In [Alan] Ball's droll, neo-gothic "True Blood," which is based on Charlaine Harris's "Southern Vampire" books, the vampire community isn't willing to roll over and accept our pity. The premise of this promising series is that, thanks to the creation of synthetic blood, vampires are "coming out of the coffin" in America, fighting for equal rights, unwilling to be another of this country's hidden classes. Vampire activists appear on news shows arguing for the Vampire Rights Amendment, while the church proclaims "God Hates Fangs." Obviously, Ball is spinning a metaphor of gays in the era of gay marriage; but the "True Blood" setup will resonate with anyone looking for acceptance - that is, almost everyone.
—Matthew Gilbert, Globe Staff
Read the full Globe review (Sept. 5, 2008)
Pictured: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.
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