.
The first season was a surprise hit for HBO, which had been struggling to find a show as popular as "The Sopranos" and "Sex in the City." On the surface, "True Blood" shouldn't work — or at least not as well as it does. Sookie, a chaste waitress who can read minds, falls in love with a 150-year-old vampire named Bill, whose Old South origins make him the model of a gentleman. And yet, it's not so much a love story as a story of love under unusual circumstances.
Alan Ball has promised that fans will be surprised by the third season of True Blood.
Although the series is based on books by Charlaine Harris, Ball explained that readers of the novels will not know what is coming up in the programme.
"For people who read the book, they'll be surprised who kidnapped Bill," Ball told Zap2It. "We definitely have used the plot from the book as a starting point, but we have done a lot differently as well."
Ball added that the team behind the television series made a decision to expand on the stories told in the novels.
"Part of our challenge is that the books are basically Sookie's story," he said. "And they're not anyone else's story outside of how they interact with Sookie. We're always looking for a way to create stories for the other characters and at the same time unify everything that keeps all the characters involved with each other as much as we can."
He continued: "Our cast just continues to expand, so it's a challenge finding a way to serve everybody. But I think that's part of the appeal of the show, that there are so many different characters with so many different stories, so there's something for everybody."
Ball also dropped hints about what is to come in the third season of the show.