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23 July 2009

Dead Until Dark vs Twilight...the showdown


So, all of you know that I have a wee bit of a Twilight obsession. So, when I heard about the Southern Vampire Series (which HBO series True Blood is based on) I decided to give it a shot. Actually, you see, I heard that Dead until Dark (the first novel in the series) was like the R rated version of Twilight. An even sexier Edward Cullen? Sign me up!

WARNING *spoilers ahead* but I don't give away the biggest plot points.

So I read Dead Until Dark and it was definitely an engaging and quick read. It is, just as people say, a sexier and more violent version of Twilight. Or, since Dead until Dark was published FOUR YEARS before Twilight, I should say Twilight is the kiddie version of Dead until Dark.

I felt the writing in Dead until Dark also had its flaws, but was overall was of a higher caliber than Twilight. However, my level of general obsession with the Southern Vampire series pales in comparison to Twilight. Then again, I re-read Twilight books to literally turn off my brain after a stressful day, which you could say is kind of a back handed compliment.

I compiled a list of similarities between the two books below, I think it is a pretty comprehensive list. I added a few of the major differences at the end of the table. Some of the similarities are just general vampire-y type things, but there are so many "coincidental" similarities between the two books that I have to say Meyer MUST have read Dead Until Dark (no matter how much she denies it). However, the general vibe and actual main plot of the two books are quite different. I would recommend checking out Dead until Dark, unless like Meyer, crazy S&M sex offends your sensibilities.


If you are reading this on my blog, I have no idea why there is this big ass gap before my table...sorry folks,just scroll down, its there, I swear...


































































Dead Until Dark/
True Blood series
Published 2001
Twilight "Saga"
Published 2005
Vampire-Human-Shapeshifter
Love Triangle
Vampire-Human-Shapeshifter
Love Triangle
Clairvoyant human falls in love because she cannot read her lover's mindClairvoyant vampire falls in love because he cannot read his lover's mind
Set in small town America:
Rural Louisiana
Set in small town America:
Upstate Washington

Adele Hale Stackhouse

Jasper and Rosalie Hale

Trio of vampire baddies
one black, two white
one female, two males

Trio of vampire baddies
one black, two white
one female, two males

Powerful elder male vampire
has a bit of an obsession
with the human girl

Powerful elder male vampire
has a bit of an obsession
with the human girl

Synthetic Blood
never quite satisfies the vampire,
but keeps him alive

Animal Blood
never quite satisfies the vampire,
but keeps him alive

Human girl is deflowered by vampire lover

Human girl is deflowered by vampire lover
but not until they are married

Vampires cannot go out during the day:
the sun will kill them

Vampires can go out in the day,
just not the sun:
the sun will make them sparkly


The vampire thinks his love's blood is especially unique and tasty

The human's blood smells so yummy it drives the vampire wild with blood lust

Vampires "galmor" people into
doing what they want

Vampires "dazzle" people into
doing what they want

Vampires are rich and beautiful
and love nice cars

Vampires are rich and beautiful
and love nice, fast cars

In the last scene of the first book, the woman lies in a hospital bed, horribly injured as an indirect result of her love for a vampire.
Her vampire love is there to comfort her.

In the last scene of the first book, the woman lies in a hospital bed, horribly injured as an indirect result of her love for a vampire.
Her vampire love is there to comfort her.

Sex, Sex and Deviant Sex

Chaste Mormon-style lovin'

Everyone knows about vampires

Nobody knows about vampires

Vampire Lead played by Stephen Moyer
in HBO Series

Series written by Stephenie Meyer
(ha, this is just a fun coincidence)



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1 comment:

Natalie said...

Wow, there are a LOT of similarities between the two!

I haven't read either series, so I can't really comment on the books, but I have spent the past week watching the first season of True Blood! I love it, but it's definitely not for the younger fans of Twilight. It's on HBO for a reason. haha

Twilight never really appealed to me, which I guess is a rare thing these days, but I really do like True Blood.

I guess I like my vampires gritty rather than sparkly?