True Blood only finished its final and least impressive season six years ago, but it’s been decided that this is long enough to warrant the series being rebooted. Naturally, fans of the show are less than pleased with the announcement, and haven’t been shy in making their feelings known.
Social media reaction to any kind of reboot or remake is usually negative, but the news of True Blood being done again has provoked a particularly vocal outcry, where it didn’t involve people taking the opportunity to relive just how horny both the series was and it made them.
See below for a sample of what folks are saying:
— Poppyseed Jr (@hausofkingz) December 9, 2020
why are they rebooting all old shows/movies recently? no one can come up with new ideas?
theyre rebooting all gossip girl, icarly, raven, boy meets world, the craft and now true blood?
— paige ||-// (@thepaigeyg4) December 9, 2020
The true blood announcement earlier really got me pic.twitter.com/Ek5m6bSssV
— mackenzie ❄️ (@unnecessaralarm) December 9, 2020
True blood reboot? What’s else is there to the story ?
— Yehlani Rose Stan Account (@_HolySmokes) December 9, 2020
True blood reboot from riverdale creator…
This will be even worse than the last show and that turned into a parody https://t.co/dXh3AMDqUV
— ultrapurwater (@ultrapurwater) December 9, 2020
ALSO i can’t believe HBO is gonna let RAS destroy true blood. please leave it alone.
— Katt (@hauntedvaginas) December 9, 2020
Dear #hbomax we DO NOT need a True Blood Reboot! No one asked for this, it was fine as it was, especially with the late Nelson Ellis. ESPECIALLY when you can tap into L.A. Banks Vampire Series! pic.twitter.com/j3g44EHThI
— Kai "Seasoning yo' stories" Leakes , MA✨?? (@KaiLeakes) December 9, 2020
Okay. But I will not watch the True Blood reboot if Eric and Pam aren't back.
— Danielle DelRosso (@DaniDelRosso) December 9, 2020
@HBO Seriously? You can't just make something new? A True Blood reboot??? There are NO OTHER Urban Fantasy series you could develop? Not interested in taking risks or giving ppl original entertainment? WTF.#HBO #TrueBlood pic.twitter.com/s7S84Nwqlw
— Too Many Tabs (@SabraKay3) December 9, 2020
true blood reboot?? no thanks.
— brooke (@jasonsrobin) December 9, 2020
One direction the reboot can go in is adapting the novels with a greater degree of fidelity. Like many other urban fantasy shows based on a book series, such as The Dresden Files, Blood Ties or Shadowhunters, the beginning of True Blood more or less directly adapted the first installment in the saga, then over time gradually moved away from the source material and became its own thing.
The flipside of this is that The Southern Vampire Mysteries (to give it its official title) novels weren’t actually that good, with author Charlaine Harris being far more interested in small town melodrama than supernatural worldbuilding, as well as remaining utterly blind to how obnoxious and irritating the central heroine Sookie was (even more so than she was in the TV show).
Ceaseless litanies of people complaining about the existence of remakes have been around for as long as remakes themselves, as in the eyes of many, there can never be any justification for retreading familiar ground. Perhaps if this new version of True Blood gives viewers something fresh, though, and manages to wash away the bad taste of the series’ latter and vastly inferior seasons, it might be forgiven. But at this point, it seems many people aren’t all that bothered about even watching it.