True Blood

This post is way off topic, but I’m currently obsessed with HBO’s True Blood and must talk about it somewhere. I fell in love with the show upon first watching, read the books in between seasons and came to adore Eric, so when they started building the Eric/Sookie/Bill triangle this year, I got embarrassingly excited. “I Will Rise Up” and “New World in My View” have me itching to write about it. Can I just say, Eric dream scenes = good.

There’s the whole debate among fans (and this question is prominent in the books as well) as to whether Sookie’s feelings for Eric are false, because they originated after drinking his blood. I must weigh in, saying, first of all, there were some good sparks before the whole bullet sucking scene, and finally–it doesn’t matter. As Eric said, ‘It’s done’. No closing Pandora’s box, no going back; the feelings are there irrelevant of where they originated.

I think this is a good point to make when talking about character motivations. Sometimes, things just are, and it has nothing to do with how someone was treated by their mother, a need for attention or whatever. Shit happens. Chaos, random chance, whatever, is a huge factor in the world and is commonly overlooked in our need for meaning. Life is static without change, mutation…and moments of unintelligible upheaval can provide powerful moments in drama: the car crash, the freak storm, the terrorist attack…These chaotic elements mould our characters and make them more interesting, as long as we don’t over-analyse and take away their power. These moments show us another aspect of reality: the scary, uncontrollable one. And truly seeing reality through fiction = good.

I have digressed from my digression, so I want to end with one last huff about True Blood. For all those ‘it’s only the blood talking!’ anti-Eric naysayers, ponder this: Sookie’s attraction to Bill was influenced by drinking his blood (though there was some sparks even before that); ditto with Eric; more importantly, if the TV series follows the books, Sookie is a faerie and her very presence, let alone her blood, is an aphrodesiac to vampires. She is ‘artificially’ influencing them as much as they are her! (I put ‘artificially’ in quotes because it’s not: it’s only one aspect of her physical charm, same as being a vampire is for the men)

Thus, my conclusion is that Sookie, Eric and Bill are all on a level playing field; they’re all using supernatural lures, which cancels that factor out. The chaotic bit is irrelevant, and, in the end, it will come down to each of the characters’ choices. Fooled you, huh? We do have free will.

Thanks for reading! More posts on books, film, and writing can be found on my website at Lorel Clayton Author.

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