They inhabit separate universes, live disparate lives, and are completely different people. Or are they?
As I was reading Charlaine Harris’s latest, A Bone to Pick (the second in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series, and the first one I’ve read), I kept noticing similarities between librarian/amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden and waitress/amateur sleuth Sookie Stackhouse (heroine of the paranormal Sookie Stackhouse novels). I couldn’t resist comparing the two, and it didn’t take long to see that they have more in common than their mystery-solving abilities. (Page references are from A Bone to Pick; Sookie info has been gleaned from the entire series of Sookie Stackhouse novels.)
Of course, that’s not to say the two characters don’t have their differences. For example, Aurora has brown hair she keeps in a braid and Sookie is a blonde partial to ponytails. Also, Aurora sings but can’t dance, while Sookie can dance, but can’t sing. And while neither character is particularly quick on the uptake, Aurora at least has sense enough to mostly keep her mouth shut. Clearly, they’re miles apart. I don’t want to say that Charlaine Harris rates low on the creativity scale (okay, I kind of do want to say that) but when it comes to Aurora vs. Sookie the only real difference seems to be whether you prefer your heroine in the company of humans or vampires and shapeshifters.
Aspasia Bissas is the author of three blogs, including the all-vampire Blood Lines; was featured in Truly, Madly Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion; and is currently working on a vampire novel of her own. Although she’s occasionally been known to read minds, she has yet to solve any mysteries. Follow her on Twitter @bloodandpoppies.