True Blood:WTF is it about vampires lately?

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  1. Flashy

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    I know they are doing this new show on HBO called "True Blood" about vampires...

    at first, they started advertising several months ago with a lot of funny, random promos, that i thought were some jokey funny satire show about vampires...as it has gotten close to the premiere date, it looks a lot more "dramatic" and dark, and less funny and silly...originally, i thought the silly and goofy look of the advertising would be its direction, but now it looks a bit less appealing...

    has anyone else been seeing the previews for this show and what do you think? Are you eager for it or just...blah...i am pretty much "blah" on it, since i am so sick of being inundated with the promo for it...

    also, what the hell is this endless obsession our society has with vampires?

    there must be more vampire movies and shows and characters than any other type of creature, or horror, or hero type of films...

    it is always vampires...why? what is the fascination? is it the immortal thing? It can't be the blood drinking, that is not appealing...so what the hell is it?


    Why are we surrounded by vampires culturally? Why not something else?
     
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    Dude, Vampires are the SHIT!

    Seriously, I'm not certain whether it's the neverending vitality, or the fact that each vampire seems to have charisma shoved 12 inches up his/her fucking asshole, but people have loved em for years.:biggrin1:

    Personally, I think it's the romantic aspect involved... the hunger for something hard to obtain. It could be linked to love, possibly appealing to the hopeless romantic crowd.

    I'm also betting that it might have something to do with the power involved. There is this carnal, almost animalistic fury in them... they take what they want, and what they need to survive, a hunger than never dies.
     
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    Its not an endless fascination in our society...
    its something teens and pre-teens are obsessed with.

    You don't see many "38 year old vampire slayer" shows.

    And its because teens in America are staggeringly infantile in their tastes in entertainment.

    They are also the only ones watching "slasher movies"...
     
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    but where is the "romantic aspect"?

    how many vampire romances work out in the movies or as characters?

    how are they charismatic? they are just pale, they can't go out to the beach during the day, and they just go around killing people and feasting on them...

    if George W. Bush did that people would go crazy...vampires do it and it is charismatic :wink:
     
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    I feel that comment is unfair. While teens and twentysomethings may be watching these films... who was it that made Bram Stroker's Dracula, and the Anne Rice Novels so popular?:biggrin1:
     
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    Too right they've been around since pussy was a kitten ;)
     
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    Sorry, I missed this part.

    The romance depends on what source you are looking at.

    For example, Buffy the Vampire slayer taught people about forbidden love and overcoming up (the whole buffy vs angel thing). You can also discuss the element of danger as well... It's like an immortal bad boy. Women LOVE the bad boy, no?

    Now, it's been a while since I read any of those books, but Rice/Bram's Dracula tended to flirt with the idea that love/temptation could be intertwined with each other, if I recall. That's romance.

    If george Bush was a vampire, American's would never get him out of the fucking white house, and the children would still wipe their assholes with the unused textbooks, since No child can be left alone.:biggrin1:
     
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    i don't really agree on that...look at Anne Rice...she has a very large and bizzare following, mostly made up of adults.

    you may not see "Buffy the octegenarian vampire slayer", but you now see a show on HBO targeted at older viewers ( it is Alan Ball)

    Interview With The Vampire was not really pre-teen.

    neither were the orginal draculas, or Bram Stoker's dracula.

    i do not personally like slasher shows, and i agree that teens have very bad taste in films and TV and music etc...but the vampire thing has been going on for a long time, beyond any pre-teen fascination.

    my parents are interested in the new show, because they like Alan Ball, and they are hardly pre-teens, my grandparents loved the original dracula, hell i still think "Lost Boys" is great in an absurd way and i was 16 or so when it came out, and I am 37 now.

    there is definitely a weird hold in the culture of some kind...

    you don't see the same type of staying power with werewolves or otehr things like that.
     
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    i agree...i just posted something similar.

    i never watched Buffy, cause it seemed stupid, but the original draculas were really quite legendary.
     
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    Ann Rice's readers are all teens, and older people who started reading her stuff in their teens.

    Dracula came out... scared some folks... then nothing till the old silent movie...then a decade goes by and you get the talky movie.

    Then some more B movies here and there... but not even as many as pirate movies.


    Then, there is an orgy of teenage fantasy crap about young people who never grow up and have superpowers and are sexually irresistible... who kill other people....

    Its Peter Pan, crossed with a slasher Genre, crossed with an immature idea of being powerful and getting revenge and partying all night long.


    Vampire flicks are boring.

    Vampire books are dull.

    I would rather read fictitious accounts of the woodland hippie communes where all the bigfeets secret themselves from a world gone mad.
     
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    PS--- its no different than the "heroes" show, than the Teenage Roswel Alien show...
    Childish fantasies of teens being something more important than an obnoxious boil on the backside of real life.
     
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    vampires are sexy. mmmm. :cool: for as long as i can remember, i've been turned on by them.

    i've actually been reading the Twilight series. i'm on the last book. about 200 pages to go. aparently there's going to be a movie based on it that's going to come out in november. i saw the trailer and it looks like it'll be good, but i don't think the movie will be as good as the book is. the book is pretty amazing, but then again, i really like love stories. :biggrin1:
     
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    I've just watched the first three episodes back to back and I'm hooked. Bill Compton-vampire has beautiful eyes and is fucking hot. Jason Stackhouse-redneck is dumb as a box of rocks and if he fucks like that in real life, damn.
    I love Gran... she seems to be trying not to be confused by the VRA and the Vamps coming out.
     
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    Utter garbage just like most HBO shows. The plot goes nowhere and is basically an excuse for sex. They bumped The Preacher for this.
     
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    I find HBO shows to be quite entertaining. True blood is one that I like also. Rome was very well done and I like the Tutors also.
     
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    TruBlood is awesome. The story line tends to be somewhat soap operish, but the Louisiana atmosphere and some of the character acting is really great. The Sheriff, for example, is the guy who played E.B. Farnum on Deadwood.

    Perhaps I am easily amused by character and ambience.
     
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    My best friend is a HUGE fan of that "Twilight" series... I just don't see the appeal. She and I never really liked the same things though, so it doesn't surprise me much.
     
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    This show works. I'm not a big vampire guy, but its a good series with a lot of twists and angles. Vampires are in a context of a minority...civil rights issues..discrimination...and morality and values are at the forefront of each episode.

    Its good stuff.

    BTW, check out Brotherhood on Showtime. Its just as good as Sopranos, but with the Irish mob in Providence. Great cast.
     
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    LOL funny! me and my friend were joking about this a couple of weeks ago, she came to class with this random line "Are you out of your ever loving mind, that vampire wants to eat you!!" and I was like what the hell and she showed me this whack-show on youtube *previews* lol it's hillarious..but at the same time terribile.
     
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    Bored during the holiday vacation, so I downloaded and watched all of Season 1.

    Good show, IMO. Doesn't try to be smarter than it is, keeps an interesting set of plot arcs moving along on the back of plenty of sex and drugs. Good casting...I esp. got a kick out of Stephen "Bill Dauterive" Root making a guest appearance.

    The finale was good, too...ended with a perfect cliffhanger. Good, not-quite-mindless fun.
     
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