Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Becca Wilcott

28 Sep

Publisher: ECW Press
Release year: 2010
Genre: Non-fiction
One sentence summary: Vamps, vampires and vampyres, oh my!
Rating:5 out of 5
Review copy from author through publisher

Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion is at once an introductory guide to the first two seasons of HBO’s immensely popular vampire series True Blood, and an all-in-one treasure tomb for the “truest” of fans. Created by Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning writer of American Beauty and creator of HBO’s cult ensemble sensation Six Feet Under, in 2009 True Blood surpassed The Sopranos as the largest ever audience for a cable show at over 12.4 million viewers a week, relaunching the career of Oscar winner Anna Paquin, and introducing international audiences to Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, and Ryan Kwanten, to name only a few of the award-winning cast.

This book offers in-depth biographies of each major cast member, along with pictures and fan quotes; guides to each episode along with a host of fun facts and behind-the-scenes anecdotes; sidebars providing additional cast or character info; full chapters, which tackle some of the greater underlying themes of True Blood such as the paranormal and the politics of race, sexuality, and gender; an overview of literary and cinematic vampires; an in-depth look at how social media has contributed to the success of the show, including interviews with the Twitter True Blood players; tributes to the supporting cast, including an interview with Kristin Bauer (Pam Ravenscroft); and an exclusive interview with, and introduction to, Charlaine Harris, author of the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels, on which the series is loosely based.

From ECW Press website.

Since Truly, Madly Deadly is the unofficial companion guide to True Blood, I stupidly thought that it was simply going to be an episode by episode summary and discussion. Holy crap I couldn’t have been more wrong.  This book is so, so much more than that. It’s a discussion about every single frigging aspect of vampires and vampyres (yes, there is a difference. Read the book to find out!) from current popular culture to vamps through the times.

To say Becca was thorough in her research is putting it lightly. I mean, the books has interviews from pretty much every angle of the show and the culture of vampires in general.  Hell, she even has twitter conversations with some of the characters from True Blood. I mean seriously, this book has everything. I loved it.

I also loved the writing style. Straight forward and engaging I felt myself engrossed. Even though the chapters and section delving into the definition of vampires and the history could be deemed educational never once did it feel like I was reading a text book. It felt like I was having a conversation with someone who loves True Blood and all things vampire.

If you’re a fan of the show then, duh, this is a must have. But, if you’re curious about True Blood, or vampires in general, then this is also a must read for you.

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4 Responses to “Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Becca Wilcott”

  1. Allison September 28, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Had no idea this book even existed.. I love True Blood and I love the Southern Vampire series. Maybe it’s a book I need to read! 🙂

    • lavenderlines September 28, 2010 at 11:36 am #

      OMG yes! It’s full of vampire awesome.

  2. thekams September 28, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    I love True Blood! I’d see this around, but this is the first review I’ve read. I’ll definitely be picking this one up!

    • lavenderlines September 28, 2010 at 11:36 am #

      I highly recommend it. Super fun book.

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