How far are you? My friend sort of got me into it. I've only seen the first season, which I thought wasn't too good, but after a few episodes it got better. It's on a special channel here that you have to pay extra for, which I don't because I don't watch much TV, except for in the summer. I have to wait for it on DVD to rent.
I apologize for the long comment, I hope it did not bother you
The book isn't really better or worse. It has some of the same characters, with Sookie as the main, but the books only follow Sookie and the first half of the season is from the book. They are almost too different by Season 3 to make a comparison. I enjoy the show because of all the side stories it works in, but the books aren't so all over the place. That probably doesn't answer the question at all.