Lately I’ve been watching and reading a lot of vampire-related material, especially True Blood on HBO, which inspired me to read the books the series is based on: The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. I recently finished the fourth book in the series, Dead to the World , my favorite so far.
Though in movie adaptations the book is usually better than the movie, in this case the TV series seems much richer and deeper than the books. With 12 episodes in the first season that essentially just covered events in the first book, the TV series added some characters and fleshed out the action quite a bit.
A few months ago the first two books of the best-selling Twilight Series appeared at a local garage sale, so I ended up reading all four of those books as well. They share certain elements with the Southern Vampire books — vampires, werewolves, and mind-reading— but the mood is completely different. The Twilight books are teen romance with a page-turning thriller element, where the Southern Vampire series books are light, humorous mysteries.
This soap opera from the 1960s is regarded as a cult classic, so thanks to Netflix I can fill in that gap in my pop cultural experience. It’s a very slow moving series, fun in a campy way, that shows how much TV production values have improved overthe last 40 years, also supporting the argument that TV has become more cognitively challenging (see Everything Bad is Good for You).
A nonfiction vampire book to check out: The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula.