The Sookie Stackhouse Novels

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, also called The Southern Vampire Mysteries, is a series of vampire books that I really enjoy reading. While they're not the most thought provoking novels or writing the content has been a continual source of entertainment.

Each novel in the series features Sookie Stackhouse and describes her adventures, and at times, misadventures, in a world where vampires have recently "come out of the coffin" or made themselves known to the world. The setting of a small town in Louisiana makes the books easier to follow and the world in which the stories take place much more believable.

Currently there are eleven books in the series, and the author Charlaine Harris continues to add more. In each book we find our heroine Sookie Stackhouse living a simple, easy life in rural, Bon Temps, Louisiana, until some event involving vampires causes so much chaos in her life that you begin to wonder why she bothers being so engrossed in their lives.

As The Sookie Stackhouse Novels continue on more supernatural creatures are revealed including faeries, werewolves, shape shifters (people who can transform to any animal), elves, trolls, and pretty much any creature that is revealed in children's stories. Together this menagerie creates a fantastical world where it seems that nearly anything is possible.

Even the protagonist, Sookie, isn't an average person. She is telepathic with the ability to read people's thoughts and minds. Her powers are both a blessing and a curse. Throughout her life she was unable to have normal human relationships with other people and is labeled in her small town as a freak of nature.

It is only when vampires are revealed to be real and walking among us that she discovers that she cannot hear their thoughts and begins an illicit affair with a four-hundred year old vampire. Through her relationship with Bill the Vampire, as he's called by the townspeople of Bon Temps, she discovers that there is much more to the world then what humans know to exist.

You can say he leads her down the rabbit hole of sorts and as the books progress things seem to get wilder and more outrageous for Sookie while at the same time becoming the norm. I find The Southern Vampire Mysteries books to be a refreshing take on the world of vampires, detailing how they have lived among us for centuries and how, like people, no two are exactly alike.

The world that Charlaine Harris creates in The Sookie Stackhouse Novels is immense and believable while at the same time amazingly out there and wild. Each book is similar but slightly different and we are able to watch as Sookie grows along with the reader to simply accept these wild ideas that vampires, werewolves, and faeries are real. And if you get a chance, why not check out the HBO television adaptation of the books, called "True Blood".

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""First rule about vampires. Don't believe anything you read!" -- Anna, The Vampire Diaries