If Twilight is for tweens and people who like their romances doomed and unfulfilled, this series is for people who like a little more vamp to their vampires and prefer fun and action to brow knitting and chastity.
The premis is simplicity itself. Sookie is a bar waitress in the South of the US. It's our world but different, because in this version of our reality vampires have "come out" of the coffin. They drink synthetic blood, claim to have been infected by a virus and are busy becoming the new minority group facing a combination of abuse and acceptance. Sookie would like to meet a vampire, they sound exotic, but never has. Sookie is young, pretty and has never left her small corner of the world. She has a brother and a grandmother, and a small circle of friends. She struggles because she has a small disability - she's telepathic - and her life is far from fun, although she tries to uphold her christian values and not moan too much.
Sookie's life changes when Bill walks into the bar she work's at. Bill is a vampire. Soon enough Bill and Sookie are dating and Sookie is learning about a whole new world - one filled with vampires, shape shifters, demons and more. As she adjusts to her new perspective on life and dating the world around her gets more complicated. There are murders, abductions, power struggles and an influx of tasty men all interested in her, something she's never relaly been troubled by before. Can Sookie keep afloat? Can she cope with this new world? Will her relationship with Bill survive the pressures upon it?
Read this series of 7 of the 9 at this time (July 09) books available and enjoy every minute of them. I certainly have.