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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Which vampire story do YOU want?

'True Blood' vs. 'Twilight'

Joe Belcastro | Examiner.com

From True Blood to Twilight, vampire literature is being sought by production companies everywhere. The goal of these companies is to produce a movie, a series, or even cartoons that has the now lovable blood-suckers, in the mainstream. Some deserve this treatment, while other stories, should just be left as written stories.

True Blood, the HBO original series, based on the novels titled, "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" debuted in September of 2008. The first few episodes received mixed reviews, but by the end of the first season, True Blood became extremely popular and ratings went up. The show was HBO's first true success since "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City". Critics also started to get on board and the majority of them were now sucked into the new series.

As it stands today, TWILIGHT is not only the hottest vampire commodity, it is becoming a phenomenon world-wide. Google searches for "Twilight" are higher than any other movie franchise (Harry Potter, Transformers, comic books, etc.) today. The problem is that TWILIGHT is not a vampire story that the public really wants. The franchise obviously has it's core base of fans and the next movie NEW MOON will probably be a very successful at theaters. As far as a vampire movie goes, this is a poor excuse and the public should not be fooled by this.

True Blood was based on the novels that were first published in 2001. Twilight was published in 2005. It's a shame that Summit Entertainment didn't choose to go with "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" over Twilight. Instead the public is getting a watered-down romance novel instead of a unique gritty-tale that True Blood portrays.

The point of this ramble is that True Blood will hopefully become a feature film down the road. One could see this series follow the same path as the popular sci-fi series, "X-Files", once did. Have a few seasons on television and then make the final two or three episodes into a feature film. Yes, the delivery of a TV show and a movie would be and has to be different. However, the one thing that is lacking in True Blood is the pacing of some episodes. In a feature film, the faster pace would be a welcomed addition to fans who already watch the series, and also please the general movie going audience.

True Blood is the vampire story the fans want. Not since INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, based on "The Vampire Chronicles", has a vampire adaptation compared on the big screen. Perhaps, True Blood will go this route since the series is getting bigger every week. As audience, one should tell studios what they want. Right now, the studios are dictating our wants.

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