Nov 20, 2008

Television Spotlight: True Blood

I must say, the whole vampire thing is really making a comeback. First we had the book Twilight, next the Movie Twilight, Nightwish (okay so I made the vampire connection there all by myself), and now we have this show on HBO called True Blood. Wow. It's raining blood.
True Blood, is a TV series created by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and is based on the Sookie Stackhouse book series by author Charlaine Harris. It revolves around the main character (Sookie, played by Anna Paquin) and her relationship with the vampire named Bill Compton. I watched the first episode with a buddy of mine, and we both fell in love instantly. With the show, not Bill the vampire.

The thing I like most about the show is the parallels it has with real life. Equal rights, discrimination, racism, and metaphors for religous extremism are all beautifully presented in the show's overarching metaphor for life. The vampire race is used as an illustration for almost any minority in our time, and the show (while full of language, sex, and drugs,) gives a new look at old problems. Which is what I like. A creative twist to again, show the depravity of mankind.

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