Nothing much ever happens in Bon Temps, Louisiana. That isn't to say that the residents weren't prepared for it though!
Two years ago, when vampires first started 'coming out of the coffin', the local bartender stocked up on Tru Blood. Buoyed up by the national furor, the people of Bon Temps watched in anxious anticipation for an infestation of vampires to plague them.
It didn't happen. The Tru Blood went off in the refrigerator. No-one so much as glimpsed a vampire, unless they drove out into the big city, where there were whole bars full of them.
Until one actually did turn up in Merlotte's Bar and Grill. Bill Compton wasn't exactly new about town. He was there when it was a collection of homesteads in the middle of nowhere. He helped build the old Compton House on the outskirts of town. When he last left Bon Temps, it was in a grey uniform with a musket over his shoulder.
Waitress Sookie Stackhouse welcomes an old (very old) war hero home. Sam Merlotte orders in two crates of Tru Blood; and local historians thrill to be introduced to a man who actually fought in the American Civil War.
Yet not everyone is happy to have a vampire in their midst, even a Southern gentleman with old time roots in the area. Even one going mainstream on Tru Blood. Sometimes the monsters aren't the ones with the fangs, and not every civil right movement was won in the '60s.
I've hurtled through them. I'm halfway through season five at the moment. I watched six episodes today. At this rate, give me until the weekend and I'll be tapping my toes with you.
Can you see how I ended up so obsessed with it now? I definitely concur.
I am up to episode 5 of series 1 - I think it's absolutely terrific.
I'm planning to read the books afterwards. I know that's the wrong way around to do it, but I found the programme first.
That's not a good thing to discover about Bill in the books. I've heard a lot of people moaning about how much Eric changed between book and show too. But no details on that one.
I was a fan of the books before a vast majority of people even knew they existed. I was thrilled when I heard it would be a tv show but sadly I don't have HBO. I figured I could wait awhile until I could find a way to watch it and heard about it from people who did watch it in the meantime. ...That put me off watching it at all. The reason I refuse to see it now? They made Bill a nice guy. He is not a nice guy. He is a rapist. Yes I said it. I think people deserve to know. Sookie herself admits it! I refuse to watch a show that lets a character like that be a good guy. Period. It just isn't right at all. I'm all for character adaptations if they are done well usually, but there are some things I will not overlook when changed. It's also why I gave up on the books themselves.
Ah! I wasn't aware that HBO automatically denoted more license! That's something for me to look out for in the future.
I too thought that the Louisiana setting was perfect, for all the reasons that you highlighted. But also for the accents. I could hear someone from the American South speak all day.
There's something about Bill's accent that's slightly more formal too. I don't know what it is. It must be something in the syntax. But you really do believe that he was around during the American Civil War. The pun happy people at Fangtasia have missed a trick so far too. Not one of them have said, 'Fangly my dear, I don't give a damn.'
That is a very nice TV series indeed. Afterall, it's not just TV, it's HBO! (hence some sex. violence and foul language is allowed :) I remember the first thing that captured my interest back when I first watch it, was the Louisiana setting that the story takes place. What better place to set an allegorical supernatural story against the very real civil rights history of the American south?
Awww! Thank you very much.
True Blood is definitely my surprise find, throughout this whole vampire exploration. I've only seen the first series of the TV programme, but I'm definitely going to check out the books by Charlaine Harris too.
If you think that Bill is easy on the eye, wait until you catch sight of Eric. :)
Jo - Like Cossack I think you are an amazing writer! I am also filled with admiration for the screenwriter (or was it a novel first) who thought of this new take on vampire blood, thus opening up a whole new way for vampires to live in the community and the problems that might cause. Yes, civil rights for vampires!! I am going to get the first one!! It looks like my kinda movie. Oh, er, and I quite like the lead guy...
Yay! I'll be on tenderhooks waiting. :)