Dead Until Dark

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dead Until Dark is the first in the Southern Vampire/ Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. In the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps, vampires are now "legally allowed" to exist. Sookie Stackhouse lives with her grandmother and works as a waitress at a local diner. She has a "disability" in which she can hear the thoughts of everyone around her. This "disability" makes it difficult for her to date people, since she doesn't want to know all their thoughts. Then she meets "her" vampire, Bill Compton, and realizes she can't hear his thoughts. Bill is intrigued by Sookie when he realizes she is immune to his "glamour" which all vampires can use to bend people to their will.

Then a string of murders happen in the town and initially all eyes point towards Bill since he is the only vampire in town, and the people haven't yet gotten used to having vampires around. Sookie has to learn how to manage being in a relationship with a vampire, along with all the inconveniences this entails, as well as convince people that Bill is harmless.

This book wasn't what I was expecting and I was a little disappointed. There was very little plot movement throughout. I also found the relationship weird at first because it just sort of happened right away. This was similar with Twilight too, though... maybe it's a vampire thing. My main problem with the book was the lack of movement and it felt like nothing happened. There were also some fairly graphic sexual acts that caught me off guard. But I guess in the end it was an interesting take on the vampire and human interaction. I, personally, feel I'll enjoy the show, True Blood, which is based on this book, better. I will probably read the second one still though, especially if I like the show. I still want to know what all the hype is. ;)


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