Living Dead in Dallas
|Living Dead in Dallas|
Cover of Living Dead in Dallas
|Cover artist||Erika Fusari|
|Series||The Southern Vampire Mysteries|
|Genre(s)||Fantasy, Mystery, Gothic, Romance|
|Publication date||March 2002|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Audio Book (CD)
|Preceded by||Dead Until Dark|
|Followed by||Club Dead|
Living Dead in Dallas is the second book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. This second novel follows the adventures of telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, Louisiana, as she is employed by Dallas vampires to use her telepathy to help find their lost companion. Sookie agrees to help investigate the whereabouts of the missing vampire on one condition: any humans found to be involved must be turned over to human law enforcement rather than subjected to vampire justice. In Dallas Sookie Stackhouse has her first encounter with the anti-vampire organization "The Fellowship of the Sun," as well as meeting and learning of the existence of werewolves.
Plot summary 
Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Vampires suck the poison from her veins, saving her life.
When one of the vampires asks for a favor, she obliges, and soon Sookie is in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She is supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. That is easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.
See also 
Television adaptation 
Living Dead in Dallas has been adapted by HBO into a television series called True Blood. Its storyline forms the basis of True Blood's second season. Its first episode aired on June 14, 2009. Although the main characters and story lines are the same, there are significant differences between the book and the series, most notably:
- In the series, Jason joins the Fellowship of the Sun, forming a major story arc that is very different from his minor role in the novel.
- Lafayette Reynolds is not killed, but rather Miss Jeanette (a character exclusive to the series) is found murdered. Instead, Eric takes Lafayette prisoner for dealing V and to question about Eddie's disappearance. Lafayette is held in the basement of Fangtasia.
- In the series, Eric's maker is Godric, to whom Eric maintains a deep bond of loyalty and devotion. Godric, while still like Godfrey (see above) a self-tortured renouncer who wishes to meet the sun, is not portrayed as an evil child killer but rather as a compassionate, enlightened sheriff of his area.
- Bill's maker Lorena is reintroduced.
- Bill tries to teach his new progeny, Jessica, how to be a good vampire. Jessica and Hoyt (whose character is very different in the series) start a romantic relationship.
- Season 2 sees the introduction of Sophie-Anne Leclerq, Queen of Louisiana, whereas she does not appear in novel 2, instead appearing in a later book.
- Callisto, the maenad, is introduced as "Maryanne Forrester." Maryann is played by actress Michelle Forbes.
- The entire plotline involving the maenad is drastically different in the series from that portrayed in the book. This includes her involvement in the Bon Temps community, her relationship with Tara, and her drive to kill Sam Merlotte.
- Luna is not involved in rescuing Sookie from the Fellowship and no werewolves make an appearance in Dallas.
- A sub-plot involving Sam's romantic relationship with another shapeshifter is exclusive to the TV series.
- "Living Dead in Dallas". books.google.com. Retrieved 2009-01-29.