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True Blood (2008)
Started strong, diverted too much from book series.
I started watching True Blood before I read the books and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and unique, the dialogue witty, storyline engaging. Anna Paquin does a fabulous job in the role of Sookie, and of course I love Alexander Skarsgard as Eric.
So, season one was great, and so was season two. Then I read the books, and perhaps that might have been the thing that changed it for me, but beginning the third season I noticed a lot of holes in the story and such a vast difference in some of the characterisation.
For example, Tara isn't a key character in the books and in the series she is in the main cast. But seriously, what the heck did they do with her character? In season three they messed her up pretty good.
The problem is, the more they diverted from the key storyline the harder it was to maintain each integral storyline. Book four was my absolute favourite, but season four really messed things up. I couldn't get through the whole season of characters completely distorted, such as Sam. Sam, who is so kind and loyal towards Sookie, is a completely different person. They have already ruined so many key elements to the plot of the Sookie Stackhouse series that they almost have a whole new storyline.
I know that they want to stand apart from the books and be different, and I'm all for that. But there's only so much you can do before you lose the fans of the original series. Unlike the Vampire Diaries, which started terribly and has become a strong, engaging series, True Blood has gone downhill quite a lot, and a lot of my friends and family (even those who haven't read the books) are starting to feel it.
The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Keeps getting better and better
I started watching this show over a year ago and stopped after the first couple of episodes. Amongst True Blood, Twilight, and all the other vampire stuff I couldn't be bothered. Six months later my sister was talking about this amazing show called the Vampire Diaries and she persuaded me to give it another try so...
I watched it again and I persevered through the first few episodes where it was slow going, and the characters annoyed me as well as the acting. But it gets better the longer you watch it. The first season ended really well, and the second season proved that it's developed into a fantastic show. While True Blood has gone downhill since the third season Vampire Diaries is progressively getting better. I'm on the edge of my seat with each episode and I can't wait to watch the next one. The acting isn't wonderful, but most of these actors are new and everyone starts somewhere. They can only get better. This is the best vampire show since I've watched Buffy - and Buffy's my favourite show ever.