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Primetime TV Book Reviews
Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
I have been watching "True Blood" on HBO since it's
first season last year. I was happy to read the first book in the
series. Now, the first season of the show is based on the book. When you
have a book like, say, the Harry Potter books, and they make them into
movies, they have to leave a lot out, and that can be frustrating.
That's because a large book, turned into a 2-hour movie, does not work
that well. However, the reverse is what's happening here. They took a
small book and turned into a 22-hour TV show.
Because of this, the TV show is much better. The book is very good, and
enjoyable, don't get me wrong. If you watch the series, you will feel
like the book is sort of a rough draft or short summary of the TV
The book focuses on our heroine, Sookie, just as the tv show does.
However, the book is entirely from her point of view, and most of the
other characters are minor and not really fleshed out. Bill and Sam are
slightly larger characters than the others (but not by much). In the TV
show, Sookie is just one of many characters. Other major characters
include not only Bill and Sam, but her brother Jason, and her best
friend, Tara. Tara is not even in the book! I'm very glad they added her
to the series because she is great.
Although the book is about vampires and murders, most of the focus is on
Sookie and her love life, how she deals with living in her small town
with her mind-reading powers, meeting vampires, etc. The murder mystery
is almost treated like an after-thought. I'll be honest - the book could
have been longer and more detailed.
However, if I had read the book and never seen the TV show, I think I
would have enjoyed it anyway. It's a good story and has good characters.
The one character they left out of the TV show is Bubba, who is a
vampire that was made from Elvis Presley! Perhaps they couldn't get the
rights to put him in the show. He's a minor character, but I liked that
The story is very much like the TV show, in most ways. The waitress Dawn
is in the book, even though she did not show up in the TV series until
this year. Lafayette is only briefly mentioned. Rene's back-story was
drastically changed, which I found intesting.
The book is kind of like a romance novel that just happens to have
vampires and other weird stuff. It has a little sex, but not nearly as
much as the TV show (and not as much bad language, either).
Anyway, it was an easy and fun read, and I intend to read the other
books in the series, as well as keep watching the TV show. I love
vampires, and I love Sookie!
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