Book Recommendations for Citizens and Supernaturals of Bon Temps, LA.

Have you ever wondered what books your favorite characters might read? Did Bruce Wayne read Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra before he went all bat-crazy, and isn’t it a pity that Elizabeth Bennet died before she could read Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex?


Well, I wonder this very thing all the time. Today I’m turning my attention to one of my favorite summer shows, HBO’s True Blood (based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris), and providing a back-to-school reading list for the characters, who, IMHO, are in sore need of some book-learning.

Yes, Sookie. You need to read a book.

Sookie Stackhouse

Before Sookie flips her blond ponytail and goes running after the next handsome, brooding, undead guy, she might want to check out her local library. In the daytime, I’d recommend she pick up a copy of Melody Beattie’s Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself and memorize it before she gets involved in any more vampire/werewolf/witch drama.

Also, since she does have that fairy bloodline thing, she could pick up In Search of the Lost Feminine: Decoding the Myths That Radically Reshaped Civilization and maybe start hanging with the goth fairies who work at Bon Temps’ local Hot Topic, listening to Mandragora Scream and deconstructing the patriarchy. I think it would be an improvement.

Tara Thornton

Tara, in the words of a not-so brave knight: "Run away! Run away!"

Poor Tara. She’s the only one with a lick of sense, but she can’t catch any breaks in Bon Temps, and her best friend, in addition to being vampire bait, is sort of a vapid, narcissistic ditz. She needs to read the classic The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker and put her good sense and healthy fear of undead creatures to use.

Also, while she’s resting up from the latest vampire attack or cage fight, she might want to flip through Roller Derby: The History and All-Girl Revival of the Greatest Sport on Wheels. Roller derby might be a healthier way to act out her aggression than those cage fights.

Bill Compton

His hair is bad. His personality is worse.

Good ol’ Vampire Bill. Pasty and manipulative, with weird hair and those awkward bangs. When he’s not busy with his duties as Vampire King of Louisiana, he should take a load off and read our upcoming A Civil War Scrapbook: I Was There Too! Bill was actually there, so looking through the scrapbook might drudge up some fine memories of being a decent human being.

Also, because he is pretty much a deadbeat vampire dad, letting his progeny Jessica run around slurping blood from truckers and popped-collar frat boys, he might find it useful to crack open Kathleen Wall’s Parenting Tricks of the Trade.

Luna Garza

A Native American character on a hit show who has her own motivations and personality, and doesn't just exist to better the white characters? I think some applause is in order.

Bon Temp’s resident Navajo skinwalker is one tough cookie. Still, she’s a single mother to a werewolf/shapeshifter daughter, and she lost her own mother as an infant. She might seek wisdom from her women elders in Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women. And for her kiddo, a copy of Trickster: Native American Trickster Tales, A Graphic Collection might go a long way in saying, “You come from a beautiful and rich culture with a sad history. Also, sorry, your dad is a psycho werewolf.”

Eric Northman

Tall, blond, viking. Eric is the Beowulf to Bill's Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What’s there to say about Eric Northman, but that he was once a viking vampire baddie who was feared by men (and some women) and adored by women (and some men), until he lost his memories and became docile arm candy for a fairy. His current favorite activities include picking flowers for his lady-love, so he might be able to make use of Edible Flowers: Desserts & Drinks, for when he remembers that Sookie is a human and needs to eat. Also, I think he (and any other supernatural looking for a change of scenery) might want to peruse After Dark: Nightlife in Denver. Perhaps he could franchise Fangtasia and relocate to Denver. There are considerably less vampire-protesters here, and our pagans are more the buy-granola-in-bulk type than the control-the-dead sort.

All True Blood photos are property of HBO.

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Founded in 1984, Fulcrum Publishing is one of the largest independent publishers in the country, with more than 450 active titles. The company maintains a high standard of quality and pride in its books, with the objective of encouraging readers to live life to the fullest and learn something new each day. Fulcrum Publishing specializes in general-interest nonfiction titles with focuses in public policy, education, Native American culture and history, travel and outdoor recreation, environmentalism, and gardening. Fulcrum is headquartered in Golden, Colorado. The Fulcrum Publishing blog is run and updated by Dani Perea. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments, or ideas by e-mailing her at Dani[at]fulcrumbooks[dot com].

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