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Set in a rural, swampy Louisiana parrish, the show centers around Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her clan, sweet grandmother Adele (Lois Smith) and air-headed brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten). Illicit love is spawned early on, when Sookie saves vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) from having his blood stolen in the parking lot of Merlotte’s diner, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) who completes what will form a complex love triangle. As tensions between Sookie’s suitors loosen or tighten, many side plots, such as her African American best friend Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) struggle with an alcoholic, Bible-thumping mother and her brother’s dangerous crush on drug addicted hippie, Amy Burley (Lizzy Caplan), keep one wondering who will succeed in this podunk place. The main tension throughout, however, is a race war waged between vampires and humans. As murders of “fang bangers” occur (human girls who let vampires bite them) and dumb policeman Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) fails to find clues, one sees the metaphorical implications of vampirism and feels deeper resonance with what can be a downright trashy show. Gossip galore, especially about what kinds of babies interbreeding will produce, is rampant. One of the funniest characters is Tara’s flamboyant cousin, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), who deals drugs, works as a fry cook, and services the local white politicians, while making sure he’s always up in everyone’s business.
What makes True Blood smarter than pure soap opera is the parallels it draws between its monster mash and actual, familiar societal problems. Sookie and her friends watch the news, where Evangelicals bash vampires and prohibit mixed marriage, and everyone is addicted to V, a.k.a vampire blood, that effects like psychedelic heroin. Even its gore reflects a mix of serious and silly, as vampires explode into red, sticky goop. Though it may not be attempting to qualify for the best vampire footage ever shot, True Blood is as addictive as that substance the town’s youth obsesses over, which is a metaphor in itself. --Trinie Dalton
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Not for the kids....Awesome plot and twist! Haven't been able to stop watching...Published 6 minutes ago by joel
So far this season is exactly like the book (with the exception of Tara being written into the story). She doesn't show up until book 3 of the series. Read morePublished 6 minutes ago by Thrifty J
I usually don't like to watch any BS stuff but this 1 I have to say its different.
Beside some miner issue in story of this series everything else are in right place. Read more
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|Who is Sookie Stackhouse?||
i think the rape she refers to is in a later book.
Mar 12, 2009 by C. Sinha | See all 16 posts
There are not a ton of extras, HBO has just always been retarded with their DVD sets and don't utilize the space they have (most likely so that True Blood's dvd set could be bigger, and thus more expensive), but it's kinda ridiculous when 3 out of the 5 discs on this set have only 2 episodes on... Read More
Jun 9, 2009 by Arg! | See all 7 posts
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It's similar to Dexter the first Season is based on the first book but of course there are many differences but after that they just went their own way and didn't follow the books. I haven't read the books so for me it's no big deal I love True Blood the show though.
Jun 19, 2009 by Jason Adamczyk | See all 7 posts
|Extras on the DVDs?||
On the regular DVD set, not many. There's a mock-umentary about how vampires came 'out of the coffin', some TV ads for vampire hotels, lawyers, etc., and some audio commentaries. But, it's really just the episodes, which are presented quite nicely and make the set more than worth buying just by... Read More
Sep 22, 2009 by T. A. Kleinhans | See all 2 posts
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The show has adult topics. You folks make it sound like the sex is the biggest part when in reality a 60 minute show includes a whole 60 seconds of actual sex scenes. Vampires are portrayed in both the books and the show as being sexy. What I find really funny is the complaints about the sex... Read More
Oct 25, 2009 by Amazon Customer | See all 6 posts
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