I began reading the “Sookie Stackhouse” series, also known as “The Southern Vampire” series last year in 2011. Originally I read the first book, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris totally expecting to make fun of the entire story and give credence to my thought that it was silly this series had even been written. In my head there just wasn’t a way for me to accept this sort of story could be good. The book made me laugh and let me glimpse a type of people I actually miss – the small town folk that keep the world turning. What was most surprising was the character of Sookie herself: I liked her. I like her.
Sookie is just one of those (not-quite-so) ordinary people being put in different situations so fantastical you would simply have to question reality and your sanity. In Sookie we see a woman who goes from thinking (or is going) of her telepathic ability as “a disability” to a growing acceptance of it as a special talent. (I can also say, after reading what I have, that I do not like Bill.)
In the second book, Living Dead in Dallas Sookie’s strength as a person and feeling good about herself increases so that by Club Dead, the third book in the series, you see Sookie growing into a more mature woman willing to make hard decisions and follow them through. (I really didn’t like Bill in this book.) Now, by book 4, (Dead to the World) I am just as interested in some of the other characters as I am in Sookie herself.
The Viking vampire Eric truly has me quite intrigued. I also love the character of Alcide the Werewolf. And Sam – lovely, loyal Sam of Merlotte’s Bar – is so handsome!
I am pleasantly shocked, surprised, and in love with this series! No more shall I scoff at certain titles. Instead I will check them out from the library and give them a chance.
Dead as a Doornail is the next one in the series. It has already been requested from my local library.
Charlaine Harris has breathed life and description into a heroine many people can get behind simply with the idea of “What would I do if I had telepathy? How would I handle it?” This is followed by the “What if vampires are real and they do make their presence known to the world?” However, the South I am from might not accept vampires as readily as Bon Temps, the fictional community in Louisiana where a good portion of the action takes place. There would be a lot of stakings, drainings, and house burnings just to make sure the dead stayed dead and didn’t go looking for the neighbors and such in my original part of the world.
The characters are real with problems and glitches to them we all have and can see in others and choose not to hold against them. Charlaine Harris has also caught the small Southern town flavor with her words and idioms. The vernacular fits well in Louisiana as well as Southeastern Kentucky and Tennessee.
These books are not difficult to read, or a chore. Once I have begun reading the novel, I am certain the final page will turn within a short time. Why don’t y’all go meet Sookie and her friends and see for yourself what you think. Not everything one reads needs to be “serious” or theological all the time. Sometimes you just need one of those good escapism “what if” series to help give you a breather from this world’s headaches, hardships, and heartaches.