Sunday, July 17, 2011

Vampire Law and Sharia

True Blood is back for another season and I must admit I am a fan. It sure has its' twists and turns and the whole show is outlandishly fun. To me, the show is a rarity. It is actually much better than the book series on which it is based. I found the books to be mediocre frankly. Not near the quality of anything by Anne Rice. One thing I do enjoy is that the story takes place in Louisiana; both the television series and the books. There has been a good deal of interest in Louisiana of late. Swamp People, Son of  the Gun, Billy the Exterminator, and I think one or two others are set in the Bayou State. I can appreciate that. I have a soft place in my heart for that great state. I am, after all, a Southeastern Conference man.

About a year back I did a little blog post concerning the best screen vampire. The "well knowns" were included of course. All the usual suspects including Tom Cruise, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt and Handsome Henry Waxman were analyzed. Lessor known artists from the various popular series were also in the running.
Long and short, I have just about decided that the vampire "Pam" (Kristin Bauer) from True Blood receives my vote for top vampire. She is evil to a fault, an utter sociopath, sexy, and beautiful. There is no "soul searching" or apology for the evil creature that she is.  I know there is a lot of disagreement on this important issue but we all have our opinion on the matter. The only drawback is perhaps her lack of foresight. She tends to act without thinking a process through.  

There is one aspect of the True Blood series that is very interesting indeed. The fictional vampires have their own law and in fact, their own  legal system. It operates alongside the prevailing "human law" but it is an entity all its own. When the law of  the humans is diametrically opposite the law of the "vampire" then the "vampire" law takes precedence. On the television series  the prevailing law of the land and the legal system of the vampire are two separate entities. The vampire legal system is, in reality, incompatible with the legal systems of the majority.

Just like Sharia.


Crazy Life of a Writing Mom said...

I really need to watch this series. I've read all the books (except the last one). I enjoy Sookie's quirkiness, but agree with your overall opinion of the books.
If the TV series captures the best aspects, I bet it's awesome.

P.S. Thanks for your comment on my blog. That absolutely made my day.

Bartender Cabbie said...

I love the tv series. It is not something though that the kids need to be watching. It can be pretty darn close to x rated at times. I put it up there with the Sopranos.

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Anonymous said...

I'm a little disappointed with the new season of Trueblood so far, the year gap brought too many changes as far as I'm concerned. And so many different creatures / people.

I'll try and get used to it.