I am trying to think of the best way to describe this series. It’s fun, quirky, and nothing like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. First off, the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, is a barmaid in Bon Temps, Louisiana (picture Mayberry, but a little bigger). She’s always been a little on the outside of things due to her disability. She’s a telepath and she’s considered crazy because no one really understands it. Can you imagine hearing everyone’s thoughts and not knowing how to shut them out completely? You would be considered crazy too. However, she gets a break when vampires come out of their coffins. Synthetic blood is a reality and now that they don’t need humans to survive, they want to be mainstream. Now you may be asking how this benefits Sookie, well it’s easy. She can’t read something that isn’t there. That is the one aspect that is similar to the Buffyverse. A vampires mind is like their reaction to a mirror. You know something is there, but there’s no reflection. Sookie can’t get into the minds of vampires and the world becomes a quiet place when she is around them. However, now that she knows this about vampires, they also know this about her. The results – “oh Sookie, come read this human’s mind and if you don’t we’ll…”. Kind of puts her in a bad place, if you know what I mean. So now she becomes involved with the vampires and what ensues are some adventures that she normally wouldn’t have taken.
I could go on and describe her adventures and give my opinions about it, but I think I’ll let you read them for yourselves. All I’ll say is that these books are enjoyable.