dimanche, octobre 25, 2009

Sookie, Sookie, Sookie...

It's been almost two years since TRUE BLOOD came into this world and I've loved every single drop of it I gotta say.

For those of you who haven't heard of it and may be wondering what the heck I'm writing about, boy get HBO right now or go to amazon.com - just like I did - and buy some of the books in the Southern Vampires series.

TRUE BLOOD is an original series based on The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. Since its premiere last year I've been an avid fan, not missing a single episode. And just recently I decided to give the written version a chance and compare it to the screen adaptation fair and square.

Miss Stackhouse is a waitress from Bon Temps, a made-up town in northern Louisiana. She lives in a world where vampires have "come out of the coffin" in an attempt to mainstream - live among the human.

She has a regular life - considering being able to read people's minds a common ability, but in Sookie's world what's really normal, right? - up until her little town receives its first official vampire resident: Bill Compton.

In the first novel, Dead until dark, we're introduced to this world where vampires, shapeshifters and other creatures are real and some of them actually want to coexist with us.

Charlaine Harris does a great job at making the unusual seem usual and at the same time keeping us intrigued by a good mystery.
Murder, lust, secrets and laughs are some of her favorite ingredients and boy does she know how to mix them.

Even though the books and the TV series have the same origins, they are notably different from one another. Some characters are more explored in TRUE BLOOD and some significant events from the books have been adapted - meaning more drama, which in the end is very well received - to television.

Anyway, I only have good things to say about this introduction to Sookie's world, two of them being: compelling and intriguing. Here some lines from Harris' first book in the series:

I'd been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.
Ever since vampires came out of the coffin (as they laughingly put it) two years ago, I'd hoped one would come to Bon Temps. We had all the other minorities in our little town - why not the newest, the legally recognized undead? But rural northern Louisiana wasn't too tempting to vampires, apparently; on the other hand, New Orleans was a real center for them - the whole Anne Rice thing, right?

HARRIS, Charlaine, Dead until dark, pg 1

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