(Closed) True Blood TV and Books

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think Alan Ball (show runner) has stated in interviews that he is purposely straying from the books.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yeah, it has to be on purpose. It’s so blatant. I personally adore the books, and I enjoy watching the TV show, although I think it doesn’t compare to the books. I try so hard to separate them, and I think it almost helps that he’s taking them in a different direction. I won’t give examples since you’re not caught up, but he changes details like the person who does something that happens in the books, which to me will really complicate things later on. But I’m sure he’s thought it through. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I love the tv show and just started reading the books.  I kind of wish I did it the other way around because I’m having a hard time coming up with my own mental images of people and events other than drawing on the things I’ve seen on the television show (if that makes any sense at all).  I think I would have liked the books more if I read them before seeing the show.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I read all the books and watch the show. I am so glad that it is far off because it means I dont know everything that is happening!

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love the show. I tried starting the series but they are a little fluffy in the reading category for me, even for beach books. I think it’s a good thing he’s strayed and added some of the characters he did, for lots of different reasons.

Season 3 is the best of the seasons of the show, *by far*, IMO. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I read the first book and wasn’t impressed :-/ But I’ve heard the show is better!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve read all the books and watched the series from the beginning. I like both. I think it’s better they are not repeating the series exactly in the show. Makes it more interesting.

Post # 10
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Newbee

@gabrielleelise1981: I agree season 3 is the best.  Mostly due to Eric and that pale blue v-neck sweater.  Laughing

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think the book/show is targeted at different audiences. 

As several people have said, the books are a little “fluff”, easy to read, etc. 

The TV show is obviously on HBO so it needs that “edge” that I think the books are somewhat lacking.  They had to add a few characters etc to make this happen. 

I watched the first season, then read the books, and am just now getting into the second season of the show. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I can’t watch the show! I get so mad that they don’t follow the books 🙂

The books really are so fun, I’m sure the show is great, too, I’m just weird like that! :p

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I drool over Eric. Sadly, the only people I know who watch the series are men. So three of my guy friends get to listen to me talk about Eric. Its okay, they usually are obsessin over Sookie so I guess it even out.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How sheltered am I?  I didn’t know there was a series though I should of guessed as much.  I’m gonna have to buy it on my kindle as soon as I get home.  Somehow I got hooked to the series, I really don’t know how it happened.  I’d heard so many people talk about it, I watched the first few episodes… and haven’t missed one since. 

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