Mixtape Mondays – Anti Love – Spidey Bill & Spidette Sookie – True Blood – Part I

 

Oh, you thought I wouldn’t use this GIF again? Clearly you don’t know me very well 😉

Confession time.

Unlike Lorena, who is tragically Bill-sexual, I am firmly rooting for a certain blonde Viking vampire to be the final suitor when the smoke clears in both Sookieverse worlds – the TV series True Blood and the Southern Vampire Mysteries novels on which the show is based.

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whytheyrehot:  Why He’s Hot: He’s a Vampire. That’s right, a fucking Vampire. But he’s not some sparkly virgin, oh no! This dude knows how to get down because he’s been getting down with girls(and even some dudes) left and right for over 1000 years. Yeah, you heard me right. He’s had 1000 years to perfect his technique and believe me he’s put that time to good use. Two words — gracious plenty. If you’ve read the Charlaine Harris books you know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t, well, I’ll go ahead and tell you: He’s got a big ‘ole cock. It’s been confirmed. It’s HUGE. (Warning, that link contains fucking hot book spoilers.) He knows how to dress. In fact, he can wear outfits that look completely ridiculous on anyone else and you accept it and love it and can’t wait to rip it the fuck off and beg for him to do you right then and there. His smile and those fangs. Maybe you’re not into getting bit during sex but give this guy five minutes and you’ll be offering your neck to him regardless of whether or not you have a boyfriend. He’s just that good. His arms. His neck. His clavicles. His back. Every piece of this dude is hot and pictures of any part can be instantly be qualified as porn. That should tell you something right there. {Our first fictional character submission}

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Ordinarily, I am a reasonable blogger, and willing to analyse ships fairly that may not necessarily be my own, because I can still objectively see why they have developed.

There are really only two ships that draw out the irrational fangirl in me. One is Dawson Leery and Joey Potter from Dawson’s Creek. The other is Bill Compton and Sookie Stackhouse.

So I have decided to bestow the dubious honour on Beel and Sookeh of being the subject of the very first Anti Love Mixtape ever created here at Spidey.

The book and television versions of the relationship are quite different and deserve to be considered on their own terms, so I will be tracking the True Blood portrayal of the pair.

Viking love will be rampant in this post and gratuitous Eric Northman shots will appear for the most tenuous of reasons. You’ve been warned, Bill’s Babes. (Before you dive in, you might also want to get a Viking shot in the arm from blogger pal Julie’s awesome slightly smutty Skarsgard (her words, not mine ;)) post or by heading over to Sookieverse Blog for a look at worship of the Gracious Plenty on an unparalleled level).

Alright, let’s get into it!

Mixtape Track #1 – Untouched – The Veronicas

Lyrics:

I go Ooh, Ooh
You go Ah, Ah
La la la la
Ah la la la

I can la la la la la la
I wanna wanna wanna
Get get get what I want, don’t stop

Gimme gimme gimme what’cha got got
‘Cause I can’t wait wait wait
Any more more more more

Don’t even talk about the consequence
‘Cause right now your the only thing that’s making any sense to me
And I don’t give a damn what they say or what they think think
‘Cause your the only one who’s on my mind
I’ll never ever let you leave me
I’ll try to stop time forever
Never want to hear you say goodbye goodbye

I feel so untouched
And I want you so much
That I just can’t resist you
It’s not enough to say that I miss you
I feel so untouched right now
I need you so much somehow
I can’t forget you
Been going crazy from the moment I met you

Untouched
And I need you so much

See you, breathe you, I want to be you
Ah la la la, Ah la la la

You can take take take take take time time
To live live the way you gotta gotta live your life

Gimme gimme gimme all of you you
Don’t be scared, I’ll see you through the lonely nights
Of wanting more more more

Don’t even think about what’s right or wrong or wrong or right
‘Cause in the end it’s only you and me
And no one else is gonna be around to answer all the questions left behind
And you and I are meant to be
So even if the world falls down today you still got me to hold you up up
And I won’t ever let you down down

I feel so untouched
And I want you so much
That I just can’t resist you
It’s not enough to say that I miss you
I feel so untouched right now
I need you so much somehow
I can’t forget you
Been going crazy from the moment I met you

Untouched
Untouched
Untouched

Untouched
Ah la la la
Ah la la la

Untouched
Ah la la la
Ah la la la

I feel so untouched
And I want you so much
That I just can’t resist you
It’s not enough to say that I miss you
I feel so untouched right now
I need you so much somehow
I can’t forget you
Been going crazy from the moment I met you

I feel so untouched
And I want you so much
That I just can’t resist you
It’s not enough to say that I miss you
I feel so untouched right now
I need you so much somehow
I can’t forget you
Been going crazy from the moment I met you

Untouched
Untouched
Untouched

Beel/Sookeh Connection:

Sorry for those of you who have heard the True Blood premise ad nauseam; but it is vital to re-examine it to understand why Sookie is blinded to Bill’s true self so deeply and clings to what degenerates into an abusive relationship for so long.

Think Bella and Edward are unhealthy as a pair? Bill might not have tried to commit sparklecide at high noon or accepted a grown man imprinting on his mutant vamp/human baby, sure, but B & E ain’t got nothing on S & B as you’ll later see.

As many of you already know, Sookie Stackhouse is a cute blonde waitress in a Southern backwater called Bon Temps who also just happens to be a telepath, or someone who can read minds. While telepathy has its benefits, it comes with deep costs.

Hearing the thoughts of others unfiltered, a form of unwanted intimacy, has ironically made it impossible for Sookie to be physically intimate with a man, let alone establish a functional relationship. I mean, it doesn’t exactly get you in the mood to hear some of the uncut thoughts of prospective suitors. Case in point: a flashback in The First Taste (S01E02) sees her squirt mustard all over a date who wonders if she is “blonde all the way down” because there’s “nothin’ worse than a fake blonde with a big black bush”.  As hilarious as this scene was, you can understand why Sookie remains a virgin at 25 despite being attractive and charming in her own unique way (I think she was at her most charming on True Blood in the first two eps, but IMO has departed from book Sookie in egregious ways since then).

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Sookie has developed strategies to “block out” other people’s internal monologues, or perhaps a better term would be that she can keep them at bay. However, as her best friend Tara Thornton explains to Sam Merlotte, the owner of the bar Sookie works for, in Mine (S01E03), “that requires constant work on her part”; it is difficult for Sookie to fully relax around other humans, because while she is not above using her powers, generally she wants to be polite and not listen in to private thoughts. Equally, she doesn’t want to be forced to listen to the nastier aspects of the human condition. I feel a lot of sympathy for Sookie in this respect. Doing this post shone a spotlight for me on how tacky some of my own thoughts are, and I’ve made a conscious effort to change them. HBO, changing the world one mouthy headspace at a time.

Even though Sam, knowing about Sookie’s telepathy, had told her it was fine to listen to his thoughts, as Tara notes the point is Sookie “wants to not hear them”. So when we first meet Sookie she is “Untouched” not only in the virginal sense, but also in the sense that she actively has to cut herself off from others to stop herself from going bats**t crazy. Or put another way, she has a lifetime of vicarious experience through people’s thoughts, but lacks personal experience of her own.

Sookie lives in a world where vampires have come “out of the coffin”, a Great Revelation that occurred because synthetic “True Blood” has been created that fulfils vamp’s nutritional needs and thus, in theory at least, means vamps no longer have to be a threat to humans.

In the pilot, Sookie is waitressing at Merlotte’s when Bill Compton, who she instantly recognises as a vampire, walks in to the strains of a love theme that in retrospect makes me want to gouge my eardrums out. With a scapula. Much brooding is done on Bill’s Cro-Magnon brow, and flirting ensues between him and Sookie when she takes his order (in the absence of True Blood in stock, he eventually just goes with a glass of red wine so he has a reason to be there – I must admit, I love the small detail of True Blood being available in blood “flavours” like B positive!).

When Sookie returns with his wine, Bill is now sitting with trailer trash couple the Rattrays. Vampire blood is a street drug in this mythology, and Sookie zeroes in on the Rattrays’ inward plotting to drain Bill. Sookie is nothing if not plucky, brave and compassionate (at times, anyway) and follows the Rattrays outside and goes all Vampire Drainer Slayer on their asses to save Bill, who the Ratrrays have incapacitated with a silver chain; vampire kryptonite in Sookieverse.

After she has scared the Rattrays off, Sookie and Bill have the weirdest date since Edward sparkled in front of Bella in his favourite meadow (tehe! I never get tired of knowing a fictional vampire exists who has a favourite meadow!).

Sookie touches Bill while he heals with vampiric speed, and is shocked to realise that she can’t hear his thoughts. Equally, Bill is surprised that she isn’t afraid to be out alone with a hungry vampire.

In response, Sookie wraps the silver chain used on Bill around her neck like a scarf, saying “I’m not a total fool”. Bill counters “But you have other very juicy arteries. There’s one in the groin that’s a particular favourite of mine…” to which Sookie AWESOMELY and in her top moment ever for me says “ Just shut your nasty mouth, mister. You might be a vampire, but when you talk to me, you will talk to me like the lady that I am.”

We later discover that Bill was turned during the Civil War era, a courtly and rulebound time, and after this scene he is largely the archetypical Southern Gentleman, asking Sookie if he can “call on her”, for instance. So groin sucking Bill is a little incongruous with the persona he later adopts, and this scene is the first hint that all is not as it seems with Mr Compton.

Gimme gimme gimme what’cha got got
‘Cause I can’t wait wait wait
Any more more more more

Don’t even talk about the consequence
‘Cause right now your the only thing that’s making any sense to me
And I don’t give a damn what they say or what they think think
‘Cause your the only one who’s on my mind

The power of Sookie’s discovery that she can’t hear Bill’s thoughts, or those of any vampires, cannot be underestimated. Sookie has been waiting for so long to meet someone she can be herself with that she plunges headlong into a relationship with him, despite really knowing nothing about him and the doubts of many of her friends and family. I also find it incredibly sad that the bargaining chip Bill uses in Mine (S01E03) to convince Sookie to continue dating him after a run in with his vamp nest friends is that she will never be able to have a normal relationship with a human man – not that he will make her happy.

I will give Bill credit for one thing though – he is the one who later introduces her to a certain Viking vamp. Hey! Writing that makes me think that if Sookie and Eric ever do get married in a human-sanctioned ceremony, that would be one hell of an awkward wedding toast speech for Bill to give!

Ok, with that outta the way, let’s get onto the good stuff of the Anti Love Mixtape!

Mixtape Track #2 – Lollipop (Candyman) – Aqua

Lyrics:

I am the Candyman – Coming from Bountyland
I am the Candyman – Coming from Bountyland

I wish that you were my lollipop – Sweet things, I will never get enough
If you show me to the sugar tree – will you give me a sodapop for free

Come with me Honey – I’m your sweet sugar Candyman
Run like the wind – fly with me to Bountyland
Bite me I’m yours – if you’re hungry please understand
This is the end – of the sweet sugar Candyman

Oh my love – I know you are my Candyman
And all my love – your word is my command
Oh my love – I know you are my Candyman
And all my love – let us fly to Bountyland

You are my Lollipop – sugar sugar top
You are my Lollipop – sugar sugar top

I wish that I were a bubble gum – chewing on me Baby all day long
I will be begging for sweet delight – until you say I’m yours tonight

Come with me Honey – I’m your sweet sugar Candyman
Run like the wind – fly with me to Bountyland
Bite me I’m yours – if you’re hungry please understand
This is the end – of the sweet sugar Candyman

2x Chorus

I am the Candyman – Coming from Bountyland
I am the Candyman – Coming from Bountyland

Chorus

You are my Lollipop – sugar sugar top
You are my Lollipop – sugar sugar top

Sookeh/Beel Connection:

Sookie and Bill have the usual couple-y ups and downs for a few episodes. You know, visits from embarrassing former vampire nest friends…

… including a crazy ex who shows a distinct lack of taste on your part (surprisingly, this isn’t the craziest bitch in Bill’s past by a long shot)…

… adequacy issues as a result of an infinitely hotter Vampire Sex God eyef**king your girl

Just count yourself lucky Bill that this Music Sex God doesn’t also appear in the series, or otherwise you’d probably have no chance!

Although “take me Billy” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “take me you big, blonde, hot Viking”, OMG Teh Sex does eventually happen between Bill and Sookie in the final minutes of Cold Ground (S01E07), continuing over into Burning House of Love (S01E06). On first watch, I admit that I found these scenes titillating. But every subsequent viewing has made the sequences seem more and more disturbing to me.

Take this shot for instance:

OK, I jest, this is the real shot:

I wish that I were a bubble gum – chewing on me Baby all day long
I will be begging for sweet delight – until you say I’m yours tonight

Blood and sex are inextricably intertwined in vampire tales, and vampire nips contribute to the big O for humans in Sookieverse, but you half expect to hear the Jaws theme to sound when this shot of Bill comes up. It really is like a feeding frenzy. In fact, you might think of him as a kid in a candy shop (particularly in light of the fact that we find out that Sookie has fairy blood, which is basically like crack to vampires, or the best vampire bubblegum flavour ever).

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In a scene that made me throw up a little in my mouth, Bill erases any doubt in Sookie’s mind that she is tasty by feeding her HER OWN BLOOD while they climax in a sex scene at the end of the season two premiere episode Nothing But The Blood. Ick!

Come with me Honey – I’m your sweet sugar Candyman
Run like the wind – fly with me to Bountyland

Bite me I’m yours – if you’re hungry please understand
This is the end – of the sweet sugar Candyman

As we discover over the three seasons of True Blood, Bill Compton is far from sweet.

An important ingredient of the Sookie/Bill relationship is the blood bond they share. At the end of the pilot episode, Sookie is beaten to within an inch of her life by the Rattrays after she waits outside of Merlotte’s to meet up with Bill, as revenge for her saving him.

Bill swoops in to presumably save the day and feeds her his blood, which has miraculous healing powers. Once she has had a taste of this blood, she is irrevocably tied to him. As Bill tells her in The First Taste (S01E02), he’ll always be able to feel her emotions.

eric sookie she was superb

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In I Will Rise Up (S02E09), after Eric tricks Sookie into ingesting his blood by asking her to suck bullets out of his chest that would have popped out themselves anyway due to his vamp healing powers, Bill admits that vamp blood has another side effect on humans when taken directly from the source… it makes them feel sexually attracted to the vampire whether they want to or not.

It drove me near insane that Sookie didn’t question why Bill hadn’t mentioned this itty bitty fact to her the night she first ingested large amounts of HIS blood. We also weren’t shown any evidence of her wondering if this played a role in her immediate attraction to Bill, or him so quickly becoming her “Lollipop – sugar sugar top”, which in the context of this song is more her drug of choice than something sweet. “Candyman” can refer to a drug dealer as much as someone who wants to have sex with you; with a “Bountyland” being an abundance of drugs, and what is a vampire but a V factory?

BTW, you know what I love most about 90s songs like Lollipop (Candyman)? Underneath their cheesy, squeaky clean exterior (at least to my 12 year old mind), they are SO deliciously filthy ;).

Mixtape Track #3 – You Got The Dirtee Love – Florence + The Machine featuring Dizzee Rascal

Beel/Sookeh Connection:

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The title for this song says it all for the purposes of this mixtape. Bill and Sookie first become BFFs with hate sex in The Fourth Man In The Fire (S01E08), followed by another bout in season three that I’ll look at from every twisted angle later.

The take home message, kids – Sookie/Bill “passion” is so distinctively different from scenes like this…

maryegreene:  this couple needs to happen…NOW! haha  

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…it is almost laughable.

Mixtape Track #4 – One More Addiction – Natalie Imbruglia

Sorry to use live footage, guys, but I couldn’t find the real music video anywhere!

Lyrics:

First the good news,
It’s gonna feel very nice,
Then the bad news,
You gotta pay a heavy price,
Rip tide, we slide we ride on a deep forbidden sea,
Under we go – so slow,
And you’re hanging onto me,
And I say, oh oh one more addiction in my world,
Oh one more connection to let go,
Oh floating down the river,
Out of sight forever ( from my world )
It’s the only thing I know how to do,
Reject you, but I can’t follow through,
I’d forget you, but you’d end up tappin’ on my back door,
Somehow I lost myself,
In a tunnel long and black,
Somewhere, at the end, I pretend,
There’s a way of turning back
( Chorus )
Take a breath, let it out,
All the things you frown about are meaningless of course,
Unless you’re doing this for real I guess,
I meant to but, I don’t know what,
Is in the way I could I say,
It’s you I bet, I won’t forget,
Maybe I’m not ready yet.
(Chorus)

Beel/Sookeh Connection:

First the good news,
It’s gonna feel very nice,
Then the bad news,
You gotta pay a heavy price

Sookie may have desperately wanted to meet someone she couldn’t telepathically hear, but I think it has been wildly disorienting for her. Honesty is a fundamental part of her genetic makeup; humans have no secrets from her; she knows their hidden selves. So for someone who has taken the ability to read minds for granted since birth, suddenly dating someone who has an internal plane that is “silent” to her must be disconcerting or like losing an entire sense.

Sookie has never had to fully invest trust or faith in anyone or their words at face value, because her telepathy has meant she has always known whether or not the people in her life are lying or what their true character is. So even though Bill’s silence initially no doubt felt “very nice”, she has clearly had to “pay a heavy price” as well; that being increased vulnerability to nasty little surprises that seem to be part and parcel of being Bill Compton’s girlfriend.

The first major betrayal that Sookie knows about is Bill killing her “funny uncle” after she divulges the deep, dark secret about being privy to his abusive thoughts (he doesn’t act on them in the TV series but does in the books) as a child. There are many, many more to come, sadly.

Oh, just as an aside, losing a sense can sharpen other senses, but sadly True Blood Sookie’s perception and ability to read body language don’t seem to improve over time. Hence the viewer satisfaction when this happens:


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Rip tide, we slide we ride on a deep forbidden sea,
Under we go – so slow,
And you’re hanging onto me,
And I say, oh oh one more addiction in my world,
Oh one more connection to let go,
Oh floating down the river,
Out of sight forever ( from my world )
It’s the only thing I know how to do,
Reject you, but I can’t follow through,
I’d forget you, but you’d end up tappin’ on my back door

The subject matter of this song can be interpreted as being about substance abuse or a toxic relationship. Given addictive quality of V, and the large quantities of Bill’s blood that Sookie has taken in, I would say that both aspects are relevant to Bill/Sookie.

The song talks about a relationship lacking real love, and being more a mutual addiction between two people that is like a drug that they start losing themselves to. In Sookie’s case, “Out of sight forever (from my world )” is a perfect way of describing her gradual disconnection from her human world, particularly after her Gran dies. Bill’s “rip tide” has been pulling her slowly under, to the point that in season three, even when her best friend Tara reveals that Bill stood idly by when he could have saved her from a vampire kidnapper who raped her and terrorised her, Sookie refuses to cut ties with him. By this point Bill has sunk his claws in deep and it will take the reveal of his ultimate betrayal to yank him out by the roots.

It is vital to note that a human’s experience with each vampire’s blood is different. So while Bill’s V is a drug in the literal sense of the word, a substance that locks Sookie into a self-destructive relationship, Viking vamp blood is a love drug that leads to moments like this:

thisishowicrynow:  Please don’t say we’re done When I’m not finished I could give you so much more Make you feel, like never before 

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Continued in Part II!

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Pop culture junkie, fangirl, arts and theatre lover, and The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and The Walking Dead obsessive. View all posts by Spidey Sense

5 responses to “Mixtape Mondays – Anti Love – Spidey Bill & Spidette Sookie – True Blood – Part I

  • JamieWrites

    Am skipping straight to the comments; I literally only just got my hands on True Blood season 3, so give me a couple of days to watch it – damn them and their irresistible cliffhangers – and I’ll be back to contribute.

    Oh, and I also got The Walking Dead (yeah, I’m out of touch, I admit it) so I’ll finally understand what’s going on there as well.

    • Spidey Sense

      So I take it you’ve already watched the first two seasons of the pulpy goodness that is True Blood?

      Bill and Sookie truly are even more scarily co-dependent than Bella and Edward and there are some highly disturbing abusive themes in their relationship, so knock yourself out when it comes to commentary on this pair 😉

      It is interesting – early season one of True Blood drew on fairytale iconography and presented Sookie as a symbol of innocence. But we all know how dark fairytales can become. I think on some level Bill takes sick pleasure in destroying Sookie’s innocence because it means he can drag someone else down to his level. Not because he doesn’t love her on some level, but it gives him a way to externalise his nature and maybe even dilute it.

      Phew! I’m feeling philosophical tonight 🙂

  • imaginarymen

    Heh. Gratuitous Music Sex God Mention duly noted!!

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