I Found True Blood Under the Twilight Moon

Posted by Lady Mel On Friday, September 25, 2009 1 comments

Vampires. I love them. Something about them brings the animal (Rawwr) in me, but it depends on the book and the TV series. I haven't read the Vampire Diaries but I cannot wait to watch the first episodes of the adapted CW series and see if it is worth my precious time.

As a product of the Internet generation, I have something to say about the "Twlight Phenomenon". Now, I am familiar with the books. I only read the first book (must spend some time reading the rest), yet I can tell you that I was hooked on Stephanie Meyer's hypnotic writing skills. I kept reading and reading even when I had thought I would pass out on my bed before boredom. Mind you, I was an ignorant sophomore in college. Then, I read realized before I left Smith that the book series contained allegories of sexual abstinence and heteronormality, and the plagiarizing of main themes and character developments from older vampire "young adult" book series such as True Blood and the Vampire Diaries. But that is not the point. It was an entertaining book, you see.

Then, I saw the first movie late last year and almost threw up. Bad acting, bad acting, bad acting. Someone else should have played Edward Cullen instead of the unattractive Robert Pattinson. I seriously don't know why or how little gullible middle school girls love him. I don't see the sex appeal. Kristen Stewart was pretty good but I would advise that they spend some more time in acting school or with their acting coaches. Then, I got quite frustrated with the movie reinforcing the traditional gender roles within the context of the main characters, Bella and Edward. Does Bella really need a man to save her hopeless self from the big bad vampires out there? Can't young adolescent vampires control their goddamn sexual urges? Like seriously.

Need I say more? I have not read the Sookie Stackhouse short shories but the TV series is soo good. I see why Meyers copied her plot from. I have seen the first two seasons on HBO and let me tell you. This series has some of the best acting I have ever seen. The love triangle between Sookie, Bill, and Eric got me hooked from the start. Eric Northman is HOT! The gore, the sex, the violence, the morality intrigues me. Now, I know some of you are going to think that I am a hypocrite because I like True Blood more than Twilight and that I sound like a young female groupie myself. I may be but Twilight is geared towards a much younger audience and when I see little girls get all excited about the new movies and books, I think they should understand the whole literary process, not just the sugar coating. If there were more talented actors and that the fans were more educated, I think that I would have liked Twilight more. God, I am in a loop right now. It's a complicated issue.

 What do you guys think? Good constructive criticism ^.^


Mrs. M. said...

I really liked your post! Personally I rented Twilight on blu-ray when it came out and I didn't get all the hype. Like you said the acting seemed as drab as the setting. Tru Blood is miles better for many reasons including character development. At least the vamps and civilians on TB have personality. That's what i think Twilight really lacks.