A book that is also a tv show: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Coming up with a television show that is also a book seems to be one of my bigger challenges each year when I select the books I’m going to read, but it just so happens that a friend gave me the entire box set of Sookie Stackhouse novels last fall, so it seemed like a perfect fit. Also, I hate to admit this, but I have actually watched all of the True Blood episodes. Don’t judge me too harshly!
Like Hooters, I would give the Sookie Stackhouse novels the tagline of “delightfully tacky, yet unrefined.” These are some big-time guilty pleasure novels. As I read them, there are moments where my eyes are rolling so hard at the writing that they are in danger of getting stuck in my head permanently, but it’s not so corny that you want to give up reading altogether. You can’t help but get sucked into the dramatic lives of the characters in Bon Temps, and creating such loveable characters is Harris’ main talent as a writer.
In this next installment of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, we see a strain on the Bill/Sookie relationship as Bill is ordered by the Queen of Louisiana vampires to undergo a special mission that takes up most of his free time. Shortly into the novel, Bill goes missing. Sookie is told that he met up with a former vampire lover and fall “in thrall” to her, at which point he became vulnerable to outside attacks and was kidnapped by the Vampire King of Mississippi (commence eye rolling). Sookie must enter dangerous territory, consort with other, possibly untrustworthy, Supernaturals, and worst of all–fight through the despair at losing the love her life to forces that she cannot control.
This is a great choice for a beach read, or any other scenario where you’re looking for something charming but “quick and dirty” and not very challenging.