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Book Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

For those who have no idea what the Sookie Stackhouse Series is, it’s where the HBO TV show True Blood was lightly based on. The series revolves around Sookie Stackhouse, a cocktail waitress in a bar at Bon Temps, Louisiana. She has a gift. She can hear other people’s thoughts.

The story is set in a world where vampires exist, and they have gone mainstream. Since Bon Temps is a small town, it’s not as inhabited by vampires as the other, bigger towns or cities, so it was an attraction when Vampire Bill showed up one day. Being around him was a great relief for Sookie because she cannot hear his thoughts.

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Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

by Charlaine Harris

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Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….


Admittedly, I found out about the books when the TV show came out, and since I’m a self-proclaimed book lover, I wanted to read the written versions as well. Dead Until Dark is the first book in the series, which I read just a few days ago.

Last night, I finally finished reading it and it was around 80-90% similar to what we’ve seen on the hit TV show. I guess they didn’t want to go way off the original story but still made minor changes to make it cinematic. For starters, there were characters killed off in the book but are present in the show, as well as interesting characters that brought humor in the book but are not in the show.

Since the book is for mature audiences, there’s a lot of sex in the story. The TV show also has a lot of sex scenes too, but in the book, it would take me a while to realize that they’re having sex because it’s described creatively. I often found myself re-reading a part to make sure I understood it correctly.

While it helped to envision the characters from the TV show while reading, it caused a conflict for me. I preferred Eric Northman from the show and Bill Compton in the book; I liked Sookie in the show but found her irritating in the book. Things like that. And it’s the same for the other characters as well, Sam seemed more desperate for Sookie’s love and attention in the book than in the show.

Anyway, I think the TV show was better than the book but don’t let that discourage you from checking this out. Just don’t imagine the same characters from the TV show, try to envision other people playing the characters. All in all, it was enjoyable. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

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