Bill Compton- Tool, Foil or Lover?

I find myself this evening thinking of Bill Compton, the one from the books, the show and from the fan fiction world.

I think this is because so many folks out there are chanting for his blood for the spoilers we have seen of Season 7 and because I have seen so many people comment to me personally or to each other that they want Bill to suffer.

The end result is that I started to wonder, does everybody hate Bill?

I ask that seriously, and with some fear as I know I am (and am grateful to be) in the heart of Viking land.  I am 100% Viking/Askars all the way and have written enough E/S stuff to hide behind if anyone decides to throw things at me :).

That said, I went to FF and searched M rated stories for Bill/Sookie and found a whopping total of 36, yes 36, and most of those were Bill/Sookie/Eric stories where he causes problems between Bill and Sookie by being his sexy Viking self.

Still, 36.  That’s it, that’s all. Then I searched word press to see if anyone had devoted their sites to him and Sookie and I came up with nothing, though perhaps being a noob I did it wrong and there are some out there that I missed.

I have listened to many folks rant about how CH and AB could ignore what their fans want and wondered, if in fairness,  that maybe not ALL the fans wanted what I wanted, but 36 stories tells me that they are ignoring their fans…totally.

That is so damned strange.  Seriously.

I talked to a friend of mine who I introduced to True Blood last year and he suggested that it was a tactic to keep the viewers and the readers coming back for more.  I told him that didn’t make any sense because there are legions of fans out there who devote their time and energy into reading or writing fan fiction about the Viking, and they keep coming back for more.

Ergo, it’s not possible to have too much of a tall sexy Swedish thing.

I will confess that I am absolutely in love with Eric Northman, and have been since I first saw him a year ago now when I was on vacation and purchased True Blood season 1-5 as  a birthday gift to myself.  BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! I will also confess that Alexander Skarsgard is breath taking to me.  Can’t get enough of either one, and the two together are like peanut butter and jelly.

But what purpose does Bill serve in these stories?  He is a literary tool used for damaging the heroine just enough that she can’t open herself up to Eric.  He is a foil for Eric, someone that Eric can show his dark side with, and also his decent side (think junkyard scene Season 1 when he tell the Magister that Compton listens to him when it is important).  He is a lover who introduces Sookie to the world of vampires, but really to me, all that still just makes him a literary tool.

I read that Charlaine Harris wanted to kill him in the 8th or 9th book and her editor talked her out of it.  Something about how it would help the tension of who she was going to wind up with if she had more options, rather than less.  So, in her true heart, even she had no use for him, either, despite the blow job she gave Ball in the final book where she makes Bill King of Louisiana.

To me, there is even more weirdness in the fact that while Ball seems to be a fan, given how he has used the character there is some serious tongue in cheek there, too.  He may have made Sookie a total vapid head case to keep her on his leash but if you look at some of the stuff his True Blood self has done, even Ball only likes him so much and is using him as a tool.

I keep coming back to Bill Compton being a tool.  I sense a theme here.

Ball made him an even bigger liar than Harris did at the beginning of Season 4 when we found out that despite betraying Sookie for Sophie Anne, he had really been betraying Sophie Ann for Nan and The Authority.  Tool.

Then he, gravitating to power and caving to self loathing, embraced Lilith and took out the entire Authority to be her butt boy.  Tool.

His reign as the King of Louisiana was short and unimpressive and best summed up by his petulant response to Sookie in her dream in Season 4.  “I am the King of Louisiana, I do not share!”  Tool.

And then of course his spectacular betrayal of Eric in Season 5 and that total immersion into douchebaggery with his speech to Sookie in the last episode where he quotes scripture and tells her what he really thought of her all along.

Tool.

Remember in Season 4 when he was talking to Jessica about the witches who wanted to burn all vampires?

“Since when has any fanatic been held back by the improbability of their righteous mission?”

T-O-O-L.

It might come down to every Rhett needs an Ashley, and that he was there to make it obvious who the best man was, and how foolish she was for passing over her Rhett for dipshit Ashley.

On the surface it would seem that Ball loved him, and this new show runner can’t bring it back out of the ditch after five seasons in, but his love was harsh.

In Season 3  I didn’t like him but I had empathy for a character who was sent with no choice to seduce Sookie, not knowing he was going to fall in love.  He was an asshole, sure, but I have found myself in positions where the middle changed and I was left feeling like an asshole at the end.  I could empathize.   Being hamstrung sucks even when you are an asshole.

I have no empathy for tools.

When I really think about all this it doesn’t make sense, in any way shape or form.  Then I remember something I read once about Charlaine Harris.  She said something to the tune of that she created Sookie, made her as dumb as possible and gave her the worst thing she could think of, the ability to know the thoughts of everyone around her.

When I remember that, Sookie’s choices, all of them, make perfect sense in her books, because she always did the dumbest fucking thing she could possibly do, every time.  That gives me some peace about the books, at least in understanding why she didn’t end of up with Eric.

As for Bill in the show, the only thing I know for sure is that he is not a lover, and not a foil so much as just a tool that is used in the worst way possible by his creators, directors, and writers.

I should have more empathy, but again, I have none for tools.

18 thoughts on “Bill Compton- Tool, Foil or Lover?

  1. Kittyinaz says:

    Reblogged this on Kittyinaz and commented:
    Holy Crap!! I love this!! She says everything I have been saying, and how the hell can the writers even think of giving what the fans want when it is obvious what we like. Then she goes through the seasons and shows how he is a tool. Go read.. It is awesome!

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  2. Kittyinaz says:

    Thank you. I reblogged, cause you are saying everything I have been saying. So thanks!!!

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    • idream3223 says:

      Whew! I was worried that the community might start throwing things at me before they saw the “I belong to Eric” disclaimer. 🙂
      It’s good to be with like minded folks! 🙂

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  3. I read differently about why Bill was kept around in the books. That Charlaine Harris really liked Stephen Moyers’ portrayal of Bill that she was worried by killing him off in the books he would be killed off in the show. That’s neither here or there really and I agree with your points. Bill’s just there…
    He hasn’t had anything productive to do since season 3 really bar become King of Louisiana so Sophie Anne wouldn’t take Sookie away and to exert power over Eric.
    Then when he was stripped of his title in season 5 and became less powerful than Eric again they had him become power mad resulting in Billith so he would be more powerful than Eric again. He was a flop “god” and saved 8 vampires from a facility that Eric had cleared out yet he was hailed as the saviour… Tool is the correct word.

    Unfortunately the Bill fans on the Facebook page have completely taken over disregarding any negative comments towards Bill even from people who state they are not shippers and would prefer Sookie alone than to end up with any of them.

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    • idream3223 says:

      I find myself perversely relieved that there are Bill fans out there. When I was musing on this last night I was afraid (no matter what I think of the character, personally) that they didn’t actually exist, at all.

      Being so new here, I have not encountered these folks, but if what you say is true about them taking over, that is a shame. There should be room for all characters to have fans. I just wasn’t sure there were any.

      I would like to be able to engage in thoughtful intellectual debate on character traits and actions with folks who might show me something I am missing. I am a firm believer that occasionally its good to have you head rearranged, because it can show you things you never ever would have seen on your own. And I would add that any belief I cannot hold on to in the face of another’s questions is not a belief worth holding on to in the first place.

      A closed arena to discussion on the internet or an arena where everyone is in consensus all the time is not a playground that allows a person to grow.

      Perhaps my research tells me that Bill’s fans are just not as prolific in telling his story as the Viking’s fans are?

      I think I am going to take this same look at some of the other characters and see if they have any kind of following that is on par with Eric. I am curious now. 🙂

      As to Eric and Sookie vs Bill and Sookie…for me I decided in Season 5 that the True Blood Sookie was not good enough for the True Blood Eric. In my opinion, her actions place her beneath him and unworthy of having anyone’s love and affection, but especially his. From the stuff I have seen in season 6, her character continued to devolve rather than mature.

      I think I write E/S because no matter who she is, he still seems to love her. I identify with that from my own life, probably too much and so, I guess in my own way when I write I am attempting to give him what he wants, and thereby, me what I want.

      I believe that it would be the same if I felt that same kinship with Bill or Sam or Alcide,

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts! 🙂

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      • Yes, the Official True Blood Facebook page is full of comments from the Bill Compton Appreciation society and they give out about Sookie/Eric fans spamming when they do the same themselves and respond to most comments with Bill and Sookie <3<3<3 and other nonsense. The page is also promoting Bill and Sookies as True Bloods' greatest love story which is not going down well with at least half the commenters.
        However I have engaged in some discussion with Bill fans but the responses I have got is that since the official page is promoting Sookie and Bill as the greatest love-story on the show it must be true and all others are wrong.
        I love reading Eric/Sookie stories but my heart is not as invested in them in the show any-more. I believe Erics' in another life scenario…The writers made sure of that by not allowing him to have contact with her again. If he had known the full background about Warlow there's no doubt in my mind he would help her. It would take a lot to have them as endgame now and since we won't see Eric until the 2nd episode at least he might not make it back to Bon Temps until halfway through the short season therefore allowing them to push the ridiculous Alcide/Bill triangle.

        I do not want her with Bill though. No amount of apologies, blood tears and attempts to make it up to Sookie is enough. I feel like he never suffers the consequences of his actions. I truly believe the only way he can redeem himself is by sacrificing himself for her.
        I think he is more obsessed with the idea that Sookie can give him his "humanitah" back and places the onus of forgiveness for all his past transgressions- not just against her (like the real reason he was sent to procure her) but others like Tara when he didn't help her when she was kidnapped and raped by Talbot, Andy Bellefleur for not commanding Jessica not to drain his fae daughter. Eric when he back-stabbed him in the authority, suggesting to blow up the True Blood factory , drinking Lilliths' blood and harassing Sookie for her blood hurting Jason in the process….I could go on and on! :O

        Alcide isn't much better either. I don't trust someone who doesn't take any time to mourn someone who was supposedly his 1st love and moves on to her killer (granted self-defence). He seems to want to mould his women into perfect little Southern Belles. It didn't work for Debbie and it won't stick with Sookie either.

        The best I can hope for is that Sookie finally accepts who she is and disregards what Bon Temps and the narrow-minded people think. I think moving away from Bon Temps would be good for her so I guess you could say I ship Sookie/Independence! ;D
        Sorry if this was a bit long btw I just have a loooot of opinions on it!

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  4. theladykt says:

    Well said. I’m sooooooo not paying HBO a dime this year. I’ll find it free somewhere….maybe…..the more I hear, the less I wanna see it.

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    • idream3223 says:

      🙂 And see I was just thinking that I did want HBO by 6/22 because I want to on the cutting edge of new “oh they did that so wrong” and get new story ideas on how I think it should have gone.

      Can you imagine how dull this place would be if everyone only ever said, “Boy, that was perfect last night!” 🙂

      I would be out of a job here, and I would have missed out on meeting all the wonderful folks that keep this place hopping! 🙂

      I am in love with this entire train wreck, books and show, because it inspired me to do some writing which is one of my favorite things, ever!

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  5. idream3223 says:

    I would like to amend something in my post, when I searched I only looked at SVM, so this morning in an effort to be fair I went back and looked for M rated True Blood Stories and there were 99 of those, total 135.

    Then I looked for Eric/Sookie in SVM and got 2.1K, and under True Blood 808. Again this M rated only, total 2,908.

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  6. idream3223 says:

    This is for maithanroisin – there was no reply button on your latest. Weird.

    No worries,I love hearing your opinions and I find myself in agreement and still intrigued. You reminded me of something that my best friend and I debated about a long time ago. The Good Boy vs. The Bad Boy and why we all cheered when Darth Vader redeemed himself at the end but had less love for the characters who had been good guys from the start.

    You showed me a thread of why one could argue for the Bill/Sookie ending. It would be the Darth Vader ending and generally folks cheer those.

    Redemption is a powerful tool. (I said tool again. I wasn’t even planning it! :))

    In the end, her moving and leaving all these bad choices behind would make her more worthy of a complicated man like Eric, of course it wouldn’t matter then.

    I have found myself making crappy choices in relationships, and after they ended I took those experiences and changed myself, hopefully for the better, to realize later that I had become the person after the fact that would have worked and appreciated my former partners.

    I am not a Compton fan, for all the reasons you state and a million more as well. But it comes down to I don’t respect a person/character who takes the easy way every chance they get and then pleads victim when the piper bring the check. At some point in my life I was that person, and so he holds a mirror darkly for me in some ways.

    I love this, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!!

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    • Thanks and yes while they want to redeem Bill I think they left it too late..
      It would be a tragic end to the story if Sookie ends up with him.It seems like they are angling it that Bill is going to get Sookie because he owes her everything. All while destroying Sookies’ character development over the entire series…..I really believed her staking him last season was the 1st step in her freeing herself from him and the past love they shared.
      Then they retconned it with the time-jump and the googly eyes at the telly…. It made absolutely no sense narratively speaking and if you need a time-jump because you wrote yourselves into a hole to try and make the audience and characters forget past actions then the story wasn’t very good to begin with. It annoys me how much potential was lost. I would have preferred seeing the aftermath of Warlows’ death,Lillith leaving and how the hell Sam became mayor!!
      It’s unbelievable that Bon Temps forgave Bill like that or forgot what he done. Andy seems to be the only one who cares but then again his daughters were murdered…IS Bill pumping his blood into their water supply because that’s the only logical explanation for it.
      Also , what genius came up with True Blood v’s The Walking Dead. I love TWD but I don’t need to see it in Bon Temps!

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  7. lostinspace33 says:

    I agree 100% with your assessment, and I swear I think the pro – Bill and Sookie comments on the HBO sites are primarily posted by HBO employees. I believe HBO thinks that getting people on board the “Bill and Sookie train” will increase interest in and acceptance of their new studio venture with Stephen and Anna. It’s all business to them. With this being the last season of TB, they don’t have a driving motivation to keep the fans happy and keep them coming back, so they’re focusing their efforts on future projects, and some delusional idiot at the network thought putting Bill and Sookie back together as some great love story would garner some good will toward their future Stephen and Anna projects.

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  8. idream3223 says:

    I think that there is a lot of truth to what you are saying, but in my opinion if HBO is doing that it would be no different than what Anna and Stephen did themselves. I certainly am not there holding a flash light but the little voice in the back of my head says that some of that “great marketing” was a portion of the foundation for the relationship between the actors themselves.

    It feels, to me, that he found a way to leverage through his relationship with her, and that maybe now they are doing that sort of thing together.

    I am stressing this as my opinion because I have only my gut and in fairness it could just be that loathe Bill so much I can’t separate his behavior from Moyer’s.

    He just always seems to be trying SO HARD in the interviews to be liked, and that immediately makes be suspicious. If he were a stand up kind of guy he wouldn’t need to try so hard to prove that he is “likeable”.

    Thanks for taking the time to share :).

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    • I don’t agree with your comments about Stephen. I like him. Any interview I have seen of him he seems to have a sense of humour. This time last year he said he didn’t see Bill back with Sookie after all he did. Blame the writers, not the actors.

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      • gwynwyvar says:

        Have loved everything you wrote about Bill and Sookie, both in tour posts and in the replies 🙂
        Have to agree with Maithanroisin. As much as I loath Bill, I like Stephen Moyer. Everything I have seen of him seems genuine. Including older stuff from before TB. But I do understand your reluctance. He does seem too friendly to be a real ‘celebrity’, unless he is pushing an angle. But I don’t think he is. I remember stuff from Ultraviolet promos. He really does seem genuinely friendly 🙂
        thanks for your rant. I have very much enjoyed reading 😀

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