Recent Reading: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - Mo's Journal
Recent Reading: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris|
Tara is indeed a book character; she's an old high school friend of Sookie's, but she's a a very different lady. She is chilly, white, and is a vampire lover. She manages a clothing store in the neighboring store, and being vampire friendly helps Bill and Erik keep Sookie in clothing (and appropriate clothing for the various vampire events) - since being around vampires is invariably destructive to clothing (and Sookie's pretty cash poor). She does, in a way, give Sookie that friend that she can discuss thevampire stuff with, but they aren't that close. I pretty much adore Ball's Tara, and I alternately want to cheer for her and hug her and tell her eveything with be all right. ;)
When you read along one book more, you'll catch just how brialian Ball is at picking up little things and using them to create sideplots for the other characters that are fascinating, and then be able to weave them back into the main story (usually to Sookie, as the core of the show). I'm a touch in awe, and I'm honestly studying how he does it because of there is a lesson in genius to be learned, it's there.
As far as the queer subtext, I did pick it up right away (but that might have been how I was pointed to the series in the first place). I think at various points it's very clear - and the parallels with *all* of the civil rights struggles are made. However, Ball is deft at underscoring this and bring the realities involved into focus.