Produced by HBO, True Blood is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. It is a currently running television series, one of the best around, about the co-existence of vampires, other supernatural beings and humans in a small town in Louisiana.
The story take place two years after the existence of vampires became known to the world. Now, vampires and people live together and interact as sort of equals due to the creation of synthetic blood. The story is set in Bon Temps a town in Louisiana, where teh waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who can read minds, falls in love with vampire Bill Compton. Besides vampires, also shapeshifters, werewolves and other demonic creatures play a part in the series.
Not all people accept vampires in their midst and some downright hate them and the people have relationships with them. Together with the love story between Sookie and Bill, the fight with vampire-haters and other supernatural creatures provide for the main story lines.
Style & Themes
The series is quite actionpacked and graphic with loads of blood and murders. However, it also contains a fair bit of humor which is integrated well in the characters and the story. This combination works out so well that I believe it to be main attraction of the series. The fight of vampires to become accepted as a minority within the society is seen and also partially meant as a reference to how some minorities, like gays, struggle to get equal rights.
The fact that True Blood is broadcasted by HBO, just like Game of Thrones will be, is in itself already a guarantee for quality and success. But how good the series is, is also made clear by the many awards it has won among which a Golden Globe and an Emmy. The success have made HBO already pre-order a 4th season which will air late 2011. As True Blood is very popular and has good ratings, like most of the contemporary fantasy these days, I expect the TV series to be around for some time to come.