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Truely... middle of the road,
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Gosh, what a mix of reviews! From brilliant to downright awful. I think I'm going to drop down right in the middle.
I have enjoyed the books although I think they become a little formulaic as they go on, but they have been quite gripping; 'Twilight for adults' I read in one review which is pretty apt. I didn't catch the series on television but bought the box set and watched an episode a night which I'm not sure is always a good thing as it all gets a little samey after a while, but I did want to know what happened.
Having said that, I didn't think it was awful but it wasn't brilliant either. I don't mind Anna Paquin - I do think the accent is a little obvious, but she does well for a New Zealander. She's certainly not ugly as some have said, but maybe tries a little too hard to be sexy which I actually find faintly amusing. Bill is a bit of a surprise; I can't stop focusing on his terrible hair because it makes him look so nerdy which is a shame, because in civvies he's actually pretty good looking. I find Tara really annoying - too loud, too brash, too defensive. Nasty. I have to admire the Jason character - that amount of nudity and simulated sex every episode takes some guts in a room full of cameramen, technicians and the like.
Yes, there is a lot of swearing and lots of sex - a bit gratuitous I suppose but it's pretty entertaining. I like Alexander Skarsgard as Eric - suitably tall, blond and Vikingesque, and Sam is pretty much as I imagined him when reading the books. However, I do agree that the fangs are dire; surely in this day and age they can come up with something that doesn't make the actors lisp and barely able to close their mouths - it certainly isn't menacing or threatening, just a little ridiculous.
All in all, not great, not terrible - pretty entertaining and I am looking forward to the next series.