Monday, 17 December 2012

The Southern Vampire Mysteries - CHARLAINE HARRIS

The Southern Vampire Mysteries are the inspiration for my favourite TV show of all time - TRUE BLOOD. There are 13 books in total and i am currently on the 12th book. The 13th book is due to be released next May. I will be honest, I am currently having a little break from reading these books as I have a life to live. Do not take this the wrong way, but when you start reading these books, you will not be able to put them down. And this is my case as well.

I started to read these books after i saw first series of True Blood and fell in love with Alexander Skarsgard (an actor who plays Eric Northman - just in case you havent heard of True Blood and the sexiest Swede in the world - and hopefully my future husband ;-) ). I always liked the genre of this type. Vampires, Werewolves, Fairies.. It has always fascinated me - various interpretation of what vampiries supposed to look like and their habits? What kills them? Are they afraid of garlic? What is the thing with the silver? And plenty more questions like these. Through various books, TV shows and movies I have learnt a lot. I am a big fan of Vampire Diaries. Twilight books are on the list of books I want my kids to read and The Southern Vampire Mysteries will be there too. I think The perks of being a wallflower was the last book which captivated me to the level when i could not put it down. But these books took me even further. I could not stop thinking about them. I read them all the time. On the bus, at work, on my lunch, at home. I even stayed up all night reading so i know what will happen next. Well done to Charlaine Harris who's world captured me and would not let me go.

Here is the list of the books, as i said, i read 11 of them, but i am kinda scared to read the 12th one. I have been reading some reviews online and have to say that I am not liking where the books and the story is heading.

Dead Until Dark
Living Dead In Dallas
Club Dead
Dead To The World
Dead As A Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead To Worse
Dead And Gone
Dead In The Family
Dead Reckoning
Dead Ever After

My favourite ones are Dead to the world, From dead to worse and Dead and gone. I have to say there are various reasons why i like these books but the main one is the relationship between Sookie and Eric. I personally think that Eric and Sookie supposed to be together. And I think Mrs Harris was the same opinion, or at least she was till the 11th book. I love Eric and Sookie together. I think she is really happy with him. And all the way through the books we can see signs and little comments which confirm these facts more and more. I am not ashamed to say that I rule for Eric and Sookie to end up together. Hell yeah! They have been through so much together and they got through it. Mrs Harris put them through so many challanges, men in Sookie's life, quests, misunderstandings and all the way through they always found a way back together. Their interaction is amazing,their dialogues are witty and interesting. Even Sookie herself said on occasions that Eric is the only person who gets her humour and she always knows where she stands with him. He always tells her the truth. Ok, maybe not the whole truth but he never lies to her, not like Bill. I am sure that if Mrs Harris destroys this relationship there will be a lot of upset fans! Maybe she could somehow make Eric human or Sookie a vampire.. There is a lot of possibilities.

I think these books are funny, filled with witty dialogues and lots stories. It's not always about Sookie. I am surprised how slutty Sookie sometimes is. There were times when I wanted to shake her and tell her : What the hell are doing? And I hate the fact that she doesn't see Bill for what he is and forgives him for everything. Even for a rape! Really?!? My housemates says that I bully Bill and maybe they are right, but I just can't stand the thought him ending up together. I think I would rather see her with Sam. Although I am #TeamEric all the way!

And there could be a lot less description of what Sookie wears. We get it. She wears shorts a lot and puts her hair into a ponytail. Thank you. Move on and give us the story! Or more Eric and Sookie!

My fave character apart from Eric Northman, obviously, is Pam. She is so much funnier in the books and I miss her and Sookie's friendship in the series. It makes the book more funnier and Sookie has an actual friendship, not love relationship, with a vampire. And Pam calls her favourite breather and actually likes Sookie and wants her to be with Eric!

My least fave book was Definitely dead. Firstly, I can't stand Quinn and his "Babe". Not sure what's the big deal with him. Ok, so he turns into a tiger! And?!? Secondly, don't get the story in New Orleans. It is pretty boring. The whole book was a pain to read. It was New moon all over again! Tragedy in a really good series.

Although these books have some down I would still recommend to read them. Especially if you are fan of the HBO series. I am sure that you will fall in love with Mr Northman as much as I did. Fingers crossed that Charlaine Harris will realise how much Sookie and Eric belong together!

In the meantime I will try to find courage to read Deadlocked and after that Dead ever after in May.

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