As I’ve said before in previous posts, I tend to read a lot of vampire fiction. It’s one of my favourite genres and having read them quite prolifically, I will quite confidently admit that I am an expert.
Having said all that, I think it’s time I disclosed one of the first adult vampire fiction series that I got genuinely interested in. A few years ago, a friend from one of the southern states of United States suggested that I consider reading Dead Until Dark, which was set in Louisiana. I took this suggestion on board because A- I was partial to vampire fiction and fantasy and B- I’ve always had a soft spot for the southern states of the US (maybe it’s because I read Gone With The Wind when I was younger, maybe it’s because of the southern accents, I don’t know). So, I started reading the first book followed by the second and later, the third.
I was travelling through Times Square mid 2009 when I came across these people handing out badges. One was promoting the American Vampire League and the other the Fellowship of the Sun. My ears pricked up: There was going to be a TV series based around my beloved book series (then known as the Southern Vampire novels). I got very excited. In fact, I think I still have those badges…
When the series, Trueblood, came out, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. However after watching it, I was disappointed. I’m not one of those people who automatically shuns a TV or movie based off a book or series just because it’s not how I pictured it in my mind. (Although if I have really enjoyed the book I can be quite picky and need to remind myself that it’s an interpretation of the book, not an exact re-telling. And no one can get inside my head and re-create it exactly how I’ve imagined it). With that in mind though, I can honestly say that I don’t think that the TV series does the book series justice. Personally I find it too dark and very very adult in terms of the content. Yes, the books are in the adult fiction section of the library, and some of the content can be quite adult, but if I were to give a rating to the books, I’d rate them either as M or possible MA. The TV series deserves it’s R rating.
Now, I’m not saying that it’s a bad TV series, it’s just not my cup of tea. And I definitely wouldn’t be recommending the books to anyone under the age of 16, regardless of how good their reading is, it’s just that little bit too adult. But I am really disappointed that the writers had to up the adult content in the TV series to make themselves feel confident in getting the viewers to watch it.
Lovers of the TV series please feel free to give me your opinions but this is one person who loved the light heartedness of the books and is disappointed in the interpretation that has gone into the TV series, it reminds me too much of Laurell K Hamilton’s books (another great series, although very adult in content).