Out of the blue, I decided to watch True Blood. I hadn’t been too keen on getting into it for certain reasons, but I finally figured what the hell? Let’s give it a shot. For those not familiar, True Blood is a series produced by HBO that premiered back in 2008, so it’s been around for a couple years already. Based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, also known as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, True Blood follows a young, telepathic woman named Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress at a bar down in Louisiana.
In the True Blood universe, vampires have “come out of the coffin” and revealed themselves to humans. Two years prior to the start of the series, a Japanese company developed a synthetic blood called True Blood that satisfies all the nutritional requirements vampires need. This prompted both the reveal of and a huge political war between people who are opposed to vampires and those who want to give them equal rights as citizens. Not known to the public, however, vampires have their own system of government, and many of them do not wish to go “mainstream” by drinking True Blood.
Our story starts with Sookie at the bar, waiting on customers. This job, which requires interaction with numerous people, is difficult on her, due to her telepathic abilities and always having to concentrate in order to not hear what other people are thinking. In comes vampire Bill, looking for a bottle of True Blood. Intrigued by Bill, and excited to actually be seeing a real vampire, Sookie hurries to wait on him. Over the course of the first episode, she discovers that she cannot read his mind, and the two of them start to form a relationship.
Essentially, it’s like Twilight in reverse, only with plot and character development. And it’s possible to enjoy without feeling guilty. Weird, I know.
Spoilers be ahead.