Chances are you’ve heard of Charlaine Harris’ series of mysteries following the exploits of young waitress Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire boyfriend Bill in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. This celebrated series of books has also been adapted to the popular HBO show True Blood, which just finished its fourth season.
While several of my friends had recommended the series, it took me awhile to finally pick it up because, frankly, I was a little burnt out on the whole vampire thing after the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.
Thankfully, Harris has some key differences between her vampires and those of Forks. The True Blood vampires are able to live in the open because of a synthetic blood substitute created by Japanese scientists, eliminating the need for them to prey on humans. Sookie is also a strong heroine who has no interest in becoming a vampire in order to spend eternity with her boyfriend and has no problem letting the supernatural creatures in her life know when she can take care of herself. Besides, she has her own superhuman ability, the power to read minds. Although for some reason her power doesn’t work well on other supernatural creatures, which is why she loves the silence that Bill’s mind gives her.
In the first book of the series, Dead Until Dark, two women who have been known to date vampires are murdered. However they also both used to date Sookie’s heartbreaker brother Jason, and suspicion soon falls on him as well. Sookie needs to find out who really murdered these girls before either her brother or her boyfriend are punished for crimes they didn’t commit.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out this series yet, and it sounds like something you might enjoy reading when you need a study break, the PSC library owns the first eight books in the series. Now that I’ve started reading them, I’m anxious to see how the TV show compares.