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True Blood

Of course "True Blood" is old – but gold. And I know a lot of people who haven't seen a single episode to this day, which is why I want to draw attention to this series. 

 

What is True Blood about?

It's basically a series about vampires. But. And I really mean BUT! It's unlike any other vampire related series/movie, I've ever seen – and believe me, I've seen plenty!

"True Blood" shows a world where vampires are out in the open – meaning everyone knows they exist. This is only possible due to the fact, that scientists have created synthetic blood, called True Blood. With this synthetic blood being everywhere available, like normal food, for example in grocery stores and gas stations, vampires are finally able to live amongst humans. But of course not every human is welcoming vampires as part of society.

 

The brilliance of "True Blood" is it's equivocation. The series is holding up a mirror to our society. The series is socio-critical, but under the pretext of vampires. The series is located in southern America, where there are still a lot of prejudices. Or let's say, southern America has had it's fair share with it's "strong believes". Instead of showing racism (against black people) "True Blood" shows another form of racism. In this case it's racism against vampires and how the people in the small town "Bon Temps" are dealing with this "unknown" and unwanted species.

The fact that "True Blood" is set in a small town makes it even easier to draw attention to all the prejudices in a concentrated form. Other ways of thinking are unwanted, the unknown is unwanted, everything that deviates from the norm is unwanted. 

Even strong (religious) beliefs are critically questioned and put to the test. 

 

"True Blood" is a critique of society - disguised as a series about vampires. And this alone makes the series brilliant.

 

Back in the day when "True Blood" was new, I heard a lot about it. And since I'm an all-things-vampire-fan I knew I wanted to watch this series. But, and that's a big but, back then I wasn't very open to violent series or movies whatsoever. A litte bit of violence, unnecessary amounts of blood and missing body parts – and I wasn't interested any more. In retrospective I think "True Blood" is the reason why I was more open to any movie with more violence and stuff like that. But it was a hard way getting there. Don't ask me why, but I kind of forced my self to watch "True Blood". If I remember correctly I started the first episode about 3 times. The first time I watched the first few minutes and didn't like what I saw, so I just stopped. After a while, maybe a couple of weeks later, I wanted to give this series another chance, but again, I didn't like what I saw so I stopped once again. The third time, I forced myself to finish the first episode. And you may ask why I even tried to watch it 3 times, why not just stop? Well, the thing is i wanted to see what seemingly everybody else saw (meaning the reason why everybody was raving about the series), and there was something about it, I can't specifically what that something was  – otherwise I would have stopped right then and there. But there was just something that kept me coming back – let's call it intuition. If I'm coming back to one topic, or thought again and again, then there must be something why it's worth my attention. And that's exactly what I felt regarding this series. In hindsight I'm SO glad I did force myself to watch it.

 

I have to confess, it truly wasn't an easy road, because I really didn't like the next couple of episodes that much either. But the more the series progressed the more I liked it. And I have to say that the series got better and better the longer it run – which is rarely the case. Most of the time it's the other way around: a great start and the longer a series run the more it loses what made it good in the first place.

A couple of years ago I told an ex-boyfriend of mine about this series, and he truly wasn't very keen on the idea of watching a series with vampires, but he trusted me, so he have it a try. He felt the same way as I did. After watching the first episode he really wasn't into the series at all. But I told him, he should be patient, because I KNEW, really knew for sure, that he was going to enjoy it after all. And so he trusted me and after watching a couple of episodes he also became infatuated with "True Blood". I attribute this to the fact, that the series really is about more than just vampires. The series is multi-layered and really socio-critical.

 

"True Blood" aired in 2008 and since then I've watched the series countless times. I really can't tell you how many times I've seen the series already. It's truly one of my most favorites ever. And funnily enough I already thought about rewatching it again in the next few upcoming weeks. So this is one of my highest recommendations!

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