DEAD UNTIL DARK by Charlaine Harris [Review]

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Sexy vampires, scary vampires, sparkly vampires – I love them all. Since one can only watch Buffy and Angel DVDs so many times, I’ve moved on to reading vampire fiction. One of my favorites in this genre is Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first book in her Sookie Stackhouse series.

Sookie is a perky, blonde waitress in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana who struggles with her ability to read minds. She is constantly bombarded by people’s thoughts, which can make her a little distracted and only reaffirms her reputation as the local crazy. When vampire Bill Compton walks into Merlotte’s bar, Sookie realizes her telepathic ability only works on humans. Romantic relationships have been a problem for Sookie since she can hear everything her boyfriend is thinking, so she is immediately attracted to Bill and his silent mind.
Charlaine Harris has created an interesting world where, due to the creation of synthetic blood, vampires live openly among humans. As much I enjoy reading about vampires, Sookie is the star of the book and her humor is what makes the story so enjoyable. Bon Temps is full of characters, some typical, some not so typical, and I think Harris captures small town living perfectly. Dead Until Dark is a fun mix of romance, murder mystery, and fantasy.

I recently started watching the TV show True Blood, and I’m really enjoying it. The first season followed the overall plot of Dead Until Dark, but is different enough that it managed to create its own separate identity. They’ve added new characters and done a fantastic job of fleshing out some of the book’s minor characters like Tara, Lafayette, and Sam. Jason becomes a drug addict (something that doesn’t happen in the books), in addition to being a narcissistic womanizer, but it works because it doesn’t seem out of character for him. The show is sexy and has recreated the hot, swampy, gothic atmosphere of Bon Temps perfectly.

Sookie narrates the books and I think much of their appeal comes from her funny and unique way of looking at life. Hearing everyone’s thoughts, whether she wants to or not, gives her a unique perspective. As much as I love the show, I don’t think Sookie’s humor and sarcasm always come through on True Blood. So if you are a fan of the show or vampires in general, check out Dean Until Dark, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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