Wednesday, August 31, 2011

True Blood Makes Family Come Together by Alex Cranz of

Last night, while full on riffing on The Matrix (is it 2000 how is this okay?) True Blood nailed home the theme of the episode, if hours of considering things has me thinking correctly. It was all about family.

The bad ass vampire kind of family.

The adorable faintly fairy kind.

The seriously messed up and surprisingly relatable kind.

And the kind that bid a fond farewell because their exits was months overdue.

It may have just been a coincidence, a relative calm before the storm, but it felt like everyone’s story was drifting away from romantic entanglements and into familial ones. This makes sense for Sookie. Though she came to her own conclusions about her love life last week (“I choose polyamory” is the new “I choose me”) the vamps in her life aren’t exactly in on the plan and have their own feelings. Bill has essentially been stagnant all season, he loves Sookie but he’s a bad ass vampire king now and he will never ever share. Eric got sparkle touched into his old self but now he’s tempered by the puppy dog Eric and in love with Sookie.

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Fantasy on TV: How 'Game of Thrones' Succeeds Where 'True Blood' Fails

After a summer when HBO garnered critical acclaim and new audiences with its epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, it's been fascinating to watch True Blood, the show that introduced HBO to the genre, go dramatically off the rails in its fourth season. Both shows face the challenges of mustering very large casts in the service of complex storylines that are not always obviously related to each other, along with detailed magical mythologies and histories. But while Game of Thrones hewed closely to the original plotlines and pacing in George R.R. Martin's book, Alan Ball and his writing staff have diverged wildly from Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire mysteries as they've moved deeper into True Blood. Taken together, the two shows represent the perils and opportunities of adapting an existing fantasy franchise.

Harris's Southern Vampire books may be fairly conventional paranormal romances, lacking some of the higher-level philosophical and mythological resonances Alan Ball's added to the franchise. But they're an impressive example of world-building and pacing. Harris started out with vampires and shape-shifters, giving readers a grounded sense of those concepts and mythologies before adding werewolf hierarchies in the third book, witches in the fourth, and faeries in the eighth. That pacing gave readers time to get a full sense of how different kinds of magic work before introducing new part of the world and explaining how different concepts interacted.

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1-800-DENTIST® made a special "guest appearance" on True Blood

So far Mystic Tan hasn't put out a press release but you can see their booth on the left in this image

Is this commercialization and product placement OK with everyone ?? Just askin'?

1-800-DENTIST® made a special "guest appearance" on the August 21 and 28 episodes of HBO's Emmy®-nominated TV series, True Blood, as an exhibitor in a scene taking place at a "vampire convention." The appearance was a fun and innovative way to show millions of viewers that the Los Angeles-based dental marketer understands that everyone, including vampires, needs dental care. It represents yet another example of 1-800-DENTIST® thinking outside of the box, or in this case "coffin," to grow its consumer brand and generate new patient leads for member dentists.

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The farty irene edition ! Ha!