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post #61 of 99

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I watched the show first, which led me to find the books. I would say that the TV show is based fairly loosely on the books.

There is definitely more detail into the characters in the books which I really love.

The show particularly in season 2 can get a little lost when it goes off the plot line of books but then you do get to actually see Eric so that does help distract from some odd story lines.

Over all, I love both.

Not sure if that helps you at all but thats my 2 cents.
post #62 of 99

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Yes, that helps a lot, thanks so much!!! I want it to be a little different otherwise what would be the point to read them if I already knew the entire story? I really enjoyed season 2, maybe I won't appreciate it so much after I read the books, But it freaked me out, I honestly thought I saw people with big black bug eyes in real life, hahaha.

edit: Oh and yes, Eric is yummyyyyy! I originally thought Bill was a cutie, but compared to Eric he is kinda gross, lol.
post #63 of 99

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Abby - I also watched the show first and then read the books (well, I still have 2 books left). Like tarnii said the show is loosely based on the books but it's def not a carbon copy. I think season 1 was a lot like book1 but season 2 not so much like book 2.

I still prefer the show though, I reviewed show vs books a few pages back
post #64 of 99

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Thank you love! I am gonna get the first couple books and see how I like them and take it from there
post #65 of 99

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Ok ladies! I just picked up the first 2 books- I have a long ride to Michigan over the next couple days, so I'm sure I'll get through quite a bit of them
post #66 of 99

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I adore the Sookie books! Like others, Dead to the World is probably my favorite.

I haven't been able to get through True Blood, though, which was disappointing. I bought the first season on iTunes, but I just can't get into it.

TB Tara is just so bloody annoying, I want to turn the show off every time she comes on screen. (Plus, I think giving Sookie a BFF really detracted from her character. I think her isolation and loneliness is a central part of the character and I would have liked to have seen a version of that on screen.)

Part of my problem is also that I got spoilers from a friend who also loves the books and watched the show until getting thoroughly irritated by it in the second season. So I have her bias, too. But the show really seems to set up Sookie/Bill as the One, True, Everlasting Love... and I'm pretty over Bill.

Maybe I'll give it another go sometime later. The hardest part it, this isn't a show that's safe to watch in public, and I watch a lot of TV episodes on my phone at the gym.

Other series I've loved: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Dark-Hunters and Immortals After Dark. Oh, and the Fever series. That one is great, too.
post #67 of 99

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May 4th.
Dead in the family.
omgomgomg
If I camp out in front of books a million will I be arrested for loitering?

But seriously. If I can't find this book the day it comes out I am liable to scream.

Who else is stoked for this book? The first chapter seemed "eh" to me, but I am so hooked on this series I am dying to read it. I get the feeling charlaine harris is going to use this book to kinda pull eric and sookie apart.. which bums me out because I really like them together.

So I bought season 1 on dvd and it has me stoked for the book. I was going to buy season 2 even though I didnt like it as much but its not out yet..wtf.. season 3 is about to premiere and they dont have season 2 out to hype it? ... oh well... Less then a week till dead in the family
post #68 of 99

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also ---- True Blood Season 3 Minisode with Alex... | Gather

true blood is releasing mini episodes each week leading up to season 3. here is the only one I could find, its called "Pam and Eric" its pretty funny. If y'all find anymore, post em up!
post #69 of 99

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i had no idea they were posting those! i need to watch them all. i cant wait for the new season to start and the new book!! just got my new black dagger brotherhood book yesterday so its tiding me over...for now......
post #70 of 99

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So excited for the new book and the new season of True Blood! I really want to just go to a book store, grab the new book, sit down, and read it in the store (and actually it'd be quite easy to do because I'm a super speedy reader).

I finally went back and read the entire series over again and I'm making my mom do the same thing. I didn't think I'd care for A Touch of Dead all that much due to things I've read about it, but I actually liked it. I think if you take it for what it is - just little stories to help fill in a few holes - you'll like them.

I need more Eric and Sookie!

Sadly, that's the only minisode out right now. There are four production clips that have been released for the upcoming season; I'd be happy to link them if anyone is interested. They're only about thirty seconds long, but it's something.
post #71 of 99

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Well the newest book is out and I just picked it up today!! Can't wait to read it. The only trouble is I hate how far behind the series is to the books and I need them to catch up...NOW!! At least the new season starts back up on June 15th.
post #72 of 99

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I bought the collection several months ago, but haven't made it beyond the first book (though I have tried). I think I'm at a disadvantage for having watched the television show first. The differences make me feel like I have to choose one over the other -- who will win!? Taken to the bare bones of what makes each good to me: It comes down to the power of Skaarsgard's ridiculous hotness and the fun of a trashy novel. I think ridiculous hotness wins. But I think I'll crack open book two tonight... It may get better for me once I get beyond where True Blood is now. Aside from all that. Anyone else feel like she goes overboard with descriptions?
post #73 of 99

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the books are soooooooo much better, and you will come to love eric as a character more towards the latter books! i wont spoil it, but there is more and more eric as the books progress!
post #74 of 99

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Well the newest book is out and I just picked it up today!! Can't wait to read it. The only trouble is I hate how far behind the series is to the books and I need them to catch up...NOW!! At least the new season starts back up on June 15th.
you have the new book already?!?! its not out here til june 10th, it was meant to be may 26th but it got put back, i'm so impatient! don't tell me what happens!
post #75 of 99

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the books are soooooooo much better, and you will come to love eric as a character more towards the latter books! i wont spoil it, but there is more and more eric as the books progress!
More Eric? You've convinced me!
post #76 of 99

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yep less bill more eric, always good!
post #77 of 99

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you have the new book already?!?! its not out here til june 10th, it was meant to be may 26th but it got put back, i'm so impatient! don't tell me what happens!
Don't worry I won't spoil it! Right now I am reading the Vampire Diaries series so I haven't started this one yet.
post #78 of 99

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i know tv eric is hot, but book eric is so much hotter, imo. as the books go on he justs gets better. bill is such a whiner!
post #79 of 99

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For those of us who can't wait, be sure to check out the mini webisodes.

They're calling it a "drop" of True Blood, 9 minute teasing:
YouTube - True Blood Season 3 Minisode Eric&Pam HD
YouTube - True Blood: Minisode #2 (Jessica)
YouTube - True Blood Minisode #3 Sookie Lafayette Tara
post #80 of 99

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If you have HBO, check out the On Demand channel because they currently have most of season one, all of season two, and the minisodes available to watch.
post #81 of 99

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hahahaha

"I'm a f*cking pervert with a big boner for jesus!!!!"


roflmao
post #82 of 99

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I just finished the last book Dead in the Family and I hate to say I was a bit disappointed. I was so looking forward to this book but I spent the first half of the book waiting for something big to happen and the rest wondering if it was the book or if my expectations were just too high. I would be interested to hear other people thoughts.
post #83 of 99

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^^^nope u pretty much got it, i thought i was expecting too much out of it also, but seriously, this other YA series I am currently loving Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy books, the newest one of that came out around the same time, and it was such a good book i hoped and just really expected to love the Sookie one also, but it didnt happen for me. =(
post #84 of 99

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I just finished the last book Dead in the Family and I hate to say I was a bit disappointed. I was so looking forward to this book but I spent the first half of the book waiting for something big to happen and the rest wondering if it was the book or if my expectations were just too high. I would be interested to hear other people thoughts.
i'm going to start that one this weekend, now that i'm done with lover mine. i hope it's good, but don't think it's going to compare to bdb.
ok..i'm not going to be negative.
post #85 of 99

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Here's my review of her latest book Dead in the Family:


After the cliffhanger in the last book and the cathartic events leading up to Sookie's torture in Book 9, I was so looking forward to Book 10. I felt that Sookie's relationships to Eric and Bill were hanging in the balance, and that Book 10 would provide a continuation and resolution of those events. I was personally glad the whole fairy part of the series seemed to be pretty much done with, so Harris could once again focus on the vampires. I really expected her to resolve her relationship issues with Bill, but he only appeared very briefly in Dead In The Family. I felt this relationship deserved more than just Bill's healing by calling in his "sister" - it seemed really flat and anti-climactic.

Sookie's relationship with Eric also didn't advance or deepen, it seemed that all she wanted from Eric was hot sex. This seemed so shallow and just "romance novel fodder", there really wasn't any development of their bond or serious discussion of Sookie turning into a vampire, or a real marriage. These aspects seemed to be just at the back of her mind, all she wanted was to see Eric and have sex, completely bored with any of the vampire history. Not to mention that the main plot, or lack thereof, was just a string of short escapades into various family relationships between secondary and minor characters. Everything from Tara's pregnancy, Sam's family turmoils, and the Bellefleurs was discussed at length - I didn't feel like this added anything at all to the book, in fact it bored me to tears and I often skipped through it.

The mystery element of the story, which is something I've come to the love about the series, was so minor that it was barely delved into throughout the book, only to be resolved at the end in a few pages where again a few bad guys die and all the good guys live. The weres were only symbolically involved, to the point where I felt the author only included them in the book to give a supernatural feel to an otherwise boring narrative. There was no real adventure or mystery for Sookie to embark on, which I really missed. Combined with an often tedious description of day to day events, minor details of uninteresting characters' family relationships, and a lack of the deepening relationship between Sookie and Eric and/or Bill, it all left me really disappointed.

I thought that with the huge success of True Blood on HBO, Harris would be inspired and energized to bring new life and complexity to the series, but it seems like she has - simply put - run out of ideas. A shame, since the initial Sookie Stackhouse story had so many creative, entertaining and engaging elements. I'm not sure if I will read the next book, if the author writes one, but if I do it will be with a lot less enthusiasm, and I'll probably look for the book in the half-off bin at the bookstore.
post #86 of 99

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I completely agree with your review of the last book. I finished it quite a while ago and was just sorta.. meh about the whole thing. I let my friend borrow it right after I finished, but my lack of enthusiasm has kept her from reading it yet!
I still have hope that the next one will be amazing.. Assuming she writes another one... I've loved the series for too long to not give Harris another shot.
post #87 of 99

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i know tv eric is hot, but book eric is so much hotter, imo. as the books go on he justs gets better. bill is such a whiner!

i think book eric is way hotter too, but i cant stand him always calling Sookie 'my lover'
post #88 of 99

10th Sookie Stakehouse book (Dead in the Family) & 11th book

Hey is anyone else out there reading it with me? I am obsessed with these books and I am so sad I am on the last one =[. Does anyone know when the 11th book will be coming out (I heard it was called Dead Letters)!

post #89 of 99

Seeing how the last one was complete horseshit I won't be reading any more of her books. Charlaine Harris has just plain run out of ideas and is beating a dead horse - or shall we say her prized cash cow?

post #90 of 99

=o! really? I am not done with the last book yet but I am liking it. I am just curious, without giving away the story, what didn't you like?

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