Ok, so I’ve watched the first season of True Blood. I have to admit that I’ve never watched HBO before and so the first show made my jaw hit the floor and I was holding my hands up blocking out the TV as I asked my husband if they could really show what they were showing on TV. He said yes and really, I know it’s true anyways, ‘cause it’s not a dream.
Once I got over watching some scenes that were, in my mind, better suited to porn and not to a TV show, I started critiquing the show. The first thing I didn’t like was that they made Sookie seem so…I don’t know, simple, dumb? I think that maybe I feel this way because I’ve read 9 Sookie books so far and I’ve seen her evolve as a character. I should go back and read book one again and see, but I don’t have time for that. Next, I’m not sure if I like the guy who plays Bill. Sometimes I look at him and think he is hot and other times I think he just looks silly. I’m not sure how I feel about Tara playing a more prominent role right away than I thought she played in the books, but watching Tara and Arlene it seems as though they’re being set up early on for later books. Plus I realize that with the limited time and space TV offers, some things have to move faster and be a little different for it to work. I recognize that’s why they focus so much on Jason being a flat out whore, but I respect the books more for their tactfulness.
All in all, despite my complaints, I am watching season 1 quite avidly and enjoying myself. And after the first couple episodes, my critiquing has died down and I’ve been able to enjoy them more. I’m not sure if I’d watch the show if I hadn’t read the books, but it’s too late now. I will say, book vs. TV, book wins in my eyes. But that’s just one person’s opinion; of course, this is my blog ;)