Among all of these vampire movies and TV series, which suddenly become popular in recent years, HBO's original series, True Blood is my favorite, and is the only one that I would heartily recommend to my friends.
True Blood is adopted from Arkansas writer Charlaine Harris's novel, the Southern Vampire Mysteries. The story background is set in a small town in Louisiana called Bon Temps. As a southern resident, I have to admit that this TV series gives a very authentic description about Louisiana's people and scenery.
The creator of True Blood is Alan Ball, whom I personally really admire. He was the screenplay writer of American Beauty and the creator of another great HBO series, Six Feet Under. For me, the name Alan Ball definitely sounds like a promise of a good show.
In addition to a laudable creator, the cast of True Blood also gives a thrilling performance. They make themselves look like real southern people. Nelson Ellis as Lafayette, Steohen Moyer as Bill, and Anna Paquin as Sookie, whom I did not know before, have all left strong impressions in my mind after I have watched True Blood.
The True Blood Season 1 DVD has some fun extra stuff, which is like a bonus for me, and it is only shown in the DVD. There are short advertising videos for vampire lawyers, hotels, and dating, which are made to like real ones, but are hilarious. Another short video in the form of an in-depth interview on vampires' life by a human being reporter is satirical and amusing too.
The only negative thing I would like to point out is that the commentary is played on the original episodes. If you turn on the option of commentary, you would hear the voice of commentary over the dialogue and music in the show, which became annoying after watching for about 5 minutes.
To sum up, True Blood is the best TV series I've watched recently. Plus, if you don't want to be disconnected from the conversations with your friends, then you shouldn't miss this series.