A Comparison of True Blood vs. Charlaine Harris’ Books
This site has received lots of inquiries about the Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire Mystery series. A lot of people are wondering whether the HBO True Blood series is similar to the popular book series.
Since I’ve read all of the books and I’m also watching the show I thought I’d answer some of the most common questions.
|Questions||True Blood TV Show||Charlaine Harris Books|
|1.||Is Sam a dog?||In the series we get several glimpses of a dog standing in the woods. There’s also a scene at the end of True Blood Episode 3 where we see a painting of a dog with a young girl, similar to a “Lassie Meets Goldilocks” setting.||You should read the book to determine whether Sam is a dog. It’s FULLY explained in Dead Until Dark, the 1st book in the Charlaine Harris series.|
|2.||Is Jason a ladies man in the books?||In the series, Jason Stackhouse is quite the womanizer. Some of the sex scenes between he and his “dates” are pretty explicit.||Absolutely. The books make it clear that Jason gets around. The books and the TV show agree on this issue.|
|3.||Is Lafayette in the Charlaine Harris books?||In the series Lafayette is the gay, wise-cracking cook at Merlotte’s. He’s one of the most popular characters on the show!||Yes, Lafayette is definitely a character in the books. He plays a prominent role in the book Living Dead in Dallas, the 2nd book in the series.|
|4.||Do Bill and Sookie have sex?||Oh yes! In the series Sookie and Bill definitely have sex. Very hot and steamy sex. Several times.||Yes, this first occurs in the 1st book, Dead Until Dark and continues throughout several books in the series.|
|5.||Is Tara in the Charlaine Harris books?||In the series Tara is Sookie’s close friend. In the TV show we learn a lot about Tara’s home life with her alcoholic mother.||Yes, in the books Tara Thornton is a friend of Sookie’s. However she’s not African American and doesn’t make an appearance until Book #2. She’s also less abrasive than the onscreen Tara.
Here’s what Book 4 says about Tara’s parents:
“But Tara’s parents had been evil, both alcoholics and abusers. Tara’s older sisters and brothers had left home as fast as they could, leaving Tara, as the youngest, to foot the bill for their freedom.”
|6.||How did Bill betray Sookie||In True Blood Season 3 Eric tells Sookie why Bill got involved with Sookie. He also tells her how Bill “allowed her” to get hurt so she would have to ingest his blood.||This is explained in the book Club Dead, the 3rd book in the series. It’s quite shocking but very well explained in the book. It takes Sookie a LONG time to get over the betrayal, which makes Sookie wonder whether Bill’s feelings for her were ever sincere.|
|7.||When does Eric Northman appear?||Eric first appears in Episode 4 titled “Escape from the Dragon’s Den.”||Eric appears in the very 1st book, Dead Until Dark.
Here’s how he’s described in the book:
“the vampire was handsome, in fact he was radiant. Blond and blue-eyed, tall and broad shouldered.”
In both the TV show and the books, Eric is portrayed as a VERY sexy, strong and shrewd vampire. Eric is my favorite character in the books. He can be scary, incredibly funny, and very sexy at the same time.
|8.||Are Malcolm, Diane, and Liam (the bad vampires that visit Bill) in the books?||In the series these three vampires visit Bill and almost attack Sookie.||Yes, what you see in Episode 2 and 3 of the series is VERY close to what happens in the book Dead Until Dark.|
|9.||How tall is Eric Northman?||In the series, Alexander Skarsgard, the gorgeous Swedish actor that plays Eric, is 6 foot 4.||In Book #4, Dead to the World Charlaine Harris says this about Eric:
“Eric was way over six feet of pure magnificence (if a marble white magnificence), and he well knew it.”
|10.||Do Eric and Sookie have sex? If so, in which book does this occur?||In Season 2, Episode 10 titled “New World in My View”, Sookie has a dream about she and Eric naked together. By the end of Season 3, Eric clearly has feelings for Sookie, but they’ve not been intimate yet.||YES! This happens in Dead to the World. It’s my most favorite book in the entire series. The scenes between Sookie and Eric are really sweet. They’re also absolutely hilarious.|
|11.||Is Sam a werewolf?||No, but he does have special powers, which are revealed in True Blood Season 1, Episode 10 titled “I Don’t Wanna Know.” In that episode he tells Sookie about his powers.||No, but Sam’s “special condition” is fully explained in Book #1, Dead Until Dark. Both the series and the books agree on this subject.|
|12.||Does Sookie’s grandmother die in the books like she does in Episode 5?||At the end of True Blood Episode 5, titled “Sparks Fly Out”, Sookie returns home to find that her grandmother has been killed.||This occurs in Dead Until Dark, the 1st book in the Charlaine Harris series. Both the True Blood series and the book agree on this issue.|
|13.||Do they find the killer in the books?||Yes, the killer is revealed at the end of True Blood Season 1, Episode 11 titled “To Love Is To Bury.”||In the books the murderer is discovered at the end of Dead Until Dark. You’ll be shocked to learn the identity!|
|14.||Do Tara and Sam have sex in the books?||In the True Blood series Sam and Tara have a few “no strings attached” intimate sex scenes.||Tara and Sam do NOT get together in the books.|
|15.||Is Maryann Forrester’s role the same in the show and in the books?||In True Blood Season 2, Maryann is a maenad that takes over much of the town of Bon Temps. She particularly focuses on Tara and Tara’s new boyfriend, Eggs.||In the books, there’s a maenad introduced in Book #2, Living Dead in Dallas. She attacks Sookie in order to get Eric’s attention, and is described as a creature that feeds off the violence associated with people that consume alcohol. See more in my post titled “What The Heck Is A Maenad?“|
If you have other questions about the True Blood series vs. the books, ask them in the comments and I’ll add your questions to the list above!