Oh my stars: Coming to grips with my True Blood Addiction written by Kellmeister37, a Billsbabe
Why are few people privy to this information, you might ask? (Hmmm, privy might be my new word of the day.) Because it’s my favorite show, it’s for once not a cartoon, and it’s about VAMPIRES. Well, not just about vampires. It’s about blood, and sex, and prejudices, and love, hate, and wanting to matter. And this info is privy because I consider myself to be your typical Midwestern, suburban housewife; not prone to such obsessions.
Whomever Alan Ball considers to be his demographics that he’s appealing to, count me in.
I’m here to try to come to terms with my addiction; the addiction which causes me to get flutters in my stomach every Sunday night, and which finds me sweeping up the remote control at 9:00 pm faster than Bill could find Sookie’s femoral artery.
Since the completion of season one, I have continued to obsess about this hit HBO show. I’ve watched the repeats on the DVR until its little hard drive sputters smoke. I spend countless amounts of hours on The Vault’s website and several others (thanks, Stephen Moyer Webring!), scooping up any tidbit of info about the show that just might get me through to the beginning of the summer. I’ve met many other wonderful people on these sites who are just as compulsive about this drama as me.
Why the addiction? Let me break it down for you. (These are completely my opinions, and in no way necessarily reflective of the masses.)
1. William Thomas Compton.
2. William Thomas Compton. Did I just repeat myself? So I did. The ever-dashing, multi-talented Stephen Moyer plays our fair (as in pasty white) William, and I could never imagine the character being played by anyone else. As someone on the Webring boards once said, “He had us at, ‘Do you have any of that synthetic bottled blood?'” His facial expressions, his nuances, his white henleys- all are quite…’glamour’ous.
3. I view the story as a gothic romance, and I’m just a sucker for that sort of thing, triumph or tragedy be damned. Move over, Rhett and Scarlet, we’ve got Bill and Sookie. The chemistry between the two main characters is, shall I say, ‘Off the hook!’
Bill has just enough of the ‘bad boy’ persona (being a vampire and all) our mothers all warned us about as teens. He’s someone whom you can’t resist (being a former Southern gentleman), so you just can’t see his bad side, much like Sookie doesn’t want to see his vampirism.
Sookie, (played by the beautiful and bubbly Anna Paquin), although a telepath, seems to me a bit fearless about the way the world really works, despite her vast ‘carnal’ knowledge of many of the characters on the show.
Both of these characters, living in a world that doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge them, ultimately want to find love and acceptance, to matter to someone, as Tara states in Episode 2. We all want that, don’t we?
4. It’s a means of escapism- from the suffering economy, from our daily lives, from the problems we all face. It’s just plain fun. The story, based on Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, is campy, sarcastic, witty, scary, and explores the supernatural world in a way that’s different from anything I’ve seen before. However, the seeming unreality of the show touches on so many of the real issues we confront every day, as a country: minorities and prejudicial behavior, faith and religion, violence and murder.
5. I’d be remiss in not admitting to my affections for several other characters as well.
There’s the ever flamboyant Lafayette, whom, despite his effeminate ways, I would not want to meet in a dark alley late at night to steal his ‘V’ juice. Tara is the eternal pessimist, always one to point out her ‘unboyfriendability’ and bad luck. And Eric, oh Eric, the tall, sarcastic, powerful Viking vampire- will we see more of him in Season two? I know there’s an ongoing battle between Bill and Eric lovers, and I certainly think (and hope) there will be more of Eric to come in Season 2. There has to be an antagonist in every story, don’t you agree? (All of my fellow ‘Team Bill’ junkies have now disowned me.) Anyway, I’ll take all of the subordinate characters and throw them in my ‘big bag of crazy’ any day- the story wouldn’t be the same without them.
6. The music. I’m no music extraordinaire, but True Blood has music for tastes of all kinds. You have music from the 80’s, the blues, country, and even a little gospel music thrown in the mix, thanks to Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott (Take Me Home- episode 6). Nathan Barr is True Blood’s music composer, and every time I hear that special music start playing, that he composed just for Sookie and Bill scenes (don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about), I get goose bumps. Finally, the show’s theme song, ‘Bad Things,’ by Jace Everett, combined with the scenes from the opening credits, let’s you know you’re in for more than just your run-of-the-mill, small town, backwoods story.
So, did defining my addiction really let me come to grips with it? Ha. They say your first step in overcoming an addiction is to admit you have a problem. I don’t have a problem- I just like living vicariously through others. Don’t they also say a certain amount of anything is good in small quantities, as long as you don’t overdo it? Then True Blood is good for me fifty-five minutes every week. If the other six and a half days a week spent obsessing over it is bad for me, well, then, I don’t want to be good.
written by Kellmeister37, a Billsbabe
“Billsbabes” are a group of well educated professional woman and men that admire Stephen Moyer, not only for his portrayal of Bill Compton on the HBO series True Blood, but for his complete répertoire.
They came together from the four corners of the world onto the HBO message board.
They found there were no websites where one could go for updated information, pictures and videos on Stephen Moyer and decided to set up the Stephen Moyer Webring which consists of the News Site TrueBlood-online.com; the Fan Site StephenMoyer.net and the messageboard solely dedicated to Stephen Moyer and his acting career, StephenMoyer.yuku.com.