Twilight<3, I'm so glad you're enjoying the first book. I really think the series gets better after the second book, so you have a lot to look forward to. Yes it's true Eric loses his memory in Dead to the World (book 4), but there is soooo much other stuff that happens before then. Just keep reading, I don't think you'll be disappointed at all!
Kim, I ♥ you. You already know that.
Roseaurora, the only reason I pointed out the title of this thread is because Dxplora07 tried saying that this thread was exclusively for fans of the show, when Nena clearly specified when she created this thread that it is for discussion of the books as well as the show.
In reiterating the thread title, I wasn't trying to imply anything about how the show should be exactly
like the books. Obviously that is impossible with any TV show or movie based on a book series. And I enjoy a few of the changes that were made on the show, namely the Hoyt/Jessica relationship which added another dimension outside of just Sookie without taking away from the main story. But I feel like a majority of things were unnecessary changes that just made the story into something else completely different. Why even base the show on books if you're going to change so many things? It would have been better for Alan Ball to just come up with his own original series, which he's basically doing.
Comparing the show to the books, I honestly don't see better development of the characters on the show like some of you claim. I see people who are basically entirely different characters than those described in the books. Not better
developed, just totally different. Not the same personality traits or characteristics or anything.
I know there are a few inconsistencies in the series, and I've also seen interviews where Charlaine Harris acknowledged it. But for me these inconsistencies are pretty minor and don't detract from the overall story. And I don't see them as being so blatant or significant that they could be categorized as poor character development. And they definitely don't make me enjoy the books any less.