Have you been bitten? Most fans of True Blood will attest: the moment the small town waitress, Sookie Stackhouse, locked eyes with Vampire Bill, we were hooked. Now in it’s fourth season, True Blood is still going strong. With the addition of so many characters— and most of them supernatural— fans have more to talk about than ever. For those of us who are already lamenting the end of season four and looking forward to season five, thankfully there are plenty of fan sites. Spend some time digging deeper into your favorite episodes, read interviews with the cast and crew, or join in the frenzy of post-episode commentary on any of the blogs.
The Vault: True Blood Online
The Vault features exclusive interviews with several cast members, and plenty of photos from the set to the red carpet. This is the place for folks who love the actors just as much as the characters they play, and would like to learn about all of the work that goes into creating the show. In the Vault Exclusives section you can read about charity events, premiers, and music festivals hosted and attended by the stars of the show. You can also read about the makeup team and the musicians who compose the show’s themes. Honestly, there are enough videos in this section to keep you busy until season five, so if you find yourself thirsty for True Blood, visit The Vault. Oh, and there’s a list of episodes with guides, music credits, and casting information.
True Blood TV
True Blood TV is a neatly organized page with terrific music credits that link to iTunes. Each song is listed, followed by the name of the artist, followed by the scene in which it plays: a miracle if you ever find yourself blown away by the great music throughout the show. This page also provides fun links to the Fellowship of the Sun and the American Vampire League (two rival organizations within the world of True Blood), as well as the official site of TruBlood (a blood-orange flavored drink inspired by the show). This consistent site will submerge you in the series with its moody appearance and in-depth treatment of each episode and each character.
True Blood News
At True Blood News you can engage in a battle of the bids with other superfans to visit the set and chew the fat with members of the cast. For a good time, listen to the “God Hates Fangs” podcast, and read interviews with cast members large and small from every season (including my favorite telepath, Barry the Bellboy). You can also find a list of upcoming events here including dates for upcoming talk show appearances, movie premiers, and festivals. Take some time to read the fangirls’ commentary as well: while these pieces range from the blithe to the downright drooly, they can, at times be astute and raise good questions. Don’t forget to pick up some of the ever-so-classy merchandise for sale here.
True Blood Guide
True Blood Guide is just fun. It’s lists and lists of the top five goriest moments, the top ten quotes, the sexiest moments, etc. There are spoilers, trailers, interviews to read and watch, and video clips and stills from each episode. On the right-hand side, you will find a comprehensive, clickable list of the characters, the actors that play them, and any other projects they may be working on. This site’s greatest asset may be the shots of magazine articles featuring the stars of the show. Yes, we’ve all seen the Rolling Stone cover with Sookie, Bill, and Eric, but what about Alcide on the cover of Healthy Pet: “Joe Manganiello Runs with His Own Pack.” Don’t you just love it?
True Blood Wiki
True Blood Wiki is a good place for anyone who wants to really throw her hat in the ring, as this site is completely fan-powered. Read and submit fan fiction, snap a photo of your original artwork or tattoos, or submit your own videos. Try your hand at shooting an ad for TruBlood and maybe they’ll even use it! This site has okay forums, standard synopses, and a fine account of news about the show and its cast and crew, but the real allure here is the opportunity to contribute to the effort.
True Blood Net
The writer’s corner of True Blood Net is snark central station, and it’s fabulous. Here you will find ratings of Bon Temps’ fashion sense, and a character column called “Ask Dr. Ludwig” featuring the snide little old lady who begrudgingly administers emergency care to victims of various supernatural attacks, for starters. If you appreciate True Bloods shameless, self-aware forays into hilarity, you will have a blast reading this page. There are also entertaining breakdowns of each episode according to what fans liked, what they disliked, and what was just plain ridiculous.
Naturally HBO’s official site is perfect, and is probably the first place you’d go to get your fix. That’s why it’s the last one on the list. But if for some reason, you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s why you need to, now. The maximum sneak peeks are here and here alone. If you can’t wait for the next episode, you’ll find some relief here. You’ll also get the official commentary from cast and crew following each episode that will get you further into the world of the show as the writers interpret it. In addition, this is the only place to read Babyvamp Jessica’s blog, the struggles and musings of a newly made teenage vampire. It, like the show, tackles very complex feelings in a way that is sometimes messy, reckless, and thrilling; and sometimes clunky, hilarious and embarrassing.