An open letter to Alan Ball:
I’ve tried to stay quiet on this subject because I like both the series and the books, but today I’m taking sides.
Alan Ball, you are making a mess of my series.
I say my series, because I pay for HBO and that means that some of the money I fork over every month gets into your pocket.
At the beginning of the show, you stayed pretty true to the books. Changing Tara Thornton’s character completely was cool, as was keeping Nelson Ellis as Lafayette, but it wouldn’t have occurred to me to have them be related. Oh, well.
The show jumped the rails when MaryAnn took over Bon Temps. What the hell were you thinking Mr. Ball?
Same sentiment with the Fae Realm. Alan created a world and made it ugly.
Sookie Stackhouse represents everything that is good and lovely in the South and Alan Ball is making it his personal mission to destroy it, first by making her saga secondary to that of any man on the show, and then by downplaying anything she does, unless it goes right back to Eric or Bill.
Last season, she spent a lot of time shouting “Run” or “Watch Out” as the vamps got into one scrape after another. She was a convenient feeding stop pretty much.
He spent a whole lot of time on two characters who do not exist in the books at all. While I liked seeing Lafayette and Jesus together, their story with the witches had little or nothing to do with Sookie and her quest to find True Love.
And, I was looking forward to meeting Hallow, not Antonia.
I have a problem with Sookie suddenly using her fairy fingers to break the spell on Eric, restoring his memories at the same time, I would have liked to see Sookie have some power over Eric for a time, like she did in the books.
So far, Season 5 doesn’t look all that exciting to me. It seems there is very little Sookie and a whole lot of Tara, Lafayette, Russell Edgington, Eric, Bill, Pam and Jessica with a touch of Alcide and Sam thrown in.
I’m not saying I won’t watch it, or buy the DVDs when they come out. I surely will.
With all that said, I’m glad Alan Ball is stepping down as head honcho. I hope Mark Hudis has a bit more respect for the books and can find his way back to Charlaine Harris’ take on things.
I like hers a whole lot more.
E!Online shared this video of their interviews with the True Blood cast from the season 5 premiere held May 30, 2012.
Recycling your words,
tries to steal the girl away,
but he won’t succeed
I need you back more than you’ll ever know. Here’s looking forward to your return next Sunday.
One scene in particular that caught my eye was in the last episode of season 4. Sookie is in the kitchen and she drops her spoon. It’s a superstition that If you drop a spoon, a woman will come to visit you. Sookie has a flashback of Gran and is startled when Tara walks in. I’m not sure if anyone but me realized the significance of the spoon. I knew at that moment she would later be visited by a female (Debbie) and it wasn’t going to turn out good
I do not understand why Sookie insists on driving that hunk of junk that she calls a car. It’s barely operable. Look at it!
I have been offering to replace Sookie’s car for months now and she keeps turning down my offer. She needs a more reliable car. One that actually stays on the road and will not break down as she’s driving. I think that I will have to take matters into my own hands one day and dispose of that hunk of junk she calls a car and replace it with something newer and much safer.
Given that trouble constantly finds Sookie, I would like to purchase a tank for her to drive, but I know that it is not an option.
What I would like to purchase for Sookie is a Honda Civic. Much more reliable as it is newer and it will serve her well for many years. The Civic is one of the top cars with safety and it would give me peace of mind to know that my lover was in a more reliable vehicle.
Of course, the car would be red and I would have a vanity plate put on it with either “MINE” or “LOVER”.
Just say the word Sookie and this beautiful car will be yours.
via Day 23: Sookie’s Car.
In season two we meet a mythological creature, a maenad. Everyone is confused and don’t know what it was that attacked Sookie in the woods, but there was someone that should have connected the dots much sooner – Bill.
Eric: Head of a bull.
Bill: That’s what she said. It was dark. It all happened in seconds.
Eric: So you didn’t see this, bull man?
Sookie: It’s all coming from Maryann. All of it. They eat people’s hearts. But she wants more. She wants their souls. And that chant.
Sookie: Lol lo Bromious, lo lo Dendrites, Enorches.
Sookie: Bill, I’ve seen that look on your face before and I don’t like it.
Bill: I read about some ancient creatures many years ago. But I always assumed it was just a myth. But I believe Maryann might be one.
Bill: No, thank you. There are pressing matters at hand I need your help with. I need to know how to kill a maenad.
QSA: A maenad? In Bon Temps? That’s random.
So when did Bill connect the dots? We got to see Bill reading the book about myths in epi 7 (flashback) but the thing that made him remember was the chant and when Sookie told him about it, all pieces fell into place. The book had all the necessary information of maenads; the totem, the claws, how those claws were used, the bull, and the different names of Dionysos etc. And as soon as Bill realized what they faced, he did his best to find out how to kill it by talking to the queen, but not before he changed clothes. And the actual killing of the maenad was made by Sam.
I can’t help wondering how long it would have taken Eric to reach the same conclusion if he had had all the information? We did see how quick he was to act as soon as he knew what they were up against, he didn’t even have time to change clothes before he left for the queen’s.
via Maenad Mayhem