More on Vampires, the Southern Gentlemanly Kind

Posted: October 22, 2010 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Before HBO made it into a TV show for sexually deprived college students, True Blood was — and still is — a book series.  Charlaine Harris is a great author who is responsible for one of my favorite female main characters, because unlike Anna Paquin’s representation of the character, Sookie is strong, willful, and in control of her life.  In the books it’s more likely that you’ll see her doing the rescuing instead of being rescued.  The novels are not, as the TV show would have you believe, based around a young blonde’s sex life.  Yes, the books are about vampires.  Yes, we’ve had enough of that subject, but at least these books do something more than give vampire-obsessed fans masturbatory material.  They also have things like mystery, political satire, and wit.  Let’s not forget that the Sookie in the books is actually supposed to be pretty.  I’m sorry, Anna Paquin.  I think you’re a great actress, but really?

There are now ten Sookie Stackhouse novels, and so far Charlaine Harris has managed to do something very difficult – she’s kept the plot interesting.  From Dead Until Dark to her most recent release, Dead in the Family, Sookie kept me coming back for more, and I can’t wait for the next book.

To make a long story short – too late? – I recommend reading the books over watching the show.  If you’re a big fan of the show, at least read the books too, so you know how much of a difference there is between the mediums.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Unless the only reason you watch that show is to see Ryan Kwanten naked.  Then I can’t help you.


Man that guy is hot.

~Rebecca Leviton

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