This may come as a shock to some of you but there has been a huge uprising of shows that features vampires. What is the hype all about? Ever since the first installment of the Twilight saga started, people are going ga-ga over this and though it’s a good movie to watch, the other form of media started joining the band wagon. I am referring to the small screen. I’d like to explore these shows on TV that has the same format in line with vampires.
In HBO, they came up with True Blood. One thing I like about this show is that the setting is in the South so with the added southern lingo makes the dialogue a bit interesting and different. They also have werewolves, same as the Twilight saga, but in the TV series, the werewolves are one of the bad guys, or maybe not all. Of course, there is also the good and bad vampires. And they also introduced other characters like shape-shifters, witches and fairies, which again adds to differentiating them from other formats. There is so many twist and mystery that makes you want to watch episode after episode. As far as the casts are concerned I like Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Kristin Bauer (Pam De Beaufort), Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez), Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington), Evan Rachel Wood (Sophie-Anne Leclerq), Joe Manganniello (Alcide Herveaux), and the list goes on. Though I have some issues with some of them like Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), and Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) are characters that if they die I won’t be disappointed. Tara and Jason are just too much to handle bordering psychopath, while Tommy is nothing but trouble. I also do appreciate inserting homosexual content into the series between Lafayette and Jesus which gives more dimension to the story, not to mention some relationships between vampires.
While on the other one is The Vampire Diaries. To me this show is as good as the first 10 minutes when I watched the first episode. This is such a trying hard version of the Twilight saga. The gothic and dark setting seems to be a cliche and nothing interesting and new to appreciate. The plot of a girl falling in love with 2 vampires is just exhausting to endure. The storyline is boring and predictable. No interesting character. And speaking of the cast, they’re all mediocre and nothing great.
So obviously I’m leaning towards True Blood against The Vampire Diaries. I think The Vampire Diaries should step out of the box of story-telling about vampires. That’s one thing that differentiate both shows. They really need to get out of the shadows of the Twilight saga and make one of their own. When I watch True Blood, I always get frustrated when the episode ends – that’s how I am engaged with the show and looks forward to the next one. The other one lasted only 10 minutes and I was done with it.