Yesterday, my wife and I went to the library so she could pick up books 5-10 of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. She’s been reading these books after my sister was talking to her about how these books serve as the inspiration for the HBO mini-series True Blood. That got me to thinking about the recent popularity of vampire books and popular television shows today based on them.
Now, I freely admit, I don’t know very much about the HBO mini-series True Blood. I do know the sole reason my sister has HBO is to watch it though. She seems to really like it, and I think that’s starting to rub off on my wife. After reading the first 4 books of the Sookie Stackhouse series, my wife indicated to me that we need to add the first season of True Blood to our Netflix queue. You can imagine my chagrin at such a prospect. It might be something that she watches without me, I haven’t quite decided yet.
I have pretty much avoided the vampire genre of books for various reasons. Sure, I’ve read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which I read last year. You can read some of my thoughts in my review of Dracula and additional thoughts here. Before reading Dracula, I previously read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. While I enjoyed these books, it really hasn’t prompted me to read more vampire stories.
Now fast forward to 2006 and the last 5 years, and we’ve seen this Twilight Saga craze which I definitely don’t get. My wife has read all four books a couple of times, and, of course, we’ve seen all the movies to date and own them, much to my chagrin at times. Now, I’ve never read Stephenie Meyer’s series but there’s some fascination with it that I can’t quite grasp. And I certainly hope that fascination can’t be realized until I read the books, which I would much rather not do. Based on what I’ve seen in the movies, I can somewhat understand the appeal, with the teenage crowd, but I haven’t found the storyline to be all that fantastic. Maybe it’s a combination of me being an adult that the storyline doesn’t appeal to me, or the fact that I’m not into vampire stories, I’m not sure.
With that being said, if the Twilight craze gets more teenagers and younger kids to read more books, I think that in itself makes these books worthwhile. Because I truly feel, with all the other distractions out there these days, such as Youtube, video games, the plethora of TV programs, we have something of a reading crisis in this country. Especially if these books opens kids up to different genres of books.
Have you read any of the books I’ve listed this morning? Do you also see a fascination with the vampire genre and the various television shows/movies? Please let me know what you think and especially if I’m off base with this genre. Happy Sunday everyone!