On True Blood

I Love You, I Just Don't Want to Know You (So Much)

By Bev Katz Rosenbaum

I was a huge John Mayer fan . . . until he started sharing every bleeping thought that flitted through his mind with the world at large on Twitter and his blog. So I can totally understand why the heroine of HBO’s True Blood, Sookie Stackhouse, who can hear people’s thoughts, eschewed romantic relationships until Bill Compton came along. Bill, a vampire, is dead, so his mind doesn’t emit signals Sookie can pick up. (In “The First Taste” [1-2], Sookie says to Bill, the delightful realization dawning upon her, “That’s why I like you so much. I can’t hear you at all . . . You have no idea how peaceful it is after a lifetime of blah, blah, blah.”)

Couldn’t we all use a little less chatter and “honesty” in our lives? Poor telepathic Sookie, in her role as a waitress at Bon Temps, Louisiana’s Merlotte’s Caf©, is regularly forced to hear her customers’ endless mental monologues. The show’s very first episode, “Strange Love” (1-1), opens with Sookie hearing stuff about people’s sex lives and marital problems, and even their lascivious thoughts about her. Aside from the fact that it’s all kind of gross, Sookie can barely hear her own thoughts over all this chatter. (Though bothered by this, she’s not half as bothered as the similarly gifted bellboy we meet in “Nothing but the Blood,” 2-1, who tells Sookie his so-called gift is a major pain and that his “life is shit.”) If you think  …

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