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True Blood: A Bloody Series

Crystal Osborne

 
The Southern Vampire Mysteries, aka The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, a series written by Charlaine Harris was one of the series that I raced to get the newest book upon release. It centers on a telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse living in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Just imagine hearing everyone’s thoughts and knowing exactly what they think of you. It could be rough, and when vampire Bill Compton walks into the bar Sookie works at, she is greeted with silence. She cannot read vampires thoughts.
Another question the series asks is what would happen if human blood is synthesized and vampires come out into the public. It explores many possible scenarios. And what if vampires aren’t the only supernaturals out there, who or what else may be hiding in the shadows?
Sometime in late 2007, I read online that Alan Ball (creator of Six Feet Under) was working on a television show based on the books. I was ecstatic, I loved the books and I had loved Six Feet Under. I may have done a happy dance. It seemed to take forever but finally True Blood premiered on September 7, 2008 on HBO.
The show has had some ups and downs and totally diverts from the books giving a different story. After 13 years, the final book in the series was published on September 7, 2008. And the final season of True Blood is airing now. I have said goodbye to the books and soon I will say goodbye to new episodes of the show, maybe with a True Blood themed cocktail (a Google search will reveal many recipes).
Both the books and dvds are available through the Lake County Library System.