So, I’m netflixing TV shows. It’s research, honest. I watch some good TV series, I get this mojo for good writing, it makes me want to write, etc.
Anyway, I just watched the first disc of True Blood which I knew very little about, except that most people raved about how awesome it is. And, it occurs to me while I’m watching, wasn’t Sookie Stackhouse a character in some novels? How could they just take that name–it’s pretty unique. And then I realize, it’s a show based on the novels. So, now I’m torn. Great books, great TV, or both? Will one ruin the other? I’ve ordered the first book. I’ll let you know.
Update 3/4/10: So the book is here and I’ve finished the first season. And I’m kind of not looking forward to the book, because what if it’s just the same thing? I kind of already know who the killer is. I won’t spoil it, but… yeah. But I’ll read it and let you know.
Also, the book may be better, but without the show, I’d never have “heard” Bill say Sookie in that old southern accent of his. And it sort of defines the show for me.
Update again 3/8/10: I finished the second season. Very, very good show. Also: I have a serious crush on Vampire Eric. Serious.
I haven’t read the Sookie Stackhouse novels, either (I was put off by the original “cartoonish” design of the covers seeing them in bookshops, if I’m honest), but I’ve seen the first series of True Blood and I hear that the TV series is very, very similar to the books.
I wouldn’t have read them if a friend hadn’t recommended True Blood so highly which, naturally, led me to the books. But I’m on the 4th one now. I find them addicting. Also, the books are written in first person, they’ve only made two books/seasons, AND in a lot of ways, very different from the TV show, so it’s not repetitive, really.