The true Blood story follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid at a hometown bar in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She is a telepath whom wishes the world would be quiet. When Bill Compton walks through the doors of Merlott’s Bar, she is relieved to find a brain that she can’t read– because he’s dead. The series is based off the best selling novels my Charlaine Harris, however, they only loosely follow the books. Most of the story plot is completely made up and nothing like the book, other than the characters and some looser translations of the events in the book series.
The cast is phenomenal with reoccurring characters played by Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Sam Merlott (Sam Trammell), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Rutina Weston (Tara Thorton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), and Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman). They play rough people and vampires growing up with numerous problems in a small town where everyone knows your business, including Sookie who can see it in your head.
Although this show is nothing like the books, I find it to be a beautiful combination of sex, drama and violence. There is a lot of blood in every episode, so it is definitely not for the faint of heart. The show is currently in season 3 with talk of more seasons to come. The show is directed by Alan Ball, the creator of ‘Six Feet Under.’ He states that he likes to bring the darker underbelly of America to life through his shows.