Its not about the books.

I think people are forgetting that whilst the books are good. This page is about the show! I know lots of you out there love the books and the show. But I'm sure on Charlaine's pages about the books people are asked to discuss the books rather than the series.


Not everyone on here will want to read the books, or perhaps have the ability or confidence to read the books. The show may help them to come to the books.


But surely it is the show we should be discussing here on Sidereel. This is after all a forum for film and television not literature. The comparisons between the two are interesting but I feel we may have been losing sight of the point!


Does anyone else feel the same?

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Oct 11, 2008 6:31PM EDT

Didn't mean that to sound as nippy as it did! lol! But I think its a valid point. So no one take offense please!
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Oct 11, 2008 6:48PM EDT

I think it's a fair point, I'm glad you made it! I enjoy the speculation and the suspense of a well made tv show so I don't want to spoil it for myself by reading the books (though I have been sorely tempted).Ive read plenty of good books but well made tv shows are scarce on the ground these days!

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Oct 12, 2008 4:44AM EDT

Despite what you say here, discussing the books is a fair point as the show would not be if it weren't for her books. When people speak of the books here they are referring to the series as well so I do not see how it is an inappropriate topic. I also do not see why you have an issue with it. Sorry but this seems more of a search for attention rather than a valid point. I could understand if someone began speaking on another television show or an unrelated book on this page but the books are the show and the show is the books and this page would not exist without them.
On another note on inappropriate conversation, your topic is not a review on the show so thus again i prove your point is moot.

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May 2, 2016 3:51PM EDT

While I don't really mind the comparison between the book and the series, but mostly(if not all) whenever someone mentions about the book, it's either a spoiler or something like "I've read the book, but I'm not going to spoil it for you...hehe" comments, which is kind of annoying. So I'm agreeing with Captain-Pineapples here.

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May 11, 2016 2:43PM EDT

Thanks Nashaa! Thats exactly what I meant. There are a whole lot of I'm not going to spoil the book! Hee hee hee! or little spoiler comments.
Ephrilician, I'm getting the sense you feel that I'm insulting the books. Let me clarify that I am not. I'm certainly not seeking attention either I have other things in my life and searching for attention on the internet does not score high on my list. I merely was stating that whilst the T.V series does owe its presence on our screens to the books surely the fact that it is based on these books should not be an overwhelming factor in its discussion! The show is NOT the books and visa versa. I don't mind comparison between the two and applaud anything which encourages people to read and to enjoy literature.
Lastly my converstion topic is like other topics not necessarily a review but how many 'reviews' on this page are 'proper' reviews. It is however about the T.V show and these pages on Sidereel so therefore how can my point be 'moot'. It was merely a queiry to see if others who had not read the books felt the same. I have not read the books yet and living in the U.K not having True Blood broadcast here I was merely looking for people who enjoyed the show and wanted to discuss it. Is there something inappropriate about that? Judging from the other comments I'm not the only one who feels the way that I do.
I'm not looking for an argument with a die hard fan so we should probably agree to differ.

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Oct 12, 2008 6:38PM EDT

Ok, I understand you're annoyed, "captain pineapples" but some people have read the books and talk about it, so just get over it. what's the point fo all the discussion here, really??anyway, i could agree that, except for you book talking thing, people sometimes create discussion without any interest or real topic, that instead of being created like that could simply be a comment in another discussion... whatever

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Oct 12, 2008 9:04PM EDT

What I am saying is don't complain about inappropriate topics when clearly you are at fault for the same thing.... You did not post a review and this is the review section so the point is don't make a stink about people talking about the books when YOU don't believe they should be discussing it here when clearly you are at fault for a similar thing. That is called hypocrisy. It's not argument, it's facts.

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May 11, 2016 2:43PM EDT

I can see both perspectives in this and as someone who has not read the book, yet, and is excited about the speculation over what happens in the subsequent episodes, I really dislike reading any posts regarding True Blood on SideReel. As someone who enjoys engaging in the discussions on many shows, I feel like I cannot participate regarding True Blood.
I can see the other side too. Those of you who have read the books want to discuss nuances and discrepancies between the books and the show.
Everyone is right in this discussion. However, as a community, we should want to make SideReel a place where both can exist. I think it is important to specify on the title of the discussion whether it is for readers or non-readers of the books. Additionally, when it is plainly obvious that the discussion taking place is among non-readers, I don't think it's very considerate to leak a spoiler to them.
Personally, I'm not reading any posts on the show unless there is an obvious delineation of which side the post is for. I think that is sad, and I think it's sad that people here want to and enjoy spoiling things for others, but then this is the internet and you all are going to be who you are, no matter what.

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May 11, 2016 2:43PM EDT

Yikes! I can how this has escalated since i posted here last. It has gotten a little personal hasn't it?I think the mods have clamped down on what was really the major issue here:spoilers.I don't know if that was the main problem for everyone else but it was for me.I can see how it is interesting to compare the two media, and differing techniques and character development. I must also admit that it's natural that a lot of True Blood fans would be people who read the books already. However I feel i should point out that I dont think Captain Pineapple was saying to put a ban on mentioning the books but rather focus more on the show itself.Which, given that its a page about the tv show is fair enough.

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