True Blood, again

Again there may be spoilers and such, read at your own risk.

So, I managed to again marathon watch True Blood and polish off Season 2 in record time (which had me up to 8 am), and actually quite enjoyed this season.

Honestly, I may have ended up liking it more than Season 1, if only because of Godric and the evolution of Eric’s character. I felt that season 1 had that intrigue, but it kind of dragged at points, like the development of characters was going too slowly to fully drag me in– I actually found myself refusing to go to sleep just to watch another episode, hence being up until 8 am one night just watching seven or eight episodes.

The fact that most of the season took place in a divided loyalty setting (with Sookie, Eric, Bill, and Jason off in Dallas, while Tara, Sam, and the rest were in Bon Temps), was actually rather intriguing to me, like somehow it added another flavour to the series to see how well these people did split up, without each other, how they managed without their polar halves. Seeing Jason develop into a somewhat competent man was quite enjoyable. 😀

Though, by far, my favourite part of the season was meeting Godric, and getting delved into that relationship between he and Eric– you learn so much about Eric in that season, and even though you feel like you want to slap him around for all the trickery, you do feel for him in losing Godric, the person who brought him to his new self, and the person who was /still/ teaching him even a thousand years later– it is obvious in many ways that Eric is absolutely and truly in love with his Maker (whereas Bill and Lorena are just like “nyeh”).

I can’t wait to see what comes of the new bond between Sookie and Eric, though I also have a bit of that worry that it might end up in more relationship drama with Sookie being a kind of faux-whore. It annoys me to no end that everytime she gets mad at Bill she starts looking at other people to kiss.

And oh, OH, this is a huge spoiler for the last episode so please do not read on if you don’t want to know, but Sookie pausing and having her own stupid drama after her beloved vampire lays his heart on the line and asks her to marry him and go to Vermont to see it done, and running off to the bathroom like a squealing girl to cry and think about her other options, only to realise what we all knew all along– that Bill is the only person she should ever want to spend her life with— and coming out to find him gone because of her indecision?! If she hadn’t left to cry to herself and be a sissy, she would have been there instead of him getting ninjaed off by silver chains.

The stuff with Maryann was relatively interesting at times, though I honestly didn’t feel that part of the season was all that tasty– I had high hopes for Maryann and got a bit let down by what it turned into– she ended up annoying me to no end and I sought to just see the end of her whole plot line and move on. Also, poor Eggs.

… Regardless, having to wait until June is probably going to kill me. 😐

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.

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.