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They are now officially everywhere in Australia. In addition to the Twilight series causing young girls to drool at the thought of men twinkling gently in the daylight, there are other vampires stalking and smoldering across our television screens.
For teenage vampires we have the Vampire Diaries, based on a series of books about a girl named Elena who falls in love with one of two brothers who (plot twist!) happen to be vampires. But in another, more thrilling plot twist Elena looks exactly like Katherine, the woman who both brothers loved, slept with, and who turned both brothers into vampires.
Elena has got more guts then Bella of Twilight fame, and has an amazing ability to keep her hair looking immaculetly presented regardless of what death-defying situation she has found herself in. The brothers are both very pretty and frequently shirtless.
It’s also one of the few teenage-drama shows that doesn’t just consist of endless re-caps of previous conversations and current emotional turmoil. Most episodes have some form of cliffhanger or massive plot twist. It’s exciting to watch a show filled with very pretty people having dramatic lives and plot actually progressing.
And then there is Tru Blood. It’s wild. It’s sexy. It’s not the sort of television show you want your parents or roommates or significant other, or in fact anyone, to walk in on you watching, because it could very, very easily be mistaken for some type of blood-kink pornography. But with an incredibly complex and fascinating plot. And oh, the plot.
The shows basic premise is that Japanese scientists have created a fake blood known as Tru Blood, which has enabled vampires to ‘come out of the coffin’ and re-enter broader society. This has kicked off an international battle over how to recognize and deal with vampires. After all, they are basically immortal, incredibly strong, power and beautiful and they eat us.
Also religious groups are extremely angry, calling the vampires demons and wishing for their extermination. Vampire lobby groups are engaged in campaigns for equal rights, to be able to marry and vote and recognized as citizens like regular humans.
But this is all just in the background, much as political and social conflicts are usually in the background of our lives, to the story of Sookie Stackhouse and the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Which is filled with both very attractive people, and a heck of a lot of supernatural creatures.
There are twists. There are turns. There is harrowing betrayal. People die. People turn out to be shapeshifters or witches or accidentally summon women from ancient Greece who believe they are destined to marry gods. Yes. That happened.
It’s amazingly well acted, with convincing and multi-layered characters who evolve and change. They lose, they make mistakes (lots of them), they turn out to be bastards when you thought you could trust them, and they turn out to be wonderfully kind when you thought they were bastards.
There is a reason this show has become a huge cult-classic and has spawned drinks, merchandise and intense love in all who watch it. It’s engrossing, complex, mutli-layered and is one of the few fantasy shows that seem real.
It’s clever, funny and deeply, deeply sexy. This show is bringing sexy back, for dead bodies reanimated by demon blood who survive by drinking human blood. And every single character on the show could sexually smolder Edward Cullen into oblivion.