True Blood & Comic Con 2017 – Apples to Oranges
When someone finds out that you are going to the San Diego Comic Convention people tend to ask you what celebrity are you going to try to see?
They don’t often like my realistic answer. Attending an event with over 100,000 people, who often want the same things as you do, means that 99% of the situation is out of your control. You can wait three hours (or even camp outside overnight) in the hopes to attend a panel and still not make it in. I say this because what happened to me felt like a miracle. I actually got my photo taken with Stephen Moyer, who played Bill Compton on True Blood.
From Comic Con 2017
Stephen Moyer & Jessie Smith
It was amazing! Tammie, her husband Andrew and I randomly saw him in a hotel lobby and after a few minutes to build up the courage, I walked over and asked for a photo. I can’t remember exactly what I said but I hope it was something like I loved you in True Blood and not just that I love you. Either way, he was extremely gracious. Even though he was at SDCC to promote his new show, the Gifted, that encounter inspired me to write this month’s blog post about Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series versus the HBO series called True Blood.
Both versions provided lots of content for fans as the series went for 13 novels while the TV show aired for 7 seasons. The core of the story is about a woman named Sookie Stackhouse and her burden/ability to hear the thoughts of human beings so she tries to take a respite in the silence of the paranormal world. There is love, danger, attractive vampires and southern charm. It’s good.
From Comic Con 2011
Which version did I enjoy the best? Drum Roll Please……
Even as the power of Bill Compton/Stephen Moyer compels me otherwise, I have to say the books for two reasons:
1) Even though I wasn’t a fan of how either version ended, I read the books first. They hold a special place in my heart. To this day, the opening description scene still makes me laugh.
2) The TV show evolved into a love story between Bill, Sookie and Eric with the heart of the series being about Bill and Sookie’s relationship. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, I loved that the book series was about Sookie. Bill and Eric were just a few of her complicated relationships. The TV show was trapped within the bounds of a love triangle while the book series got to explore a full range of characters.
I could have easily voted for the TV show because both versions were so enjoyable for one main reason, Sookie Stackhouse. She is one of those compelling characters that can hold a fan’s attention through many books and many episodes. I want to give a shout out to Anna Paquin and not just because I got a fabulous fan moment with her husband. She did a great job portraying this character and I had very high expectations. She had smoldering chemistry with Stephen Moyer and they got their own version of a happily ever after with a marriage and two kids.
Next month I will be sharing another amazing moment that happened at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con. Stay tuned!
Author Rebecca Zanetti - Comic Con 2017
Columnist: Jessie lives in Oregon and writes to avoid the rain. She only feels compelled to kill her characters when she starts a new diet and if she hates the ending of a TV episode she’ll rewrite it to give everyone a happily ever after. Currently Jessie is an unpublished author but she works tirelessly to removed two letters – un – from that word.
Column book and movie tape drawn by Evangeline Owen