I couldnt wait so I bought and read Charlaine Hariss books!

...and it's going to be so madly interesting! and the show really stick to the book, except something strange, Anna Paquin is even a better Sookie than the original one !!!

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Sep 23, 2008 8:07PM EDT

I have been watching the show in the company of my roommate who read the book and she insists that the Sam/Tara hookup did not occur. Anything else (based only on the episodes that have aired obviously so as not to spoil) that has been glaringly different?

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Sep 23, 2008 10:56PM EDT

The biggest change, in my opinion is that Tara is NOT as big of a character. There is a lot more sex. Since the books deal with everything from Sookie's point of view only, there are things that have actual scenes that are only talked about in the books (aka stuff with Jason.) Lafayette has a lesser role in the books, as well. In the long run, however, it stays very true. Entire conversations are taken straight from the book. All in all, they have done a great job of translating it into a visual form. I recommend the books but you are getting the first one laid out for you very well with this show.

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Sep 24, 2008 11:01AM EDT

I totally agree with you. Yeah the Sam/Tara was wierd but I'm happy with how things are turning out. I've seen far too many movies which weren't true to the books *Grumbles at Queen of the Damned* but this one didn't let me down.
I love the characterisations! Can't wait to see more!!

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Sep 25, 2008 11:21PM EDT

Not Really.. Sookie is the real Sookie so that makes her the best Sookie. Kind of like if you told an Elvis impersonator "Hey, dude! You're a better Elvis than the real one!" Well thats not really possible.
Though I do admit Anna does a pretty decent job herself. I do love the show greatly.

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Sep 26, 2008 11:16AM EDT

I can't say I can agree with you on this.
Jason and Sam are pretty similar to the Book characters, so they managed to stick to the roles. Anna Paquin on the other hand has very little similarities to the Sookie from the Southern Vampire series. A book version Sookie seems both different in image and actions.
The image differences are that the Sookie from the book series is a natural, blue-eyed blond with noticeable curves. Her looks were described as very impressive - not that Anna Paquin's aren't, but I would say going blonde didn't help her in looking "natural".
Also, which is even more important than going against the image, the way Anna plays the role is slightly disappointing. Maybe it's scriptwriters' fault, but Sookie as a book character is a lot smarter looking and less jumpy than it's TV version. She is pretty brave, wise, and she often surprises people with her intelligence. TV version Sookie is pretty plain and sometimes she's kind of dull.
Also, even though the books are pretty sexual, they never described Sookie as the type who would go and start getting off on the steps of someone's mansion. Well, what can I say - HBO really wanted to make the tv show 'sexy'.
But hey, since the books are released, like, once a year, I'm gonna be watching this thing anyway.

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Sep 28, 2008 11:26PM EDT

I totally agree, I love the original Sookie much better. I wonder if they're gonna incorporate Bubba into the show.. that'd be an awesome sight.

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Sep 29, 2008 8:11PM EDT

What do you mean the original Sookie looked smarter? In the book, she described herself pretty much as not so smart looking, typical blonde barmaid with big boobs, even though she is smart and more interesting inside. Anna Paquin definitely didn't come to my mind if I have the chance to cast Sookie, but surprisingly I think she's doing her own version great.

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Oct 2, 2008 12:07PM EDT

By the "original Sookie looked smarter" I meant that even though her looks are hot and maybe a little Barbie-like, her character is strong and totally not Bimboish.
Many people she lives with in her town don't understand how smart she is, because- well, lots of them are pretty redneck; they don't expect much from a barmaid, especially from the one who claims to be a telepath. However, she IS pretty smart and creative, and, also, I think she is somehow more calm and collelcted than her TV version.
I dont' know, maybe it's because the TV looks and the Book looks don't much, but TV Sookie reminds me a lot of a horny teenager rather than a young woman with some tough baggage, who has to fight a lot for what she believes in and the people she loves.
Anyway, we'll see how things go. I still hope that they can make the show good, but, so far, the books impressed me more. Maybe if I didn't have something to compare the show to I'd think differently, but I can't help it - the books simply rock.

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Oct 2, 2008 10:39PM EDT

I havent read the books, but i thought that Ana Paquin was terrible as Rogue in the X Men movies, and shes mediocre as Sookie. Im just not impressed with her acting skills.

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May 11, 2016 2:43PM EDT

So I admit that I have read the first book in Sookie Stackhouse in quite some time but I did notice dramatic changes from the tv show to the book. I say dramatic but I they arent that big and most arent bad.None of the list below gives and spoilers in the future, I'm only basing it off of what has happened already in the show.According to my memory:
Tara and Sam dont hook up- not a bad touch though
Tara is definitely not that cocky!!!- although I absolutely love her character in this show better than in the book, I'm not even going to lie about that one!
Tara doesnt have some huge crush on Jason- I think thats a really good addition to her character anyways.
Jason never buys v juice from lafayett therefore that whole scene of him dancing when Tara sees, never happened. And of course that would mean that the whole hospital-pennis-needle situations is an addition made by HBO.-I like it though, puts something different into the mix. Just as long as its sticks to the characters habitual characteristics.
Tara doesnt work at Merelotts. Speaking of, like someone else said, shes really not that big of a character. In any case Arlene is a bigger character in this book than she is. Not meaning to offend anyone but the people who havent read the book, do you even remember Arlene? If you said no then that just proves my point, they are focusing on the wrong characters. Hopefully they will change that- I still have hope!
I might be wrong but I really dont remember Tara and Lafayett being cousins. Maybe I just looked over that but thats highly unprobable, I means its a pretty big connection.
Sookie's house has two stories but no one lives on the top story. In the show, it shows Sookie on the top floor. She, in the book, is in the room right across from her grandmothers.
Sookie doesnt have a cat.
And finally, when Sookie finds Dawn, Jason doesnt show up making him look like he killed her even further.

Now that that is over. I would really like to say how ana is doing with Sookie. Personally I dont like it. Its not like shes doing a horrible job but thats exactly what you guys were talking about up there, shes too jerky and pretentious. Totally unlike the real Sookie. And it just seems to me that Sookie in the show is too into her looks by the way that she acts. I dont know but I have to go now so sorry if it just ends on an odd note...

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