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rfisher
05-09-2010, 12:49 AM
Dead in the Family spoiler This was OK although I did find myself feeling sorry for Bill and Sam. And liked that Sookie was jealous of Sam's new girl and Bill's sister. Who knew that having Eric as a lover could be sort of boring? :eek: First, I laughed at the shout out to the TB theme song. And CH really did a number on the whole Eric maker thing. Totally changed the character from what has been put forth in the TV series. I don't think this book would be a season. There really isn't much action. It's all about family relationships. Twisted relationships. CH managed to fit all of them into the story including young Hunter. Caroline finds out Bill was her great-granddaddy. We learn Bill has a *sister*, Eric has a brother, fairy uncle Dermot and Claude show up. Tara's having a baby. But the mystery of the body and who killed the Were was really an aside to the whole story and could have been left out. CH's writing skills weren't all that stellar this time. We didn't need to know where Sookie bought each one of her t-shirts and what she ate everyday. :rolleyes: So, it was informational but not exciting in the least. And I really hope we get back to the interesting Eric or I'll be rooting for Bill. :(

D&Sfan4ever
05-09-2010, 08:47 PM
Dead in the family: For me, this is definetly not the best book from her, it seems rushed, and everytime Sokie thinks something could happen, 2 seconds later, it happens, and you are supposed to be shoked? There is no mistery.
I hope the next book is going to be better, because this one was a bit of a dissapointment after 'Dead and Gone'

topaz
05-10-2010, 04:45 AM
DITF Spoiler: I liked the book. Much more than DAG, which had way too much going on and just leaped over stuff. I enjoyed Eric being no shy in the love department and expressing himself to Sookie. I thought Sookie matured alot, aka how she handled Bill and helping him. Bill bores me, always have. I think CH had "closure" to Bill and Sookie. Bill asking Sookie if she loved Eric and if he(Eric) tells her that he loves her. Bill was not able to tell Sookie during their time together. Unlike Eric who's bluntness extends to all areas of his life :) Eric explaining more about the vampire hierachy, which Bill never spoke to her about Vampire laws/rules. Heck he never told her about how he was changed and that he had a "sister".

I liked that Sookie actually was considering vampirism; renewing the blood bond with Eric and getting "meaner". I think this book is the "transitional" book. Its setting up the last 3 books of the series.

Rfisher: Charlaine is the not the best "love scene" writer in my opinion. I've read that she feels really uncomfortable writing them and it shows in my opinion. She's not Laurell K Hamilton, Richelle Mead(Succubus and Dark Swan series) nor J.R. Ward.

screech
05-13-2010, 02:33 PM
Lots of TB news with just 1 month until the premiere...

Minisode 3 (http://www.trueblood-online.com/season-3/season-3-mini-episodes/video-true-blood-minisode-3/) - Sookie, Tara and Lafayette. This one doesn't occur in between seasons 2 and 3, and instead is right after Sookie gets the dress in the season finale.

A pretty awesome behind the scenes look at True Blood season 3. Cast members talk with each other. We see all the old favourites plus new faces (Russell, Debbie, Crystal, Franklin...). http://www.trueblood-online.com/season-3/video-hbo-true-blood-season-3-invitation-to-the-set/

The newest promo poster: Bewere (http://www.trueblood-online.com/season-3/true-blood-promo-poster-8-bewere/)

Meet Claudine (http://www.trueblood-online.com/season-3/season-3-spoilers/true-blood-sookie-is-getting-a-guardian-angel-lara-pulver/)

A pretty cool (and kind of hot) picture of Joe Manganiello (http://www.trueblood-online.com/cast-crew/joe-manganiello-alcide/first-look-of-joe-manganiello-and-his-wolf-on-the-true-blood-set/) taking a walk with his wolf counterpart

Victoria's Secret named True Blood as The sexiest cast on TV (http://www.trueblood-online.com/cast-crew/carrie-preston-arlene/true-blood-has-the-sexiest-tv-cast-of-2010/)

Which led to E! asking the cast members (http://au.eonline.com/uberblog/the_awful_truth/b180674_why_are_true_blood_costars_mocking.html) who attended the 'awards' (Carrie Preston, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell and Joe Manganiello) about Alex and his 'womanizing' ways, which Carrie hilariously replies that they tease him a lot. They lay out all the magazines in the makeup trailer and tease him about it. But that he's completely cool about it - a good sport.

A really great interview with Alex (http://www.ifc.com/news/2010/05/alexander-skarsgard.php) about his film Metropia and the Swedish community in LA - apparently every year he throws a Midsummer party and GlŲgg party, and talks about his first Christmas in LA as an 'orphan' with the other Swedish 'orphans'.

True Blood 3D glasses in the June issue of Playboy (http://www.trueblood-online.com/marketing/june-playboy-has-true-blood-ad-in-3d-and-hugh-hefner-loves-the-show/). No, no 3D episodes of the show, just promotion for the horndogs who want to have the centerfold 'pop out' at them.

Interview with Joe (http://www.fancast.com/blogs/2010/true-blood/the-drama-club-true-bloods-werewolf-new-resident-piece-of-meat/) about his role as Alcide and on being the "resident piece of meat on the show this year."

A really HOT spoiler about a new male character and one of our straight male favourites... http://www.trueblood-online.com/season-3/season-3-spoilers/romantic-true-blood-spoiler-revealed/ All signs point to Eric - Alex has said he's shot with men this season, plus in the behind the scenes video they hint at it, and another source on this spoiler said that the straight regular is the one we are most hoping for.

Stellan Skarsgard confirms (http://skarsgardnews.com/?p=6477) that for the first time ever, he and Alex will be working together in a movie (they've been in the same projects before, like Metropia, but never working together). They will be playing father and son in Lars von Trier's Melancholla which films this summer in Sweden.

The father and son Skarsgards' 3D animated feature Moomins and the Comet Chase (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i71f341d4bd330da664fcf007f31d7446), along with Anna and Stephen (and Anna's brother's) Open House (http://www.trueblood-online.com/cast-crew/stephen-moyer/trailer-for-the-film-open-house/) and Anna's The Romantics (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/paramount-famous-productions-brings-home-the-romantics-93063769.html)will be at the Cannes film festival.

Simone411
05-13-2010, 03:03 PM
I was just going over scenes and locations before the new season starts. It was pretty neat going back to season one where a lot of the filming locations were in my hometown. One of my favorite scenes was the tree scene with Jason which was about two blocks away from where I work. I'm really looking forward to the new season.

http://www.seeing-stars.com/TrueBlood/JasonsBigTree.shtml

screech
05-14-2010, 03:08 AM
I know I just posted a huge list of updates, but...

The first official teaser/promo for season 3 (http://www.hbo.com/global-video/video.html?view=grid&vid=1096496&autoplay=true)

Looks so effing amazing!!!

topaz
05-14-2010, 03:35 AM
Good teaser promo. I"m already over the TB Eric/Sookie. Eric deserves so much more better :)

rfisher
05-14-2010, 12:42 PM
I wonder how much of her character's creative licensing an author releases when she sells the rights to TV or movies? A lot of CH fans have quit watching the TV series because they've begun to deviate from the main character's book persona. Kathy Reich is an executive producer on Bones and she made a deliberate decision to basically keep the name and profession of Tempe as the only real connection between the books and TV. I prefer the books and quit watching during season one. I was willing to overlook all the minor character changes on TrueBlood as they don't really matter one way or the other in the books. Major changes in Eric or Sookie (who are dominate from book 3 on) will annoy me.

I just hope they don't take something like the maenid thing and beat it to death this season. I get they had to have something to occupy all the people in Bon Tempe while Sookie was in Dallas and will do the same thing while she's off in Nashville this time, but it just got boring and some character changes would make future book adaptations a little difficult.

screech
05-14-2010, 05:28 PM
I agree with the character deviation - Charlaine has said that she has no input into the show and that she trusts Alan. She knows that they have to keep things somewhat different so that fans of the books don't anticipate everything. She has said that some of the casting was different than she would have expected (like Anna - not quite how Sookie looks in the books...), but some she really likes - she has said she now wishes she had made Tara black in the books, because of how she is on the show.

One of the things that adds to the deviation is that the books are all in Sookie's point of view. There are things about other characters that are alluded to, but not explored (like Jason's horniness). You know he'll sleep with everything, but you don't experience it. The show really expanded on that because they couldn't really have Anna in every single scene.

Personally I think the biggest deviation has been with Eric. I don't love the show's representation of him. Not Alex - I think he does a great job with the show's character (and physically fits the role perfectly), but with how they wrote the character. One of the great things in the book is that he is who he is, and if you don't like it, too bad for you. He's much more devious on the show. And in the books he's fun, hilarious and has a love of life. On the show he's just much more broody. In the books they kind of explain why he is intrigued by Sookie. In the show he just kind of suddenly is. I also think that by having Bill instead of Eric skate Longshadow (which I don't hate, because it gave us Jessica), that ruined the character a lot, because that was when we first saw the 'good' side of Eric. Plus him not helping Sookie out at the orgy, which was a HUGE step for them in the books, really sucks (and not just because we didn't get the pink spandex). And in the books he'd already kissed her a couple of times by the end of book 2. He's barely touched her so far.

I'm cautiously optimistic for season 3 though. I really hope they follow the books with Eric's involvement in Mississippi - his helping Sookie, being honest with her, the almost-sex, the caring with the stake, him having to 'whore' himself in order to help her - basically doing whatever he can, and him admitting that he has feelings for her, though he doesn't like it.

Alan says that Eric will have amnesia in season 4, just like in book 4. If that's the case then they really need to show his book personality a bit in order to make the events of book 4 feasible and realistic to fans of the show. So many people are, at this point Bill fans because in the show, Bill does no wrong and Eric is a devious bastard. Us Eric fans aren't being thrown a friggin bone here - yeah, we've got a hot actor to look at, but one whose character they're making it hard for us to like, except for during one single episode of season 2 where he briefly showed his softer side.

And speaking of that, did anyone else realize that Sookie's dreams about Bill (the sex dreams DID start after having his blood, though she had a dream about him planning on draining her first...) are purely sexual, whereas her dreams about Eric were more about intimacy? That's the one good thing so far...

One thing about Bill that I'm wondering for this season... Sookie mainly leaves him at the end of book 3 because he knowingly left her for Lorena and openly lied to her about where he was going and why. That's not the case for his disappearance in the show. IIRC it wasn't even his sleeping with Lorena that was the big issue, nor the incidents in the trunk - it was the neglect because of his computer database and the lying. I'm kind of starting to speculate that if they have them break up this season that they're going to have an early reveal of his reasons for going to Bon Temps, which surprisingly wasn't a huge story point in book 6 when it was revealed. Since we've already met Sophie-Anne, I could see it happening. And Eric's sympathy could be a big plus for him...

D&Sfan4ever
05-17-2010, 05:34 AM
New season trailer! http://truebloodnet.com/new-true-blood-season-3-trailer/
For what I can see they are taking a few creative licenses, I like that, seeing the story translated word for word into TV gets boring after a while, not that they have been doing this so far, thank God. I don't think Bill is going to be tortured for example, and apparently Sookie meets Alcide in different circumstances.

screech
05-17-2010, 09:00 AM
New season trailer! http://truebloodnet.com/new-true-blood-season-3-trailer/
For what I can see they are taking a few creative licenses, I like that, seeing the story translated word for word into TV gets boring after a while, not that they have been doing this so far, thank God. I don't think Bill is going to be tortured for example, and apparently Sookie meets Alcide in different circumstances.

I'm so in love with the trailer. I've watched it multiple times.

A few creative licenses, yes, but the Alcide inclusion isn't that different. Joe said in an interview, when asked how the TV version compares to the book version: "Heís pretty close as far as the description goes. Heís brought by Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to bodyguard Sookie because Billís (Stephen Moyer) been kidnapped and Sookie believes that werewolves have some information to his whereabouts. So Alcide is brought in [because of ] his fatherís debt to escort Sookie into the underground society of werewolves." He later adds "The terms to which Alicide is summoned, he has to show up against his will. Heís just a guy who wants to live his life and doesnít want to get wrapped up in all this. Basically the fact of the matter is heís forced into it because of his fatherís debt."

I'm mostly pleased with how Eric seems in the trailer - a bit more book-like, showing some care of Sookie (not wanting her to go alone). I'm just wondering whether her disrobing for him while he's splayed out on the bed is a dream or is based on a certain scene from the book. Also, I'm excited to see Jessica and Pam together - is Pam going to be her surrogate mom while Bill is away? Awesome role model!

Jason cracked me up. "Santa?" Somewhere I read the comparison: Jason is to True Blood what Brittany is to Glee (Dimwitted and slutty but full of hilarious one-liners)

Satellitegirl
05-17-2010, 01:49 PM
I just got HBO at my new apartment and can't wait to watch it without having to download it online! I watched the repeat of last season's episode yesterday, and the mini-episode as well.

Evilynn
05-17-2010, 02:38 PM
Also, I'm excited to see Jessica and Pam together - is Pam going to be her surrogate mom while Bill is away? Awesome role model!

I'm wondering if they're not going to evolve the Eternal Hymen plot into Jessica exploring other avenues. Pam'd be the obvious choice. Either way, I'm happy if we get more Pam. :)

I'm also :rofl: at "Santa?!", he sounds so hopeful the poor dimwit. :rofl:

Are we there yet?

D&Sfan4ever
05-17-2010, 04:30 PM
A few creative licenses, yes, but the Alcide inclusion isn't that different. Joe said in an interview, when asked how the TV version compares to the book version: "Heís pretty close as far as the description goes. Heís brought by Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to bodyguard Sookie because Billís (Stephen Moyer) been kidnapped and Sookie believes that werewolves have some information to his whereabouts. So Alcide is brought in [because of ] his fatherís debt to escort Sookie into the underground society of werewolves." He later adds "The terms to which Alicide is summoned, he has to show up against his will. Heís just a guy who wants to live his life and doesnít want to get wrapped up in all this. Basically the fact of the matter is heís forced into it because of his fatherís debt."

Jason cracked me up. "Santa?" Somewhere I read the comparison: Jason is to True Blood what Brittany is to Glee (Dimwitted and slutty but full of hilarious one-liners)

I didnīt mean it like that He is introduced for the same reasons, but not in the same way, I don't remember Sookie running in fear the first time she sees him. And what is it about the bloody kitchen?, Bubba didn't kill the werewolf there, and it's going to become a repetitive place to kill people in if they go by the books and a certain someones ex gets killed there 2 next season





I'm also :rofl: at "Santa?!", he sounds so hopeful the poor dimwit. :rofl:

Are we there yet?

Yeah, that one was really funy:lol:

screech
05-17-2010, 06:08 PM
I'm thinking Sookie constantly cleaning in the promos is tidying up the remains of what happened with Maryann. Cause we know that's going to take a LOT of work. Though one would hope that Eric, irritated he cockblocked/prevented from being Sookie's knight in shining armour by a game of yahtzee, would pay for someone to clean in order to get into Sookie's good graces (at least, that's what book Eric would do - and he'd give her a new driveway to go with it).


I'm wondering if they're not going to evolve the Eternal Hymen plot into Jessica exploring other avenues. Pam'd be the obvious choice. Either way, I'm happy if we get more Pam.
In the books, Pam a virgin when she met Eric, right? IIRC she was sneaking off to see a boy, but for some reason I'm thinking she was a virgin. So unless I'm wrong (which I may be) Eric either took her virginity right before turning her, or she suffers from the same issue as Jessica. Though in the books we know that Pam prefers girls, so maybe that's how she deals with it. I'm just so looking forward to the possibility of Mommy!Pam. And the fact that Kristin Bauer has been promoted to a series regular now.

Speaking of which, between Kristin getting promoted, Russell, Talbot, Alcide, Franklin, Crystal, Jesus, (probably) some of Sam's family and god knows who else... they might have to start using the full version of 'Bad Things' just to fit all the cast into the opening credits! They're not opposed to putting 'part time' characters in the credits - Alex was added after his first appearance in season 1, episode 4, but was in only 4 episodes that season, his name in all of them, William Sanderson (Bud) has been in the credits since the very first episode, but has appeared in less than half, and they add and remove depending on when they're in (Lynn Collins - Dawn, Lois Smith - Gran, Lizzie Caplan - Amy, Mariana Klaveno - Lorena...) The titles people must be going nuts having to change things each episode.