Charlaine Harris, A Review of the Sookie Stackhouse Series

I am unsure why we discover vampires so attention-grabbing. In literature they return to the 1720s within the pre-Austro-Hungarian Empire. However their actual recognition and affect got here with the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1899. Written in Victorian England in the course of the time of a lot illness from tuberculosis and syphilis, is it no surprise that this e book centered on intercourse, blood and demise? These traits proceed in lots of extra trendy vampire tales by Charlaine Harris and others.

On a extra modern vein, many people grew up watching a daytime cleaning soap opera known as Darkish Shadows (1966-1971) during which vampires got a extra tragic and sympathetic character. Anne Rice and her Vampire Chronicles had a preferred run between 1976 and 2003 on the identical time Buffy was slaying vampires on tv. Stephen King gave people the ability to rescind their invitation for a vampire to enter their area in his e book Salem’s Lot. Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris’ heroine, makes use of this energy in her third e book of the sequence, Membership Lifeless. Even Sesame Road bought into the vampire act with its Muppet Depend von Depend.

As to why the Sookie Stackhouse sequence is so standard, I believe it has loads to do with Sookie herself. She has the power of listening to everybody’s ideas and thinks of this as an affliction. Actually, she appears like a freak in her personal group. She has discovered to close individuals out to be able to survive in her job as a barmaid and waitress in fictional Bon Temps, Louisiana. She meets a vampire named Invoice Compton, whom she can not learn, and is immediately drawn to him and thru him, his violent world.

At twenty-six Sookie jogs my memory of the drama of a lot of my very own preliminary encounters with the alternative intercourse and feeling disillusioned with family and friends. I love Harris’ dealing with of Sookie’s character, and the power to listen to what Sookie and others are pondering. Most of all I get pleasure from her non-judgmental strategy to all of the supernatural characters and their distinctive traits and habits. She might not go together with what they do and the way they do it, however she accepts that they’re totally different. And with every new e book she learns extra about them and herself.

Oftentimes categorized beneath horror in bookstores, I see her books extra as a thriller/romance series  . The romance is as graphic because the scenes in J. D. Robb’s futuristic Eve Dallas sequence and the violence may be as brutal as a hard-boiled Robert Crais novel. There are components of humor that remind us these are fantasies, and all in all I discover these books are a quick and satisfying learn. The sequence begins with Lifeless Till Darkish, written in 2001, and there are actually a couple of dozen books. I noticed simply one of many HBO reveals True Blood, which is predicated on the sequence, and determined I just like the books extra.

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