1.) The HBO series is based (loosely, and more loosely all the time) on some charming books by Charlaine Harris. I love that Debbie and Crystal look just as skanky as I imagined them in the books. And those of you who’ve read the series – aren’t you just dying to see who plays Quinn?
True Blood and True Blood Merchandise
4.) Terry Bellefleur. He’s developed into such a complicated character this season, but I could watch that scene from two seasons ago ever single day and still laugh: “Bullshit, God’s got horns.”
5.) The occasional over-the-top gruesomeness. Yes, there’s a lot of blood and gore, but it’s a show about vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and so forth. I like that there’s not constant slasher-level gore, but when they do it they take it to such an extreme that it always makes me laugh instead of grimace. Russell’s spine-ripping on national TV, Eric’s sippy cup heart last night, and my personal favorite, Russell carrying around Talbot’s remains in an antique cut-glass compote.
6.) Twitter. Last night I was using TweetDeck to follow the #trueblood hashtag as usual, and for the last fifteen minutes of the show and for a good twenty minutes afterward I kept getting the “your tweetstream is being throttled” message I was getting through much of the Royal Wedding. People’s tweets were cracking me up – they were almost more entertaining than the show itself!7.) Real life fans. True Blood is a guilty pleasure – people don’t want to admit they watch it. My husband and I both have Merlotte’s T-shirts I bought us after the first season, and when someone recognizes the logo they always glance around to make sure no one else can hear before they ask about it, grinning ear-to-ear. Last year for Halloween I went to work dressed as a Bon Temps resident: my Merlotte’s T, jeans, and cowboy boots. I also drew a couple of subtle fang marks on my neck and wore my hair down so I could show them or not as the situation demanded – didn’t want to scare the patients.
8.) It’s the only TV series my husband and I both watch. Really – the only one. I don’t think we’ve routinely watched a TV show together since Knots Landing when we were dating (yes, we’re that old.) His comments during the show are usually the ones I tweet. My favorite this season: “Eric’s like a vampire Winnie the Pooh!”
9.) Jason. I know Jason, I grew up with him. You probably did, too – that gorgeous high school star all the girls swooned over? The one who was dumb as a box of rocks, but really a sweet person at heart? Whose smile alone got him out of all sorts of messes? How an Australian actor can create this role just amazes me.
10.) Alcide. I’m just gonna admit it. I think Alcide is HAWT. I’m not a huge Bill fan, was totally Team Eric up until Alcide showed up, but really, Sookie? Now that Alcide has abjured that tramp Debbie I think it’s time to make the switch from vampire to werewolf. Just sayin’.
I’m linking this up to Top Ten Tuesdays – let’s see how many people will admit to being True Blood fans! And since this is my favorite post of the week, I’m also linking up to Share Your Awesome – be sure and stop by, there are always great posts there!