Review: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The similarities between this book’s mythos and Twilight’s are too many to count. If you’ve read Twilight, you’ll slip into this one pretty easily.Much like Bella in Twilight, the lead character in this book is pretty flat. The author made her “disabled” with telepathy (kind of the opposite of Bella), which allows her to be interesting. Also, much like Bella, she falls for someone right away…who turns out to be a vamp, who initially seems to blow her off, but who eventually turns out to lurrrrve her with all his vampiric heart. I’m through the second book now and I still for the life of me don’t understand Sookie’s interest in her vampire lover, Bill. The reasons given in the first book fall apart by the end of the first book. And, the author seems to toy with the notion of pulling them apart in both the first and second book of the series only to wimp out of actually doing it. (And it totally feels like a wimp out. The “fight” gets resolved far too neatly.) The effect, IMO, is that I, as the reader, don’t feel very fond of her lover and am rooting for him to get run over by a car more than the author intends. It feels like he’s abusing his relationship with Sookie in that he has trysts (and expects no reproach) that he doesn’t permit her to have, at least not without a temper tantrum from him. By the end of the first book and certainly by the end of the second, you’ve met two other supernatural beings equally interested in Sookie and equally better suited for her than the original love interest, in that they both seem to deal with her better than her lover.Then, there’s the mystery aspect. I’m not a mystery fan, and I was surprised by how invested I became in solving the mysteries along with Sookie. That kept me hooked.So, point being, turn off your feminist prickles and just settle down with this one. If you think about it too much, the relationships and character development might bother you (much as with twilight). However, if you’re a Twilight fan (not a Twihard, just a fan), you’ll probably enjoy this one.

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6 thoughts on “Review: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)”

  1. Having read “Sookie” long before I read “Twilight” I saw them in precisely the opposite as you compared them, but with the same end result: shut down your brain and enjoy the mystery. (Haven’t seen TB, but want to — bad night, bad timing.)

  2. Oh, I should add that I finished the third book on the plane and was only mildly disappointed in it compared to my disappointment in the second book. So, for now, I’m ruling that the series is probably going to get better as it goes.

  3. My wife and I have been watching True Blood on HBO since the beginning and enjoy it. It’s typical HBO that they add extra sex, gratuitous nudity and language and probably embellish in other areas too, but that only helps to make it more enjoyable for the most part.

    My wife recently read the books and says that while they are similar, the tv show has many aspects and characters that are not found in the books. Someday I’ll read the books too, but I don’t want to spoil anything in the tv series as I look forward to it each week.

    I would recommend renting the DVD’s for season one and maybe even watching some of it on your long flight to Taiwan. Currently HBO is in the middle of the second season.

  4. Oh and one other thing about the tv show. Sookie is played by Anna Paquin, who will always be known to me as ROGUE from the XMen movies. It’s really odd to see ROGUE doing nude sex scenes. It’s ROGUE, she’s just a child!!

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