In the Southern Vampire mysteries, Charlaine Harris develops
a detailed mythology and alternate history that approaches supernatural beings
as real; at the beginning of the series, vampires have only been public
knowledge for a couple of years. Other supernatural beings, such as werewolves,
shapeshifters, etc., exist but do not go public until later in the series. Its
history has otherwise unfolded so closely to that of the real world that the
series contains occasional references to popular culture.
The series is narrated in first person perspective by Sookie
Stackhouse. She is a waitress and a telepath in the fictional town of Bon Temps
in northwestern Louisiana.