I just learned some awful news ~ HBO is coming out with a series based on the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels by Charlaine Harris, and, from the trailer, it looks like it's going to be really good! Why is this terrible news, you ask? Why, because now I'm going to have to break down and get cable so I can get HBO so I can watch the show (which is going to be called "Trueblood," like the manufactured blood from the books that allowed vampires to "come out of the coffin" into mainstream America). Oh, yeah, and I'm also going to have to buy a new TV, since my old one is on its last legs, er, antennae. Last but probably worst, it's going to cut into my reading time something awful! I mean, even if it's only one hour a week, that's a lot of time over the course of a season that I won't be reading books.
All kidding aside, I can't wait to see this show, having read all the Sookie Stackhouse novels ever since falling in love with the first one, Dead Until Dark. They are pretty much my favorite light vampire reading (though the plots have gotten a bit darker lately).
I wonder who they're casting as Eric Northman, my favorite of Sookie's other-worldly "men." (And no, I never liked Bill, though the actor playing Bill is pretty yummy, actually.)
For anyone out there who hasn't heard of this series, it centers around Sookie Stackhouse, a bar waitress in rural Louisiana who can (unhappily for her own peace of mind) read other people's minds, making her sort of unpopular with most of the citizens of Bon Temps who would prefer to keep their innermost secrets to themselves. Four years earlier, vampires announced their existence to the world, and have been accepted in America (albeit somewhat reluctantly by some) as citizens, though they are not plentiful around . When Sookie meets the vampire Bill one night at Merlott's bar, she learns that she can't read his thoughts. Then, when she saves him from a couple of drainers who plan to drain him dry (vamp blood turns out to be worth a lot on the black market), she ends up, much to her surprise (and the disapproval of her friends and neighbors), dating him. Soon after that, other women who are into dating vampires begin to turn up dead, and Sookie's brother is a prime suspect.
I'm actually more excited about this new TV adaptation than when Dexter was made into a series.