Charlaine Harris Interviewed at Bouchercon

October 3, 2011 in Promo Events, Southern Vampire Mysteries

New video has been doing the rounds in the last couple of days of Charlaine Harris’ interviewed at the recent Bouchercon Convention in St Louis.

A number of topics are covered over the course of the interview, which is well worth a watch.

Paquin Isn’t Sookie

Shock! Horror!

For some ridiculous reason this comment seems to be a huge revelation to Truebies, and a slight against the actress. Yet it’s not the first (or even the second or third time) Harris has expressed this view. Maybe they just weren’t listening.

I’m not sure why her comments should be surprising – Paquin is physically nothing like the description Harris gives of the blue eyed, big-boobed and naturally blond Book Sookie. This is hardly a matter of opinion, it is fact and should be evident to anyone with two functioning eyeballs. I’m sure it probably doesn’t help matters that True Blood Sookie is now almost as far removed personality-wise from her book counterpart as she could possibly get without a plane ticket.

Violence Against Women as a Recurring Theme

In the second video Charlaine speaks at length about how her own experience of sexual violence finds expression in her work. The importance of women being able to speak up about what has happened to them as part of the healing process has been a theme in many of her stories beginning with her first novel, A Secret Rage.

Given the truly bizarre handling of this subject in Season 4 of True Blood – from Sookie’s seriously misguided belief that she needed Bill’s forgiveness (battered wife syndrome, anyone?) to Jason’s consequence-free gang rape – Harris’ comment on the impact of these experiences on women and society seem especially timely.

Harris also discusses accusations that True Blood has influenced her writing, Skars’ crazy fans, and her plans for future novels after Sookie is completed.

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93 Comments

    1. Lyta says:

      I do not know how anyone can be surprised by the fact that AP is nothing like Sookie, she’s just a strange named Sookie, and she lives in bizarro SVM’s world where everything is exactly the opposite of what was written in the books.
      As for other issues, this season was proof that the message (the famous spirit of the books) was not minimally understood, or worse, completely and deliberately ignored.

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    2. Sarah says:

      I have to say, after four seasons of watching AP as Sookie she not only physically differentiates from book Sookie, but ultimately lacks the warmth and compassion of the book character as well. I’m not sure who is really to blame for that, and I’m not slighting the actress (although I will admit she tends to act out Sookie a bit too hard) but what has always separated TB Sookie from Book Sookie is the tv character’s rather empty characterization. Alan Ball has taken it upon himself to use Sookie as a vessel for the plot to run in and out of, without any character growth whatsoever. Im actually surprised that the cliffhanger at the end of the season wasn’t that Sookie also found herself with a strong case of amnesia after that wretched conversation she had with Bill where she clearly forgot (conveniently) all the truly horrible crap he put her through. Its really hard for me go root for a character when I know next to nothing about her, whereas the SVM mysteries have allowed Sookie experience and growth that unfortunately will never be portrayed on TB. I do wonder wht Charlaine thinks of the poorly handled storyline of both Jason’s gang rape, and Sookie begging for Bill’s forgiveness, AKA her abusive ex. I remember sort of cringing when AB brought up Jason’s rape at Comic Con and seemed to find it funny above all else that ladies man Jason would find himself in that type of situation. I guess our sense of humors differ, because I fail to find ANY humor in rape/assault, etc. It would have been a significantly more interesting storyline to see the repercussions of Jason’s traumatic time in Hotshot, as well as Sookie growing up as a character, and ultimately away from Bill. Thankfully, I always have the books for that.

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      • C.K. says:

        I did really love the rooftop scene between Sookie/Godric. I thought that captured book Sookie.

        One of the thinks I really like about book E/S is their shared sense of humor and playful banter. I feel that show Sookie hardly has any sense of humor. I guess Bill rubbed off on her in that department.

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      • C.K. says:

        I think it might have done some good if they would have shown more flashbacl of Sookie when she was little. There was a scene where Jason said that he was tired of getting beat up in school for defending Sookie. It would have more of an impact if they would show Sookie being ridiculed as a child JMO.

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    3. Lisa says:

      People who are making a fuss about her comments are just seeking attention. CH started writing the books a long time ago and the description about sookie was on the first book. So obviously some TB fans haven’t read them yet. Deep inside I know CH truly wants to criticize about AB’s lame a$$ story lines, especially sookie’s dumba$$ decisions. WHAT A FU*KING mess

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      • C.K. says:

        I think CH even mentioned at Comic Con last year that looks wise AP was not like book Sookie. She mentioned that book Sookie was more curvy (size 8 I think) and not as petite as AP. She did not mean it to be insulting but her herione is a little more voluptuous. CH might have even said it when she was on the same panel as AP. I think CH was on two Comic Con panels last year one for her books and one for TB.

        Someone even asked a question about Pam/Eric/Sookie. They asked who Eric would save if it came down to it. I think KBVS mentioned that he would try to save both. CH said that Eric would save Pam.

        AB used the “soulmate” comment about B/S and CH chimed in that maybe the show and books were going to end differently.

        I think CH might get asked a lot of TB questions when she is on her book 12 tour. I don’t think that she likes to be asked a lot of TB questions.

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    4. KristaADoyle says:

      Andy? Really? I thought he was described a lot younger in the books, but personality-wise, I agree.

      Hey guys, here’s a link to see Charlaine’s dress:
      http://www.lip-service.com/webzine/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/CHarris.jpg

      Can anyone tell me watch she is saying once she mets the stripper? I kinda can’t hear her.

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    5. Mony says:

      Seriously, what are people? Blind?
      She is NOTHING like Sookie (like for the matter Alex is nothing like Eric but at least his character is amazing and interesting with an actual brain. VERY RARE these days.), physically and not only that.

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      • Kathy says:

        And Charlaine has said time and time again, Alex is nothing like Eric (though she’s talking about Alex’s personality as a person too, not the way he plays the character).

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        • Mony says:

          Yeah exacly, like i said she said it many times about Alex’s Eric too and since she has in mind Vladimir abviously Alex is nothing like him (well…better imo lol) and TB Eric’s personality is not so close to the original. Book Eric doeasn’t have all these expressions on his face to show his feelings even if i get that in a tv show you have to act like this or you’ll be judge incapable of portraying a chacarter maybe.

          I don’t know ehere Book Sookie is, but definitely not in TB and not with Anna.

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    6. sheldon says:

      Thanks so much for these SVB, I really enjoyed them. I’m glad she was clear on the fact that her Sookie has not been influenced by TB.

      Regarding her discussion on rape and writing about it through her stories…..I can’t believe she isn’t disappointed in how this has been handled on TB. I think like others have commented here and in the forums that she is probably keeping her mouth firmly zipped and will probably never verbalise it – nor do I think we will ever hear her diss TB in general. She’s not stupid

      Loved her comment that writing comedy and drama together is just like life, “one minute your laughing and the next minute your head gets ripped off”. LOL

      And finally, I was really sad to hear that the most extreme fans she’s encountered were the Eric fans. But not too surprised. In SVM, Eric is the most popular suitor for Sookie by far (and adding in the Skars factor), there was bound to be crazies coming out of the wood work.

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    7. eviehelloellosweetheart says:

      Thought this was a lovely interview with Charlaine. She was trying her best not to seem critical of Anna, just saying she’s not her Sookie, like she’s said before. I for one wouldn’t care too much if she was a skinny brunette so long as she was written like book Sookie. It’s not the actresses problem that she is written so harshly. I don’t think there is any point in the books when Sookie looses my sympathy completely but she certainly did at the end of TB season 4 and it’s going to take a lot for her to win me back next season. Sookie needs to be the central point, the heart of the story and in TB she is not. The writers need to sit down at the start of each season and plot their course around Sookie and they clearly do not. She is unashamedly used to prop up other characters and storylines, and to make plot points about others. I completely understand that AB and his team have to flesh out the supporting cast but this should never be done at Sookie’s expense. TB Sookie isn’t even particurly likable anymore and that is the saddest thing of all.
      And yeah the way Jason’s gang-rape was dealt with on the show was just appalling. I still can’t believe they have got away with that.

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    8. krtmd says:

      Thanks for posting these clips SVB. I had read snippets here and there, but it’s nice to see it in context. Particularly the part where she talks about Anna, since she’s obviously not insulting AP’s portrayal of Sookie, but responding directly to a question about how she visualizes HER characters in her head.

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      • C.K. says:

        Also, Pam is 19 in the books. Show Pam is older than book Pam but I still love KBVS as Pam. Eric still has long hair that is the same color as Sookie’s hair in the books. Physically many of characters do look different than their book counterparts. It’s just a fact that CH was stating.

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    9. eviehellosweetheart says:

      Just posted on Charlaine’s facebook
      “My assistant has gotten lots of emails about a misinterpretation of something I said this weekend . . . I guess. I do a lot of interviews. What I actually meant was this: Of course Anna doesn’t look like the Sookie I had in my head for years. (Few of the actors look like the people I created. How could they?) And I was really astonished she wanted to move to television. But of COURSE I think she’s doing a great job, and I’ve said so a hundred times. The show stands on its own. It’s great television!”
      I actually hate it that she has to justify what she says about people who play characters that she created – arghhhh!

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      • krtmd says:

        Oh, for crying out loud. This is what people are up in arms about? Obviously, they are hearing about it out of context, because if they actually took the time to see the Q&A panel SVB posted, they would see that she mentioned several characters, and not just Sookie, AND that she didn’t insult AP in any way.

        I’m so confused as to how CH has ended up the “bad guy” in the kerfluffle over TB, with people giving her a hard time, either because she answers the inevitable questions about TB or because she sold AB the rights in the first place. I predict she will refuse to talk about TB at some point, much like it has been banned on her website.

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      • Sarah says:

        Considering these are her characters, her universe, her work, she doesn’t need to defend any of her comments. Unfortunately, certain fans of TB don’t believe in difference of opinion. :/

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      • Leif says:

        This is what CH posted on her site today in the Books & Blog thread.

        “2703 duckpond100 2011-10-03 10:02
        I appreciate that so much, but I’m a grownup and I try to take care of myself. Latest vicious rumor: that I publicly dissed Anna Paquin. This is taped, so it’s hard to refute, but of course it’s taken out of context. How many times have I said in public that I love the show, that I think Anna’s doing a great job? But when I say she doesn’t match the Sookie in my head (how could she?) these idiots go bananas.
        Charlaine Harris the Totally Miffed

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        • eviehellosweetheart says:

          “These idiots go bananas” – I think I love her.

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        • SVB says:

          Ugh! Idiots is the word. I can’t believe she’s being attacked over this?!

          I hate that she always has to defend herself against these morons. And meanwhile, Ball commits literary homicide and no one ever calls him out for it?

          Pfft.

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          • Sherry says:

            Well, you do. :)

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          • Sarah says:

            Couldn’t agree more. Didn’t AB recently just refer to the books as “lady porn”? Way to disrespect the source material even more the be already has :/

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            • Gigi says:

              Yes he did. But actually the only porn that could be related to the Southern Vampires Mysteries is the one he has created for the show only with the purpose of shock value and sublimate his inner desire to make porn, and the 3-D Centerfold that could be seen through the 3-D lens he paid with the budget of the series as a collaborative effort to the porn industry of Playboy.

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          • Mina Alskare says:

            “Pfft”

            Ah, I hear a bit of QSA in that parting shot. I miss her. Another character that AB butchered. Evan Rachel Wood was a lot of fun, but Book QSA was, for some reason, one of my favourites. Maybe it was her tragic history–which we will never get to see on TB.

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        • VikingLover says:

          If I were her I wouldn’t even bother responding.

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    10. NorthernSoul says:

      I agree; I truly don’t understand what all the fuss is about. It’s not just TB Sookie…many of the main characters on TB have been removed from their book counterparts, and it’s a damned shame.

      I also don’t see it as a criticism of AP, and maybe some of these fans who are up in arms need to open the books and see for themselves. Book Sookie is the heart and soul of the novels; a strong, loyal woman who other women can relate to, while TB Sookie is just another melodramatic character in a Southern Gothic soap opera, courtesy of AB and his writing staff. It’s not rocket science, people. Sheesh.

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    11. Revamped says:

      Unfortunately, all of this is like beating a dead horse. I agree, why be shocked that AP is nothing like the real sookie? And why be shocked that Alan Ball has taken the SSN theme and hit it way out of the ballpark in a bad way? It is what it is and frankly I’m over it. AB has ruined it.

      I remember last year when the season ended I didn’t think I’d make it 9 long months without the show. This season I couldn’t wait for it to end. It was way too painful. But I stuck with it only for Alex/Eric and even then I got mere moments of him not being a puss, so, I’m breaking up with TB and keeping my books close.

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    12. trarecar says:

      My fondest wish is when the books are done she will come out and say, “True Blood mutilated my work.”

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      • Sherry says:

        As nice as that would be, who knows when the rights to TB and the contract to keep mum about it all would expire? If ever. I suppose she could buy the rights back but it’s unlikely.

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    13. Maja says:

      I also don’t get why would people misinterpret anything she said about AP…she praised her performance and it was clear she was talking about her vision of her in her head – mainly physical.
      I don’t think she will ever publicly say anything about TB disaster and it’s hard to believe she is not a bit disappointed like the rest of us.
      It was a good interview and I loved her outfit!

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    14. Lyta says:

      no wonder that CH seems tired of everything, I do not have to deal with this crap like her and I’m totally tired.

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    15. C.K. says:

      I could not believe that Sookie asked Bill (her abusor) for forgiveness in the finale. For what exactly I am still not sure (maybe for having feelings/lusty thoughts about Eric?). In season three Sookie mentioned that she did not cheat on Bill but she wanted to/thought about it (I am guessing after Eric passion priimal sex proposition?.) Bill actually cheating on Sookie and her thinking about it are two entirely different things. Show Sookie is always making excuses for Bill even in the finale. When Sookie asks him to forgive her Bill says , “I have no choice.” This implies that Bill does think Sookie has wronged him in some ways.

      In the finale Sookie baically implied that Bill lied to Sookie to protect her. When he did not let to psychos beat her within an inch of her life to protect her. Bill’s response to it was, “I didn’t love you then.” He never even aplogized for it. He was sorry that he got caught.

      Show Sookie is definetly not book Sookie. Book Sookie said that she would not “open her heart” to Bill again. I think that sh*t would have hit the fan if the big Rat’s reveal would have happened in the books.

      Oh well it is what it is. I wish we could erase that couch but it happened.

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      • pat says:

        She was lusting over Alcide during season 3. Remember when she was mending him right after they returned from Lou Pines? It looked to me that she really wanted to jump his bones.

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    16. C.K. says:

      Jason was gang raped and then it’s like it never happened. At least Jason aknowledged out loud that it was rape. Then they have Jason thinking that he was raped out of punishment for being a “ladies man”. Just because he is a ladies man does not mean that he deserves to be raped.

      Eric has been considered a “player” throughout his 1,000 so maybe they think it is ironic that he finally falls in love and gets rejected?

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    17. sneeky says:

      well, its true that Paquin doesn´t really look like book Sookie is described, but thats not even that important, I am ok with this, the bigger problem is that True blood Sookie is so nothing like book Sookie, where the hell is the spirit of the books??
      True blood Sookie is weak and annoying, really unlikable at this point and a woman, who constantly needs to get saved by someone because she cannot take care of herself.
      And Book Sookie is definitely not obsessed of Bill and forgives everyt crap he does because Charlaine doesn´t try to shove Bill constantly down our throats and forces a love triangle onto the readers that no one really likes..its just awful…

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    18. Kirsten says:

      And of course this is what it all comes down to. No one would care how much AP looked like Book Sookie if the character just ACTED like Book Sookie, or, like AS’s Eric, was as interesting and/or admirable a person in a different way. No one cares that AS doesn’t look like Book Eric, or that TB Eric is very different from Book Eric. He’s still the best thing that ever happened to the show.

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    19. Sookie_wannabe says:

      It’s my opinion, that AP plays a very good Sookie! Maybe she is not what CH has imagined but I still couldn’t picture anyone esle playing her role. I think that because AB has depicted her so different than book Sook, that it sometimes doesn’t seem like our Sook but I think that is mainly writing. I mean, Eric doesn’t exactly look like book Eric but he still knocks it out of the park. I think casting was pretty good all in all…it’s just the writing that differs. I find myself hating Bill more and more because the TB writers. I mean, in the book I dislike him…but I also really don’t see him as a threat…more like an obnoxious ass. TB though…I HATE him and I hate the fact that Bill is given all of the credit that Eric is due. It makes me angry that AB has taken the liberty to change important parts of the books. I know that it couldn’t be the exact same thing as the books, but he shouldn’t take away the things that makes the books so special either. He shouldn’t have made Sookie so desperate and needy, Tara so crazy, Bill some f’n special part of Sookies life, I still want Bubba, quit putting Eric as the bad guy because we all KNOW BILL is the bad guy, Pam and Sookie should be closer, and for FUCKS sake WHY mess with the shower scene?! There are also some little things but I could live with them. I still love the show but if they keep putting Bill in the best light…I don’t know if my heart can handle all that hot mess.

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    20. skargasmic says:

      When I think of Book Sookie, I do not picture AP either. That does not mean she is not a good actress and it does not mean she is being dissed. I think it is more how Sookie is written for True Blood. What has been done to her character is atrocious.

      @ Given the truly bizarre handling of this subject in Season 4 of True Blood – from Sookie’s seriously misguided belief that she needed Bill’s forgiveness (battered wife syndrome, anyone?) to Jason’s consequence-free gang rape – Harris’ comment on the impact of these experiences on women and society seem especially timely.

      THIS!! I found the treatment of Sookie and her lack of anger a HUGE towards Bill very insulting. The writers need to make that shit up to me, BIG TIME. Jason’s gang rape was very hard to watch and nothing came of it. THIS was very insulting as well.

      This show needs to have consequences for actions taken or it is not going to work. I am not talking about “Jason being a daddy” many times over. When there are no consequences, it sends the wrong message to the viewing public and this is NOT okay. It really makes it seem like Ball is mocking her work.

      I wonder why so many other fans of the show seem to be okay with this stuff.

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      • C.K. says:

        I’m just tired of the rules not seeming to applying to Bill. He can talk back and show little respect to his superiors and just get away with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bill is the one to kill Russell ( that is if Russell dies the true death). Bill shouldn’t get a free pass on the Rats event or any of the other stuff he did to Sookie. Sookie just says he did it all to protect her and that she wants his forgiveness. Bill almost never takes responsibility for anything. He just blames it on everyone else even Sookie at times.

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        • C.K. says:

          **typo** meant “apply” not “applying”

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        • skargasmic says:

          I totally agree C.K. That is why I don’t get why she can call Eric out on his shit but not Bill. You can’t hold one accountable while the other one gets away scot free. It makes no sense.

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          • C.K. says:

            IDK. It seems like she is in denial. Maybe she is trying to preserve this “ideal” image of him. Sookie had him up on a golden pedastool. Sookie still claims how wonderful Bill is even after everything he has done to her.

            Sookie told amnesia Eric that he owed Bill because he let Eric go so that he could be with Sookie **eye roll**. Bill was not being a good Samaritan by letting Eric go because Eric was innocent to begin with. When two episodes prior to that she told Bill that it was wrong to lock Eric up and he new it. Show Sookie really annoys me at times.

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        • pat says:

          C.K.- As far as im concerned AB has insulted women and their intelligence. Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, well do you remember in past seasons there were several ocassions when she told Bill and others: ” You are not protecting me, You are lying to me”. Now, suddenly its ok to lie to me on account of protection. WTF!

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    21. Holby says:

      Re: BookSook vs. AP…Peter Griffin on Family Guy said it best: “No. Anna Paquin boob does not count as real boob! That’s like looking at a 12 year old boy!” Definitely not the voluptuous head-turner in the books. BookSook turned heads wherever she went and many men commented (in thoughts overheard) on the size of her chest. Personally I find AP to be a flat actress (referring to her emotional range, not her chest) and in the writing, too much emphasis is placed on all the awful things Eric has done to her (???) but apologies for the man who actually allowed her to get beaten to paralysis and near death????? I don’t get it.

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    22. IATM says:

      i think CH is trying to perserve the last 2 books due to come out.. CH doesnt want TB to reuion the money she is due to make with the last 2 books..

      personally i dont find that much difference bewteen Book Sook & show Sook personality wise.. apperance yes, there are major differences but personality wise not so much IMO.. especially considering that show Eric actually threw show Sook into his basement & used her as the Ultimate Vampire Dream & she still wanted to fuck him… show Sook attached show Eric as a “Fang Rapist” & she is the one who went to Billy simply because Eric owned her house… if AB was trying to make Eric & Billy on the same level i think AB over did it for story telling, because book Eric never did any of these things.. it’s ridiculous because at least i can understand why book Eric & book Sookie actually hook up, on the show i dont understand the attraction between both of them..

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    23. Ariel Hexen says:

      I watched show first but I know AP its not book Sookie to skinny, when I started reading the books and read the description of Sookie I pictured her more like Scarlett Johansson, I think that’s Sookie’s body type.

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    24. Rosie says:

      whatever with these TB/AB bozos. If it wasn’t for her hard work and dedication to her characters, this crappy show wouldn’t have existed. She has the right to criticize all she wants about TB. She doesn’t need to explain because it’s in the books. These ignorant fools think that AP is the true sookie, LMAO. I also don’t recall book sookie suffering from amnesia.

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    25. IATM says:

      IDK, it sounds like CH is talking out the side of her neck.. i mean in DITF CH is the one that used some TB material in book 10 & yet she is saying that TB isnt influencing her writting.. GMAFB !! i wonder what the sell’s were for the Compaion Book?? it might have droped ?? CH wants & is trying to keep the bookies a little interested that she needs to tweek some things she says..

      personally i think CH could have avoided alot of this if she would have waited till the books were finished .. CH tell’s ppl on her site “if you dont like it stop watching”, the same could be said about her books at this point.. she hasent really showed that TB isnt influencing her since she writes things in the book from the show.. **eye roll**

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      • SVB says:

        IDK, it sounds like CH is talking out the side of her neck.. i mean in DITF CH is the one that used some TB material in book 10 & yet she is saying that TB isnt influencing her writting..

        I think it’s important to recognise that there is a difference between being subliminally influenced (ie. stuff is creeping into your writing and you are not aware of it) and a tongue in cheek nod.

        The “Bad Things” song in DITF is clearly a “nod” to me – there is no way that just “crept” in there, she made a conscious decision to include it as a tribute to the show. That’s not being influenced.

        However, there were quite a few things in DITF in particular that were *so* subtle that a case could certainly be made they snuck in under her concious radar. We made a list at the time the book came out but a couple of really big ones off the top of my head were the slick pod-like coffins Eric had in his house (which were very much like the ones the vamps travelled to Dallas in in TB). There was also a conversation between Appius and Sookie about Appius knowing Jesus that sounded a lot like TB Godric’s little speech about Jesus in the FOTS in S2. And then there were a couple of lines that were lifted directly from S2 of the show and spoken by different characters (unclear whether that was deliberate or not).

        There was quite a list of stuff in DITF that I think she meant as a concious acknowledgement of the show but it just went waaaay overboard. It really should have been caught during editing, but for some reason it wasn’t, or the potential for accusations of influence just wasn’t identified at the time (thinking it was all in jest, possibly). At any rate, you can really tell this was reigned RIGHT in with DR, because compared to DITF there was hardly anything. Certainly nothing like the list we compiled for the book before it.

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        • IATM says:

          All good points SVB, especially the difference between DITF vs. DR tweek …

          but CH is saying that alot of reader’s will be pissed off with the ending of the series.. i cant fathom why unless CH puts Sookie bact togather with Billy or one of his clones in the books??

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          • SVB says:

            Well, I personally think “alot” of readers are the TB Bill converts.

            It’s down to Sam and Eric in the books – I just don’t think Bill is a possibility and whatever she does with him in the books now is simply a bone to his TB fanbase.

            You only have to look at the history of her forum to see how TB has swelled the ranks of Book Bill – she even said it herself.

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            • IATM says:

              Totaly makes sense,

              especially if CH is trying to please the Billy fans a little… Sammy is still on my list of Billy clones.. & his character isnt really that developed IMO for a HEA ending… but, i guess “with teeth grinding” if CH ends Sookie with Sam i hope Eric still becomes King…

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            • skargasmic says:

              I think throwing a bone to the TB Bill fans to appease them is not a smart move. It is downright ridiculous. I would ultimately stand by what I wanted to do if I were writing a book series. I would not let ANYTHING influence me at all.

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    26. DH87 says:

      If you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind, whether you are Alan Ball or Charlaine Harris.
      AB has angered SVM/Eric fans through not just his evisceration of the books but also his outright lies about it. He’s turned off TB fans who don’t give a flying fig about CH, Bill, OR Eric but who are b*llsh*t over the Sook apology, the Jason rape, and the screwy plot holes. He’s put the TB/Bill fans on the defensive, since he favors Bill at the expense not only of Eric but now of Sook as well, and they never expected that as they sang AB’s praises as a genius. Bill fans do know that as Bill goes, so goes TB, and TB now sucks.
      CH is, IMO, alienating her original fan base through her ceaseless praise of TB/AB and her frustration over the onslaught of TB-related questions everywhere she goes. Her fans’ complete misunderstanding of her role in TB makes things worse. Her comments that she sees the benefits of TB in her royalty statement every month sound as though she’s over-boarded her own series for money and that she doesn’t care whether her old fans stay or leave. She can’t condemn something she agreed to and was well-paid for but she’s looking more and more curmudgeonly, and I hate that. She also can’t turn on AB without poisoning the well for future option sales of her other books. She’s contractually committed to a PR campaign for the books that is wholly devoted to/overshadowed by TB. Whether Penguin thinks that’s a good thing or not, only Penguin knows.
      It looks more and more like AB and CH are laughing all the way to the bank, and only the original fans give a damn about the characters and the SVM world. I can’t believe that bodes well for the future, but we’ll all see soon. That’s the real TB/SVM cliffhanger, not anything AB or CH come up with.

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    27. Eartha says:

      I don’t think it’s fair to criticize TB for having characters failing to deal with a rape, or to lambast AB for not having Bill suffer any consequences for his actions. SVM Sookie has resolutely justified her rape by Bill and In the last book CH even threw her, naked and trusting, into the arms of her rapist! AB hasn’t done anything with these characters that CH didn’t do first.

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      • eviehellosweetheart says:

        Sookie’s rape in the books and how she handled it is still a difficult one for me. I almost think that Eric was a rape victim as well, when he was first turned and forced (?) into a sexual relationship with his maker. I’ve never been the victim of any kind of sexual assault so I don’t make too many judgements on how Charlaine writes about such stuff, as obviously she knows a lot more about the subject than me. I think one of the issues about Jason’s rape is that AB almost implied that Jason deserved it. If he had been a female character I don’t think AB would have said that. The scene in DR where Sookie is naked in Bill’s house is a scene that I could have done without, I don’t understand Sookie’s motivation for what she did and I put it down to Charlaine throwing a bone to Team Bill. For me it just confirmed that Sookie has no sexual interest in Bill anymore, so maybe there was a point to it after all.

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        • C.K. says:

          Here is a article Peppermintrose wrote on her LiveJournal. It explains how Sookie and Eric deal with their rapes. It might clear some things up for you because it bothered me that it seemed like Sookie left Bill off the hook for the rape too. However, this article makes sense and cleared some things up.

          I’d say Eric was raped by Appius. He did not want to engage in sexual relations with him but he did not have a choice. It was difficult to read that part of Dead and Gone. Peppermintyrose expressed in her article that this is another thing that connects Eric and Sookie.

          I still don’t like that hidy hole scene with Sookie jumping in naked with Bill. It made no sense to me. As others have said CH might have just thrown it in as a bone to some fans. It was still unecessary. Sookie’s skin would still be dripping wet even after she took off her clothes. Sookie didn’t seem the least bit attracted to Bill in that scene so that was a plus.

          Peppermintyrose’s article on how Sookie and Eric deal with their rapes: (It’s a really interesting article you should read it if you haven’t already)
          http://peppermintyrose.livejournal.com/31860.html

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          • IATM says:

            i agree that Eric was a rape victim as well when Appuis turned him.. i’m not sure why AB decided to go down the path he choose in regards with Jason’s rape & Tara’s rape.. AB decided to send Tara to theorpy where as Jason’s character felt like he deserved it because he enjoys being a man whore.. Billy raping Lorena…

            to be honest i think AB did a terrible job with the rape issue… he associated Eric as a Fang rapist, Jason as deserving to be raped, & Tara simply an angry women who changes her identity .. i’m at the point that if Eric is associated with Rape then Sookie doesnt need to be with him no more then i want her back with the book rapist..

            back on topic though, CH IMO actually did a great job with this hard topic.. maybe because she is a women who been through it??

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          • eviehellosweetheart says:

            Thanks for posting the link C.K.
            That’s a heavy article and took some reading but I’m glad I did.

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            • C.K. says:

              Your welcome. I am glad someone else posted it in the past. It really hepled understand book Sookie and Eric better like them being very concerned with hygiene. Peppermintyrose has a lot of interesting articles on her journal.

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          • IATM says:

            you know i noticed CK, after reading the link you provided, the blogger talks about Rape Victims & Hygine..

            Eric in CD told Sookie she needed a shower because her hygine was felthy at that point.. this was the start of CD before the rape took place, when she was mourning Billy being gone/ dissapperance… (chapter 3, page 31 -33) … after the rape took place later in the book (CD) the blogger is saying that Sookie wanted to take alot of shower’s to cleanse herself?? am i understanding this correctly??

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            • C.K. says:

              IATM, I think that is what the blogger Peppermintyrose meant. I never noticed or thought anything was up with Sookie taking showers and cleaning alot before I read that blog. Peppermintrose mentioned that some survivors take a lot of showers and others handle it differently. The article gave a whole new perspective on Sookie and even Eric. THe next time I read the books I can pay more attention to that.

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          • IATM says:

            well Eric is pretty clean.. but the fact that CH wrote Eric being the one to tell Sookie to clean herself up in CD way before the rape is a little significant IMO.. i mean technically Sookie was raped in DUD in the graveyard sex scene & in LDID in the after the football game sex scene.. so when Eric shows up at Sookie’s house in CD at the start looking for answer’s on the database, & tell’s her to clean herself up the actuall rape occurs in the middle of CD.. so by the time DTTW comes creeping around Sookie is cleansing herself with a bunch of shower’s…

            if i’m understanding the blogger correctly & her rationale behind her post.. but i still think CH handled the rape situation better then AB did..

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            • John Nightingale says:

              Anybody would handle the issue of rape and sexual abuse better than Alan Ball, including the fact that he dodged the issue when he decided to only have Bill drain Sookie in the back of the van when as we know from CD he actually raped her.

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            • IATM says:

              Hey Jhon,

              i found out yesterday from another blogger on TAP that SM aknowledges that he did a rape scene with AP (Sookie) in s1 in the graveyard sex scene.. in some Mag. called Nylon in 2009.. i never read the article myself .. but i was thinking at least SM realizes that Billy did rape Sookie in that scene… i think AB failed in the scene since we the audeince didnt get Sookie’s fear like we had it in DUD… & with all the other rape victims on the show as a whole i think AB was insentive on the topic..

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            • krtmd says:

              I think we need only to look at the actual gang rape of Jason as depicted and then not dealt with to see what AB thinks of rape. In fact, AB jokingly remarks that it’s Jason’s commupance for his years of womanizing – the classic blame the victim response. Frankly, it’s disgusting.

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            • C.K. says:

              Hi John,
              I think it was at Paleyfest that SM said that they split up the book trunk rape scene between Lorena and Sookie. Sookie got the draining and Lorena got the rape. They said the Bill’s intent with Lorena was rape. Sure in Lorena’s sick mind enjoyed it because that’s how she viewed love thanks to Istvan. No way did she deserve that no matter how messed up she was. I don’t think Bill should have even been a viable suitor for Sookie after the Lorena rape. They just swept that under the rug too like it was nothing. However, this is getting a little off topic.

              They said that they didn’t want to have Bill rape Sookie because that would be taking things to far. However, I thought the trunk scene was pretty graphic and difficult to watch even without the rape scene. Then, he was gulping down her blood two days later. Sorry getting off topic.

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    28. Sookie_wannabe says:

      @ Eartha…good point. Bill violated her in the worst ways but yet there she is running to him again, and naked at that. She still shows jealousy towards the women he dates too. Yet Eric tries to protect her and HE is the bad guy. She is always harder on Eric and quick to point out his flaws. For them to ever work, she is going to have to accept him for who he is. I hope that CH talking about upsetting fans is a nod to Bill meeting the true death. A girl can dream.

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    29. C.K. says:

      Sorry this is off topic but Alex’s movie Melancholia is supposed to be available to watch on On Demand starting tomorrow October 7th before the movie hits theaters. I am not going to see it in theraters so I plan to watch it on On Demand. Just wanted to let people know. I didn’t know where else to put it.

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    30. Shau'ri says:

      this inteview proves how awsome Charlaine Harris is!! I love her.

      Paquin really isn’t Sookie. I’m not talking about the physical appearance but her portrayal of the character. And the treatment of women/violence victims in the show is practically telling you it’s OK to be raped and abused. The show has gone down the toilet. IMO :( .

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    31. Lily says:

      I’m content to know that the TV series has brought CH so many new fans. I started reading the books after watching about half of the pilot episode, and fell in love with her writing, all of it. Yes, this past season has been…. ahem, bumpy, but if it brings one more person to read her books, then I’m happy.

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    32. FemmeScorpio says:

      And just think… some people thought that graveyard scene with bill & sookie was HOT!!!!

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    33. KCScout says:

      From her website’s most recent “Book and Blog”:

      “As long as I’m covering odds and ends, let me just insert a fact here. I love the TV show “True Blood.” I don’t write it. So all the complaints about the way the plot lines are different from my books, about the physical differences between Anna Paquin and Sookie Stackhouse, about the direction and future of the show . . . they’re lost on me, and a waste of time to express to me, because I don’t have anything to do with the writing of the show or its casting. While I appreciate reader involvement in both entertainment experiences, I can only affect issues regarding the books.

      I’m not trying to be ungracious or rude, but realistic. If you have a beef with the way the show is plotted or cast, please send these observations to HBO or to Alan Ball. As I opened my office mail yesterday, I found myself wondering if Alan gets letters about how I write the books.

      I think I’ll ask him.”

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      • eviehellosweetheart says:

        Charlaine is obviously getting a lot of post from pissed off book readers. I know she’s a busy lady but she should get her assistant to get everything she receives complaining about TB and send it all on to Alan Ball.

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      • trarecar says:

        I hope the “I think I’ll ask him” is the same as complaining to him about how he has trashed her characters.

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      • Shau'ri says:

        If I’m correct, CH always said she’s not involved in the creation of the show. So why are people pissed? She said Alan occasionally asks for her input but that’s as far as her involvement goes.
        People need to start separating the books from the show.

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    34. A-Pos says:

      The bloom is off of the rose for me in regards to True Blood. I canceled my HBO and will not be renewing it. I will miss AS but little else. I look forward to CH’s next book and the continuation of the original SVM story.

      I saw Straw Dogs. While I did not like the movie, AS’s performance was good, I also saw Melancholia and felt the movie was too artsy and did not hold my interest, AS was sappy but again acted well. I’m hoping his other movie ventures are more successful as he is an excellent performer who deserves better scripts and parts.

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    35. AidsBurger says:

      Am I the only person who loves True Blood just as much as the SVM? I think it’s a fantastic representation of Charlaine’s work and although I disagree with many things (like the aforementioned Jason-rape and how it was handled), I still love the show for what it is. If it was exactly like the books it would be boring as we’d already know what was going to happen! I’m glad I can tune in and still be surprised every week.

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      • sneeky says:

        well, if you are ok with all the obvious plotholes of the show; I just think the whole Bill glorification has reached and unbearable extent, I just can´t bear to watch this anymore; I am ok with them not doing exactly what is written in the books but they really have totally messed up this season, I constantly get the feeling to vomit everytime I think about the show nowadays…

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        • AidsBurger says:

          Which plot holes? No show is perfect. I dunno, I feel like I defend the show a lot but no matter what AB does he’s going to be displeasing somebody.

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    36. C.K. says:

      This is odd topic but I just read the Night Huntress book Halfway to the Grave. I was curious about it and the famous Cat/Bones because so many people rave about them. I offically love Cat/Bones. I don’t know it the author was a Buffy fan bc Bones reminds me of Spike with his bleach blonde hair, chisled cheekdones, and British accent. Bones does remind me of Eric Northman except Bones is even crudor and more open with his emotions. I heard people say that the Jeaniene Frost is an Eric fan and it makes perfect sense because Bones and Eric are similar in some ways. I can understand why CH loves Cat/Bones because they do reminf me of Eric/Sookie.

      ***********SPOILER************

      I thought the end of the book was sad though. Now I just started the second book One Foot in the Grave and it’s 4 years later and that made me sad. I’m hooked though. I couldn’t wait a week for a book to come in the mail so I got a Kindle version of the book to read online.

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    37. A-pos says:

      My sister told me there is a rumor that CH will kill both Bill and Eric before the end of the SVM books, I cannot find anything to back this rumor up but she heard it from the cousin of a girl that works at Ace. Anyone else hear anything about this?

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      • IATM says:

        That would be a failure IMO if CH doesnt make Eric a King.. i mean i can deal with him loosing the girl to Sammy because Sam is a Billy clone in the story.. but to kill Eric in battle & die instead of Kingship for all he has done is a complete watse of time..

        even on Charmed the “Charmed ones” didnt die at the end for their final battle.. & the fact that CH would put Billy & Eric in the same boat dying for Sookie is so cliché .. especially since DAG had Eric take Sookie to Billy’s dying bed before battle & the showdown.. so is CH going to write Someone taking her to Billy’s dying bed in the final book ( book 13)??? Pam will be by Eric’s bedside??

        i personally dont approve of this ending type & it’s clownish because CH is simply enabling Sookie from a choice.. they both die trying to save her therefore, it’s sappy & she ends up with Sammy as a possibility due to the main Vamps being out of the picture.. if anything CH is the one responsible holding Sookie back from taking charge of her own life & choices…

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      • SVB says:

        No.
        She’s actually said before that Sookie and Eric are the only characters she’s sure will survive the series.

        Of course she’s free to change her mind on that but as far as rumors about killing both Eric and Bill, I haven’t heard any and if she planned to do any such thing I doubt she’d breathe a word. Not after the Kill Bill debacle in 2009.

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