A few interesting bits of news have filtered out from the Romantic Times Convention held this past weekend in Chicago. Charlaine Harris attended, along with several other authors from the paranormal romance genre.
With only two weeks left until the release of Deadlocked, it feels like we’re jumping the gun a bit for Charlaine to announce the title of the 13th and final book in the Sookie series – but that’s just what she did. Sookie’s final outing will be titled Dead Ever After, a cute little play on the Happily Ever After/HEA angle that has stuck to these books like glue, in spite of Ms Harris’ best efforts.
In the absence of any word on her Facebook or blog, I’ve been sitting on this post due to a nagging feeling that Charlaine had unintentionally trolled her romance reading hosts – that she’d perhaps thrown this title out there as a joke and they missed her dark sense of humour. Ms Harris spends so much time and energy trying to convince readers that Sookie’s HEA is secondary to her story as an individual, that it seemed counter-intuitive to me that she’d give the final book a title that plays so directly to the romance angle after all this time. But then, it’s not the author who has the final say on the title, either. The publisher usually holds sway here, and this particular choice says to me that the publisher knows exactly who is reading these books…and why.
That can only be a good thing, right?
At any rate over the last day or so the title has started to grow on me, and of course I can see lots of possibilities. A long held and popular theory here is that we’ll see at least one, if not two major deaths in the final book. As much as it pains me to say it, my gut feeling one of these deaths may be Pam. It pains me far less to say that if not Pam, then it will probably be Bill. But even better than that, if we take this title strictly at face value it would seem a Dead (Vampire) Happily Ever After is still very much on the cards.
I want you all to remember this come May 1st, because I think the timing of this announcement is very much by design. Just saying.
You can read a few more of Charlaine’s comments during the session here.