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post #21 of 60
It's not really a game. I'm very serious.
post #22 of 60
Thread Starter 
Well, it *was* Tuesday. Champagne Tuesday?

MAGGIE, I thought it was worth it to buy the books. I was on hold with the library forever, and couldn't find them used (I'd looked at at least four different stores), and on ebay they were going for almost as much as the new ones... so I just bought all seven of them. Then I went and bought the hardback #8. It's great, too, but it's not the end of the series so don't feel that you have to buy that one right away - you could wait for paperback. #9 is coming out in May.
post #23 of 60
Closing my eyes (to avoid spoilers) and posting to say that I'm reading this series now and I LOVE IT!!! I'm about to start book 6, I"m actually reading the short story inbetween 5 & 6. I've been reading them like I'm addicted, I think I've read the first 5 books in 10 days or something. WoW has gone neglected, message boards have gone unread.. all I can do is read about Sookie Stackhouse!!!

I have been watching the show but I like the books better. I can't wait to come back to this thread next week after I've read them all.
post #24 of 60
I am getting seroiusly anxious for book 9..... but we still have another 6 months or so? argh LOL

I am reading The Hollows series in the time being tho.

So did everyone see Sunday's episode? It is just getting further off track..... I can't decide if I should watch and enjoy that its a "new story" or just be annoyed and stop watching
post #25 of 60
I think they're going to have to bring it back around at least a little bit - that was the Maenad who caused Tara's crash (you could hear the hog oinking), and I think they were setting up Lafayette to bite the dust, too.
post #26 of 60
Ok, I finally finished all the books!!! I love the books much more than the series and I almost feel like they ruined the show for me. I don't like where they're going with the vamps. Bill staking Longshadow and this thing with the magistrate. Why even base it on the same books if you're going to change it so much?

I don't know if they'll kill LaFayette like in the books. For one thing, those people that killed LaFayette in the books aren't even the same people that are in the show, you know? I mean "Tara" was one of the girls in that swinger's group, but the Tara in the books and the Tara in the show are not even the same person. It's like he just took the name.

(He also used the name Amy from the books for the Amy that's Jason's sociopath gf. In the books, Amy was the waitress that got killed that Sookie never met.)

The other reason I don't think he's setting up LaFayette to be killed, is that Alan Ball likes to have at least 1 main gay character at all times. I mean, I don't think he's said that out loud, but that's what he does.

Although, I guess they're keeping Pam a lesbian, huh? They seemed to at least hint at it on the show.
post #27 of 60
Thread Starter 
Bluebird, just look at the series as a departure from the books. Yes, the books are better than the series, but we have no idea of all the other stuff people are doing when they're not around Sookie, right?

I think Tara could change - could clean up a bit and move towards the book character. I think if she's at the swinger party that would be a really big eye opener, you know?

I think Pam was bisexual, wasn't she? I love the scene in the later book where she's needlepointing.
post #28 of 60
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Originally Posted by BurgundyElephant View Post
Bluebird, just look at the series as a departure from the books. Yes, the books are better than the series, but we have no idea of all the other stuff people are doing when they're not around Sookie, right?

I think Tara could change - could clean up a bit and move towards the book character. I think if she's at the swinger party that would be a really big eye opener, you know?

I think Pam was bisexual, wasn't she? I love the scene in the later book where she's needlepointing.
Yeah, I'm lightening up. I watched this week's episode with an open mind, putting the books out of my brain, and it was good. I just have to tell myself it's not the same thing.

I still don't like Bill, though. In the books or the show. I'm all about Sam.

My friend told me that she thinks Charlaine Harris has hinted that Sam is ultimately "the one" for Sookie, since they've always had "something" and he's been the stable, patient one. I don't know what she read that made her think that, has anyone else heard anything like that?
post #29 of 60
I'm rooting for Eric in this. I love his character in the book, and his relationship with Sookie! The show makes Eric out to be too evil, imo. And Bill is much nicer/sweeter in the show than in the book too. I don't like him in the books at all, but in the show, I kind of do. Kind of confusing, lol
post #30 of 60
Bumping ... just because.

Did anyone see the season finale? What did you think? I almost like the series a bit better now that they are barely even pretending to follow the books any more. As a vampire series, True Blood isn't horrid. As a retelling of The Southern Vampire Series, it's awful. IMNSHO.
post #31 of 60
Yeah, as long as I think of it as something different from the books, I am fine LOL But comparing the two makes me go crazy I read that season 2 will be based on book 2.... makes sense seeing that they have pulled a couple of the things from book 2 into season 1.

As for the books, the cover for Book 9(?) is up on the website now..... I think we should get the first chapter preview soon!
post #32 of 60
ITA with both of you! I can't compare the 2, it makes me crazy. But if I let the show go and watch it as something totally separate from the books, it's ok. And I like it.
post #33 of 60
Dead and Gone chapter 1 is here!!!!! :
post #34 of 60
I finished Dead Until Dark last night. I like Bill well enough, but I'm already rooting for Eric. He's more interesting. Honestly, Bill isn't very compelling.

Something I'm just going to have to let go of, accept that it's writer's prerogative: Prior to when Rene attacked Sookie, she goes through one alarming, terrifying, traumatic event after another, but she doesn't seem to be reacting the way I think I would. She's the one who found her murdered grandmother, but she doesn't fall apart, she doesn't act terrified. And it seemed like she hardly mourned at all.

Aside from that, I'm really enjoyed it. The next two books are on my night stand.

Question: at the very end when Bill is there with her in the hospital room, she sees Eric's face outside the window. Is he really there or is she imagining it?

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Edited to say, I like Andy Bellefleur better in the book than in the show. In the show he's just an ass. In the book he's more sympathetic.

However, I think the show handled the scene where Sookie wakes up to find a naked Sam on her bed much more logically than the book did! At least in the show Sam has the good grace to act mortified about Sookie seeing him naked. In the book he's positively aggressive.:
post #35 of 60
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Question: at the very end when Bill is there with her in the hospital room, she sees Eric's face outside the window. Is he really there or is she imagining it?
They don't ever really say, I don't think. But based on info learned throughout the series, I'd say he probably was. Sookie has a strong connection to the supes, and she and Eric definitely have a connection.

I read the first chapter of book 9. I am excited to see where it's going. I don't wanna wait til May!!
post #36 of 60
Okay guys - you are going to all disagree with me, but I just finished the first book and I like the show better. Is it terrible? First of all, Bill's character is so much better in the show. I love how much he loves Sookie, how much he is willing to do for her. I feel like it's not as much in the book (in the first book at least). Erik's character is way more compelling in the book then in the show.
I love how much more is invested in LaFayette and Jason in the show rather then in the book. They are some of my favorite characters.
Sookie didn't seem that surprise that Sam is a shapeshifter in the book as in the movie which i didn't find believable.
And Tara is a great touch. Without her the show would be more boring.
post #37 of 60
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Okay guys - you are going to all disagree with me, but I just finished the first book and I like the show better. Is it terrible? First of all, Bill's character is so much better in the show. I love how much he loves Sookie, how much he is willing to do for her. I feel like it's not as much in the book (in the first book at least). Erik's character is way more compelling in the book then in the show.
I love how much more is invested in LaFayette and Jason in the show rather then in the book. They are some of my favorite characters.
Sookie didn't seem that surprise that Sam is a shapeshifter in the book as in the movie which i didn't find believable.
And Tara is a great touch. Without her the show would be more boring.
First, I'll preface my comment by saying that I don't think Charlaine Harris is a terribly good writer. She's fine. She's a darn sight better writer than that currently very popular vampire romance writer. Sookie doesn't get on my very last nerve. But the writing does plod along sometimes.

But Alan Ball has taken a fun story and some characters that only hinted at some potential, and he developed them into three dimensional, entertaining characters. Lafeyette and Tara are very likeable, and the scene where they shoo everyone out of Sookie's house at Gran's memorial reception was a great addition to the story.

And, yeah, like I said, I think the show portrayed the scene where Sam reveals he's a shape shifter much more logically. Sookie screamed her head off! In the book dog-Sam sticks his nose up her skirt when alreayd Sookie knows who the dog is. :
post #38 of 60
Got the books for Christmas....on Book 4 now. I am completely Team Eric...for now. LOL!

post #39 of 60
I like the decision Sookie made at the end of Book 3, and so I stopped there.
post #40 of 60
Just finished Dead as a Doornail. Oh my gosh, I love the books now!!! what a turn around for me. I hope Alan Ball at least follows the main premises/plots of the books. I'm all about Eric still. I love the relationship those 2 have. Alan Ball BETTER STICK TO THAT ONE!!!
Also, all those new characters: Alcide, Debbie... Can't wait to find out who will play those parts.

Did anyone notice how everyone is just in love with Sookie? Everyone want her? It's like the author is living all her sexual fantasies through her character.
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