I don’t have any television reception in my house, so when our ace book blurber, Joysann, said she watched HBO’s True Blood after reading all Charlaine Harris’ books, I asked her to write her thoughts on it.
I was so excited when I read last year that HBO was making Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books into a series. I love the books, and have read them over at least a couple times. I was sure someone brilliant could bring those stories to TV quite well; there’s great stuff to work with. So now this long year later, True Blood has started showing! Do you know, we were considering cancelling our HBO subscription until we heard of this. We hoped it would be worth it, and, my stars, it is!
There’s been two episodes shown now, and, even though I know what’s supposed to happen next, I’m looking forward to seeing it. This one installment a week thing is a pain… I want it all NOW! True Blood stars Anna Paquin, who plays the lead character, Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid in northern Louisiana. Sookie’s special "handicap" of hearing people’s thoughts makes her different and keeps her isolated. Upon meeting her first vampire (vampires have "come out the coffin" in Sookie’s world), she faces the disapproval of the community by befriending someone even more different and frightening than she. As with anything that leaves the pages of a book to appear on a screen, some changes have been made to accommodate time constraints. Dialogue is compressed, and some characters are slightly changed or invented. But in my opinion, the essence of the first book is there, and the depictions of the key characters are fairly faithful. I’m not any hyper-educated or self-important movie critic, so I can’t judge the quality of the production, or nitpick the performances. And while, of course, there are things that I might have imagined differently, I’m willing to allow for them for now. Non-readers will have no comparisons to make, so I’m guessing they can be drawn into the suspense and mystery, and can find some exciting continuing entertainment. I hope it’s successful, because I’m really enjoying it. I’m planning ahead to Season 6 at least.
Now we know Joysann’s take. What about you? Did you watch it? Love it/hate it? Other series that have worked or not? What other book would make a good television show?
Bottom Line: Great…how long do I have to wait for this to come out on DVD?