You might already know that I’m a Twilight freak. For serious. My favorite book of the saga is the first, Twilight, but I did enjoy them all in their own ways. Even Breaking Dawn, with its faults. I have to admit, though, I was not impressed by the movie. The actress who played Bella, Kristen Bell (if I’m not mistaken), was atrocious. I’m talking Razzie-worthy. Ugh. And Rob Pattinson, as delish as he is, wasn’t the Edward in my head.
That’s not really the point of this post, but it doeshave a point, I promise. Well, the movie stuff didn’t really matter, but I just wanted a legit excuse to think about darling RPatz. ::sigh::
After reading the entire Twilight series twice through plus the leaked-but-available-for-view-on-Stephenie-Meyer’s-website version of Midnight Sun, I thought it might be time to read something else. I started to reach for my first love, Harry Potter, but the BF quashed that thought in a hurry. Enter Barnes & Noble and my gift certificates from Christmas. I think I mentioned them in a previous post.
Off I went to the nearest BN. I started wandering, checking out the books on the tables they have set up all over the place under different headings. I saw the Twilight-themed endcap, and paused only to see if the official guide came out like it said it was going to in the back of Breaking Dawn(it didn’t, the bastards). I moved a few steps past said endcap, and lo and behold, another vampire series for me to devour (har, har).
I had heard of HBO’s new series True Blood at some point in time, but as I don’t have HBO, I haven’t seen it. I picked up the most eye-catching book on the table, Dead Until Dawn, featuring the bottom half of a woman’s face, photographed in grayscale, except with bloodred lips and fangs. Nice. Black/gray/red/white was a color scheme I was used to. Read the back: Sookie Stackhouse (quite possibly the dumbest character’s name in literary history, please prove me wrong) has a “disability” that enables her to read minds. ::gasp!:: so can Edward! Sexy vamp walks into a bar… this is not a joke, I promise. Love (or not? who knows?) ensues. Good stuff.
So I decide to pick up Dead Until Dawn and Living Dead in Dallas, the second in the series. Come to find out, there are 8 books so far, and the ninth comes out in May.
After reading a little bit, I start to notice ALLLLLLLLL sorts of similarities between my beloved Twilight and this new Dead…series, also known as the Southern Vampire Series. Main character who has the ability to read minds with the exception of his/her desire’s? Check. Heroine not afraid of vamps? Check. Scary-but-sexy other vamps? Check. Vamps with other powers? Check. Kind of lame heroine in some respects? Check. There’s a whole discussion of it over at Amazon, which brought them all to light.
Overall, I’m still liking Twilight better, probably because it’s literary crack– not good for you, but you do it anyway for the rush. Plus, it reminds me of the craziness of first love. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying the Southern Vampire escapades, but it’s not the same. I can put it down. I want to keep reading, but I don’t feel like I need to keep reading. See the difference?
I’m on Living Dead in Dallas now, and will likely pick up the next couple of books in the series at the library when I’m home during the day on Thursday.
Have you read the Southern Vampire Series? Have you read the Twilightsaga? Both? Which is better? Do you know of a literary character with a worse name than Sookie Stackhouse?