Charlaine Harris Book Signing – January 2010

Charlaine Harris talks about her inspiration for Eric, Bill and Quinn.

Alexander doesn’t look like the Eric she had in her mind…”but he’s a very nice young man. He is!”


This is a screenshot of Vladimir Kulich from “The 13th Warrior”.

I’m hoping she took the blonde hair and the attitude and nothing much else because…dude is…well, OLD.

Incidentally, this is the second time I’ve heard her mention Vladimir as inspiration for Eric, and both times she’s mentioned his “King” like attributes.

Just sayin’.

57 Responses to “Charlaine Harris Book Signing – January 2010”

  1. 1 Stef
    February 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    HAHA…”Looks like a picture of a great dane with a really happy pomeranian”… i’d be one happy pomeranian to get a picture with him too. 🙂 I completely agree with you on Vladimir. Maybe the hair, but not much else when considering him as an inspiration for Eric. I’m sure you agree that ASkars was the BEST choice for the role. One of the few things that AB truly did well. And the inspiration for Bill was a waiter? HAHA The Vin Diesel/Yule Brenner inspiration for Quinn was the funniest…AB is gonna have a challenge finding that combo in an actor to eventually play Quinn.

  2. 3 Maria
    February 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Yeah, I don’t see it either. I haven’t seen the movie…maybe she was inspired by Vladimir’s attitude or presence on the screen? Eric was 30 when he was turned so he definitely would look much younger. But I do think AS is perfect for the role.

    • 4 Sirena
      March 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

      You wuold have to see The 13th Warrior to undertand the tremendous appeal at that time and for some time after of Vladimir Kulich. He was an amazing presence on screen that had women all over the world fascinated (and some quite obessed) with him. So much so that the over the top attention from some of the female fans got to be too much, and Vladimir stopped participating on his website and interacting with fans there. Some women fans were literally stalking him, leaving husbands, overrunning his fan mailing address with gifts and other ways of seeking his attention, including showing up at his home. Basically, to put it crudely, if he had just said the word, a lot of women fans panties would have hit the ground so hard, they would have went all the way to China! Of course, that was 10 yrs. ago when the 13th Warrior was released but Vladimir still has a die-hard fan base out there who seem quite hooked on him still. He was too old for the Eric Northman part at the point the show was created, but if you saw him in 13th Warrior you would know just the type of magnetism that made Charlaine Harris envision him as Eric. He eclipsed everyone else onscren in the movie, including the movie star-leading man actor who supposedly “starred” in it. For the person here who thinks Vladimir is seriously ugly, there are many women fans in the U.S. around the world who would greatly disagree with you. Granted the photo above does not do him as much justice as others. There are many better ones on his website at http://www.vladimir.com. Vladimir is also blessed with an unusually sexy and distinctive voice, causing several women fans to coin the phrase “aural sex” to describe it.

      • March 22, 2010 at 10:28 am

        Wow Sirena…all of that scary fangirling sounds eerily familiar… *shifty eyes*.

        Thanks for the link to his site, I’m going to go check him out some more. I want to hear him speak…wonder if there’s anything on YouTube.

        • 6 Sirena
          March 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

          Yes, it got pretty out of hand apparently. I guess that’s true with fans of the opposite sex in general though for some actors. I imagine it’s true now for Alex S. Although his current relationship with Kate Bosworth should lessen to some degree the potentally really over the top fans. Vladimir, who seems very private by nature anyway, was in a long-term relationship with a (non-actress) woman at the time, and went to great lengths to protect her/their privacy. Although, unlike someone in the public eye, like Bosworth, that kept Vladimir’s female fans guessing…and hoping.

          Best photos to check out are some of the other 13th Warrior photos, it’s one of him and Dennis Storhoi seated together in their costumes. Vladimir looks…well, I’d have to say beautiful in that photo. In a blond, handsome prince way. For so many women who were in to blond men (who normally don’t get a fair chance vs. the stereotypical tall, dark and handsome guy), Vladimir was very much the dream man for some. A blond man who had a type of blond male beauty but was still very masculineand made women fans feel more feminine by contrast. Other photos of him are some professional photographer photos that may be called the Ranch photos. He looks amazing in many of those, like a model, but again that was probably 6-10 yrs. ago. As for his voice, it’s difficult to describe. It’s a velvety, somewhat accented, even slightly cultured voice–a reflection of his European-ness that still remains. It has a certain depth and resonance, as well. He speaks four languages, by the way–Czech, English, French, Hungarian. Best way to get a sense of his voice, would still be viewing The 13th Warrior, as it was more pronounced in the movie where he had to be commanding with a limited amount of statements in the script.

      • 7 Sirena
        March 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

        Sorry for some typos in above post. Just waking up here and there does not seem to be a preview or edit option, unfortunately. By the way, after The 13th Warrior, Vladimir Kulich was also often named as an actor people hoped would be considered to play Thor. Had the Thor movie gotten underway back then, he would have been perfect for the part. Sadly, once again, timing was not in his favor age-wise as too many years have gone by between 13th Warrior and the recent casting of Thor movie (with young Australian actor Chris Hemsworth now cast as Thor) which will be released sometime in 2011. He is, however, in another medieval warrior film coming out later this year called Ironclad. It has a great cast with acclaimed actors like Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, and James Purefoy (from HBO’s ROME), so the movie might get Vladimir some new visibility. (Vladimir was The Beast in the last season of Angel, but was thoroughly covered in a latex giant demon costume and was therefore unrecognizable.) Apart from his ago, regarding Vladimir’s build, he is bigger than the slighter built Alex, but he isn’t musclebound. He has a broad chest and broad shoulders, tapering to a slim waist and hips. And a really great butt. At 6 ft 5″ too, his long legs should also be well-conditioned from the surfing, rollerblading, and hockey he really enjoys doing. Based on his body type above, women fans of Vladimir would also definitely understand how Charlaine Harris could have envisioned Vladimir as Eric at the time, including Eric’s very hot nude scenes in the book! ;D

      • 10 Jo
        March 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

        Sirena, I agree with you he really has a presence, I confess that I rushed to buy the movie, the funny thing is when I refused to see this movie because I do not like Antonio Bandeiras. You can see what inspired CH and really reminds of Eric’s books, but is older than described in the books and Askars will always be my preference, but since Askars dyed and cut your hair, I miss Viking it, although it remains magnificent for me. Does Askars will use a sword at some point in TB?

  3. 11 walgigi
    February 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    [HAHA…”Looks like a picture of a great dane with a really happy pomeranian”… i’d be one happy pomeranian to get a picture with him too.]—– we’d be TWO… LOL!!!

    [And the inspiration for Bill was a waiter? HAHA The Vin Diesel/Yule Brenner inspiration for Quinn was the funniest…]

    HHAHAHAA OMG a waiter!!! What a low blow for BL’s LOL!!!!!
    (And I actually always have the terrifying image of Vin Diesel with genie harem pants and a hoop earring when I think of Quinn HHHHHHHHHHAHA!!)

    Vladimir Kulich’ image in that pic looks a lot like Askar’s images on his Eric’s flashbacks. I think it’s the generational difference that makes her to have images of older men as him and Yul Brynner for her characters.

    HAHAHHAHA She cracks me up… I’m still asking myself who was the waiter… HAHHAHA!!!

    • 12 walgigi
      February 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      that makes her to HAS images

    • 13 Ericrocks
      February 21, 2010 at 2:16 am

      “(And I actually always have the terrifying image of Vin Diesel with genie harem pants and a hoop earring when I think of Quinn HHHHHHHHHHAHA!!)”

      That’s funny,I always thought of the Mr Clean guy from cleaning product bottles.

      Dominic Purcell should play Quinn, then I might be able to tolerate him. Just please, no dry humping.

      Dominic Purcell

      I always thought that Dominic with hair could have played Alcide. He’s HAWT!

      • 14 VikingLover
        February 21, 2010 at 7:15 am

        Ooooh you’re right ER, that Purcell guy would make a really great Quinn. Even though I hate Quinn to the very core of my being and hope I don’t have to endure his likeness on TB.

        • February 22, 2010 at 4:50 am

          I’m with you VL..couldn’t stand Quinn. I literally had a vision of him in my head as NOT attractive-regardless of what Sookie said-and kind of like a Steven Segal but way heavier/bloated..add the earring/genie pants etc.. Like a beefy Italian dude who would slap my ass right after callin me “Babe”. Sorry-cannot even think of another person alive who comes to mind as that distasteful.

          I’m sure I’ll catch alot of other things I missed when I read through the series a 2nd time. I was so anxious to get past Quinn & see Eric again, I think I missed half the story LOL.

          I am 42 and none of those guys are remotely attractive to me. Clooney? Gag-no. Then again, I’ve always dated about a decade younger..can’t handle the Viagra generation LOL..Cougar? Hell ya!! RPatz/Ian Somerholder/Skars…those are my daily doses of delicious 🙂 I won’t apologize *haughty attitude*

  4. 16 MASpencer
    February 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    This may sound juvenile, but… gross. I deeply question Ms. Harris’ taste in men. But what do I know? Sookie-goggles can apparently do a lot for a guy. Lest we forget, Miss Stackhouse (who is supposed to be in her mid to late twenties) also thinks Mel Gibson is hot. Much like my mother did… in 1990. Throw in the dubious melange of hammer pants, WWF belts, silk shirts, creased jeans and loafers, and well… at least it’s good for a laugh, right?

    For once, I’m siding with Alan Ball’s version of Eric. May the lovely vision that is ASkars erase that image above from my memory forever.

    • February 21, 2010 at 3:27 am

      Let’s not forget that Sookie has the hots for Jimmy Smits, too. Yech.

      • 18 Kealeagh
        February 21, 2010 at 4:30 am


      • 19 Kristen
        February 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm

        Let’s also not forget that we already highly question her taste in clothing and hair accessories. So questioning her taste in men is really not that far of a leap…

        Yeah, when I figured out who Jimmy Smits actually was (while watching Dexter, natch), I was pretty shocked. CH is just from a different generation…

      • 20 MASpencer
        February 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

        LOL! And Daniel Day Lewis!

        • 21 Ericrocks
          February 22, 2010 at 4:20 am

          Daniel Day Lewis was extremely fuckable in Last of the Mohicans. I love that movie and have seen it a million times. I have to agree with Sook about that movie.It gets me everytime.

          I, too, wanted to be Madeline Stowe for the looooongest time.

          • February 22, 2010 at 4:38 am

            I had a thing for Daniel Day Lewis when he was in “In the Name of the Father”. That was a quite a while ago now…probably the Irish accent also had something to do with it. I’m a sucker for a man w/an Irish accent…

          • 23 MASpencer
            February 22, 2010 at 6:09 am

            Well, I suppose I can make an exception for the one has-been hotty. Even if he is looking a little Cryptkeeperish these days. 😉

            But the rest of them? Just… no.

  5. 24 Pogonip
    February 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Vladimir Kulich is a large man — not just very tall, but massive through the shoulders and chest, much as CH describes Eric in the book. There’s also the face, eyes and hair, which are Kulich, not Skarsgard. Yes, there is probably an “age” thing — most of you are under 30? Under 20? CH is not, I am not, though I remember….. Skarsgard is attractive, but to some of us, he’s too willowy, too young to be a 1000 year old Viking. If he picked up one of those big, old heavy swords they used back then, would he fall over? Just asking……

    It’s a pleasure to see CH exhibiting some humor. It’s been a while.

    • 25 Kristen
      February 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      Yes, I totally agree with the generation gap thing, but doesn’t CH specifically call Eric out in Book 9 as being in his early to mid 20s? I never pictured him under, say, 30, until he specifically tells Sookie his age when turned. Vladimir is definitely not 23-25!

      • 26 VikingLover
        February 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

        Me too Kristin. I always pictured him to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 28-33 just based on his behaviour in the books and description in the books. I guess I pictured him as more of a man than a very young guy. I still picture him that way no matter what was written in book 9. It’s too late for me to see him as anything else now. 🙂

    • 27 Toni Cox
      February 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      Thirty one thousand years ago was a lot older than thirty is now. Forty was OLD, fifty was dead. Maybe the image of Vlad was right on the money, or at least more accurate.
      Neither Pogonip, nor CH, nor I are under 30 -very different POV. Skarsgard is lovely to look at but he is too ‘willowy’ to have done any of the heavy lifting required back then.

      • 28 trixie
        February 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

        actually, there tends to be a bit of a misconception about what was considered a normal life-span in the past.
        while it’s certainly true that less people lived to be very old by our standards, it’s not like EVERYONE was expected to die at forty- fifty. on the contrary, if you were lucky enough to survive past childhood you had quite a chance to reach old age( pestilences aside LOL)
        I’m quite sure that, at least in the middle ages, you were deemed old at sixty- sixtyfive, not before. course,it was easier than today to die before you were old, but that’s not the same thing.
        For example, Dante in his Commedia fixes 35 as “halfway on the path of our life” so to him a 70 years life span was reasonable…
        And yes, life was often hard, but even a thousand years ago a healty, wealthy and well fed man in his twenties most definitely wouldn’t look over fourty!
        About Askars: he’s very lean, but muscular at the same time, without being over-defined. that’s his natural built, and I doubt “the heavy lifting required back then” would have changed him that much,as every body type reacts differently to exercise.
        Actual viking warriors didn’t look like bodybuilders anyway, since they were mostly doing what we call “resistance training”, and all kinds of prolongued activity: walking, running, carrying stuff around, rowing, building. things that build strenght, and shape your body, but strenght doesn’t equal abnormal muscle mass.

        • 29 walgigi
          February 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

          I agree with you. They were vikings, not gladiators… lol

        • 30 MASpencer
          February 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm

          Agreed, trixie. In fact, I’d venture to say that NO ONE was that big before the advent of “bodybuilding” as a sport. (Look back even half a century ago– before fancy protein shakes, supplements, or weight machines hit the mainstream– and you can see a marked difference.)

          Strength has surprisingly little to do with size. I’ve seen plenty of men smaller than him– and more than a couple women, for that matter– who can swing an axe like a champ. To me, Skarsgard looks admirably fit, and if he was much larger, he’d just look juiced up. (Which, in my opinion, is a total turn-off.) But ultimately, I guess it’s a matter of taste!

      • February 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

        I don’t think there are too many of us here under 30 – I’m certainly not 🙂

        The facebook page gives me age and sex demographics for who has fanned the page (and most of those people either read or comment on here) – surprisingly about 80% of us seem to be between 26-45. About 40% are over 35.

        Yep, that surprised me a bit!

        But anyway, yeah I can see how CH idea of attractive would differ bc she’s quite a bit older again. Skars in season 1 was alot bigger in the arms and chest and probably alot closer to your typical viking.

        • 32 walgigi
          February 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

          I’m under 30!!!

          (Under 30 gray hairs that force me to dye them every month… HAHHAHAHAHA)

        • 33 MASpencer
          February 23, 2010 at 9:25 pm

          You know, I noticed that too. He did seem a little smaller in the second season than the first. I just assumed it was the haircut. LOL.

          • 34 Jo
            February 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

            oh my God! AsKars – those arms, shoulders, back … is perfect, but you know he trained hard for his last film, but without being exaggerated
            but you know, I’ve seen other photos of Vladimir, had something in his pose on the look … I do not know, I think it was more an inspiration, he had presence, it is certainly much older and is not beautiful, but I can understand, I for me beauty is not always sufficient, certainly AsKars is beautiful but it was not just that attracted me to him

          • February 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

            Yeah he was definitely bigger – but he wasn’t well toned. His arms esp. lacked definition (even though they were still quite fine to look at lol). He seemed to really *really* tone up between S1 and 2.

            • 36 Kealeagh
              February 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm

              I think he’s gotten bigger again too. Didn’t he say he put on quite a bit of muscular weight for Straw Dogs?

        • 37 Kealeagh
          February 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm

          Oh and I must be one of the youngest then … I’m 19.

  6. 38 VikingLover
    February 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    LOL This was very funny! Loved it.

  7. 39 Kealeagh
    February 20, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    She referred to Eric as “kingly” OOOOOER

    • 40 Tracey
      February 21, 2010 at 2:06 am

      LOL you girls crack me up!!!

      “If he picked up one of those big, old heavy swords they used back then, would he fall over?” Lets be honest not many people can pick the orginal heavy swords up with little or no effort, let alone swing them for hours.

  8. 41 Kristin
    February 21, 2010 at 2:10 am

    The influences for Quinn def. came through in the writing.

    As for the Eric insparation, you must remember CH’s tastes may be a good bit diffrent from ours. Maybe that dude looks super hot in her eyes. To me though he looks like the villian from Ghostbusters part 2

  9. 42 Kristin
    February 21, 2010 at 2:16 am

    It all makes sense now! LOL

  10. 51 Ashley H.
    February 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Maybe I’m the only one that had a little thing for Quinn, before his betrayal. In my mind he always looked like Shemar Moore and made me drool a little, especially during the kitchen scene at Hadley’s apt (hot damn!)

    Here’s Shemar

    So although I have strong feelings for our Viking, when CH made Quinn a contender I went for the ride with Sookie. But I have to admit I LOVED when Eric showed Quinn his “happiness” in ATD 😀

    • February 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm

      I could not pass up posting that pic but I do totally agree with you. I have always gone along for the ride with sookie too, and I liked Quinn better than Alcide but neither measures up to Eric and now both have pretty much ruined their appeal IMO. Plus The King and I is classic and YB was a good lead. I think the guy you mentioned for Quinn would be great.

      • 53 Ashley H.
        February 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm

        Yeah, Alcide lost me when he couldn’t give up Debbie Pelt, even after seeing that she was a malicious b!tch (i.e. ruining Sookie’s scarf).
        And I agree, no one measures up to Eric. CH has definitely done a good job of killing almost all other prospects for the HAE.

    • 54 Tracey
      March 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

      I think Quinn matches Eric. I love Quinn’s cool and confident style around Eric and other dangers.

    • 55 Tracey
      March 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      he’d make a good Quinn. I can see Vin D as Quinn.

  11. 56 Ashley H.
    March 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I agree that Quinn is cool & confident. He’s very strong, but not overly protective. I liked him a lot until he had other motives, he’d never choose a future with Sookie over the needs of his family.
    And we’d only be so lucky to have Vin D, but I think he’s a little too big of a name for TB.

  12. 57 Emily
    March 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    When I had my picture made with him..and yes, I touched him! It looks like a picture of a great dane with a really happy little Pomeranian!’ This might be my favorite sentence ever!

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