True Blood

True Blood

Your girlfriend has Twilight. You have True Blood ($33 DVD; $45 Blu-ray). Based on the Sookie Stackhouse book series, the latest HBO masterpiece from Alan Ball is set in rural Louisiana in an alternate reality where vampires are tolerated and treated as second class citizens. With a gritty first season revolving around a telepathic waitress, a 170-year-old ex-Civil War soldier-vampire, shapeshifting man-dogs, lots of southern goth murders, and addiction to "V" (vampire blood), you've got a ripe recipe for a fantasy flop. But True Blood fights through all of these eye-rolling pieces and uses them to create one tasty, warm, irresistible show.

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