Q&A with Alan Ball about Season 4 of True Blood:
Gianna: What are you most excited about this season?
Alan: I really love the Eric storyline.
Gianna: What’s going to shock the fans?
Alan: What happens to Jason…throughout the whole season.
Gianna: Got any advice for fans that are chomping at the bit?
Alan: We’re working as fast as we can! In the meantime, I recommend watching the Swedish film Let the Right One In and the Russian films Day Watch and Night Watch.
In the season 3 commentary one of the directors said that the fairies are definitely evil and will get more deceptive as the season goes on, but obviously they’re trying to get Sookie to trust them/go with them so that’s why it’s all rainbows and butterflies right now.
Not so different from CH…especially after Dead Reckoning…Good job Alan Ball….
AB gets a lot of flack for “messing” with the books. But I do think he has a really fine nose for the undercurrents of the books. And this is just the latest thing he sort of sensed out of the CH’s creation, and before the Dead Reckoning even came out. Fairies are definitely evil.
To be fair, long before DR, it was clear that not all fairies were sunshine and roses. The water fae, the Thing One and Thing Two … even Great-grandpa Nial, they all were creepy as hell. No big assumption there. But after DR, it’s clear that ALL fae have dark agendas, and AB is going in that direction it seems.
As the show has grown into a cultural phenomenon, does it affect how you plan and write for it? Do you feel like you have to respond to the wishes of the fan base?
I find that whenever I start to think about how I believe people are going to respond, then I get in trouble. Because then it’s no longer writing, it’s marketing. You start thinking about your audience, or your consumers, what are their needs and how do you meet them, and you’re no longer just telling a story. For me, I was reading Charlaine’s books and yeah, it was about a vampire, and then there were werewolves and all of this other stuff. That’s part of what I love about this. The fact that’s it’s this big onion and you just keep peeling back the layers, so I just tried to take that into the show as much as I could.
I like what he says here. You can’t be all things to all people, and you can’t let outside forces dictate your process. He’s right about that becoming marketing (although, of course, anything has an essential built-in audience to which it’s marketed). That way lies creative suicide.