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message 1: by laura (last edited Sep 14, 2008 06:07AM) (new)

laura "Smeagol2" (bittenbyu2yahoocom) | 22 comments I am looking forward to tonight's show.

There is what TVguide.com states:

True Blood
9 pm/ET HBO New
With all of the hubbub about vampires sucking the blood out of mortals, one might have a hard time thinking of a situation that would call for reciprocity. But after Sookie gets the snot kicked out of her by the trashy Rattrays, that's just what happens when Bill swoops in with a remedy that, if word got out, could make doctors the whole world 'round obsolete. Of course, this exchange of bodily fluid significantly accelerates their courtship, so it's only natural that Bill comes calling at Gran's house to meet the family. — Joe Friedrich


message 2: by Catherine (new)

Catherine (sanscosm) | 22 comments getting better with this episode...would much appreciate less porn though...


message 3: by laura (new)

laura "Smeagol2" (bittenbyu2yahoocom) | 22 comments Good episode. Did they comment on whether Vamps have to be invited in the house in the books? I am only on book 1 and I don't remember that.

The Chemistry between Sookie and Bill is pretty evident.

And EWWWW on the end shot of the evil Vamp when his eyes rolled back.


message 4: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (nlojeda) | 471 comments Mod
This episode was pretty awesome although I hate how they're ending the episodes w/stressful cliffhangers!
Oh and has anyone else noticed that characters have been pronouncing 'Rattrays' differently episode to episode?
Also, I thought Anna Paquin's breasts were larger. She needs to gain some weight and hopefully some of it will go into her chest area!
I LOVE GRAN!
Oh and yes in the book(s) the vamps have to be invited in.


message 5: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 60 comments I would appreciate NO porn. Less is more so they say. I sure didn't want to rehash all of the first episode's skin in the second. I think Jason is being played too much as a male ho--.
I don't think he was that bad in the books. They are way too nasty on the series. I think I would enjoy it a lot more if they stuck to building characters and their emotional relationships.


message 6: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 60 comments I love that the vamps have to be invited into a house in the books as well and you can take it back too. Interesting. Charlaine has a lot of different vamp rules that are fun.


message 7: by Marci (new)

Marci (bookjunkie71) to anyone who also read the undead unwed series...doesnt tara on the show remind u more of jessica from undead unwed. is it me or does tara not have such a big part in the 1st sookie book?she is hysterical though


message 8: by Stacy (new)

Stacy | 25 comments Tara from the show totally reminds me of Jessica too. I love that series. I don't really mind all of the sex scenes I mean The guy who plays Jason is nice to look at. I thought it was funny when he pointed at himself in the mirror in this last episode funny stuff. Oh my most favorite line/ scene from this episode was when Bill says "Actually I'm the oldest person here" And Jason mocks him. That was great. Also when Gran says You don't need any help to look like a fool. I really liked this epsiode. I can't wait till they go to fangtasia.


message 9: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 60 comments I liked Gran too. She is great. She told Jason for sure. I went to the HBO True Blood site and the director said he needed to give the other characters more screen time or he would burn out Anna/Sookie. I did like the second episode better and I liked how he showed Sookie's childhood and dealings with her telepathy. I love the way this Tara is being played too. She is so believable, funny and all that attitude. Who is the author of the Undead Uwed series? How do they compare to the Sookie series? Sounds interesting.


message 10: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (seabsmith) | 19 comments I liked episode 2 very much. Anna as Sookie is growing on me a bit. Still can't deal with Bill, but then again I am biased from reading the entire series. I am soooo loving Tara and Lafayette, I could just give him a hug, what a funny naughty boy he is. Sam, still luv him, I just eat his face off he's so precious! Have you noticed Alan Ball cuts the episodes at cliffhangers like on soap operas? This kills me, I can't stand to wait for the next episode, LOL !

My husband, bless his heart, has been listening to me rave about the book series for years and be so impatient for the series to start on HBO. He has watched the first 2 episodes with me and seems like he is getting into them. He asks me questions all the time about the characters and even blushes during the sex scenes. I think they are a bit much myself. I could do without them actually, leave more time to develop the characters. Still anxiously awaiting Sookie's visit to Fangtasia...


message 11: by Theresa (last edited Sep 16, 2008 08:09AM) (new)

Theresa  (tsorrels) I suppose this could be considered a spoiler, but it is inevitable and so many people have mentioned how they can't wait for Fangtasia...

**To people that haven't read the books, this may be a bit spoilerish**

From Watch With Kristin on EOnline.com

"In episode four, Sookie and Bill go to that vamp club in Shreveport and meet Eric, a huge part of the show's mythology, played by superfine Swede Alexander Skarsgård. Admittedly, the hotness is somewhat diminished by the silly wig, but I'm sure you'll forgive him. Anyway, like vampire Bill, vampire Eric is intrigued by Sookie's telepathic abilities."


message 12: by laura (new)

laura "Smeagol2" (bittenbyu2yahoocom) | 22 comments It is Cable so they are going to show sex. Look at Dexter, The Sopranos or any other cable show on HBO and Showtime. But I do agree that less is more.

I have no problem with Bill. In fact I have a little vamp-crush on him. Especially after episode two. I loved it when he played with her hair.

I only read book 1 and Tara is not in it so I have no comparison to the book. At least not yet.

I have never read Undead Unwed series. Was it good?



message 13: by Evelynn (new)

Evelynn Passino (evpassino) | 131 comments Jason was that slutty in the books, they just didn't expore it because it's NOT IMPORTANT. It's called the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series, not Jason's Erotic Adventures Series.

I really, really don't mind the nudity, but it's just so pointless because I really, really don't care about Jason. They can feature a mostly-naked Bill all they want...


message 14: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Clark (thatchicknata) I'm kind of bothered by the explicit sex but Jason is a male ho. LOL. Can't paint someone something that he already is. We just never got to see his exploits. Same with everyone else. I guess that's why the sex is a big wow for some of us.


message 15: by Candie (new)

Candie (candiegyrl) I was on the fence about the first episode, but I really liked the second one! I agree that we really don't need to see Jason's sex life in such graphic detail, but I guess they needed to show his prediliction for rough sex. (gross). I really enjoy the chemistry been Bill and Sookie. They are doing a good job of bringing the characters to life. Layfayette is hysterical! The Undead Series by MJD is awesome. I listened to the audio books and was laughing out loud on my commute home from work on the train. People must have thought I was nuts. :-)


message 16: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WAS SAID BEFORE, BUT WHOEVER SAW THE FIRST EPISODE LEAKED ON THE INTERNET MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT THEY CHANGED ACTORS FOR TARA. I LIKE THE ORGINAL CHOICE...SHE WAS SOOOO MUCH BETTER.


message 17: by laura (new)

laura "Smeagol2" (bittenbyu2yahoocom) | 22 comments I heard that too. I may have to find it. I like to compare actors.


message 18: by mlady_rebecca (new)

mlady_rebecca Jason was that slutty in the books, they just didn't explore it because it's NOT IMPORTANT.

The reason we didn't see Jason's exploits in the books is because they're written in first person. We're in Sookie's head in the books, so we only hear about Jason's exploits.

Charlaine seems to approve of the way her books are being reinterpreted, and I think they're being extremely faithful to the source material.

The explicit sex doesn't bother me. It's HBO, after all.




message 19: by laura (new)

laura "Smeagol2" (bittenbyu2yahoocom) | 22 comments True Blood has been renewed already. That was fast.


message 20: by Catherine (new)

Catherine (sanscosm) | 22 comments been renewed!! yes! book 2!!


message 21: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 60 comments Wow,that was fast. There is so much to the book series. If True Blood is half as popular as the books it will run a few years.


message 22: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Clark (thatchicknata) I just saw this episode. It is getting better. Very impressed. Anna as Sookie is working for me. Bill and Sookie's attraction is very evident. I like rough sex personally (not being beaten or choked) so it's fine and I didn't think this episode had that much sex at all. I love Tara more and more and same with Sam and Lafayette. Jason is a super ho and it's being played out exactly as I expected. This Jason looks a lot more dumber than the Jason I imagined but this should be interesting in the long run.

I don't see this Tara being sucked into the vampire world like Tara in the books. I like her though, so it's cool.


message 23: by Lori (last edited Sep 19, 2008 05:06PM) (new)

Lori  (moderatrixlori) Oh Yea! I'm so glad they've already picked up another season. I'm loving this show.

Ranata - I'm with you girl. Anna as Sookie is growing on me too and now I even hear her voice when I'm reading the books! I do wish she wasn't quite so skinny. She's definately not built how the books describe Sook.

Rebecca - You're absolutely right! The books are all from Sookie's perspective so they have to depict those scenes she's not in by showing us what happened. The sex doesn't bother me at all. I was a little weird watching the first one with my 17 year old son, but I had warned him ahead of time. And jason was a big time ho and like Ranata said, I think he's being played just like he should be.

Lafayette is a hoot and man can he act the crap out of playing a queen. My son was so convinced he wondered if he's actually gay. I really like Tara too. Her character is not true to the books but I think she adds a lot to the series.

I sure hope they don't screw up Eric. He better be hot and smoldering and make me think dirty thoughts just by looking at him.


message 24: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 60 comments
I agree with Ranata, the HBO Jason is much dumber and shallower that the book Jason. I think the book Jason had issues for sure but Charlaine had more to him. He seems too stupid and singleminded in the tv series. I hope they show more to his character and he and Sookie's relationship later.



message 25: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Clark (thatchicknata) Lori, I hear Eric wears a WIG. A very unconvincing wig.

I think I caught a glimpse of him and he's pretty awesome but for some reason, I imagine him looking like Lucius Malfoy but younger. LOL


message 26: by Katy-Del (last edited Sep 19, 2008 07:38PM) (new)

Katy-Del Actually, I just re-read the first book, and I think Jason's pretty dumb and selfish in the book.

Considering what we find out about their family, Jason's mysterious ability to pick up women, the way almost everyone reacts to him, is all there in the first book. I wonder how much Charlaine had rattling around in her head when she penned Dead till Dark.

Tara does remind me of Jessica from the Betsy, Vampire Queen, books. And they have a major hang up on Gone With the Wind.... I didn't even notice Tara in the first book. I know she pops up in Club Dead and they greet each other like old friends. Without the internal dialogue, Sookie does need someone to play of of. In the books, she starts out as better friends with Arlene.


message 27: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Clark (thatchicknata) And Jason doesn't have the "extra" that Sookie has yet he still is irresitible to women. You're right.


message 28: by Katy-Del (new)

Katy-Del I think that irrestiblity is his extra. In Dead to Worse, when she talks to... uh... well,I don't want to spoil it because some aren't that far in the series, but there's a conversation where she talks about the way her mom was attracted to her dad. and it's the same way women are attracted to Jason.


message 29: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 60 comments Yea I think that is his "extra". Never thought of that.


message 30: by Lori (new)

Lori  (moderatrixlori) Ranata, a younger Malfoy...I can definitely see it. I remember when I watched Interview with a Vampire and got so upset when they cast Tom Cruise as Lestat. He was not at all what I pictured.

I don't know if you guys watched the the two shows that HBO aired before the first episode of True Blood but the actor who plays Eric was interviewed a couple of times. He looked okay but I dunno...the jury is still out until I see him as "Eric".


message 31: by Katy-Del (new)

Katy-Del I will reserve any reaction to Eric until I see him in action. Some of the photos I've seen of the acter, I say "Oh, Yeah!" and others, I have more of a hmmmm reaction.


message 32: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Clark (thatchicknata) Speaking of, I read US Weekly today and it said that Anna and Stephen (Bill) are dating in real life.


message 33: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 60 comments Really? Wow no wonder the chemistry is there, it really is there. I wonder which came first them or the HBO series.Interesting Rantata!


message 34: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Clark (thatchicknata) I read that they hooked up after they filmed the pilot.


message 35: by Angie (last edited Sep 21, 2008 08:01PM) (new)

Angie The porn is OK with me... I am a big HBO watcher so I am used to it. I also thought it was GREAT when Jason pointed at himself. That was hilarious. Marcie I totally agree with you about Tara and Jessica! I think Jason might be playing a little on the dumb side for comedy for the show. I am also glad that the show got picked up for a second season. I wonder if the second season will be the second book?


message 36: by Ranata (new)

Ranata Clark (thatchicknata) I thought it was great when Jason pointed at himself as well. It was hilarious.

I don't consider it porn and since it's mainly only one character most of the time, I really dont' care. He's got a great body so what's not to like?


message 37: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie | 60 comments Cool Ranata, I like that. They do have a good chemistry and I liked Bill a lot in the first book even though he goes cold on her but he did warn her that vamps have rules different from humans etc. Later I liked Eric better but there is something about your first love. Oh well I hope she keeps writing them.



message 38: by Theresa (new)

Theresa  (tsorrels) I warmed up more to Bill in the second episode. He is actually quite attractive - my opinion - when he stops scowling. He has a nice (non-fanged) smile.

Anna Paquin as Sookie... still not sold on it. I can't really put a finger on why, but she just isn't the Sookie I've read about.

Jason needs to be a bit more fleshed out than a man ho. Hopefully as the show goes along, he'll develop a personality.


Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~ (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejael) | 182 comments Marci- totally agree with the Tara/Jessica thing. It's lie they read both series and just mixed the characters together. I'm still getting over Tara being black. Jason definitely is a male ho so I'm not put off by all the sexual content on the show but I do hate having to stop it when my son enters my room. Anyway all in all I think it's a good show.


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