I have found in the past books that are labeled as a "companion" to television shows or movies generally consist mostly of glossy photos of the stars and a few "fun facts" littered throughout episode guides and summaries. That being said, Truly, Madly, Deadly: The unoffical True Blood Companion goes way beyond what I was expecting from it.
This book is full of information on The incredibly hot HBO series including full episode guides to the first two seasons, exclusive interviews with cast members Kristen Bauer (Pam) and Patricia Bethune (Jane Bodehouse), biographies on the main cast members and much more. I even learned a thing or two myself. For example: I never realized the episodes are each named after a song.
I truly enjoyed the sections devoted to vampire lifestyle and lore, history of vampires in movies from Nosferatu to The Twilight Saga and vampire vocabulary. It is quite obvious the author did incredibly thorough research for this book, which is about 300 pages long. She even included information on the Twitter role-playing that is fast-catching on.
From a section on the shows opening credits and how they were created to the different viral marketing campaigns HBO used to create buzz leading up to the premiere, this book is a must for fans of the hit series as well as readers of the Sookie Stackhouse novels it is based on. Also included are chapters on New York Times best selling author, Charlaine Harris, who wrote the novels and show creator, Alan Ball.
A fun, fantastic collection that has everything you need to know as a "Truebie" and then some!
Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion is at once an introductory guide to the first two seasons of HBO's immensely popular vampire series True Blood, and an all-in-one treasure tomb for the “truest” of fans. Created by Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning writer of American Beauty and creator of HBO's cult ensemble sensation Six Feet Under, in 2009 True Blood surpassed The Sopranos as the largest ever audience for a cable show at over 12.4 million viewers a week, relaunching the career of Oscar winner Anna Paquin, and introducing international audiences to Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, and Ryan Kwanten, to name only a few of the award-winning cast.
This book offers in-depth biographies of each major cast member, along with pictures and fan quotes; guides to each episode along with a host of fun facts and behind-the-scenes anecdotes; sidebars providing additional cast or character info; full chapters, which tackle some of the greater underlying themes of True Blood such as the paranormal and the politics of race, sexuality, and gender; an overview of literary and cinematic vampires; an in-depth look at how social media has contributed to the success of the show, including interviews with the Twitter True Blood players; tributes to the supporting cast, including an interview with Kristin Bauer (Pam Ravenscroft); and an exclusive interview with, and introduction to, Charlaine Harris, author of the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels, on which the series is loosely based.