Dead Before Dark vs. True Blood: No Comparison
I read Dead Until Dark, the first in The Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, a couple weeks ago on the plane to Europe. Then I forgot about it. Dead Until Dark in a nutshell: forgettable.
But first, a disclaimer: I love True Blood, and whoever read the book and thought it would make a good TV show was dead right (ha, ha) and has far more vision than I do. The show isn’t perfect (and I haven’t started season 3 yet) but my relationship with it is definitely love/love, not love/hate, as with Twilight. So as excited as I was to read the book that started it all, Dead Until Dark was a huuuuge letdown. I suppose I should have taken a clue from the price ($7 at Target) and the cover art (yuck).
In 90% of cases I’ll say the book is better. And, I suppose this isn’t a completely fair comparison, as I’m putting two entire TV seasons against only the first book in the series. But the world was nowhere near as complex, the characters nowhere near as developed or entertaining, as in True Blood. There was far less of a political subtext and – even though I didn’t like her at first – where was Tara? That’s one addition True Blood definitely got right.
And it just wasn’t the same without that disturbing intro or Bill’s deep, intense “Sook-eh”‘s.
And at one point, Sookie – a 25-yr-old, sexy, gifted women – wears a scrunchie. It’s not even called a scrunchie, it’s called a squinchy or something equally as stupid (I don’t have the book in front of me). I’m no fashionista, but no girl with any sense of pride wears one of those after middle-school graduation.
(thanks to Real Talk for this fantastic photo, and like-minded thoughts)
And even though I know what happens in True Blood, I don’t remember what happens at the end of Dead Until Dark. So…
Am I going to read the next books? No. Should you? Unless you’re obsessed with all things YA/vampire, no. And I’m not going to spend any more time telling you why this book isn’t worth your time – though if you’ve read it or any others in the series, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I did, however, just finish a lovely book with a bad name, which I’ll get to later this week 🙂