True Blood Vs Twilight

It seems that HBO has joined in the coat tails of Stephenie Meyer's vampire saga. I was very excited to watch the show and I can honestly say I LOVE IT. I think that the way they are portraying vampires is so much better than CBS's "Moonlight". Although I did like that show, it does not compare to True Blood. Im happy to see what twists and turns await poor naive Sookie as I was about Bella in Twilight. Excellent show.

Comments

| 00:02 EST, 06 Dec, 2008
I would NEVER say Twilight and True Blood are the same, but the obvious similarities prompted me to look into the background on True Blood, which a friend recently introduced me to and which I immediately got hooked on. My daughter drew me into the Twilight series earlier this year, which I found pretty appealing even though they were written for a younger audience (we both thought the movie was a huge disappointment). To be fair, I have not read any of the Charlaine Harris novels, although I plan to now, so I don't know how faithfully the tv show follows the books. Having basically feasted on the entire first series of True Blood for the past three nights (sitting in a hotel, out of town on business) after re-reading the entire four Twilight books in the last month, I was struck enough by the similarities to wonder which came first, or if Stephenie Meyer were somehow involved in the tv series. The most glaring examples: Twilight- Bella the human loves Edward the telepathic vampire. Edward can hear everyone's thoughts except Bella's.True Blood- Sookie the telepathic human loves Bill the vampire. Sookie can hear everyone's thoughts except Bill's. Twilight- Love triangle between Bella, Edward, and a shapeshifter/werewolf named Jacob.True Blood- Love triangle between Sookie, Bill, and a shapeshifter/werewolf named Sam. Twilight- Bella's parents are physically (mom) or emotionally (dad) absent.True Blood- Sookie's parents are physically absent (dead). It's almost begging for a lawsuit! I'm not ashamed to admit I enjoy both Twilight and True Blood. Both are fun, True Blood wildly so, with its gentleman vampire and Southern steaminess (the town is named Bon Temps and boy do they ever roll!). True Blood is definitely for ADULTS only, though. Can't wait for season 2.
| 01:35 EDT, 14 Oct, 2008
hahah ya i noticed the name similarity as well, what a coincidence eh
| 07:17 EDT, 10 Oct, 2008
You know what's so wierd?I've re-read twilight recently and watched true blood's first episode as well and some parts and sentences are exactly the same and how the vampire moves is exactly as edward moves.For example at the scene in the forest where he says "aren't you afraid of me"and when he appears right behind her like in twilight's trailer, and how she reads his mind and his name is "bill" and when they say its it also sounds like "bell" as in bella and she can't read his mind!it's just like OMG wth! =S it just struck me when i watched itand now that i see what you guys wrote about it being a book waay before twilight im abit disappointed because im a crazy twilight fan :P oh and we can't forget how the actor of bill's name is "stephen moyer" and the author of twilight's name is "stephenie meyer"wierd don't you think? O_O
| 05:19 EDT, 11 Sep, 2008
It's an accurate comparison. I must admit, while I realise True Blood is not based on Meyer's work, a lot of the themes and nuances are shared; to suggest this is incorrect is silly. (as much as i hate to think that people out there believe that meyer started the good vampire/romance genre crazy :P).Also and on a completely irrelevant note, Saragato, your first post on this review on the 10th of September was worded so terribly that it made me want to gag. Ironic that you were discussing literature (in the most liberal sense of the word).
| 22:41 EDT, 10 Sep, 2008
My apologies, then, mama23nluv. It's been a long while since I read Twilight, so my recollections are fuzzy. But I think the comparison just miffs a few because Twilight is both loved and loathed by many.
| 19:41 EDT, 10 Sep, 2008
I wasnt saying that bella had telepathy, in the book edward does and he cant read bellas mind. that was my comparison. I also know that twilight wasnt the first vampire whatever. I recently read some christopher pike books that made me think that was where stephenie meyer got all her ideas, not from her head. I also never said it's just like twilight. I just said I enjoyed the plot of the show as I had twilight.
| 19:07 EDT, 10 Sep, 2008
jzcx2001: Yes, in fact, it does matter. Twilight is in no way similar to Charlaine Harris's novels, and I'm offended you think so. Just because Twilight is popular with the young female crowd nowadays does not give anyone a right to point at another vampire-related ANYTHING and say "oh it's just like Twilight!" because it isn't. mama23nluv: Bella does not have telepathy. She is just 'different' for no other reason beyond Meyer says so. They are on two different spectrums of the same genre. As for cosmopiltan, I agree wholeheartedly with you. I dislike Twilight and am sick of every Tom, Dick, and Harry comparing anything to do with vampires as part of the "craze".
| 18:54 EDT, 10 Sep, 2008
I'm sorry in advance if I come off as rude in thsi response, I'm just a wee bit pissed today and rather passionate in my hatred of all things twlight so I may be a bit harsh [sorry!] but, i have to say that that's a rather heinous accusation you made there, and totally opff base as Sookie StackHouse, the books that this series was based off of, were first published in 2001, four years before twilight came out. Meyers is hardly the first person to make women fall in love with vamps, albeit the cheesiest--and really i find it hard to believe that people can dispute that point given what I've read on wiki about that last book, women have been falling for the dark and mysterious charms of vamps since they first met Stoker's Dracula in 1897. the theory is hardly new, it's just been re-vampd [like the pun?] this past decade.
| 17:36 EDT, 10 Sep, 2008
I was merely making a comparison between the telepathy and the one person that she cares for she cant hear, similarly to twilight.
| 17:24 EDT, 10 Sep, 2008
does it matter saragato twilight is similiar to true blood even if u dont think so
| 13:56 EDT, 10 Sep, 2008
You realize this series has nothing to do with Twilight? It's based off the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels by Charlaine Harris, who has been writing her novels way longer than Meyer. This is an adult series, not a young adult one.
| 07:18 EDT, 10 Sep, 2008
A better analogy might be charlaine harris' vampire novels...

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