So, as everyone knows, I got into web design primarily as an outlet for my complete obsession with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. And looking back, I was definitely not alone. I think that having a web community like that really helped me grow into technology and gave me another hobby in designing websites, something I love doing to this day.
But boy, was I into Buffy. I still do watch it from time to time, and believe that it was the best thing on television. And there are other television shows that I watch and like, but until recently none could really capture my attention like Buffy could. This summer, however, I started watching a show on HBO called True Blood, which is just… awesome. It is created by the guy who also did American Beauty and Six Feet Under, both of which I loved. And besides the similarities that there is a blonde chick with a superpower and vampires, I really don’t see it as similar to Buffy in any way.
True Blood is based off of a series of books by Charlaine Harris called the Sookie Stackhouse Novels, and is about a girl named Sookie who is telepathic in a small town in norther Louisiana. Vampires have recently exposed their existence to the world, and Sookie realizes, after meeting a vampire named Bill, that she can’t read their minds. Grateful for the silence, she gets involved in romances and hijinks with the vampire world.
This summer, I read all the books, which took me about two weeks of steady reading to get through. They’re really great – like popping brain candy. For a tired MBA student sick of boring reading material, it was awesome. And the show is so good, just like the best parts of lots of shows I like. It doesn’t have the witty banter that I usually look for, but it makes up in solid plots and acting.
I have all the books and the DVD of the first season, but I think I’m going to take a lesson from being a Buffy fan and not go nuts. I have made a vow not to buy merchandise and not to be so literal about watching new episodes. They make DVRs now for a reason. I am not doing a website. Basically, par of me wants to go a bit nuts and annoy the crap out of everyone with how much I love this show. But I’ll stick to the occasional blog post and keep it at that. My defunct Buffy site is a testament to how transient this kind of fandom is.Buffy, True Blood