Charlaine Harris’ “Dead Until Dark” with “Living Dead In Dallas” is first two Seasons of True Blood – Each Universe is good in its own right: SPOILERS

I had promised to do this review since October, once I got the books as a belated Birthday gift, I sought between entries and my day-job’s duties to appreciate the series which has also taken Barbados by storm. I finally completed the first two books which equates with HBO’s first two seasons of True Blood, I would enjoy a chapter a day while at Lunch – regardless of typical Bajan maliciousness as to what I’m reading.

Most women drool for Eric here in Barbados as everywhere else which can watch the TV version of Charlaine Harris’ characters. So few root for Bill’s Old Style charm and overprotectiveness of Sookie.

However, many are confused by the disparity between the pages and the screen… In much the same way that the film version of X-Men is good in its own right and yet totally different from the original comic books – {ATTN: Spoilers} Nightcrawler was totally sidelined and is in fact a Major Character while Cyclops remains very alive and in charge, thank you! – the worlds of HBO and Ace Publishing hold different yet equally valid representations of Bon Temps, Louisiana.


Beware an X-Men spoiler was unleashed, here’s a Bon Temps version – the divergence between TV and book is the fate of Lafayette, the gay black chef from the bar Merlotte’s.  In the second book his fate drove the most of “Living Dead In Dallas,” also Godric/Godfrey was not Eric’s maker but he did end up the same way.


In the series, the dynamic between Godric and Eric created a human side for the millennium-old Norse-Man. Whereas in the book, Eric openly lusts for Sookie and is very crafty and conniving as his TV counterpart.

Maryanne was the TV maenad but Callisto was the page turner edition, a bull was used in both cases to appease the female spirit it’s just the results were different.


The screen can’t convey the writing charms of Charlaine’s wry Southern wit in the midst of previously mythological creatures now slowly emerging from an all too real closet, in the midst of it all? A romantic triangle combined with mysteries for a telepathic detective, where will it go? I’ll be paying a visit to “Club Dead” and find out, which is the equivalent of HBO’s third season – soon due this month – I think, if so – much to the relief of many Barbadian fans.

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