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Would You Watch True Blood With Less Blood and Sex?

As a person who doesn't have the greatest stomach for gore, I admit that I had a hard time getting into True Blood at first, but I overcame my aversion to squirting blood because the show is just that good. I think it's also fair to say that True Blood wouldn't be True Blood without its copious amounts of violence and sex — or would it? HBO is hoping it would and is currently shopping the vampire series to basic cable networks for syndication.

But would that really work? I imagine a sanitized version with the sex scenes and gorier bits edited down or completely out — not unlike what TBS has done for its reruns of the cuss-and-sex-free Sex and the City. Then again, the omission of these elements could make the show appeal to a wider audience that's turned off by them. What do you think — would you still watch a beloved show if some of its mojo is missing?

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gd101 gd101 7 years
I would watch it, because sometimes the gore & sex just becomes too much. The problem is: without blood and sex, would it still be True Blood? It wouldn't be True Blood anymore, it would be like the Vampire Diaries but with older people! It does not make sense!
bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
I feel like if the sex was toned down we might get to see a little more acting. I understand that where there are vampires there's going to be lust, but I feel like they rely too much on unnecessary sexuality and forgo good storytelling. I've watched all 3 seasons and it's getting tired. There are so many characters I'd like to see developed, but they don't get any focus because they're not being stripped naked.
jultritz jultritz 7 years
I love both the books and the show. They are satisfying in very different ways. I would have watched the show no matter what it was billed as because I love the books. But my id gets to come out and play every Sunday night during the summer and I LOVE that...
JessieSP JessieSP 7 years
That's why I don't watch this mess. They focus more on sex than a real written good vampire story. Who wants to watch a series where you can't go 8 minutes without smut. If you want to see a XXX movie or short story then just go buy or rent one. True Blood is awful to watch and I would not recommend it to anyone.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
id' have to say yes. i do watch the show (although this season it's been a DVR one for me)...and i think that if it were a little less graphic i'd watch it more immediately. it's not to say that i think that there's too much - it's just not adding anything to the story for me to have all that.
Ranaulz Ranaulz 7 years
I say cut out the sex but not the gore and cussing .
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I'd prefer to watch it in is original HBO glory, but I if it worked for Sex and the City, I guess it could work for True Blood. It might appeal to more people because I've heard a few people say they tried to get into True Blood but that the sex and gore was just too over the top for them. I can see where they're coming from, it really is a sex-filled gore fest. But how would Tara's character ever get any screen time if they took out the cussing!?
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