Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Blood Ties Season 1 complete Review

Last week I actually finished season 1 of Blood Ties and watched some more vampire goodness which I have yet to write about... coming soon I promise.

My brother wanted us to wait to finish the episodes so that he could watch them with us, so that right there ought to count for something. Some of the episodes were a little cheesy, Celucci is still annoying, but there were still funny and entertaining.

The last episode of the season didn't seem like the last episode at all. We actually went through the menu to make sure there wasn't something we missed... season finale material it was not. My brother and husband both argue that the theme song is something from the 80's but I kept singing it half the night anyways (or was that the reason?).

So will season 2 come to disc? I hope so .... mainly because I want Henry to finally hook up with Vicki (you can cut the tension with a knife!)

Don't forget to enter to win Blood Ties the first book in the Blood series. Winners will be chosen tonight before midnight!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blood Ties TV Series Review Episodes 1-8

Since I don’t have cable we finally broke down and got Netflix – which I am kind of excited about that fact that you can stream videos and TV shows from your computer as part of the package. But this isn’t a Netflix promotion; I only mention it because I received the first two disks of Blood Ties in the mail yesterday.

As mentioned before, I have read the Tanya Huff Blood series and enjoyed the books. I was glad to hear that the first season of Blood Ties had come to DVD on the second of this month. We watched both discs last night (8 episodes) and I would say it was pretty good.

My 21 year old brother, husband, and myself stayed up past our bedtimes last night to finish the discs that we had (thank goodness we didn’t have the 3rd of 4th disc or we would be quite tired this morning). We all enjoyed the episodes and didn’t want to stop the series to go to bed.

The first two episodes, appropriately titled “Blood Ties Part 1” and “Blood Ties Part 2” follow the first book – also named Blood Ties pretty accurately; there are some details a bit different (like how Henry is a graphic novel author and not a romance author as in the book) but overall it was pretty exact. I think that because the show debuted on Lifetime it toned down the book sex because there was really no sex in the TV series (unlike the book, where it is pretty modest, but still present), which can be a breath of fresh air to the overdone and sexed up HBO vampire show.

Unfortunately, only episode 1 and 2 were from the book. All the other episodes are non-book inspired – but entertaining none the less. I did have Henry pictured a bit different in my mind and all of us agreed that Celluci is too annoying, but we thought the series was overall pretty good and pretty funny too.

Monday, June 15, 2009

True Blood - Season 2 Episode 1 - No Longer Following the Sookie Books

OK, so after watching the second season premier of True Blood, it might be much easier to list the things that were similar in book 2 that appeared in the TV show versus what WASN’T the same. Pretty much everything in the episode had nothing to do with book two; which was extremely disappointing – especially the whole Lafayette debacle. How the heck are they going to work that one out?

I am becoming more and more disappointed in the show. I really need to work on separating in my mind the book and the TV show because they are so different, especially leading into season 2.

Beware of spoilers if you haven’t read Living Dead in Dallas but here are some differences between book and show:

· Lafayette is dead in Andy’s car – not the phony exorcist that never even existed to begin with.
· Mary Ann does not exist in the capacity she does on the show – she makes a couple brief appearances but not in the form of “Mary Ann” and she certainly does not have some rich demented half-way house – nor does Tara even meet her – except at the end LDID.
· Because Bill never killed Long Shadow to begin with (ERIC DID), he certainly did not have to make a young and annoying vampire – who also doesn’t exist… at all.
· Sookie’s uncle died “falling down the stairs” I’m pretty sure she found out about this in book one though, and both her and her brother received and inheritance.
· Jason never comes close to joining Fellowship of the sun.
· Sam had a happy childhood and was never abandoned or resorted to stealing and "Mary Ann" certainly didn’t take his virginity.
· Because Lafayette dies in the beginning on book 2 he is never tortured by Eric
· Eric does not need to highlight his hair

I will be very upset if Eric doesn’t attend an orgy with Sookie and if he doesn’t take care of her when she gets hurt in Texas. At least episode was more entertaining than last season.

Any one else have any thoughts/complaints?

And don' forget to enter to win Tanya Huff's Blood Ties!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Blood Ties Book Giveaway

I am a fan of Tanya Huff's Blood series - I read them towards the beginning of my Books with a Bite Book List. The books are about Vickie Nelson, once cop, now private detective who ends up solving paranormal crimes with the help of a steamy vampire.

Blood Ties also was turned into a TV show on lifetime and now with a renewed interest in all things vampire, and after many pleas, wishes, and requests from fans, Blood Ties was released on DVD June 2nd – which I am very excited about. I can’t wait to watch them – I’ve been waiting!

To view the official Blood Ties Site to read about the plot, characters, and cast and some other fun stuff, click here.

I am also jumping on the bandwagon and I have a few copies of Blood Ties the first book of the Blood Series to giveaway– comment or email me the name of your favorite character is any vampire genre – books, movies, TV. Winners will be randomly selected on June 30th.

Bear with me while I sort through issues with my new (and not improved) firewall.

To watch the trailor and other Blood Ties videos, click HERE.