Because my bookshelves are mainly filled with novels of classic literature and social commentary, many of my friends find it weird that I am completely in love with the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris, more commonly known as the True Blood Series. I’ve read every novel at least three times (with the exception of the newest one, Dead In the Family), and I have watched every episode of True Blood, the HBO series based on the novels. As I was reading the ninth book for the fourth time last night, I began to ask myself why it is that I love the series so much. It’s not because of the stellar writing or the innovative plot lines; in fact, the writing is better than some but cannot be deemed of literary quality, and the plot lines are interesting but not always unpredictable. I’ve found that I love the series because of its characters more than anything; they breathe life and edge into a genre that other vampire novels have made only enjoyable to impressionable tweens. With love triangles and plot twists, the Sookie Stackhouse Series offers many things to fall in love with.
The television series, though it is quite different than the novels, is also a great find. From the first episode I watched, I was hooked. Look out for the third season, premiering this coming Sunday, and get hooked on a unique Vampire series for grown-ups.
I know loving books about vampires seems crazy and immature (thanks, Twilight), but I assure you that you’ll fall in love with these books. Trust me — I’m an English major.