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Do You Prefer the True Blood Books or TV Show?

The following post is from community member redgoblin, who posted it in the Southern Vampires group.

I have read all the books, and watched the first three episodes of True Blood, and was very disappointed in the casting and the portrayal of the main characters. Do others feel this way, or am I alone in this? Sookie, in the books, is pretty much described as a blonde bombshell type, which, as much as I love Anna Paquin as an actress, the whole gap in her front teeth just does not sit with the vision portrayed in the books of a woman men are falling all over themselves to date. Also, Tara is completely different in the books, she is a very minor character, and not as aggressive. The show is much more gratuitous in the sex department, especially when it comes to Jason. The scenes in the book do not go to that extreme, except when Sookie and her men are involved, and her readers are anticipating it! Anyway, new book coming out in May...cannot wait for that!

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mamagrubbs mamagrubbs 7 years
def the books! i started reading them before the show was even out! i love the show too.
gd101 gd101 7 years
I'd say BOTH but idk. I've read all the books, and i've seen some episodes, but I'm still not sure. You can really tell, that they have not followed the book as closely as the beginning.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
Anonymous who thinks the books are for YA ... they're definitely for an adult audience. They are published by an adult imprint. No YA book has the amount of sex and violence as the Southern Vampire Mystery series. I totally agree that the show was a disappointment after having read all the books. The only redeeming thing about the show is that Eric was cast superbly. Even Charlaine and her editor were very impressed with him.
redgoblin redgoblin 7 years
Well...I may watch the show again just to see Quinn. He was definitely a keeper in the book. What do people think of the Eric in the books vs Eric on screen? He is so amazing in the books....
iloveogres520 iloveogres520 7 years
I am a huge fan of the books and all I have to say is to treat the show like an alternate story involving all the characters and plots that Charlaine Harris fans have grown to love. I was a bit dissapointed too but I think as a reader, the show gives me an opportunity to see more of the story.
norabora norabora 7 years
what i have read of the first book i really enjoy it, but season 1 followed the book so closely it is hard to read it without the show playing in my mind... ha ha ha.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 7 years
I'm in love with the show. I enjoy reading the books as well. I try to read them along with the show, as to not go so ahead that i run into spoilers. The first too books are very small books, that mainly focus on Sookie and Bill's relationship. The other characters aren't mentioned all that much. I'm glad that the tv show developed the characters more and gave them more camera time. Sorry to say.... but.... ugghh Sookie annoys me... both in the book and the tv series (less annoying here).
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 7 years
Love both, but in completely different ways.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
I just finished Dead and Gone and can't wait to get the new one in May. The writing is simple--quick and fun reads. I think the show compliments the book well. If they followed the books completely, the show wouldn't be as fun to watch. I definitely was over the whole Maryann chaos but I love what the show's done with Lafayette's character. I think Eric was perfectly cast and I'm eager to see Alicde next season. I've been hoping they add Quinn in the future. The more manjoyment, the merrier!
gingirl gingirl 7 years
I agree with anonymous above me, I really try and think of each one as their own separate entity. I love, LOVE the books, and wish the tv show would follow them a little more closely, because some of the plot lines are so great, especially concerning Sookie's relationships. But, they have decided to be a little different,and I can respect that. I do really like the casting, though, I think most of it is spot-on. The Tara thing annoys me a little bit, but it's mostly because her character really annoys me, not anything having to do with her character in the books. Cant wait to see Alcide this season, he had some great stuff going on in the books.
enarra enarra 7 years
I've read all the books, and seen season 1 and 2, and enjoy both. I want the show to follow the books more closely though, especially in regards to Bill and Sookie's relationship. I don't mind the casting, and I generally don't mind the liberates they have taken with the storyline... Tara, Jason and Jessica have been fun so I'm okay with that. I do agree the lsex is too much. I watch this with my mother. I'm an adult, but it's still awkward at times.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i havent read the book yet but i love the show. i think i wont read the books though, because then i just get annoyed that it the produced version wasnt good. i have to say that almost all movie/tv production of a book was not as good. so im going to let things be lol.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Love the books, don't really care about or hate the show. The books held more depth, more character, and it wasn't sex sex sex sex sex. I only watched season one and was just disappointed in the direction they took it, but I did enjoy what they did with the character of Lafayette. I have yet to see season 2.
alexo13 alexo13 7 years
The show is garbage. I can't even stand to watch a preview of it. With so many books and characters and plot lines, why would HBO decide to do their own thing? After season 1 ended HBO sent an email to fans and asked them to vote on what plots they wanted to see and what people should get together. They said they would use the results to write season two. WHY??!!!!!! Don't mess with the books. My friends who have read the books don't watch the show - they all hate it. My friends who love the show and watch it have never read the books. I pretend the show doesn't exist. It makes me happier.
kea718 kea718 7 years
eh... I think the books are poorly written. I like the show SO much better. I always wanna slap Sookie in the books, less so while watching True Blood. And the whole men falling all over themselves for her has less to do with her being a "blonde bombshell" and more to do with... genetics(?), it's in her blood to be so appealing. True Blood OWNS!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
I completely agree, the books are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better then the series. I do like the tv show and thought season 1 was good, season 2 sucked in comparison, and I'll be really curious to see how they do season 3 compared with the 3rd book which is one of my faves in the series.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
Eh. Does the world really need another blond bombshell show? I kind of like that Anna Paquin is a more quirky character actress, and I also find it refreshing that the sex-crazed whore on the show is a man, Jason. I tried to read one books and I found the writing rather poor, although I have heard very good things from friends.
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