Fangs for a Cause?

Why is True Blood better than Twilight? And why should you care?

I’ve got a whole list of reasons why True Blood wins the (a-HEM) day.

And unless you are living under a rock, in a cave, or in Tora Bora … wait. That’s caves too …. Well, you know what I mean …. Vampires are everywhere! It’s unavoidable once the sun goes down.

So if you are going to be held captive by the undead, you might as well go with the vamps that actually have something to say besides “I vant to suck your blood.”

  • True Blood often jumps around, over and through bigger issues – such as gay bashing, discrimination, fear, societal stigma, and politics. It may be coated in corn-syrup-blood, but the issues are there.
  • UPDATE: This post drew some comments reflecting Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer’s (friendly) charity contest – check out the comment from NotHoney below and click the link to participate!!!
  • Sookie Stackhouse is tougher and feistier than Bella Swan.
  • I am totally Team Edward — and all for innovation — but vampires just should not “sparkle.”
  • Alexander Skarsgard burns … and no, not because he’s taken his character Eric Northman out into the sun (at least, not yet) but because there is just something about that smile.
  • Pop out fangs are the bomb.
  • Supporting characters in True Blood have almost as much depth as the leads.
  • The acting is better. Or the scripts are….
  • A television series allows for more character development (and time to fix mistakes).
  • Twilight doesn’t have Nelsan “Lafayette” Ellis, Mariana “Lorena” Klovena, or Kristin “Pam” Bauer.
  • True Blood characters speak in tongues … other than English, that is. (But I have to say I’ll be disappointed if no Bulgarian pops up somewhere in the series.)

In at least one area – werewolves – I think Twilight is ahead of the pack. The Quileute American Indian wolves from Twilight are seriously cool. The werewolves in True Blood are a bunch of idiots (except for Alcide, of course!).

I did not compare the writing in the books because I have read the Twilight series, but have not read the Southern Vampire Mysteries (a.k.a. Sookie Stackhouse) series. Now that I am an avid True Blood fan, I can’t read the books until the television series ends. (I know, I know, I’m odd that way ….)

So what do you think? Have I crossed over to the dark side?

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10 Comments to “Fangs for a Cause?”

  1. R.C. Murphy says:

    Lets not forget that Alex Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer used their evil powers for good. Each set up a charity drive. One for “Team Eric”, the other for “Team Bill”. The boys set up a side bet. Whichever teams fans donated the most money would be the winner. (This happened during the filming/airing of season 2)

    I have avoided the Twilight series for several glaring reasons. Namely I cannot abide a fangless, glittery vampire. To me, a vampire groupie and writer, the author castrated the name “vampire”. She was looking for something catchy to call her creatures. I have to admit, vampires are indeed popular and catch people’s attentions easily. Meyer was a smart cookie there.

    No, you haven’t joined the dark side. You have opened up to the notion that vampires are always good. They feed on warm human blood. The world they exist in is not all high school drama and bad acting. Plus, the True Blood men are a thousand times hotter than the Twilight boys.

  2. juliette says:

    Good addition!!!!
    and crap omission by yours truly!
    Thank you for pointing out the Team Eric, Team Bill contest!!!
    ~ J

  3. R.C. Murphy says:

    Okay, Juliette wagged her pimp cane at me and asked that I post my vampire credentials. Who am I to tell someone with serious zombie survival skills no? (Not crazy, that’s who!)

    “Isis and Connor brings to light the eternal turmoil present in vampire society. If you thought Henry VIII and his wives had court intrigue down to a science, these vampires will prove you wrong.

    Intensely sexual and wonderfully bloody, Isis and Connor’s tale is sure to please any fang banger.”

    http://wp.me/psyG5-r

  4. Kristie Cook says:

    Supporting characters in True Blood have MORE depth than the main character. I LOVE True Blood, but not for Sookie. She annoys me at least half the time and the rest of the time leaves me thinking, “Huh?” But all the rest of the cast and characters hold your eyes to the screen, waiting to see what they’re going to do next.

    Twilight is for the girls with unicorns, rainbows and butterflies papered over their rooms. True Blood is for the adults who want to do bad things with you. 😉

  5. juliette says:

    Aaaaaa-ooooooooooooooooo!!!
    I wanna do bad things with …..
    well, you know what I mean! need to stop there or risked having statment misconstrued! LOL
    Well said Kristie!!!!
    ~ J

  6. Catherine says:

    Good post!

    Overall, I agree, although I’ve only seen 1 season of TB. However, my main problem with TB is it’s just too gory for me (blood-wise). Other than that, I had a problem watching it consistently. I’m not really sure why. It’s a well-made show and the actors are all good, but eh…it doesn’t set me on fire. Yet lol.

    I will say I think the SVM books are much better than the show (and than Twilight) but that Twilight is a guilty pleasure of mine too.

    There’s my 2 cents 🙂

    (oh, and this is @agentausten09)

  7. NotHoney says:

    If you’d like to be part of the Battle of the Fang – A Looziana Grudge Match then visit our site: http://www.trueblood-news.com/battle-of-the-fang-a-looziana-grudge-match In that post you find links to Stephen Moyer’s Team Bill charity, GulfAid, which seeks to help communities and ecosystems along the oil-damaged Gulf Coast, and to Alexander Skarsgard’s charity, SOS Children’s Village.

  8. juliette says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the comment!
    Good thing you stopped watching if the gore it too much, because the last episode actually turned my stomach … and I’m a bit of a gore hound!
    ~ J

  9. juliette says:

    Wow – this is great!
    Thanks so much!!
    ~ J

  10. Catherine says:

    You’re quite welcome!

    Yeah, I’m a total wimp re:gore. I mean I know it’s fake (I could sit through most of Kill Bill 1 and 2 lol) but on TB it’s just…creepier? I’m not sure how to put it. I really want to see how the show compares to the books now that I’ve read 7 out of 10, but I don’t know that I can take all the gore lol.