True Blood, Season 1

Spoilers Ahead! Please read at your own risk, I’ll do my best to be vague but I doubt it’ll work well, thank you. ^^

So, I finally managed to catch up on True Blood, but only through Season 1— I can honestly say I enjoy the show, as I spent a marathon of like five hours watching each night for the last couple of nights until I’d caught up, and am going to start on Season 2 tonight.

Honestly, the only thing that truly bothers me thusfar is the way the fangs are. I have never in my life seen anything so ridiculous, but I guess it’s better than the stereotypical way it’s done that would probably never work in reality.

There’s also the fact that more often than not Sookie annoys the ever living hell out of me– I mean I understand her position and I enjoy her enthusiasm and shit but the girl needs to get her stuff together and make up her mind, instead of flitting between people to support her while having this whole ‘holier than thou, I can take care of myself’ attitude.

Bill, is of course, the atypical gentlemanly house-broken Vampire– which I appreciate. I like his down-home southern charm and all that goodness, even if his obsession with a girl who is about as smart as a box of hair kind of baffles me– but I guess that’s atypical too, looking at the women vampire men fall in love with.

Sam amuses me, but not to the point that I don’t want to hate him in so many ways. I love his little secret, as it makes me endeared to him more, but less so that he’s so judging of other people and what they do– honestly, dog, give it up. What the hell kind of person lies to their best friends then gets pissed that their other friend is completely honest about their feelings for someone they barely know (I loled, I know).

Jason Stackhouse is stupid and kind of attractive. That’s about it. 😐

Lafayette and Rene kind of round out my character profiling here, as I would seriously have melted into a puddle for Rene at any point (until those last few episodes when my brain started working clues and shit became clear) and Lafayette was probably the funniest, and most colourful member of that entire show, which is saying something when you’re surrounded by super powers.

Now, that’s kind of how I feel about the characters as a whole, but the overall plot (and the underlying stuff with Eric and his girlslave whose name I can’t recall) are much more interesting in my mind than all that, and I’m hoping that I’m going to be able to see more of them come this next season– that and Maryann gets a bit storytime since I think she’s completely evil and can’t wait to see how. 😀

I’ve ranted in a very weird way for a good few paragraphs here, but I’m going to step back and be a bit serious in saying that the obsession with True Blood is given, since the storyline and overall horror is something that we haven’t seen all that often (yes, Twilight has done the ‘oh god, I’m so in love with you even though I’m a housebroken vampire and you’re just a girl who’s extra special’ thing). I would really, however, love to see a female werewolf with a male vampire in a storyline– the female vampire fatale going after the ‘different’ werewolf has been done, as well as the male vampire who fawns all over the silly little girl. I want a strong, female wolf and a sexy male vampire— but that might just be transference. <3 Regardless, I'm kind of hoping things even out and we get more into the storyline beyond just the love relationship-- especially considering Bill's little house guest-- double squee.

Based on.

Today I think we’re going to discuss something that gets me rather irate, but only lately– movies that are ‘based on’ books. I used to be the first person to defend a movie-makers right to take liberties with a books adaptation to a movie. The first few Harry Potter films, for example, were not wholly true to the book, but still kept enough of it intact that you got the overall feel.

That is now true, however, for the latest in the Harry Potter franchise. Oh no, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince decided that it was high time for them to take everything good about the book, rip it clean, and make up some new story that absolutely makes no sense and doesn’t help set up anything.

I’ve already had issue in the past with the movies and the lack of the House Elf ideals and all that jazz. Hermione may have been insane with her campaign against House Elves being used for manual labour (as they seemed okay with this idea) but it would still be nice to see that set-up with Dobby and Kreacher in the films, as they were pivotal in a bunch of points.

That, I can look past, however– but in the new film, in the new film… (spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the movie coming out on DVD today) they burn down the Weasley’s House, Harry and Ginny’s first kiss happens randomly in the room of requirement and their relationship is never touched up on after that, Harry drinks all the Felix Felicis himself instead of sharing it with his friends for their epic battle, and finally that battle never takes place– we see no development between Fleur and Bill and Bill being attacked by Fenrir, or the relationship between Tonks and Remus developing (instead it’s just thrown in there with a mousy Tonks calling Remus ‘sweetheart’ when he was nowhere near ready for that before the end of the book at all), and all in all… just /destroyed/ everything good about that book to make the movie… I don’t know what they were trying to make it but it just fell flat in every way possible.

The best scene, the best scene by far, was when Dumbledore went all fire on the Inferi, and saving the day– but even his death scene was lackluster, and they absolutely destroyed the beauty of it all by foregoing the funeral scene. We didn’t get to see the centaurs pay their respects, any of the teachers show up to show theirs, or even see Grawp and Hagrid having their bawl fest to show how far his ‘brother’ has come. No, instead we get some half-assed conversation between Harry, Hermione, and Ron where they realised they’re all going to be chasing after the Horcruxes instead of doing school next year. No conversation where Ginny tells Harry just how much he’s the man she thought he was, or no Harry trying to explain why he has to do this– no epic conversation where Harry tries to be the big man on campus only to realise later that his friends are not going to just let him walk. Nope, just a five minute conversation about how sad the death was, a glimpse of Fawkes, and then the end.

I cannot abide by that kind of liberty being taken with a story– I wish I could, but it’s ruined this series for me, at least movie wise. I understand leaving out a few bits in the sake of time and other such, but this was just blatant disregard for the narrative. The story is skewed for me and I’m not sure how the next film will be playing out for me.

Vampire… hunter?

I’m going to forego the usual life-drama that tends to crop up after posts like last time (involving the friend in the aforementioned post), and instead, go right on to talking about Anita Blake.

I’ve been reading the series for quite a while now, and within the first few books I was hooked– she had this way of making all this preternatural stuff seem simply amazing, but soon… it kind of dwindled into something else.

The last book I read that I actually found so good I couldn’t put it down was Obsidian Butterfly, but to be fair I’m kind of partial to stories that involve Edward, because he’s my favourite little sociopath ever. Regardless, the story didn’t revolve around how many people Miss Blake could ride in a single book, or around trying to justify all that by some new supernatural stuff going on in her life.

I’m onto Incubus Dreams now, and I find myself wading through sex scene after sex scene (which, in their own right, are ‘attractive’ enough, but there’s too many of them), just to get to the underlying point of the story. So far all I know is that there are serial murders going on and that’s about all they’ve touched up on for that part of the story as a whole, instead focusing on her banging new men and bringing new powers onto her Mary Sue becoming self.

What I find completely atrocious is that, within this last book, she has slept with no less than four men and I’m barely halfway through– FOUR MEN. I understand her ‘needs’ because of the ardeur and all that, but she isn’t even done with the book yet and she’s already had more sexual partners than most single women have in a month– in days. Let alone the fact that she’s dating three or four different men, which I could get past if it weren’t for the fact that the men she’s sleeping with are not all her beaus. It’s taken her sexual deviant attitude to a whole new level. The only reason I’m still wading through these books is I have it on good authority she’s stopped this in some of the newest ones. Though I believe I still have four or so to go through before that was even hinted at.

Regardless, I applaud Laurell K. Hamilton for attempting to make a powerful female character who isn’t totally a complete feminist and has some kind of ability to be flexible, but abhor the fact that the books have become nothing more than a sexual playground for her fantasies. And people give Twilight a bad rap.