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Which book is the start of the True Blood series?

Asked by serenityNOW (3636points) June 2nd, 2010

By the time you read this, I’ll have finished watching the first two seasons of True Blood. So, now I want to read the books. Should I start with the first one, or would that be redundant? (I do know the show kinda follows the books, but apparently there are glaring differences.) Can anyone guide me as to which one to start with?

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cheebdragon's avatar

You have to start from the begining, Dead until Dark. There is a huge difference between the books and the show after the first book, but it’s still important to read the first book. The audiobooks are great, especially if you don’t feel like reading all 10 books. I should probably warn you that True Blood is PG compaired to the books…. ; )

EmpressPixie's avatar

Start from the beginning. I saw the show first and then started reading and still thoroughly enjoyed the first book.

serenityNOW's avatar

Very good… thanks!

tinyfaery's avatar

I started with the the TV show and I just finished the latest book about 15 minutes ago. Start from #1. It’s a great series.

netgrrl's avatar

Definitely start at the beginning. The show does not mirror the books exactly at all. Enjoy. :)

desiree333's avatar

Start with the first one. It just makes the most sense, you don’t read a series backwards. BTW the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse seriers is called “Dead After Dark” by Charlaine Harris. I finished it and it’s not as good as the show, and Tara is not in it, and there are characters that aren’t in the TV show.

serenityNOW's avatar

I finished the first one and am now into the second. She’s a good writer: the steamy scenes were almost trashy but are ultimately funny. I like her attention to detail, as well. I’m enthralled and I almost like that the story veers in a different course from the TV show. More Sookie for me! Thanks for the suggestions!

desiree333's avatar

@jonfreed Do you watch the TV show? If you do, did you notice that Tara isn’t in the books? That really disappointed me, I think Tara brings a lot of depth and emotion to the show.

tinyfaery's avatar

@desiree333 There is a Tara character in the book. If I remember correctly she appears in book 3. She is very much a side character in the books. The two characters have a similar backstory, but not the same race, so that aspect is different. The new storyline with Franklin Mott is from the book, as well.

desiree333's avatar

@tinyfaery I only read the first book, and I was really surprised and dissapointed that Tara was not in it, although at least she is in the books. Also Lafayette dies in the first book which is ridiculous, I am so glad he is still in the show.

cupcakediva999's avatar

There are currently 10 books in the Sookie Stackhouse books series. Dead Until Dark is the first book in the series. The Complete List of Sookie Stackhouse Books can be found here. The books are all listed in order. The article also lists other books written about Sookie that are found in short story collections.

Additionally, Charlaine Harris writes another series called the “Harper Connelly series” that focuses on a young woman with psychic abilities that let her determine how someone died. They’re great, just like the Sookie Stackhouse books!

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