TV series are great! I love quite a few of them. But the major problem with them is that they are well, seasonal. While it’s fun to watch each episode, the long half-year (or longer) hault might be annoying, or just perfect for the audience to fall in love with another series. HBO’s True Blood already has a pretty hot spot to start it’s second season: summer of 2009, when most series I’m addicted to are long gone and fans are waiting for the autumn to come with new stories. But it’s been a while since the last episode and there’s a long wait till the summer.
So what can one do to keep fans close by, excited and crazy about your show? How about Twitter and blogs? There are quite a few Twitter accounts and blogs for the characters in the movie. Sookie is tweeting, Vampire Bill is too, and oldest and strongest vampire of the region, Eric Northman, is also tweeting quite fervently.
I have no idea if these accounts are indeed related to the True Blood cast, but if they’re not, those people should start asking why they didn’t think of it first.
Judging by the posts on these blogs and other from related characters, I believe they are not completely unrelated to the TV show. If you’re wondering why such a stunt has great results, it’s simple: we all think of the character name first, and the actual actor’s after. We all associate an actor or actress with the part we loved most. Of the top of my head, I’d think Alexis Bledel who’s always going to be Rory Gilmore and not the girl in Sin City.
And I cannot begin to tell you how much I want the new series to get here, seeing that the Sookie-Vampire Bill story is non-existent on Twitter and the blogs and has been replaced with a Sookie-Eric thing. Intrigued? You bet!
On the other hand, being identified with a part may harm a certain actor. Think Johnny Weissmuller and Tarzan for example. Plus there’s the risk of an actor leaving the cast, which would probably mean dead blog and twitter account. If HBO is really behind this, I am sure they have a good plan to manage issues and crisis that might occur!