I'm not a prude by any means, but I've attempted so many times to watch True Blood only to immediately switch channels because I'm convinced there is no plot other than all the character's banging each other.
The reason why I started this thread is because I simply want to know if the content of the novels (for those who have read them) is the same as in the tv show. More specifically, the raunchy sex. I'm really not into reading porno (hence the whole reason why I completely dropped the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series), so I wanted to ask those who have actually read the novels what their take was and if the content was the same.
I'm about 1/4 way through the first book and haven't come across anything that would turn my stomach, but I wanted to see what you fellow readers say so I can determine whether or not to spend the money and continue buying the series.
Thanks in advance for your input! And while you're at it, what is your take on the series in general? Is it worth it to read them all?
I agree wholeheartedly with admat. At this point, the show is so far off in terms of plot and world building that sometimes I wonder if Alan Ball and Co. are reading the same Charlaine Harris books I read. There are definitely passages in the books that are risqué, but Charlaine Harris has said in interview after interview that the books are meant to be mysteries with a dash of romance, not the other way around. I would encourage you to read the books -- while there are graphic passages here and there, they are less frequent as compared to TB. I think you will derive a lot more satisfaction out of the books than TB.
My personal favorite is book 7. The most recent two books (10 and 11) have been a bit less satisfying because they are essentially bridge books to get Harris to the grand finale (book 13, due in May 2013). They aren't bad, just not as good as some of the previous books in term of plot development/tying loose ends up. Hope this helps and happy reading!
Thanks, guys! It helps tremendously because I was afraid that these books were going to sway in the same direction that Laurell K. Hamilton did with the Anita Blake series. Now knowing it isn't like that at all, I'm definitely going to continue reading! Thanks!
The show is definitely raunchy! I feel that the plots have become so disimilar though - they really do take tons of liberties...I've read almost all the books and the only way to see it (and this helps me watch the series) is to consider the two very different things -
Not much sex in the books, especially in the beginning and when it does occur it's not all that detailed. IMHO the books are much better but I appreciate the HBO show as something different! At least though I don't know what to expect, so I can be surprised, a bonus of not following the books closely.