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Subject: Sookie/True Blood question
Date Posted: 5/26/2010 9:49 AM ET
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Those of you who have read/watched the Sookie series, I have a question: 

How does True Blood match up with the series book-wise? What I mean is, what books are included in each True Blood season? I want to read the books first, but I thought I could catch the first season of True Blood once I've read the first few books. I know they're not going to match up exactly.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 9:53 AM ET
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If you've read the first two or three books, you should be fine. The series is really a different animal than the books are. It's much darker, and only vaguely follows the storyline. I love them both, but find that people who try to compare them too closely tend not to like the series because it doesn't follow the books. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 10:07 AM ET
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I have tried the books but just coudn't make it past the second one and I love Charlaine harris as a writer in her other series. Yey I adore the show and just bought the second series. Maybe I give the books another shot since I own them all

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 1:49 PM ET
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The first series basically equaled the first book, except with a lot of stuff added and subplots going in different directions. So I don't know how much they managed to stick to the plots of the following books.  (I"m waiting for season 2 to hit netflix next month!)

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 3:10 PM ET
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I know the True Blood series well, as I've probably seen each episode at least twice.

I JUST started reading the books, and so far have only finished the first one (Dead Until Dark).   As Willa said, the first season of True Blood follows the plot of Dead Until Dark closely.   They did take away one minor character (Bubba), but he was a minor character.  And HBO added one character - Tara.   Tara wasn't in the book at all.   But I think that was a good add also, as I really think Sookie needed a good gal pal.

Haven't read book two yet, but I've heard that this is when the series and the books really start to diverge. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 3:31 PM ET
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I didn't like the show when I compared it to the books.  I loved the books without reservation.  I love all the books, characters, shifters, witches, were beings, you name it. 

We saw the first season and gave up on the show.  The books are fun and dark and clever and complex.  I found the show to be dark and not fun and when they change the characters and the scenes to fit TV, it ruins it for me.  Not one of the characters even looked like the ones in the books.

If I hadn't read the books, I might have liked the show, but probably not. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 6:23 PM ET
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Huh, I thought they got the look of the characters really well -- especially Sam.  But though I like the books, I'm not super crazy about them, so perhaps that makes a difference.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 7:12 PM ET
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I have read  all of the books and loved them. I have also seen season 1 and 2. I like the series but it adds alot that are not in the books. I highly recommend the books.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 7:43 PM ET
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I can't believe the TV producers ditched Bubba!

I checked out the series on IMDB, took a look at some of the pics, and some of the characters look like how I pictured them, while some didn't. I can't believe Ken Tanaka from Glee plays Chow. Too funny. 

Thanks for the help, guys! I finished the first book, so I'm safe to give True Blood a try now. I'm excited, yet wary. Got burned by Twilight and learned my lesson.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 8:03 PM ET
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*Is* Bubba in the first book? I don't remember him coming in til book 2.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 8:25 PM ET
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Yep, he guarded Sookie at the end of book 1, which I finished earlier today.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 8:26 PM ET
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I enjoy the tv show, but really love the books.  I don't know, it's just some of the missing details,not nearly as much humor,  plus the focus on sex.  I mean, there's sex in the books, but it's more, integrated, I guess.  And such focus on her brother in the tv series! 

Also, to me Sookie's character on tv is much more wimpy than I ever imagined her to be.

Having said that, I'm sure I'll be watching Season 2 on netflix too- just for fun.  But it's not nearly as good!

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 10:02 PM ET
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I take them as 2 totally seperate things. They take some plot and character ideas from the books but then they change a lot.  So I don't watch the show expecting it to mirror the books too much. 

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 1:01 AM ET
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Tara isn't actually an "added" character she just shows up earlier in the show than in the books. She doesn't show up till the third book (or is it the fourth or fifth? I don't remember)

The two characters (book and show)  aren't really similar at all however. 

I treat them as two separate entities. I like them both but I'm partial to the books probably since I started reading them long before I heard about a show being created based on the books. There are a lot more subplots, as someone mentioned, in the show than in the book. 

The only casting I'm not pleased with is Eric. I don't get the drop dead gorgeous guy .... he's just not what I pictured. Of course, now Stephen Moyer, that's a different story. blush

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 12:10 PM ET
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Huh, I thought they got the look of the characters really well -- especially Sam.

I know, Willa, that they resemble the descriptions, but what I imagined them to look like is different.  And the guy who plays Eric, doesn't do it for me at all, so the actors looks are a disappointment to me.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 12:48 PM ET
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Tara is so different that I think she might as well be considered a completely new character. The only resemblance I can think between book Tara and show Tara is a bad childhood.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 3:12 PM ET
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Sam has strawberry blonde hair in the books and  isn't tall.  Not that the Sam they cast is super tall but in the book's he's closer to Sookie's height.  Also it's mentioned several times that Sookie has blue eyes and Anna Paquin's are really dark brown.  Not a big deal but something I noticed.

I'm the opposit with the casting in that I pictured Bill different and Eric exactly like he is in the show. 

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 9:00 PM ET
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Since I'm so familiar with the TV characters, I am picturing them as I'm reading the books.   And for the most part, there's no major "disconects" between the actors and their character descriptions in the books.   But, as Mary said, Sam in the books has strawberry blond hair.  I've decided to ignore that because I think the Sam on True Blood is very very cute, but it can be tough as Charlaine Harris has chose to describe his hair color pretty much every time he pops up in the books LOL.

The only other disconnect for me is that Sookie is supposed to be rather busty in the books,   But she's not in the TV seres.   I think Bill is pretty close except for the height issue.  And I agree that Erik is described exactly as he is in the show.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 11:26 PM ET
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i love tru blood.. didnt like books 1 and 2 of sookie.. however book 3 was good.. i think its because i watched tru blood season 1 and 2 then read the books where havent seen season 3 yet so book 3 was decent because nothing to compare to. i was dissapointed in how the books were nothing like the show.. but thats just me.

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Date Posted: 5/29/2010 8:27 AM ET
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I went to a talk / book signing with the author and she said the show was great but different from the books and that doesnt bother her.  she said the only character that she thought was as she pictured him was the detective (andy?)

She also said that she loved the giving bill a daughter thing. she wished she had thought of that.

This was before season 2 on HBO was out.

 

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 7:04 PM ET
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Well the books came out quite awhile before the show so-it's the show that's different.  I'm kind of glad that they aren't too close.  So now I can watch without going "this is going to happen next, and then that will happen and then that:"  and so on.  Now the show is somewhat of a surprise because I read all but the last 2 books a year before the show came out. 

And yeah Sookie is described as somewhat Buxom in the books.  She's also borderline plus size.  I'm just glad that they didn't hire a stick to play her. Anna Paquin looks like a real woman.  I like her as Sookie. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 7:06 PM ET
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I can also see why they made Tara African American  and working in the bar.  By putting her in the bar she's more apart of the story and another strong female character. 

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 8:57 PM ET
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While visiting my sister over the weekend, I caught the first three True Blood episodes OnDemand, and ended up buying the first season. I agree with a lot of you in that some of the extra storylines are unnecessary. And I can't stand Tara. Or Jason, for that matter. But I'm enjoying it nonetheless!

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 9:27 PM ET
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I hated the whole Maryann story line. I'm glad they ended that. 

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 9:06 AM ET
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I can't believe Ken Tanaka from Glee plays Chow. Too funny.

Kevin McHale, who plays Artie, was also on True Blood...he played the assistant coroner, or whatever lol....it was his voice that made me realize it was him lol

The past week I watched season 1 of True Blood....when it first came out I could never get over how different it was. I've been reading the books since they first came out and it was hard to seperate them. I decided to give it another shot though and it's not so bad now. I am better able to seperate them but I still find myself picking it apart. I absolutely hate the new Tara. I also hate anything having to do with Jason. I don't like Bill in the books so I don't much like him on the show either lol I feel like Bill has more personality on the show though, which makes it easier. Eric is so totally off lol That actor does not look like a viking to me...He also doesn't seem as.....cocky I guess is the word. Though i loved seeing him with highlight foils in, that was dead on lol

Sam and Pam are the only ones that match my visions...think Pam is great, want more of her lol

also...hate MaryAnn still lol

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