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07
Apr
10

Latest Promo Poster

Come on HBO, you’ve already done the coffee pot. This is just milking it.

At the risk of sounding picky, is this what you’re paying the marketing department for?

The marketing of this show has always been a real talking point (remember the fence with palings made to look like vampire stakes in season 1? That was fucking genius!)…I’m feeling insulted by this campaign so far.

Yeah, we get it. You want us all standing around the communal watering hole talking about the show. I hope we don’t have 9 more weeks of this sort of banality to look forward to.

Yawn.

Hurry up with the character promos already.

We want some more of THIS.

01
Apr
10

It’s Chain Yanking Time.

I am posting this verbatim, without comment.

If I say anything about this, my head is going to explode. For real.

Question: The promo tease for True Blood’s third season shows Eric with noticeably darker hair. Why? —Jody
Ausiello: “Because when vampires keep secrets from humans that they love, their hair follicles turn darker,” deadpans Alan Ball. “And that’s especially true if they’re carrying a torch for a blond waitress.” Very funny. The real reason, please? “Alexander made a movie during his hiatus and his hair was darker when he returned,” explains Ball with a laugh. “It wasn’t a choice [we made].”

Moving right along.

Ball also lets on that he’s writing an “intense” Sookie/Eric moment in episode 6:

Question: I’m on my hands and knees begging for some True Blood news! —Nick
Ausiello: The show is currently shooting episode 6, penned by executive producer Alan Ball. And guess what? It contains what Ball describes as an “intense” Sookie/Eric moment. “Let’s put it this way,” he adds, “I think people will have strong feelings about it.” In possibly related news, Ball told TV Guide that “Sookie is sexually drawn to [Eric] because she’s had his blood. But there is another reason he’s drawn to her, one that will be revealed this season.”

As far as I can recall, Ball hasn’t written any Sookie/Eric scenes in the series thus far. Not a single line of dialogue that has passed between them has come from his head. The episodes Ball wrote himself are not among my favourites, but hope springs eternal. I guess.

Source: Ausiello Files

29
Mar
10

Meet Your Maker

As most of us have, I’ve often wondered why Alan Ball felt it necessary to change Eric’s backstory with regard to his maker so radically and to a lesser extent, why he gave Bill a child in Jessica. When you think about it, both changes are significant departures from the book series.

It seemed on the surface that changing the identity of Eric’s maker, and bringing him into the story so early was simply to allow the writers licence to show Eric in a more sympathetic light. Similarly, it seemed that giving Bill a child in Jessica was to humanise Bill, make him more sympathetic, and to introduce some comic relief.

But I can’t help thinking there is also a long term plan being enacted here.

In the books, we had the following scenario:

Bill had a maker, Lorena – but no child.
Eric had a child, Pam – but no maker (at least not one involved in the story – yet).

With the addition of Jessica and the changes made to Godric’s character, we have a slightly different scenario on True Blood, in which each vampire now has both a maker – and a child:

Lorena/Bill/Jessica
Godric/Eric/Pam

It’s noteworthy that the True Blood writers have chosen to even things out as far as direct “family” relationships go. As much as I loved Godric, changing Eric’s back story always bothered me – but noticing how it sets up the mirrored relationships above got me to wondering whether these changes were actually made with a very specific purpose in mind.

These changes have resulted in the creation of two “families” that are being used by the writers to mirror eachother. Both families have identical makeup – a maker, their child, and a “grandchild” (for want of a better word). Yet one family is functional, stable and well-adjusted [and I realise this is absurd language to use in reference to vampires but you get the point I’m trying to make here, right?], and the other is dysfunctional, volatile and unstable.

Lorena - Not big on consultative decision making.

Consider the following:

Godric had been watching Eric fight and chose him to be turned as his companion, after seeing something in him that he admired. He found him dying and gave him a choice. Eric was turned willingly.
Lorena took Bill into her house after he happened upon her at random. She too wanted a companion. But she gave Bill no choice in his turning. Bill was unwilling and had to be tricked.

Godric saved Eric.
Lorena murdered Bill.

Eric then chose Pam as his child, and turned her for companionship**. Pam, like Eric before her, was willing.
Bill did not choose Jessica – she was chosen for him – and he was ordered to turn her as punishment. Jessica, like Bill before her, was unwilling and had to be forced.

Eric has a relationship with Godric based on trust, love, respect and shared experiences that he seems to hold sacred.
Bill has a relationship with Lorena based on mistrust, resentment, and shared experiences that he tries to bury.

Pam’s relationship with Eric is founded on respect, loyalty and a mutual understanding.
Jessica’s relationship with Bill is riddled with misunderstandings, volatile outbursts and mutual resentment.

Eric taught Pam what she needed to know to survive as a vampire. He was also willing to fill this role for Jessica in the short term, even though he is not her maker.
Bill has tried his hardest to avoid teaching Jessica much of anything – first palming her off onto Eric and then being completely preoccupied with Sookie on her return.

Through these two “families”, patterns of behaviour are emerging that repeat themselves through the generations. Just as they do in human families.

We have already seen that Godric, Eric and Pam are in control of their destinies. They make their own decisions, and they own those decisions. They don’t blame anyone else – even when they probably could. Have we seen Eric whining like a bitch yet about the fact that SA has him selling V? Did we see Godric even attempt to shirk any responsibility or blame for the Dallas mess? Do we see Pam moaning about anything she does for Eric? No. Because this side of the fence can suck it up, and deal. They are strong, and they are resilient.

The writers even changed Godfrey’s name to Godric – presumably to connect Eric’s name with that of his maker. A clever way to subtly reinforce their positive relationship and family connection in the minds of the audience, is it not?

Could you be a companion of death? Could you walk with me through the world...through the dark? I'll teach you all I know. I'll be your father, your brother, your child.

The relationship between Lorena, Bill and Jessica could not be more different to that of Godric, Eric and Pam. These three are perpetual victims – always at the mercy of others, always able lay blame with everyone else for their misfortune. Even when that misfortune is a direct result of their own poor decision making or lack of backbone. Lorena is a victim of her vampire nature, to the extent that she uses it to justify the most abhorrent, sadistic behaviour and a lack of desire to evolve. She is also a victim of her obsessive fixation on Bill. Bill blames either Lorena, or Eric (and eventually Sophie Anne I’m willing to bet) for practically every mess he finds himself in. Jessica blames Bill or Maxine Fortenberry or her father for her various issues. This family is passive, weak – and most likely doomed.

If I were Jessica Hamby I would be pretty nervous, right about now. If there is something to the idea that behaviours in these relationships are repeating down the line, she is fucked – not to put too finer point on it. Based on the patterns playing out between Lorena, Bill and Jessica I think it’s likely that Jessica will eventually turn on Bill. And probably end up dead as a result.

There is a very clear dichotomy being set up here that did not exist in the book series, at least not in this form. Charlaine used various methods to contrast Eric and Bill, but for the film medium many of them just would not translate (the frequent hot/cold metaphors, for example). Ball has come up with a different, yet still very effective way of showing us what is really going on with the characters of Eric and Bill. Or more correctly, showing us where the writers are heading with them. When the series is over and can be viewed as a cohesive whole, I suspect the impact of these changes will be much clearer.

So take heart, fellow Viking lovers. Some heinous crimes have been committed against Eric, and the Eric and Sookie pairing on True Blood. But I really am starting to come around to the idea there is going to be a reason for all of this in the end.

Or maybe it’s just the Prozac talking.

**[I realise this hasn’t really been covered in TB yet. I’m surmising, based on the nature of their relationship, Pam’s turning in the books, and comments made by Kristin Bauer which support the premise that TB Pam was turned voluntarily].

19
Feb
10

I saw this…And my blood ran cold.

And that is NOT my usual reaction upon setting eyes on this man. In fact, my usual reaction is the complete opposite.

Right now I’m sitting here going W….T….F.

True Blood has been filming for weeks. ERIC HAS BLONDE HAIR AND WHERE THE FUCK IS IT?

Is it not bad enough that they had to cut his hair short – now they are going to change the colour of it as well? I am SEETHING.

Seriously HBO – Eric had better not have Bill coloured hair when the new season starts. I’m for serious here, that will be the end of our relationship. The fucking END, do you hear me?

Why must they mess with absolutely EVERYTHING? Why why WHY??! *sobs*

If they’re going to mess with Eric’s blonde hair after everything else they’ve done to him, can they please just go ahead and change his NAME as well? Just so I can quit staring at my TV with this sense of bewildered disassociation when what I see before me is such a travesty??

*Sorry for all the shouting. I am not happy. NOT HAPPY!

05
Feb
10

Hello….Debbie Pelt? Really??

The black-haired woman I’d pegged for Debbie was wearing a gold silk blouse and skintight brown leather pants, with boots…
..Her own straight black hair had been cut in asymmetrical clumps, tiny locks of different lengths, making her look a little like a dog in a very good show, maybe an Afghan. Her narrow face increased the resemblance.
Club Dead

And from that, somehow we are getting…this.

Isn’t she…..what’s the word I’m looking for here?

Cute?

Yes, that’s it. She’s “cute”.

DEBBIE PELT IS NOT FUCKING CUTE, ALAN!

OK Alan, you did it. You shocked me. You surprised me. Actually you damn near left me speechless.

I am moving on to other news before my head implodes.

And in other news, Eric will be groping the boobs of some waitress.

[BUXOM SWEDISH SERVANT GIRL] Female, 20’s, Attractive. This servant girl is seen in a flash back to 900 AD with Eric (ALEXANDER SKARSGARD). Eric kisses her passionately and fondles her breasts. ROLE HAS NO LINES AND WILL REQUIRE PARTIAL TOPLESS NUDITY

I have no issue with Eric having sex scenes with random women. He is a vampire and that’s what vampires do. I have no issue with them setting Eric up to be a player, even in life, because he is. He’s not attached to anyone and he’s hot as hell so he’s allowed to be.

So fine, play this up but can we please see something redeeming about him? Would it kill them to throw us a bone here?

Source: SpoilerTV

21
Jan
10

Season 3 – Eric has his arse kicking boots on!

Ausiello just reported this juicy tidbit garnered from Skars at the Golden Globes:

Question: Loved the pic you snapped of Alex Skarsgard at the Golden Globes. Did you by any chance get any True Blood scoop out of him? —Jessie

Ausiello: No, I just took the picture and ran off. Of course I got some scoop out of him. Specifically, I asked him to give me a preview of Eric’s season 3 journey. “I’d say it’s about revenge,” he told me. “He will continue to explore the whole Sookie thing and what that’s all about. He’s trying to figure out what’s different about her. He’s intrigued by that. And in addition to that, there’s something that happened a thousand years ago that he’s still carrying in his heart. All I’ll say is he’s trying to avenge someone.”

OK so this obviously has something to do with Godric, and a thousand years ago is when Eric was turned.

Anyone care to speculate?

07
Jan
10

Godric and Eric – Winter Song

Another awesome fanvid from Gaby0189.
Sigh.

16
Dec
09

Here she is – Eric’s Euro-Ho

Ok there’s a picture of her, the actress is Natasha Alam. I’ve never heard of her and don’t know what she’s done before, but it was a challenge finding an image of her fully clothed. Make of that what you will.

Can we move on now?

Let us never speak of this again.

No?

Ugh.

I HATE this character. I hate the very idea of this character. And not because Eric is going to screw her six ways from Sunday either. I’m cool with that, it’s reasonable to assume that Eric was still having sex with randoms at this point in the books – we just didn’t know about it because Sookie didn’t. The vampire has needs, I get that.

I hate this character because they’re trying to pacify us. The writers and Ball think that the increased interest in Eric’s character is due to everyone wanting to see him naked. “New World in my View” – the episode which followed Sookie’s first lusty dream sequence, is the highest rating episode of True Blood to date. Viewers tuned in to see more of what they got the week before, and to see what would happen when Eric and Sookie left Dallas and were face to face again. We got nothing. Oh unless you count Eric playing yahtzee and talking about draining little children. After the rooftop scene we didn’t see E/S in the same scene again for the rest of the season. This was a massive fuck up, and the writers had to have been kicking themselves that they didn’t capitalise on the popularity of the E/S pairing by showing us more in the three episodes that followed. The final three episodes of S2 were written in a hurry and were still in post production up to a week before airing – rather obvious in hindsight since they were such a mess. Ball and Co screwed up the end of season two royally. So in comes Euro-Ho in the first episode of the new season – a cheap plot device to give the writers an excuse to get ASkars clothes off again. Ball and even Alexander have been talking up Naked Eric for weeks.

Fuck you Alan Ball.

I am not a teenager. I am, in fact well past being a teenager. And I really resent being told that my interest in Eric must only be based on sexual infatuation. Yes, the man is pretty. God DAMN he is pretty. That gets my attention – but it takes more than that to keep it.

I keep watching Ball mangle this story in an increasingly vain hope that he will eventually tell it in a way that will honour Eric and Sookie’s arc. I don’t care if that means we don’t get to see ASkars bare arse for another three seasons. What I want to see on this show is an Eric with some semblance of a sense of humour, and Sookie not acting like she wants to punch him in the face every time they’re in the same room. Fuck, at this point I just want to see them in the same room.

The very foundations of their relationship are being eroded by an accumulation of little things. They’re all starting to add up to make Eric unredeemable in Sookie’s eyes. It pisses me off because that’s meant to be how BILL’s character evolves, not Eric’s.

And on that note, I’m sure that Natasha Alam is a very nice lady.

08
Dec
09

Shameless Fangirling Ahead…

A newly translated interview with Alexander Skarsgard is doing the rounds at the moment. I’m completely fangirling in this post and I don’t care.

Skarsgard: Before I started shooting the first episodes of True Blood, I read the first five books of the Southern Vampire Mysteries…
I’ve had people come to me and tell me that Eric is the devil. I have always defended my character, because he is so much more than that. Having read the books, I know that he has deeper levels, and that he is not only Bill’s evil boss. Eric has a sensitive side, he can be very loyal, a good friend and be compassionate.

ASKARS, THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU.

He has taken the time to completely understand this character. He sees the same things we see. He perceives a complexity to Eric that goes beyond the one dimensional “bad boy” and he plays this aspect of him so subtly that unless you’re watching for it, you’d never see it. Just like book Eric, you have to join the dots to get the whole picture. And just like in the books we aren’t meant to be seeing the whole picture – yet.

In over a year of hanging out on SVM/True Blood forums and blogs I don’t think I have ever seen a book fan complaining about Skarsgard’s casting as Eric. Considering the amount of (completely justified) complaining we bookies seem to do about Eric’s character assassination on True Blood, it’s a credit to Askars that he not only escapes unscathed but is universally praised for his interpretation of one of the SVM’s most beloved characters.

Skarsgard can still show us glimpses of an Eric we recognise, even when Alan Ball seems to be doing his level best to completely defile him. The bullet sucking scene, Eric’s reaction to Sookie slapping him in the face, and the first dream sequence were all pure Book Eric – even though the writing or in some cases the actual scenes themselves weren’t canon. It gives me some hope for True Blood Eric. Not alot – since Ball has given and taken away so many times now – but enough to keep me interested for season 3.

04
Dec
09

Eric & Godric – Permanent

I got very snarky initially about the liberties Alan Ball took with Eric and Godric on True Blood.

It still annoys me slightly that Eric’s real maker is about to be introduced in the next book – and if he turns out to be some kind of awesome Ball has already blown his load.

But meh.

In the end, I loved Vampire Jesus as much as everyone else. Allan Hyde was amazing as Godric, and I can’t wait to see him again in season 3.

Father. Brother. Son.
(but not gay lover LOL)

by LonesomeMovieAngel




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My ramblings on the Sookie Stackhouse books, and the HBO series True Blood. Everyone I know is already half crazed with my plot and character assassinations, conspiracy theories, theme explorations and general obsessing, so now I'm going to share it all with you. Spoilers and Viking worship are rampant...you have been warned!

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