Today for Vampires week we have the Southern Vampire Mysteries, also known as The True Blood Novels or The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. I just want to make a little mention that there is a rather large difference between the books and the tv show inspired by them, True Blood.
In the series, Charlaine creates a detailed alternate world where supernatural beings are real; at the beginning of the series, vampires' existence has only been public knowledge for a couple of years, while other supernatural beings, such as werewolves, shapeshifters, faeries, etc., exist but do not go public until later in the series.
Two years prior to the first books timeline vampires around the world revealed themselves, via television after the development of a synthetic blood product the most popular marketed brand of which is called "TrueBlood" that provides sustenance for vampires and consequently vampires are no longer required to feed on human blood.
I love how Charlaine makes the genre hers as she changes the rules a little. Crucifixes have no effect on vampires, garlic only produces allergic reactions and vampires can be photographed. Like most vampires, Charlaine vampires do not age. They can survive and recover from most forms of physical injury, but they will die if staked, exposed to sunlight and Silver is highly toxic to them. Charlaine’s vampires cannot enter a home unless invited, and if an invitation is withdrawn, while the vampire is in the house they are physically unable to remain on the premises. There is also the little catch all vampires are compelled to obey their maker.
Books in the series
After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse