Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Year: 2001
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the library
From the cover:
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….
Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.
I started reading this series during the summer, after finally starting to watch True Blood in an organized fashion. I had seen a handful of episodes before in re-runs, in no particular order, but really didn’t know what the deal was. So I decided that I would catch up on both the books and the series, and over a couple weeks, did just that.
One thing that was most noticeable about Dead Until Dark, more so than any of the other books in the series, is that the events and the characters line up almost exactly with the events and characters in the tv series. There are very few differences in the first installment of Harris’ books and the first season on HBO. Since I had already watched the episodes, that made this book a really quick – and, to be honest, somewhat boring – read. Since I knew what was going to happen, and who the killer was, it wasn’t as exciting as it could have been. If you have the option, I would definitely recommend reading the book before you watch the tv show, as at least that way, you get to see the characters and events fleshed out with more detail rather than the other way around.
Yep, you heard me right … the television show actually has more detail in it than the books. I don’t know how that works, but it does. Maybe it’s because this was the first book in the series, and it seems to be intended more as fluff fantasy fiction than anything else at that point? Either way, I still found it enjoyable.
If you enjoyed True Blood, or just generally like reading fantasy and/or vampire books, and you like a bit of cheek and sex but don’t go in for the sparkly vamps of Twilight, definitely give Dead Until Dark a spin. It’s a good introduction to the main characters of the rest of the series, even if it’s not my favourite of the bunch.