Monday, September 12, 2011
Say It's Not True! (Blood)
Now, I'm not one of those gothy types who just loves all things vampires. Personally, I think the 'Twilight' series is an abomination to vampire films and films in general (no, I haven't read the books and have no plans to do so). But don't misunderstand, it's not the whole teenage/vampire thing I have a problem with. I actually really enjoy the CW show 'The Vampire Diaries' for its surprisingly good writing and unpredictability. I'll give you a moment to stop laughing............ done yet? No?............... There are many things I feel makes 'True Blood' special, but what I think I enjoy most about the show is its intentionally, unintentional humor and the brilliant characters: Tara, Sookie, Jason, Pam, Bill, Russell, Lafayette, Eric, Sophie Anne, Andy, Edna, Alcide, Hoyt, Jesus, Arlene, Sam and more... all portrayed brilliantly by exceptionately talented actors like they were born for these parts. Here's an example of what I'm saying...
Now compare it to...
I'll say it again... EXCEPTIONAL!! Rutina's quick and slick deliveries also skimmed 15 seconds off the clock! A 'true' example of one of my favorite quotes: "funnier, faster, louder".
It should also be known that, except for the most recent book, I've read every Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris, and although there are some similarities to Mrs. Harris's series, the mega-genius Alan Ball, has created a dynamic world which improves the novels by leaps and bounds. Mr. Ball has taken the series' foundation and turned it into something the novels should have been in the first place (no offense Mrs. Harris); however, by doing this, each new season of the show is pulled further away from the adapted novel, eventually making the books only shadows of the HBO series.
Anyway, hats off to HBO, Mr. Ball, Mrs. Harris and the everybody on the 'True Blood' team for making Season 4 my favorite season yet. I cannot wait to see if they introduce any new "supes" in Season 5 because if memory serves, novel 5 doesn't have any. But Mr. Ball, if you're reading this (yeah, right) and are looking for a new "supe" idea, might I suggest a season of blood-sucker vs. blood-sucker (ie, vampire vs. chupacabra)? EPIC!
BORN IN BLOOD
Born in Blood by Kate Paulk. $1.99 from Smashwords.com
Vlad Dracul, known later in life as Vlad the Impaler, suffered more than any should at the hands of Mehmed, son of Sultan Murad. Of all the pain and indignities brought upon him at the behest of the future ruler of the Ottoman Empire, the curse was the worst. All the young Vlad can do is try to survive and plot his vengeance.