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My understanding is that some can, some can't.
yes, in fact in the books Crystal is one that can only change during a full moon.
post #142 of 188
I am almost done with Book 3, and trully, I dont like Book Bill AT ALL. Not even a little bit. Matter of fact, I am so pro Eric right now, it might actually effect my show watching.

Its amazing how all the characters are the same, but the books and show are now SOOO different.
post #143 of 188
IMO book 4 is so good. You are going to like it.
post #144 of 188
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I am almost done with Book 3, and trully, I dont like Book Bill AT ALL. Not even a little bit. Matter of fact, I am so pro Eric right now, it might actually effect my show watching.

Its amazing how all the characters are the same, but the books and show are now SOOO different.
Wait until book 4! I was always an Eric fan, but much more so after book 4.
post #145 of 188
I have an idea of what happens in book 4, so I am sure i am going to like it. Especially if there is less Bill. Trully, I cant stand him. And I really cant stand book sookie at the moment for being torn about how she feels about him. When she pulled herself away from him to go ask Eric to drive her home from Jackson, I thought, YES!!! GO GIRL. Show that a**hole Bill what hes going to be missing.

I mean really, what has Book Bill done except introduce her to Vampire sex? Lets tally, shall we?

He has fed from her CONSTANTLY. Making her weak and in need of extra vitamins and iron suppliments.

Even when she was wounded and in extreme pain, all he wanted to do was screw her. AND SHE LET HIM?!?!?! REALLY?!?!

He raped and nearly killed her.

He left her for Lorena, without so much as a goodbye.

He threw money at the Bellfluaers, whome he didnt even like, and let Sookie rot.

Really, I dont like him one bit.

Eric:

Has always protected sookie, never taking advantage of her (well maybe once, but sex never happened)

He has never fed from her, on accident or on purpose.

He did her driveway (I just read this and it made me SOOO happy when I did)

He has defended her, even against Bill.

Hes tall, Blond, muscular, and well endowed.

Really, to me, it just seems like a no brainer. But I have a feeling Sookies attraction to Bill is very similar to Alcides attraction to Debbie.
post #146 of 188
Wasn't the driveway just the best? If I didn't love Eric before that he had me after that. It gets better, too. (He gets her other practical gifts that make me swoon. )

While I did like book 4 the Eric in book 4 is not the Eric I love. Obviously he shows his adoration for Sookie but he just wasn't *Eric*. Shrug. It didn't do much for me.

Definitely reading the books first has coloured the way I look at many characters in the show but especially Bill. That's why my friend and I are always complaining about how they are making Bill such a hero in the show. He is NOT in the books.
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He is NOT in the books.
NO, not at all! Hes really kind of a tool.
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Really, to me, it just seems like a no brainer. But I have a feeling Sookies attraction to Bill is very similar to Alcides attraction to Debbie.
Yes! A "no matter how screwed up and lacking you are, enough of my love will compensate" relationship model.

I haven't started the books yet and I didn't like Bill from the beginning. While I always thought Eric was the hottest thing on two legs, I did think he was evil. Now, I am liking him more and more.
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I haven't started the books yet and I didn't like Bill from the beginning. While I always thought Eric was the hottest thing on two legs, I did think he was evil. Now, I am liking him more and more.
I really havent been able to figure out WHY she doesnt like Eric. I mean really, whats not to like? Hes more tender with her then Bill ever was.
post #150 of 188
Gina, you will love, love, love book 4! I did! I agree with everyone about the Bill show/book contrast. I guess that's why I'm so sick of seeing his face in the show....I could have screamed at the TV when they Sookie had sex with him after he attacked her in the episode before last. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
The book Sookie would never have done that!
post #151 of 188
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I really havent been able to figure out WHY she doesnt like Eric. I mean really, whats not to like? Hes more tender with her then Bill ever was.
Amen to that.
post #152 of 188
Yeah I agree with Barbie. It doesn't make any sense to me why Sookie would stay with Bill when Eric is the total package. Don't like Bill in the book or the show.
post #153 of 188
Alright...just finished Book 1 and about a fifth of the way into Book 2, and...I can't be the only one who feels like the (book) writing is not so good, right? Storylines aside, the actual writing is doing nothing for me. Is it because I kinda know these storylines (or some version of them) from the show? I feel totally uninvested emotionally. I was wondering if it was the genre ("mass market fiction or whatever you want to call it), but I remember being so much more into Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series (the only other mass market fiction I can think of that I've read) than I'm feeling with these books.

Season 1 of the show I remember there was this very present anxious feeling re. what was going on with women being murdered...and Sookie was concerned for her safety. In the book, it seemed like an afterthought...oh, maybe Gran was murdered because someone was looking for me...

I'm reading as fast as I can, hoping that I feel better about the books once I start reading storylines that are novel to me.
post #154 of 188
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Bill was Sookie's first everything, so that is where her feelings toward her come from.

As far as the writing it really is just meh. I think that you will get more interested once you get past book three though, because the storyline will be new. And yeah, book Sookie isn't very bright. There are soooo many times when I just roll my eyes and think "you've got this power use it to your advantage." The book where they go to Rhodes was especially annoying to me.
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I think that you will get more interested once you get past book three though, because the storyline will be new.
This is what I am hoping. I started 4 last night, and I finally feel like I am reading something I cant compare something else too. (i.e. the show)

I have noticed that the author repeats things ALOT. How many times do I needed to be reminded that Bill was her first boyfriend, shes a telepath, gran was murdered, yada yada yada? Its like she wasnt expecting anyone to read the books in order, so she wants to make sure the reader is up-to-date as much as possible.

I suppose I should cross post this in the book club, which I have tried to revive.
post #156 of 188
They are not exactly great literary works that's for sure! I think the repeating is typical of a series. I have noticed many other series repeat the basics in each book and it's highly annoying for those of us who are *paying attention* and reading in order. I think it's an attempt at making each book stand-alone.

Watching the first season of the show was nowhere near as exciting as it would have been if I hadn't read the book and I imagine it would work the other way, too. Knowing Rene was the murderer totally put a damper on the suspense.

I just finished the newest short story "Two Blondes" (Sookie and Pam) and it's great!
post #157 of 188
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This is what I am hoping. I started 4 last night, and I finally feel like I am reading something I cant compare something else too. (i.e. the show)

I have noticed that the author repeats things ALOT. How many times do I needed to be reminded that Bill was her first boyfriend, shes a telepath, gran was murdered, yada yada yada? Its like she wasnt expecting anyone to read the books in order, so she wants to make sure the reader is up-to-date as much as possible.

I suppose I should cross post this in the book club, which I have tried to revive.
And why does Sookie say everything "tartly?" Perhaps Ms. Harris needs a thesaurus....
post #158 of 188
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And why does Sookie say everything "tartly?" Perhaps Ms. Harris needs a thesaurus....


I think the reason she repeats everything is because there is about a year or so between books and people tend to forget details. I initially read books 1-9 in a row with no break and so the repetition was super annoying. However, I had to wait over a year until book ten came out I appreciated the recaps, lol. I have a really bad memory.
post #159 of 188
Ok, Bill is irritating the crap out of me! I am soooo sick of him and Sookie together. The fae storyline in the show is so cheesy, and for Bill to be the one to tell Sookie? Annoying!
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