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An Open Letter to True Blood

Posted: September 18, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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True Blood,

What can I say? We’ve had our ups and downs over the past five seasons, but I have to admit, I’m pretty sure I am more devoted to you than I am to some of my friends. Sure, we’ve had a few breaks here and there, but our relationship couldn’t be more different from that new Taylor Swift song; we will always get back together (as long as HBO keeps ordering seasons). Yeah, I complain about Sookie and the decisions she makes, but I don’t believe I’ve ever truly thought about turning my back on you.

I know I’ve never told you this, but these past five summers have been some of the happiest I’ve ever known. No matter how poorly my week may have gone, I knew that I could count on you to be there every Sunday night, waiting to continue telling me some odd story. You were a constant for me; something incredibly ridiculous but so comforting that logic didn’t matter. All of those social gatherings, the invites to the movies with my friends, they didn’t matter. If you were around, real people could be ignored.

Unfortunately for us, it’s that time of year again, and we’re going to have to part for the next ten months. You’re probably the best summer fling in history, but I’ve realized that our relationship, while amazing, has made me a hermit. I’ve enjoyed my months of hibernation with you, but now I must become a real person again. I have to say goodbye to you and hello to those people in my life who have stuck by me despite the terms of our relationship.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to truly thank you for all of the time we’ve spent together, but I can say that I hope it doesn’t end. At least not until I become an actual adult.

I’ll miss you old friend,
Tenaysia Fox

P.S. What happens this fall will not affect our relationship. School year relationships mean more than summer relationships; don’t hold it against me if I happen to spend my Sunday nights with a new series.

Before HBO made it into a TV show for sexually deprived college students, True Blood was — and still is — a book series.  Charlaine Harris is a great author who is responsible for one of my favorite female main characters, because unlike Anna Paquin’s representation of the character, Sookie is strong, willful, and in control of her life.  In the books it’s more likely that you’ll see her doing the rescuing instead of being rescued.  The novels are not, as the TV show would have you believe, based around a young blonde’s sex life.  Yes, the books are about vampires.  Yes, we’ve had enough of that subject, but at least these books do something more than give vampire-obsessed fans masturbatory material.  They also have things like mystery, political satire, and wit.  Let’s not forget that the Sookie in the books is actually supposed to be pretty.  I’m sorry, Anna Paquin.  I think you’re a great actress, but really?

There are now ten Sookie Stackhouse novels, and so far Charlaine Harris has managed to do something very difficult – she’s kept the plot interesting.  From Dead Until Dark to her most recent release, Dead in the Family, Sookie kept me coming back for more, and I can’t wait for the next book.

To make a long story short – too late? – I recommend reading the books over watching the show.  If you’re a big fan of the show, at least read the books too, so you know how much of a difference there is between the mediums.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Unless the only reason you watch that show is to see Ryan Kwanten naked.  Then I can’t help you.

Man that guy is hot.

~Rebecca Leviton