Given the recent discussions here on Werewolves.com and the fact that True Blood is returning tonight (June 10), I thought we’d have a real chat about HBO’s hit show. There are a whole lot of opinions out there on True Blood and they range from “YAY SEX! SEX SEX SEX BOOBS SEX WOOOO!” to “Bleh! It’s all sex!” There are many other thoughts as well and I am asking you to share yours. What do you think of True Blood? Do you love it, hate it or do you have mixed feelings?
I am one of those people with mixed feelings. True Blood is like that ex you can’t let go, they fuck up and instead of saying goodbye you cling on to those happy moments and hope that they won’t disappoint you again. One moment I absolutely love True Blood and the next I despise it. It totally has its pros and cons.
Its cons include a shit ton of totally unnecessary and pointless characters. Every time you get used to the cast, they throw in another newbie to an already crowded sea of one-dimensional characters. And what do they do with all of these characters? They create a storyline for EVERY SINGLE ONE! Ugh! That’s my big issue with True Blood – the story. They need to focus on one main plot line instead of a couple dozen random ones. Take Season 3 for example, did that even have a main plot? Did anything move forward in that season? No. It sucked. If the show cut down on the horrible subplots and had a real direction I would be much happier.
Also, not only do I hate the random plot lines, but what they often entitle make them even worse. I have absolutely NO desire to watch horrific rape scenes or creepy incest scenes. That actually forced me to stop watching the show for a while, I hated it SO much.
A pro and con in one are the sex scenes. I love me some steamy sex scenes, I am all for sexy times. But, there’s a time and place for it. There are episodes of True Blood that have more sex than story and that’s just ridiculous. There are also those pointless sex scenes that True Blood throws in just to get a reaction, just to be taboo. It’s like “Hey! Look at me look at me look at me!” I’d rather they put more effort into a solid story rather than shock value.
Something I love about the show is the base story – the fact that vampires are known to the world and that we have all of these other beasties out there. I love that general idea right there. I just wish HBO wouldn’t muddy it. There are moments here and there when the show is brilliant, the story is enthralling and the characters are entertaining. We need more of those moments and less of the duds.
I have a lot of issue with True Blood, but I continue to desperately cling onto the hope that it will improve and that it won’t disappoint me again. It has the potential to be all kinds of awesome.
What are your thoughts on True Blood?
About the Author
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and you may lose a limb. You can stalk her via her Twitter.