Beyond Book 10 – Make of this what you will!

Last night I happened to be trawling around on Charlaine Harris’ site and wandered into an area I haven’t looked at before. And what a worthy excursion it was.

As most of us are already aware from the influx of interviews recently, Charlaine has been on the publicity trail in the UK and Europe promoting Dead in the Family. She’s been a busy lady, making appearances at numerous bookstores and Q and A sessions for her UK fans.

A thread has been set up on her forum for readers who have attended book signings and other promotional activities to discuss them and share possible spoilers.

While these spoilers are not verified, Charlaine has made a few posts on the thread correcting any major errors that were posted. I’m inferring from this that the information below is a reasonably accurate representation of her answers.


~ The current working title for Book 11 is “Dead Letters”, though Harris mentioned it’s common for titles to change during the writing/editing process. [First impressions: Sookie…Gran…ATTIC! FFS, is she ever going to go up there?!]

~ Faeries will be in Book 10 and 11, and possibly 12. [OH HAI Niall!]

~ Manfred is going to be developed as a character and will appear again possibly in a crossover. [Manfred is a popular character from the Harper Connelly series. Lily Bard and Jack – from Harris’ Shakespeare series – made a cameo in the Sookie books, it would be cool if she did this again.]

~ Barry will be back! The dark horse in the HEA stakes rises from the ashes of Rhodes…hopefully wearing more than his underwear as he was when we saw him last.


Spoilers gleaned from a different event further into the thread:

~ The Sookie Companion book is due out around February 2011, and will contain a novella focussing on Quinn [yay! I’m doing my happy dance and you all can’t stop me!!] This novella will impact the storyline of the series in the same way as the short story, One Word Answer. For those who haven’t read it, OWA explained the circumstances surrounding Hadley’s death and details from this short were referenced in Definitely Dead. None of the other short stories contained plot relevant information for the main series.

[CH mentioned on her forum a while back that the novella will deal with Quinn’s whereabouts between FDC’s takeover and his reappearance at Sookie’s house in DAG; and she also mentioned something about him being punished…for the tip off I suspect. I smell an effort at character redemption here, especially in view of the comment at the source about “explaining” himself to Sookie.]

~ There will be a half-elf in Book 11. Elves and Fae have history, so this will be interesting no doubt. Elves also move between the fae and human worlds. The plot thickens….

~ The blood bond will not be broken in Dead in the Family. She hasn’t decided if she will break it in Book 11 yet, but it will be broken eventually. She also added that it has caused her much grief. [Understatement of the year! I’ve heard her say previously that she wishes she hadn’t introduced the BB – my take is that she feels some readers are giving it far more weight than she’d ever intended it to have.]

~ Sookie will get plenty of sex when she finds her HEA, and she’ll be very enthusiastic about it.

And in other news, I’m freaking out that I got to make a tag for BOOK 11 for this post.

Sources: here and here

Image by AniP

176 Responses to “Beyond Book 10 – Make of this what you will!”

  1. 1 Jo
    March 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    SVB I do not know if I love you or hate you …
    ‘m feeling that Quinn will be reborn from the ashes?
    Barry? interesting but’m not worried
    but she’s in need of lots of sex, especially with a Vampire Viking, I am confident.
    on the BB, I really think it just confuses. Perhaps it is better if it is broken.
    just me that hates the fae?
    if it will find its HEA (Eric!) and will have a lot of sex, then it not will be the last book, I hope she has a little happiness for a change … if it is not Eric (God no!!!) will lose most readers for the nexts books

  2. 2 kealeagh
    March 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I’m still torn about how I feel about the blood-bond being broken. I know it has to be done, but I feel like it will be awful to read Eric and Sookie going through that. Gah! It’ll probably lead to their break-up (and, I hope, eventual reuniting). At this point I’m convinced Eric and Sookie will break-up soon, that’s the only thing I’m sure of in this series. Everything else, meh.

    Also…YAY BARRY! (but not as a love interest).

  3. 3 MASpencer
    March 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    You know, reading Harris’ comments about the blood bond makes me feel a little bad for her. In a lot of ways, I don’t understand what all the fuss is about: If anything, this bond has given Sookie some leverage over someone whose mind she can’t read (a leg up she’s used to having, and one that– given the Bill disaster– it seems she’s also relied upon quite heavily in her dealings with people).

    In short, there’s no way that Sookie can ever question the sincerity of Eric’s feelings with the blood bond in place, even though she can’t read his mind. If Eric says he loves her, she’ll know immediately whether it’s true or not… in fact, he doesn’t even have to SAY it, which has made the runaround she’s been giving him that much more frustrating.

    Unfortunately, those who villainize Eric have turned the very idea of the blood bond into thought-manipulating magic– an evil ploy that somehow forces sentiments in Sookie that she would otherwise not have. I don’t really get that, I have to say (especially since it obviously hasn’t stopped her from resisting his advances or snarking him out as usual). If I could establish the equivalent of a blood bond with my own husband, I totally would (though he’s such a spazz sometimes, it might drive me to drink… ahem, MORE). Because especially when dealing with someone who’s become masterful at concealing his vulnerability– as anyone whose survival, like Eric’s, depends on wielding a great deal of power would– it can only fortify and deepen a relationship.

    At this point, if I want the blood bond nixed, it’s to get all the whiners to STFU. It’s way more trouble than it’s worth… which is too bad.

    • 4 Maria
      March 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      I agree, MASpencer, I don’t see what the big deal about the BB is. Like you mentioned, it gives her the proof of Eric’s real feelings about her that she’s always questioning. She’s just in denial. But if it’s going to be broken, doesn’t that mean they will break up? It won’t go away if they are exchanging blood…and if they got back together it would be renewed.

    • 5 KC
      March 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Amen on the STFU.

    • 6 Pogonip
      March 25, 2010 at 12:24 am

      Sookie, the telepath, has been inundated her entire life with thoughts and emotions of humans. Now, with the blood bond, she can feel the emotions of ONE vampire, and the thoughts of NONE. Why would this be a problem to her? Apparently, because Bill’s fans want to claim that Eric is evil and controls Sookie through this bond. Any rationale for dumping Eric, right? He’s too tall! He’s too blond!! He’s too old!!! He controls her through a blood bond!!!! If she’s so controlled, why does she keep arguing with him? Why doesn’t she take his advice? Why didn’t she go stay with him, instead of staying in Bon Temps and getting kidnapped?

      A writer shouldn’t let fans dictate her stories.

  4. 7 Mandy
    March 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Sorry for being slow, but what does HEA stand for?? >.<

  5. 10 MASpencer
    March 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Oh, and Sookie and Eric probably WILL break up before the series is over. Sadly, I suspect she’ll end up with Sam… which has MEH written all over it. That ship has totally sailed for me.

    Of course, here’s hoping I’m wrong. And that she doesn’t in fact end up with QUINN, horror of horrors.

    • 11 KittyKat
      March 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      Also feeling that dread….

      Sam…he’s dependable and all, but c’mon….. where’s the fire? He never bothered trying getting together with her. A guy that so far as sit on his ass while Sookie juggled different suitors? And before that, was he hoping she’d go to him out of…desperation? (Wondering) How lame is that? A guy that will put no work into the relationship, and just expects things to land on his lap. Kinda repeating myself, but I’ll be really disappointed if this happens.

      • 12 MASpencer
        March 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm

        I know. Nut up or shut up, right?

        The fact that Sam’s go-to shift is a dog is fitting. They’re great companions– but no one wants a boyfriend who just pants around and tries to please all the time. BO-ring!

    • 14 Maria
      March 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      I don’t see Sookie and Sam getting together; they are just really good friends. I thought I heard Sam was getting a girlfriend in the upcoming book. But I’m tired of him being an option for her HEA. Sookie hasn’t even mentioned being attracted to him in the past few books, and he hasn’t made any kind of move to indicate that he is still interested in her. I like Sam (as her friend)and think his powers are awesome(like when he shifted into a lion).

  6. 15 Maria
    March 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Out of curiosity, which Sookie book did Lily Bard and Jack appear in?

  7. 20 N
    March 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    sigh sad to hear that the blood bond has to be broken…even sadder to speculate that Eric and sookie won’t end up together…

    • 21 Jo
      March 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

      we are forgetting the knife and marriage is something other than a BB.
      ok, I know I have to keep the suspense, but drags on for too long, will be worn, I’m afraid of a good series to be ruined by it. Perhaps the day that I at least someday I will beg to have a HEA anyone, but end up with this nonsense!

  8. 22 KC
    March 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I think Sookie may get away from the BB and have a go at Sam, who she could have all of her childhood dreams about love and family with, and finally find that’s *not* what she wants after all. Or it could all just be wishful thinking on my part;)

  9. 23 Julie
    March 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Am I the only one who is upset about these spoilers? I didn’t like the wording of Sookie “fnding” her HEA. For some reason, that signals to me that it might NOT be Eric. I can’t tell you how upset I am going to be if she ends up with anyone other then Eric. I just don’t get it. How can CH put us through the slow burn of their romance for all these books, to have Sookie end up with anyone else? It has been proven over and over again how much Eric loves Sookie, and how he has never felt this way about anyone before. He is GOOD for her. He “gets” her.

    Also, I do like that she is expanding Quinn’s backstory and giving us more insight to what happened to him between books, but I don’t want all this sudden Quinn attention to somehow lead to him reuniting with Sookie.

    I also am afraid that Eric and Sookie will break up, perhaps when the blood bond is broken. But, I have hope in this because Sookie seems to believe that the blood bond may be all they have, and I feel breaking the blood bond will allow her to realize that her feelings for Eric are REAL, and vice versa. And, this can lead to them getting back together and her realizing he is her HEA. Am I dreaming here? Can this happen? Anyone else feel my fear and pain in this whole situation? LOL

    • 24 N
      March 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      I feel EXACTLY the same way. 100%.

    • 25 KPMRSE
      March 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      I completely agree too. As much as I hate it, I think they need to break up for her to get her head on straight and realize what she has.

      • 26 KittyKat
        March 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

        An ultimatum from Eric for Sookie to get her shit together and decide? Could work…

        Them breaking up (temporarily) and she finally getting a clue and going after him would also be a great HEA, but that would also be kinda “Gone with the wind” and I think CH said she didn’t intend to go in that direction?

        • 27 Ashley
          March 25, 2010 at 3:29 am

          I dont think that would be too gone with the wind…Sookie has admitted in DITF that she loves Eric so i think your theory is possible. I just hope and pray its Eric in the end i dont care what happens in between as long as its him in the end. I dont know what ill do if its not him, maybe send all the books back and ask for a refund. They have been building up for so long now that im going insane.

    • 28 Jo
      March 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      Julie, we must remember that: the book 10 was to be the last book, and everything pointed to Eric to be the HEA, Bill died, Quinn would vanish and Sam … he does care even beyond the bar? nothing
      I said she wants to keep the suspense and that to me is exhausting for the character, the fans and the whole story, of course I do not expect them to declare their eternal love or anything now, but have to be an evolution, just break or regress to me is very illogical.
      has a lot of stories to tell, even with them together, but I think it will not happen …
      the only way for me to Eric not being the HEA, was whether he was tired of all this indecision, I read a lot of fanfic, and sometimes I get irritated so much that Eric runs after Sookie, sometimes makes you want to see her run after him

      • 29 Julie
        March 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

        Hey Jo!

        I just saw your response now! Hmmmmm, ok, so if the series was supposed to end with book 10, with Eric being the HEA and Bill dead, and now CH has decided to write 3 more books after the 10th book……do you think she would change her mind totally??
        Like, change direction and actually have Sookie NOT end up with Eric as she originally planned?? I can’t imagine that! She has worked so hard over 10 books to build their relationship, she can’t possibly change her direction completely just so stretch out the drama for 3 more books, could she??????

    • 30 Ashley
      March 25, 2010 at 3:24 am

      I think i will cry if she doesnt end up with Eric…i know thats kinda pathetic but i will be so beyond upset. I hope they break the blood bond through Amelia and a spell. Even with breaking up, it would take forever for the blood bond to go away.

      • 31 VampirePamsGirl
        March 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

        Don’t worry Ashley, you probably won’t be the only one crying if she doesn’t end up with Eric. I think there are a lot of people that have become emotionally invested in that relationship, fictional characters or not, and that definitely includes me.

  10. 32 Julie
    March 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    And, oh yes, good point Maria! If they do break the blood bond, but then get back together, and start exchanging blood again, it will be renewed right? Hmm, well maybe not if Eric only takes Sookies blood, and she doesn’t take his right?

  11. 33 Julie
    March 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Ok, I just checked out the source for these spoilers on CH’s site…..

    So, bear with me here……LOL

    CH said Sookie is going to get LOTS OF SEX on book 10 right? Well, in book 10, she is WITH ERIC. They are together, and in love……so, that means all the sex she will be having in book 10 will be with Eric right????

  12. 35 Ave
    March 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Wait.. isn’t the bond permanent? I thought it wouldn’t fade unless one of them died? Sorry if this is wrong, I get mixed up as to what was in the books, and what was in fanfics.

    • 36 KC
      March 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      It is supposed to dispel if they quit taking each other’s blood *and* aren’t in contact with one another over time (who knows what that means) but it’s been speculated that the witches probably could “dispell” it. Did you read the first chapter of the book on CH’s website? That’s where this speculation comes from…

  13. 37 Christina
    March 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I completely agree that Gran’s attic would be a fascinating place to discover some secrets- even more so with the idea of Sookie finding old letters up there. Possibly that is why the fae are still around…

    Three more books with Faries makes me wonder if he is ever going to close that door though…

    I have not read any of the other CH series, so a crossover character is not something I can get excited about.

    I am glad there will be something with Barry, cause otherwise what was the point in bringing in the FBI plot if not to get Barry back in the story. I also do not want to see her end up with him as a HEA- he seems more the brother or cousin type to me.

    I will break down and read the story about Quinn because I am curious, but he holds very little interest for me- he was the most annoying of all the suitors. It’s ok if he wants to explain, but that doesn’t mean I have to fall in love with him.

    I hope the half-elf isn’t going to be a new suitor for Sookie. She has tried ever supe there is so far.

    I could go either way on the blood bond- I guess it depends how she does it- what is ends up meaning for them in the end. But, if Sookie ends up getting her happy sexy HEA then I would assume it to be our viking god.

  14. 38 LLE
    March 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    After she breaks the blood bond, Sookie realized that she is in love with Eric and wants to be with him. Sookie will that she reals what she feels about Eric without her being confused.

  15. 39 Kricket
    March 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for posting this, SVB. I really hate to go to CH’s site, so I would have missed this. Was there also any mention made of her continuing to write the series past book 13? I’m sure that I read in an interview with CH that she was considering writing beyond Sookie finding her HEA. If this is true, I think it bodes well for Eric because he is the only character that I believe is strong enough with Sookie as a couple to continue their adventures together. I can’t imagine this being done with Sam, the owner of Merlotte’s, who doesn’t want to be involved with Supe politics, or with Quinn, who will always be under the thumb of the vamps, and certainly not with Barry, the bellboy. And Bill is just so over! I think she could continue with Eric and Sookie in an established relationship–married or heading that way in a way both Sookie and Eric recognize–maneuvering their way together in a brave, new world. And as you mentioned in your s3 clip, SVB, they truly kick arse when they’re together. It would be fun and relief for us, and I think for CH, too, to move beyond all this “who will she choose?” It still seems apparent to me that it’s Eric, but finally putting the nail in that coffin could help everybody to move on–and allow the BLs to get the proper help they need!

    • 40 Angie
      March 25, 2010 at 2:00 am

      If this is true, I think it bodes well for Eric because he is the only character that I believe is strong enough with Sookie as a couple to continue their adventures together.

      True that. Honestly, can you see Bill and Sookie going on adventures together? They’d get into some kind of danger, Bill would make Sookie stand behind him while he got his ass handed to him, then they’d have to call Eric to come bail their asses out. You know it’s true! lol

    • 43 Ashley
      March 25, 2010 at 3:31 am

      The only way i could be more pissed if she doesnt end up with Eric is if she ends up with bill! What do you guys think?

  16. 45 Gella
    March 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    So I’m thinking that if we were going by what CH has said in the past about how she knew the series was going to end by the second book then I wouldn’t be surprised if Barry ended up being Sookie’s HEA, [ONLY IF she doesn’t end up with our favorite Viking vampire] considering that he was introduced in LDID.

    • 46 KittyKat
      March 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      I think that would be quite the U-turn. I don’t know, with 10 books in the series, I think that it will make awful storytelling if Sookie ends with anyone but Eric.

      Let’s see:

      Sam – The guy that never actually put any effort into getting her, and has known her the longest.

      Quinn – Shifty guy. Ok this one would be sort of ok in theory, but I always hated his attitude and the “babe” thing. He’s also really shitty when it comes to hitting below the belt. Case in point: his fight with Bill, suggesting getting rid of Eric by killing him (would have been dead easy for Eric to make things that permanent for Quinn, but I’m sure that he’d know Sookie wouldn’t forgive him for it, so he used lighter methods, and even let Quinn get away with his disobedience without killing, and I’m certain it would have been his right to do so).

      Bill – Lol, don’t get me started, first love crap? Most people in the world wouldn’t want any part of their “first love”. Evolving is good for you, hmmmkay? This isn’t twilight, lol, there the message is indeed: “don’t bother to look for someone else because the “first” should be the “only one” “. (Oh woe is me! I’ll never get past my first looooove! – so ridiculous)

      In fact, her actually being happy alone would be a better HEA than either Sam, Quinn or Bill. In fact I’d rather see her with…. Claude than any of those 3! (lol)

      As far as Barry the bellboy? Meh…

      • 47 Christina
        March 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

        I agree that Sookie’s HEA would be ok without Eric as long as she didn’t end up with anyone. I always thoguht that the point of the story was to see Sookie find her place in the world, not her finding a husband. I think it would be ok for her to end up happy without a man- she’s supposed to be a strong woman.

      • 48 Ashley
        March 25, 2010 at 3:33 am

        Yes i agree with you. For me its Eric or noone.

      • 49 VikingLover
        March 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

        I agree Kitty Kat! It’s Eric!

      • 50 Daniel
        March 31, 2010 at 5:57 am

        Calm Down KittyKat… Geez! I love the books as much as the next crazy on here but to demand an author write what you think is totally MISERY (you should watch it).

        Anyway. You didn’t even mention Alcide. Which is MY #1 HEA FOR SOOKIE!!!

        And stop all the hate on Sam. He’s a few years older a Sookie’s boss. He’s just trying to be a good southern gentleman. He doesn’t need to date his staff. Sookie’s the best waitress he has. Plus, she can bang all the Vamps and supes she wants, get the 1st love out fo the way… then move on to Alcide (or Sam)


    • 51 Freyja
      April 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

      Well I’m thinking that maybe Barry is a distant relative. I think he has fae blood.

      • 52 Christine
        April 11, 2010 at 10:23 am

        Surely some vamp would have mentioned him having fae blood by now. Didn’t Niall tell Sookie that her telepathy was a mutation not associated with her fairy lineage?

  17. 53 Holby
    March 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    First off…I EFFING LOVE the idea of the letters in the attic!!!! I so want to know the backstory of Gran (I am guessing she was a lot more like Sookie than Sookie realized!) and how her knowledge of Sookie’s powers and genetics made it a given that she would leave the house and land (with the portal) to Sookie rather than Jason.

    I am also interested in reading the backstory of Quinn. Just fighting in the pits and being a long term winner shouldn’t make him the kind of God that deserves the kind of reverence with which the other shifters regard him. And the fact that Barry was SO pissed that Quinn hadn’t told Sookie his story. There must me a lot more to it than “I used to be an extreme shifter fighter.”

    As for Eric and Sookie…a) Blood bond breaking would ease Sookie’s mind, shut the Billbangers up and might actually decrease their mutual risk (depending on the “you’re killing me” comment’s source) b) I can totally see their relationship being a bit rocky and involving some “time off” periods. They are both really strong and stubborn personalities. Sookie will need to learn how to accept assistance and Eric will need to learn to ask rather than dictate. Perhaps the Gran letters will give Sookie better insight into what true love involves in terms of sacrifice and compromise and then Book 13 will be the HEA culmination of all the romantic struggle. [Okay, maybe that is just how I HOPE it will play out. So sue me.]

    • 54 sunnynala
      March 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      What if the “you’re killing me” ties in with my theory that Sookie’s fae blood is toxic to vampires? Clue being Bill’s deteriorating appearance…?

      • 55 KittyKat
        March 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm

        Somehow I always read that line as figurative, but who knows…

      • 56 Gigi
        March 25, 2010 at 7:17 am

        Given to Bill’s appearance in the last season, maybe in TB it could be true, Sunny. But in the SVM, he, nor Eric, have shown any sign of deterioration regarding to her blood.

  18. 57 Holby
    March 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    SVB: [First impressions: Sookie…Gran…ATTIC! FFS, is she ever going to go up there?!]

    Sorry for the double post, but I have to say it….again:

    Has there EVER been a character with more shit happening around, near and to her who has been LESS interested in finding out WTF is going on???? I have never encountered, in fiction or real life, a person who has less curiosity than Sookie Stackhouse. Really? My grandma fucked a fairy while she was married to my grandpa (who KNEW he was sterile) and I don’t want to find out anymore about it. Oh, maybe I will look through some old family trees (cuz you just know gran woulda put a caret on the lineage to indicate Fintan’s involvement!). I really want to slap SS sometimes, I’m not kidding. Or at least hold her shoulders and shake her vigorously!

    • 58 sunnynala
      March 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm

      This is the entire reason I can’t read the books. I’ve heard this from just about everybody. I just would not be able to tolerate a first person narrative, thus cutting off other viewpoints, from a character who lacks curiosity. They don’t have to be brilliant or even smart, just CURIOUS. We NEED the narrator to be asking pertinent questions WE would ask, especially in this kind of escapist lit. An incurious narrator sounds deathly BORING to me!

    • 60 kealeagh
      March 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      Harry Potter was just as dim. It took him till book 7 to ask questions about his parents.

      • 61 Holby
        March 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm

        Oh, I agree…I read all of those, and I am still reading SVM…and I find both very entertaining…just get frustrated occasionally! 😉

      • March 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm

        In his defense, HP was a child….children aren’t really curious about their parents in that way.

        Also, I’m not sure that Sookie isn’t curious. I think sometimes she’s just scared to know the answers–because they have so often been bad. That’s different, at least to me. Also, it really hasn’t been that long since she found out about Fintan. And Sookie has had a very busy life and a lot to process. It hasn’t even been that long since Adele died. I would think the prospect of going through those letters, of potentially finding something that could damage her view of her grandmother, would be painful. Finally, I think that Sookie understands what it is like to be an object of curiosity, and she does not want to treat others that way.

        All of that aside, I really want to know what’s in those letters.

        • 63 kealeagh
          March 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

          They were also dead, and I think children would be naturally curious about parents they never knew. And he was always like WHY WHY WHY (much like Sookie)

  19. 64 sunnynala
    March 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I bet CH will buckle to the Bill fans WAY before AB will. In fact, I wouldn’t put it past them to have coordinated how it would go: CH will have Sookie end up with BILL, and AB will have her end up with SAM, with Eric sacrificing his love for her and becoming King so that she and her family have a supernatural protector for the rest of her life.

    • 65 MASpencer
      March 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

      I don’t think she’ll end up with Bill in the books. Maybe I’m reading a different series than the diehard Bill fans, but the signs simply don’t point in that direction at all. Sookie seems to have forgiven him… and that’s really the most we could ask of her or anyone.

      But… I am interested as to whether or not Ms. Harris has divulged her master plan to Alan Ball. I know she’s said that the show doesn’t influence her in terms of creative direction, but surely, Alan Ball would be interested in her endgame. Especially since, in all likelihood, the show will end before the book series does. (To expect any more than six seasons out of it, even with the best ratings, would be a stretch… and that means we will probably see True Blood ending in three years’ time.)

      Of course, if the book series culminates at the 13th installment, then the two would presumably coincide. The final novel still wouldn’t be released until after season six was in the home stretch of production, however… which leads me to believe that Harris would be tipping Alan Ball off along the way.

      For the books and the show to have two COMPLETELY different endings would just be… weird.

      • 66 sunnynala
        March 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm

        I don’t see why not? AB’s story has a different feel, a different emphasis that is hard for me to pin down, exactly, having not read the books. But AB is vastly accelerating Sookie’s growth arc, that I know for sure– and I agree, I don’t see the series lasting past s6–and I feel certain her final destination in the series, romantic and otherwise, will be different from CH’s because AB has a much different perspective and more refined artistic sensibilities. In many ways, Sookie’s HEA may not be important to him at all. I can’t see TB E/S ending up together because I intuit AB has mucher bigger plans for Eric, but he won’t put her with Bill because I feel certain TB Bill will be killed off in a highly satisfying manner in the series finale or even a couple eps before..(all of Bill’s counterparts/doppelgangers–Rene, Amy, MA, Steve Newlin, have been or will be killed off in or near the finale)

        • 67 MASpencer
          March 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm

          I’m not saying it COULDN’T happen differently. I just think that as someone so loyal to “the spirit of the books,” it would make sense that Alan Ball would want the big pictures of both to line up.

          If he is accelerating the story arcs and making changes along the way, I would think it’s at least partly because he wants to be certain to include all of his favorite elements from the book series within what are obvious time constraints. (Matching each season to a single book simply isn’t practical, any way you look at it.) Of course, he’s retelling the story through his own lens, as it were… but I still think the end, if not the means, should (and probably will) be the same.

          Maybe not, though. It’s a conundrum either way, I guess. Ultimately, none of us knows for certain what either of them has in store– I just wonder whether or not they’ve discussed it with eachother at any point.

          • 68 lkc
            March 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm

            I remember CH saying at one time that AB does not know her ending and that he may be going to a different conclusion than her. I think this was in one of the TB threads on her site last summer. All the ELS were freaking out how different the show was from the books and the BLS were saying they think the show was exactly like the books go( as far as character go!)

            • 69 PrettyVikingChains
              March 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

              Does CH even know the ending for sure? I know someone posted earlier that she knew since LDID, but I was pretty sure that I’d heard/read a few times that she’s said she wasn’t sure yet herself. If so, there’s no way that AB could know how things end. Correct me if I’m wrong, because I have missed some of her more recent interviews.
              I think we’ll have a much better idea of how AB is going to tackle the HEA after season 3 starts. From everything that I’ve seen, things are looking good for Eric, & not so hot for Bill (potentially). If Bill gets the crash & burn that I’m desperately hoping for, I think it would be reasonable to expect that AB’ll follow CH’s general storyline, at least superficially. I may regret saying this, but if he gives us Bill’s downfall, “redeems” his version of Eric & puts him & Sookie together (at least as far as the books go), then as far as I’m concerned he can do pretty much whatever else he wants.

            • 70 Ashley
              March 25, 2010 at 3:42 am

              Book bill is so different from show bill, in at least actions. Maybe not personality and looks, they are both cold, stiff, and have no sense of humor, but theactions of bill on the show differ so much from the books.

            • 71 Ashley
              March 25, 2010 at 3:44 am

              BLs are only saying the characters are the same because they like the changes being made to bill and ERic because they think its going their way. If the opposite was happening they wouldnt be saying that. Where is Erics and Sookies banter on the show? thats whats missing from Eric.

          • 72 Ashley
            March 25, 2010 at 3:41 am

            AB has gone on about how the majority of people who watch TB arent book fans so to me that says even if the books end a certain way he could do something completely different. I dont know im on the fence about that.

            • 73 VikingLover
              March 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

              I think that may have been true initially but AB is not a stupid man and he, being a Hollywood man, knows that book sales are always effected when they are made into a film or series (just look at Twilight). CH has had like 2 or 3 of her books on the Bestseller lists simultaneously recently (someone please correct me if wrong). I think her SVM books are selling like hot cakes now. Almost every TB site I visit contains posts of TB watchers that have moved on to the books. Especially after the cliff hanger of S2. Plus it’s clear that AS’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds – even among people that have not read the books. I don’t know if Eric will be Sookie’s HEA on the show but I’m sure AB is aware of which way his fans are going. I’m curious to see what will happen once Alcide is introduced.

              • 74 Ashley
                March 26, 2010 at 4:02 am

                Yes he has to be aware how popular Eric is. And the SVM are on all the huge bestsellers on Amazon and are definitely coming to the forefront since the show. But AB used to say that so i thought that was the excuse he used to do what he wanted basically, but your right he must know how well the books are doing now because of the show. And ive read several posts on different sites where people say they switch from liking Bill to Eric cause of the books hehe.

      • 75 Ashley
        March 25, 2010 at 3:38 am

        I dont know about only 6 seasons…i mean if entourage can manage 8 seasons i dont know why true blood couldnt manage 7 or 8. True bloods a way better show than entourage.

    • 77 LLE
      March 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm

      CH almost killed Bill but changed her mind. I doubt CH will pick Bill because he raped Sookie. CH is a rape victim.

      • 78 Julie
        March 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

        Regarding CH and AB killing Bill…..
        Didn’t I read that CH planned on killing Bill in the books but that AB and the powers that be convinced her not to? So I doubt that AB would want to kill Bill in the series, especially since Stephen Moyer is so popular right???

        • 79 LLE
          March 25, 2010 at 1:45 am

          We really don’t know what AB will do? Stephen Moyer is doing great job playing Bill. I hope AB does not killed Bill off. I like every character on True Blood.

        • 80 Ashley
          March 25, 2010 at 3:47 am

          I wouldnt say that….he killed a male lead in the last season of six feet under, and it wasnt even the season finale. I wont say who for people who havent seen it, but he did and he was a male lead and fan favorite.

        • March 26, 2010 at 12:01 am

          Julie – it wasn’t AB that talked her out of killing Bill in DAG.

          It was (allegedly) her publisher/editor. Alan Ball just happened to accidentally spill this to the whole world. I will never forgive him for this – it ruined alot for book readers, and not just the Bill fans. This was absolutely appalling and he never even apologised for it. Oh I am still spewing about it lol.

          The day I even catch of whiff of Alan Ball directly interfering in the course of these books is the day I burn the whole lot of them.

          As a loyal reader, I expect one thing of Charlaine Harris. That she tell her story as she sees fit.

          If that story doesn’t end (or was never going to end) the way I would like, I just have to suck that up. But if that story is sold up the river for financial gain, or for the benefit of vested interests – I, along with everyone who has invested so much energy in these books – will be absolutely fucking FURIOUS.

          • 82 Ashley
            March 26, 2010 at 4:20 am

            I agree the characters are different, but i tend to think that what they are doing is showing mostly one side of both characters, and subsequently will show the other. I dont think theyve changed Eric completely, but i miss the banter between him and Sookie. And the thing with Lafayette made a lot of people freak out over that, but honestly ive liked Eric even before the reading the books, thats the truth. Yeah he can be brutal but hes intriguing and interesting and sexy. I didnt start reading the books until season sometime in the middle i think, or even towards the end. But by Season 2 Ep. 3 “Scratches” I could tell there was sexual tension between Sookie and Eric and thats what led me to search on the Internet and find out that the show was based on books, and that in those books ERic and Sookie end up getting together! I could tell that it would happen before i read them. Ever since the beginning of Season 2 ive been a huge Eric fan. I dont care aboutthe Lafayette thing.

            I love Lafayette but i was pissed that Lafayette sold Jason out, and he wasnt innocent either. He was encouraging Jason to do V, even after the horrible boner incident. Does Sookie even know about the whole V thing? I know she knows that Lafayette was selling V but does she know he was selling it to Jason? I didnt think she did. Cause if she had the whole story about Lafayette she might not have been as sympathetic. I know she would have still helped him but she would see him differently, and maybe Eric a little too. She saw only one side of that story. The only things she knows about Eric is what Bill has told her, and what she saw in Fangtasia the night she caught lonshadow, and what she saw after the maenad attack. Shes only seen the one side, so thats why it seems like they are changing ERic so much. He hasnt been around Sookie enough. That will change.

            • 83 Ashley
              March 26, 2010 at 4:22 am

              I mean to post this under the comment below about the characters being different on the show and the books, and people confusing them.

          • 84 Julie
            March 27, 2010 at 2:59 am

            I totally agree with you!!! I have been worried for a long time that CH will be influenced by the TV show True Blood when writing her future books. She claims over and over that the show doesn’t affect her writing, but I honestly don’t believe that totally. I am sure seeing Stephen Moyer play Bill with such sympathy, and seeing how likable he is, did affect her on some level. Also, seeing how the show took Eric’s character and changed him from a charming, FUNNY, playful, (albeit politically minded sheriff) in the books, to a ruthless, mean, cold character on the show must have also affected her, even if just slightly right? ( I hate how True Blood makes Eric out to be such a monster by the way. It literally KILLS me, but that is a whole other conversation). Anyway, from what I could see, having read all 9 books twice, CH has slowly built up the character of Eric, showing us differint sides to him, and has also slowly built up his relationship with Sookie, and I PRAY that the TV SHOW doesn’t interfere with this OBVIOUS PROGRESSION. I don’t see any other conclusion then for Sookie to end up with Eric. And as for Bill, I certainly don’t want him to die, and I actually hope he has learned his lesson, and that him and Sookie can have peace as friends. I have seen a growth in Bill over the 9 books, and I do believe he has learned a lot from his past mistakes. Now he has to live with himself, and live WITHOUT Sookie. But again, as much as I hate what he did to Sookie, I don’t wish him to die.

            AB was WRONG to leak that information about CH wanting to kill off Bill and it’s very wrong that he never said he was sorry for that! To me, that shows a lack of respect for book readers. He is so secretive about his show right? He makes sure huge spoilers don’t leak out, yet he doesn’t have the same respect for book readers? Does he regard the books as much less important then the show? Honestly, I prefer the books!!

    • 85 Ashley
      March 25, 2010 at 3:37 am

      I dont see how she could end up with Bill…i mean as far as books fans go, im betting the majority favor Eric. Unless she really wants to piss a lot of her fans off, she shouldnt put sookie with Bill.

      • March 25, 2010 at 4:21 am

        The majority of book readers do favour Eric, though you wouldn’t know it at the moment on certain forums. That forum is not representative, how many times have people said just on this blog that they don’t go there because you can’t say anything about Bill without retorts that Eric is worse? And you can’t love on Eric either…even in the EN thread because they come in there and start bashing as well. All but the most hardcore (or impervious) have simply gone elsewhere. I am pretty immersed in this fandom and I read numerous sites and blogs and forums and I see much more favour for Eric on the whole, than for Bill in terms of the books.

        There was some comments from a couple of long term moderators over there (since early 2000’s) that before True Blood aired, her forum was very pro Eric and he was by far the preferred suitor.

        The problem I think (and Harris has also said this) is that Stephen Moyer is a very good actor, and thusfar his Bill is very sympathetic. The lines between Book Bill and Show Bill are becoming very blurred, and book Bill is being enhanced with perceptions gained from watching show Bill. His actions in the books – even the ones that clearly show him in a less than admirable light – are being reinterpreted through the filter of the show.

        And it could be argued that this is working in reverse for EL’s – we are all pushing Book Eric’s attributes onto show Eric. When they are not the same thing either.

        Fandom is NUTS. 😀

        • 87 Gigi
          March 25, 2010 at 7:55 am

          [The lines between Book Bill and Show Bill are becoming very blurred, and book Bill is being enhanced with perceptions gained from watching show Bill. His actions in the books – even the ones that clearly show him in a less than admirable light – are being reinterpreted through the filter of the show.

          And it could be argued that this is working in reverse for EL’s – we are all pushing Book Eric’s attributes onto show Eric. When they are not the same thing either.]

          That’s the key point to understand. People need to realize that BOTH TB charachters, despite having the same names, ARE NOT the same characters of the SMV because their cores have been changed. That´s the bare truth, no matter how much AB says that he is remaing true to the spirit of the books (which is,in the first place, the main reason for all this fandom craziness).

        • 88 Pat
          March 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

          Hello everyone, I am a huge fan of this blog and have a look at it almost every day but this is the first time I’m participating in the discussion. My first contact with Sookie was with the first season of True Blood and I am ashamed to admit I was all pro Bill and hardly noticed Eric (did they have so little money they couldn’t invest in a nicer blond wig??). Then I bought the first two books, got hooked, read all of the rest in succession and totally reversed my opinion, now I struggle to even watch Bill on TV and just savour every little moment of Eric. I am a bit more optimist about Eric being Sookie’s HEA than most people here seem to be. Beyond all the reasons that have been discussed in this forum quite often, what I always remember is having watched the cast of True Blood on Comic con and the MASSIVE ovation that AS got when they announced his name (while poor Stephen Moyer, who is actually a really nice guy, got embarrassingly few applauses, considering he is such a much bigger character). CH could be seen in that shot and she laughed absolutely delighted at the reaction of the crowd and it just crossed my mind that she loved Eric as much as I do! 🙂 Regarding AB and the TV series, no matter what he wants, TV shows live of ratings and he needs to give the public what they want : Eric! So, I am crossing my fingers and remaining optimistic!

          • 89 VikingLover
            March 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm

            {…what I always remember is having watched the cast of True Blood on Comic con and the MASSIVE ovation that AS got when they announced his name (while poor Stephen Moyer, who is actually a really nice guy, got embarrassingly few applauses, considering he is such a much bigger character). CH could be seen in that shot and she laughed absolutely delighted at the reaction of the crowd and it just crossed my mind that she loved Eric as much as I do!}

            Awww! I love this! 🙂 Poor SM! It’s only going to get worse next year.

            • 90 kealeagh
              March 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

              SM is compaigning for more support. He admitted that Eric’s following would increase in season 3.

              • 91 VikingLover
                March 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm

                It must be tough on the actor’s of a show when one of their collegues becomes the break out star. I just hope it doesn’t create a problem internally like it has on other shows.

                • 92 Lise
                  March 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

                  I would guess it would be more awkward considering SM is engaged to AP. I wonder how that all goes down on set.

                • 93 KittyKat
                  March 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm

                  Especially when the show’s main star is said actor’s SO. I mean…is she the type of person to push it on everyone to suit her own RL arrangement, as in not to diminish her future husband? And how will/would he take her fiancee having to intercede on his behalf? Not very good for the male ego.

                  I don’t know, but we can have a shitfest on our hands. I guess it depends on what kind of persons AP and SM really are, which we have no real clue right now. But seriously, if they hadn’t thought about it, they should have. Unlike a lot of series, this one is based on books, they could have found out in advance. But then again we don’t know if they researched past the first 2 books when they signed up.

                  And I have to be a little sarcastic also, she should be happy most people aren’t obsessing about her fiancee lol… This way she won’t be harassed about it by crazy fans.

                  • 94 VikingLover
                    March 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm

                    I personally think it’s never good when actors become romantically involved on set. I guess it’s something that can’t really be prevented but still – it has to cause problems eventually. I mean AS and AP have seen eachother naked for goodness sake. That’s gotta be just a tad awkward for SM. Oh well, I guess they are used to it as actors. Well, all of the actors on TB seem to be very professional and very serious about their roles/jobs so I hope it won’t be a problem. None seem to have big egos – at least not yet. It just worries me when I hear SM mentioning how popular AS is or will become – it’s obviously something that’s on his mind. AB must rue the day those two got together!

                    • 95 Holby
                      March 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm

                      I have read/heard a few things on that issue. AB was initially unhappy or at least “concerned” when he found out about AP and SM, but has since stated that he is confident that they will remain a couple and that they are both professionals. SM has made jokes about when they are home alone and getting “romantic” that he jokes that it seems wrong without the crew there! And, curiously, he and AP are both evasive about a date for the nuptuals. On the clip that SVB has here on the blog, the interviewer actually boldly asks if this is a wedding that will really happen or if it is just a temporary engagement. SM says it will happen…someday…
                      And AP does do things with SMs children….and their mother, SMs ex. The photos I have seen of her with the kids are always with the ex, not with SM.
                      I just think the two of them have a weird relationship…as stated on previous posts, there seems to be a lot of “hero-worship” on her part toward him.

                    • 96 MASpencer
                      March 25, 2010 at 7:26 pm

                      Frankly, the less I hear about the personal lives of ANY of the actors on the show, the better. It totally ruins the illusion for me.

                      The sex scenes are downright uncomfortable for me to watch now, thanks to all the publicity concerning the lead actors’ relationship– and I ended up feeling strangely self-conscious FOR Anna Paquin in her scene in bed with Alexander Skarsgard because of it. (While also thinking how great it would be to get PAID to make out with him, no strings attached. Ha.)

                      Should that have happened? NO. But it did… just like I can’t enjoy a movie with Brad Pitt in it anymore without thinking about Angelina Jolie and his giant gaggle of children. It’s fucking annoying.

                      Anyway, it’s great that Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin are together and happy and all, but I kind of wish they just never said anything. It doesn’t help that the Bill/Sookie shippers seem to project their HEA fantasies on to the real life couple, as if they think an Eric/Sookie pairing would have ANY influence on the personal lives of ANYONE on set.

                      It’s show business, ferchrissakes. Talk about blurring the lines.

                      Sorry. Rant over. 😉

                    • March 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm

                      TOTALLY agree with you MASpencer. That is why I don’t make endless posts speculating on who ASkars is dating this week, or having lunch with or whatever.
                      I honestly do not care. The man has a life, as do Paquin and Moyer, and I don’t need to know about it. It’s been excrutiating during the hiatus, where there has been a drought of news – having some sites inundating my inbox with daily updates on all of their personal lives, esp SM and AP.

                      Obviously Alan Ball wasn’t happy about this hook up when he found out – he is planning a big bad for Bill and seeing the fanbase so heavily invested in their real life relationship – and seeing the lines between the fictional couple and the real life couple blurred in so many of their minds, must be disconcerting for him.

                      And yes, I was watching episode one of S2 yesterday and their sex scenes are unbearable for me to watch. I already had issues with B/S sex anyway – ie. it makes my skin crawl because of my feelings about the character of Bill – and the knowledge that the two of them are together off screen makes it so uncomfortable to watch.

                    • 98 Holby
                      March 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm

                      Man, now I feel like a scaggy creeper. Honestly, because I respect you all so much, I don’t want to be perceived as trolling gossip sites (because, of course, I spend waaaay too much time on this one and fanfic! LOL). I was just trying to be helpful with weird info I have picked up indirectly. Okay, I will slink away now…..

                    • March 26, 2010 at 12:23 am

                      Aw sorry Holby you scraggy creeper you! 😉 I didn’t mean that to make anyone feel bad. A bit of speculation is one thing… Hey I have been trawling pap photos for the last two months obsessing about the colour of Skars’ hair – but in saying that, I’ve been doing that because it’s actually ERIC’S hair I’m obsessing about. But endless posts you see on some sites about who an actor might be dating – or worse, bitching about who they’re dating, or why they’re together – I dunno, I just find it boring…and a bit stalkerish LOL.

                    • 100 MASpencer
                      March 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

                      Oh no! I totally wasn’t condemning any fan’s passing interest in the personal lives of the stars. It comes with the cult of celebrity– anyone in Hollywood today knows that, so I can’t say I feel too bad for them. Believe me, I’ve bought my own fair share of gossip mags.

                      I’m just saying that in this case, knowing more makes it harder for me to lose myself in the show… specifically given the relationship between the two current leads. I have no problem with the relationship itself– like someone said earlier, they both seem like really wonderful, professional people– I just don’t want to know about it.

                      And I’m particularly disturbed about some fans’ inclination to project feelings for the characters onto the actors (i.e. making rude comments about Skarsgaard or Moyer– who both seem fabulously charming– because they don’t like Eric or Bill, or imagining some kind of jealousy or romantic rivalry where there really isn’t one). Similarly, I’ve seen comments on some of the paparazzi pics of Paquin and Moyer at The Vault that just struck me as creepy– you know, “she might hook up with Eric, but at least Sookie goes home to Bill every night” and that kind of thing. Or assuming that because the two are getting married, Alan Ball will abandon the entire direction of the books to accomodate them.

                      Please. Alan Ball can do whatever the fuck he wants. They’ve all got contracts to fulfill, and if it suits the story to make Bill’s character into the King of Assholes, then that’s what’s going to happen. He certainly doesn’t need anyone’s permission. I don’t know why anyone would think that Ball’s acceptance of the relationship would have ANY bearing on his creative direction whatsoever.

                      I do feel a little bad for Paquin and Moyer, though, because while actors obviously know that swapping spit with other people comes with the territory, it must be a little tougher to have to be so close to it every day. (Oh look, my fiancee’s making out with my costar now… guess it’s time for a smoke break!) But hey, they knew this was coming… I’m sure they’ve steeled themselves properly.

                    • March 26, 2010 at 11:27 am

                      Or assuming that because the two are getting married, Alan Ball will abandon the entire direction of the books to accomodate them.

                      Oh this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this sentiment, or similar expressed. And it DRIVES ME INSANE.

                      I mean….really?! I think it just shows a complete inability to separate fiction from reality and it’s quite….nuts.

                    • 102 Ashley
                      March 27, 2010 at 4:15 am

                      That is the most ridiculous thing ive ever heard. Since when do married actor couples not do sex scenes with other people? If its in the script, they do it. The actors dont get to dictate that kind of thing. The personal lives of actors are of no consequence to their projects, and it is ridiculous to think otherwise.

                    • 103 Pogonip
                      March 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

                      If actors get turned on by a stage kiss, they’re doing it wrong. The are focused on making it *look* right, on the camera angles, on the director, not on each other. Not to mention that there’s a huge crowd of people doing various things all around them. Not conducive to romance in any way, shape, or form.

                    • 104 Ashley
                      March 27, 2010 at 4:11 am

                      Yeah i agree people are taking the SM and AP relationship and carrying it onto the show…this will not affect the plot of the show at all in my opinion. Thats how making tv and movies works. You are gonna have to do sex scenes with other people. AB will do whatever he wants, and honestly AP and SM had to have known from the beginning that they wouldnt be together indefinitely on the show so they knew the risks of getting involved. They dont seem to care, and ive also heard they are not getting married anytime soon so that wont affect the show, at least not now, but it shouldnt after they do either.

                    • 105 VampirePamsGirl
                      March 29, 2010 at 3:45 am

                      “And I’m particularly disturbed about some fans’ inclination to project feelings for the characters onto the actors (i.e. making rude comments about Skarsgaard or Moyer– who both seem fabulously charming– because they don’t like Eric or Bill, or imagining some kind of jealousy or romantic rivalry where there really isn’t one). Similarly, I’ve seen comments on some of the paparazzi pics of Paquin and Moyer at The Vault that just struck me as creepy– you know, “she might hook up with Eric, but at least Sookie goes home to Bill every night” and that kind of thing. Or assuming that because the two are getting married, Alan Ball will abandon the entire direction of the books to accomodate them.”

                      This times a million! That SM and AP being together means that Bill and Sookie should be together is one of my absolutely most-hated BL arguments ever! I also dislike when BLs generalize about Eric’s fans being rude about SM (or when ELs generalize as well to be fair because I know some do). I know there are some that do make snide remarks about SM and I think they are just as inane as any Bill fan that rags on Skarsgard. I may hate Bill, but I realize that Stephen Moyer is not Bill Compton and I actually think (based on interviews and stuff) that he seems like a pretty cool guy. And I may love both Eric Northman and Alexander Skarsgard, but I can discern that one of them is a fictional character and the other one is a real person that is paid to act out that character’s role. I’m not trying to say that I’m a picture of mental health (just look at how much time I spend on the internet, haha) but I am happy to say that I’m not that nuts, lol.

                    • 106 KittyKat
                      March 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

                      Yea in a way it’s like watching a censored peep show into their private lives, it’s just a little weird.

                      I can’t wait until that on-screen pairing is broken off. In a way, give me Quinn, even, anything but this…lol

                    • 107 MASpencer
                      March 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

                      Oh, I’m willing to bet that Ball was VERY upset when he found out. He has more invested in this show’s success than anyone– and having at least some idea of how rabid the fanbase would be (seeing as how it’s based on a book series with loyal followers) it had to have thrown him for a serious loop. And God forbid the two break up at some point during the show’s production. Then you have THAT drama to deal with.

                      But oh well. Recasting obviously wasn’t an option. He has no choice but to have faith in his actors’ prevailing professionalism, and at this point, I don’t think it’s misplaced at all. Luckily, Paquin and Moyer also keep a very low profile by Hollywood standards. That must be reassuring for him, too.

                    • 108 Ashley
                      March 27, 2010 at 4:04 am

                      Yes the real life couple thing bugs me as well…people are confusing real life with a tv show too much…i dont like their sex scenes anymore either…its like im spying on what going on in their bedroom…creepy.

                    • 109 VikingLover
                      March 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm

                      Yep, I agree MAS – that’s why I feel it’s never a good idea for them to get involved and if they do, they really should try to keep it hush hush.

                    • 110 PrettyVikingChains
                      March 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

                      I think their relationship is weird too. I never really “believe” couples who start dating only after playing a couple on TV/movies. Is it really their own emotions, or is it just carried over from getting into their characters? For their sakes though, I hope that things work out great for them. To give them a little credit, they did try to keep it secret, at least for a while. The rest of the crew didn’t even know they were together until season 1 was almost finished filming, & they got together right after the pilot. SM seems like a nice guy (damn him! I so want to hate him 😉 ), & so far he seems to be OK with the E/S stuff. When he said that ASkars would have many more fans after this season, he seemed very lighthearted & almost happy for him. I don’t think there are any hard feelings there, at least not yet.

                  • 111 Julie
                    March 26, 2010 at 1:39 am

                    I have to say that after watching numerous interviews with AP and SM, and also reading tons of interviews with them, I am SURE that they are not only wonderful, fair people, but are very, very professional. I really doubt there will be any jealousy on set at all between the 3 main stars. AS and SM are both extremely sweet and nice guys, who seem to be really good friends in real life. They know it’s all a job, and just acting, and I don’t think Anna having love scenes with Alex bothers Stephen at all, he understands it’s just work, and I have heard him say so in interviews. I really do think AP and SM have the “real thing”, they seem so in love, and have already been together for 3 years. I just hope that the fans can separate their real life relationship from the show. Because, although I do love Anna and Stephen together, I am a huge supporter of ERIC AND SOOKIE as the endgame here!!! LOL

          • 112 VampirePamsGirl
            March 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

            “My first contact with Sookie was with the first season of True Blood and I am ashamed to admit I was all pro Bill and hardly noticed Eric (did they have so little money they couldn’t invest in a nicer blond wig??). Then I bought the first two books, got hooked, read all of the rest in succession and totally reversed my opinion, now I struggle to even watch Bill on TV and just savour every little moment of Eric.”

            Don’t worry Pat! You aren’t alone there! That was exactly how my love affair with this series began as well.

          • March 26, 2010 at 12:12 am

            Hi Pat 🙂
            Glad you’re joining in…hang around, we’re all a bit crazy but we have lots of fun!

        • 114 VampirePamsGirl
          March 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

          That’s a great point about the blurring between the show and the books, SVB! And yes, we are all guilty of it and I really don’t think there’s anyway to get around it. I just wonder what the reaction will be from the BLs when the not-so-nice factors of Bill start to come out on the show and I truly do believe that will happen eventually; I just have to remind myself every now and then, lol.

          On the forum thing, I sometimes wonder if we shouldn’t make more of an effort to make our presence known there. I would hate for CH to think that Bill is more popular than Eric based only on the activity from her site. Because as you said, it’s clearly the exception and not the rule. I’ve also seen proof of that on many (neutral!) sites.

          Of course though, there was that Eric Northman day that someone organized back in January where the ELs came out in mass force on CHs site. Which was cool. Perhaps something like that again would help. It would be even cooler if we could organize some type of Twi-Con gathering of ELs. Pipe dream, I know, but still cool to think about!

          • 115 Jo
            March 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm

            I do not attend the site of CH, but for what they say here and other sites in the climate of persecution as Els is very strong, not sure of course, but it seems that Els was prohibited from doing by posting there.
            For me the intention is very obvious, they think that expelling the Els, CH Bls will think Bls are most, and I said do not comment there and I can not confirm, but the information was someone who often go there for a long active time
            I have no patience to get there, do not really like forums especially the writer himself, but they should be more active there is, and try not to fall into the provocation of Bls (it’s hard I know), so we never go on sites Bls, waste of time

          • 116 KC
            March 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm

            I wish more people would post there and say something if you they feel the rules are applied unfairly…

            (I hope *I’m* impervious so I can escalate to hardcore if necessary.)

            • 117 VampirePamsGirl
              March 26, 2010 at 2:45 am

              I just don’t know that it would do any good for anyone to say that they feel that the rules are being applied unfairly. I’ve seen several instances where I’ve felt that others there were chastised unfairly and even when they contest that happening, it really seems not to make a difference. I do respect that those mods have an extremely tough job and that they work very, very hard, but sometimes it really seems like some of them have attitudes and have a ‘do as I say cause I’m a moderator or else’ kinda of mentality. I swear I actually saw one post where she pretty much told someone that they should do as she asks just because she asks them to and she shouldn’t have to explain herself. And they are the mods…the people in power…so what can you do?

              I’m definitely not impervious. I don’t know if it comes across or not but I’m really soft-hearted and easily hurt, lol. I wish I had thicker skin, I really, really, really do, but I just don’t. That’s probably where a lot of my own defensiveness comes in, as well as my numerous smiley faces and stuff to try to make clear when I’m not trying to offend someone else, lol. I am going to try to make an effort to post on that site again though. I was going to try to this morning, but then I read that one girl just getting bashed over and over for speculating on the Eric thread as to whether or not Sookie loves Eric and I just closed it down. But I’m going to try to work myself up to it and post a nice, non-spoiler, non-controversial Eric-Lover comment there, lol. 😀

              • 118 VikingLover
                March 26, 2010 at 3:03 am

                Oh Girlfriend, you are brave! I can’t bring myself to do it – I don’t have the patience! Plus Book Bill Bangers kinda scare me – they’re…well…nuts. *shudder*

                PS I know that’s mean but I’m not sorry cause, well, they’re nuts. 🙂

          • 119 Ashley
            March 26, 2010 at 4:37 am

            Whats the address for the CH site? I wouldnt mind going on there and stating my opinion even if the BLs have taken it over. We should make our prsence known there because she probably reads those comments once in a while. I dont want anyone thinking more people like Bill.

            • March 26, 2010 at 5:43 am

              Hi Ashley
              If you do a google search you can find the site easily.

              I don’t want to encourage anyone to go over there in a huff. And it’s really pointless anyway, they are in a world of their own. CH is smart lady. I think she knows how people feel in the wider readership, outside the confines of her board.

              • 121 Ashley
                March 27, 2010 at 3:52 am

                Dont worry wouldnt do that…it doesnt really bother me. I just wanted to know the site because ive never been there before and wanted to check it out. But i dont like to start fights. I try to stay out of it.

  20. 122 Julie
    March 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Hey guys! Refresh my memory, do we know for sure there is a portal to Fairy in Sookie’s house? Did we find that out in Dead and Gone? I am re-reading all the books now, I just don’t remember about the portal off the top of my head. Was it ever mentioned in the books?

    • 123 Holby
      March 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

      Julie, no…it isn’t confirmed. However, since Nial and Claudine’s dad come out of the woods and Fintan just happened upon Gran when coming out of the woods and DITF speaks of things “happening” in the woods, I guess I have drawn my own conclusion. I think there is something definitely magical about Sookie’s house and/or property, whether it is an official portal or not, I don’t know for sure. Sorry.

      • March 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm

        Neave was also out wandering around in Sookie’s woods when she poisoned Tray in DAG, and in Gift Wrap, she found Preston out in her woods as well.

        I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up with a portal at her bloody back door LOL.

    • 125 Gigi
      March 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      The fact that Niall decided to close the “portal” forever after he won the Fae War didn’t make sense to many people. But if you think it twice, the reason beyond that decision could be that the portal is indeed at the woods in Sookie’s property and he didn’t wanted to take the chance to risk her live again (especially after she was kidnapped and tortured).

      Perhaps we will find the confirmation about where exactly was the portal in “Dead Letters”….

  21. 126 Lise
    March 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I just wanted to throw my halfpenny worth in, I am royally sick of the Fae. Niall was gone, zipped up the door or whatever it was, but still they keep coming. I miss the early books which had more of a storyline and not as wham bam heres another Supe to add to the mix.

  22. 127 Angie
    March 24, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    It just doesn’t make sense that Sookie would end up with anyone besides Eric. Trust me, the average reader finds Eric/Sookie way more entertaining than any of the alternatives. Funny story: One of my online friends recently started reading the Sookie books. She read the first one when it first came out, but wasn’t interested in reading the rest of the series. She watched TB, but didn’t really care for it. Now, after reading the first two books, she’s eager to finish the rest. I assured her that the Eric/Sookie stuff was worth reading the whole series for. She admitted that Eric/Sookie were way more fun that Bill/Sookie. Um, see? Even someone who didn’t care for the first book, or the tv series, is interested in E/S. It would be crazy to not go in that direction.

    • 128 MASpencer
      March 24, 2010 at 11:57 pm

      I thought the first book sucked. I only read the second book because I’m a total spoiler junkie and wanted to know what would happen in the next season of True Blood. By the end of the second book, I was hooked– questionable wardrobe, continuity errors, and all.

      Why? Because it was obvious that the cheeky and awesome Eric Northman would eventually carry Sookie away from the creepy and humorless Bill “The Date Rapist” Compton. And believe me, as a show-to-book convert, the Sookie/Eric pairing sounded completely absurd to me beforehand.

      Shows what I knew.

      • 129 Lise
        March 25, 2010 at 12:10 am

        My friends and I do make a game out of Sookie’s wardrobe, if only we all had a red dress with detached sleeves…
        The series is all about the Eric and his development as a character. He is so much more than Bill I guess having almost 900 years on him helps.

        • 130 Ashley
          March 25, 2010 at 4:25 am

          Yeah when i read about the red dress with the detached sleeves i was just thinking what the hell? I mean what is this the 1980s or something? I dont get it. Eric has been set up to be the fan favorite so if hes not with sookie in the end their will be serious backlash. why set up a character to be the one so many want Sookie with and have it not be him? Thats just cruel if you ask me.

      • 131 Holby
        March 25, 2010 at 1:40 am

        Oh, MAS…you nailed it when you talked about “the creepy and humorless Bill “The Date Rapist” Compton.” In the books, he reads like the most negative stereotype of the strict and sour grandfather. He has not fun, he is always looking “grave” or “stony” and his voice is always “cool” or “cold as ice on glass.” How could anyone who giggles at the silliest things and actually has fun even stand to be around him?! And if ANY man I dated would have grabbed the back of my head and turned me forcibly to face him (as Bill did 3 times in one night in DUD) I would have lost my cool completely and forever! At least Eric is amused by Sookie’s human and naive outbursts!

        • March 25, 2010 at 2:57 am

          The way Bill manhandles Sookie *really* gets up my nose. Interesting that we’ve already seen it on True Blood a few times as well.

          • 133 Ashley
            March 25, 2010 at 3:53 am

            Yeah we have…when he tears into her wrist after the maenad poisoning, after the jessica incident, although i have a theory about why he was so upset about that. I have a theory that on season three we are going to get a flashback involving Lorena, Bill, and his wife caroline, and thats why bill got so upset about the whole jessica going back to see her family thing.

            • March 25, 2010 at 4:40 am

              Very, very likely on the flashback/Jessica thing 🙂

              Just watched ep1 of season 2 and even the manhandling during sex (which I have expanded on extensively in the Loved by a Vampire posts) has translated – he is always physically moving around to how he wants her. In that ep he grabbed her by the ankle and pulled her down the bed. Then he pulls her onto him. Some women like that I guess but it says something about the man too.

            • 135 Dwimordene
              March 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

              After Jessica incident? Do you mean wen she was attacked on the road? He didn’t do anything to her there… I don’t get that one.

              • 136 Gigi
                March 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

                I think they’re talking about the incident where Bill throw and crashed Jessica against the wall when he and Sookie returned home from Fangtasia and found her with Hoytt… (aww.. he’ so sweet and delicate, a perfect “father” and a complete gentleman lol!)

        • 139 Gigi
          March 25, 2010 at 6:56 am

          [And if ANY man I dated would have grabbed the back of my head and turned me forcibly to face him (as Bill did 3 times in one night in DUD) I would have lost my cool completely and forever!]

          You are too kind Holby LOL.
          I simply would have cut his hand. And you can be sure that after he lacks a hand, he will never dare to mistreat a woman again…

    • 143 VikingLover
      March 25, 2010 at 1:25 am

      I agree 100% with you Angie. Eric is Sookie’s HEA and I would be VERY,VERY surprised if that wasn’t the case. There has been too much written, too much character development, too much relationship development, and too much build up over these last 9 books (that’s 9 f***ing long years!) for it to be any other way. Can you imagine reading this series for the past 9 years (and a full 12 since she has 3 more books coming) for it NOT be Eric! Lord, this woman would get death threats! lol

      Anyway, whenever I have dark moments of doubts I just re-read the books – that always helps. It always reminds me that CH herself has led us by the hand into falling in-love with this character and into drawing these conclusions. No matter how many curve balls she throws in the story (and no matter how many suitors there have been in the past) it ALWAYS comes back to Eric.

      Now there are only 3 books left (not counting DITF) and that really doesn’t give CH enough time to introduce a new suitor – not believably anyway. All of the other guys kind of fall short – could you really see yourself reading new SVM adventures with one of the other guys? I definitely can’t. Plus Eric is too interesting a character (and so darned beloved by much of the fans) to be relegated to a secondary character like Bill was. I love Sookie but honestly, for me the books have become about Sookie and Eric and it has been that way since Book 2. I remember eagerly reading each book just to find out what happens between them – I would sometimes fast forward just to get to the Eric parts. lol

      CH seems like a smart business woman so she must know that she can’t prolong this for much longer – not if she wants people to keep buying her books. Plus if she is planning on continuing SVM with an HEA then she knows which couple is going to make her the most money: E/S Baby!

      I’m excited about finally finding out more backstory on Gran; excited about Quinn because I think SVB is sooo right when she says there’s going to be a major showdown between him and Eric; Barry the Bellboy doesn’t bother me because he’s just coming back to finish up the whole FBI thing like someone said; the blood bond thing doesn’t worry me – I agree with those that said it has to be broken then renewed in order for Sookie to trust her feelings about Eric.

      Last but not least, CH saying the blood bond has caused her grief just annoyed the sh**t out of me. She’s the one who keeps making a big deal about it in the books! She deserves the grief she’s getting.

      PS Congrats SVB for the tag! I don’t know what that is but I’m happy you’re excited about it! lol (stupid question: what the heck is a tag? :))

      • 144 LLE
        March 25, 2010 at 1:51 am

        There are a lot of posters on her board asking questions about the blood bond. The poster take the book way too series. I don’t blame CH at all about it.

        • 145 VikingLover
          March 25, 2010 at 2:05 am

          That’s because Sookie is always boohooing about the blood bond effecting her feelings. If CH didn’t want it to be a big deal then she should have minimized its importance in the books. We have been dealing with the stupid thing since Book freaking 7. I agree with many on this board that say it’s not a big deal but somehow to Sookie it seems to be. Pogonip said it best: “Sookie, the telepath, has been inundated her entire life with thoughts and emotions of humans. Now, with the blood bond, she can feel the emotions of ONE vampire, and the thoughts of NONE. Why would this be a problem to her?” I agree with that and MASpencer and I agree that the BB’s can’t stop harping on the damn thing but annoyingly, neither can Sookie. Also, if CH is tired of getting grief about it then why won’t she break the damn thing! Instead we’ll have to endure it for another 2 books. It’s annoying already. Or why can’t she have Sookie understand that it’s important to her safety?

          • March 25, 2010 at 3:01 am

            I think she will come to understand that eventually VL. But I think after all the fuss Sookie has kicked up about it, it will have to be broken, at least temporarily.

            If for no other reason than to allow the BL’s to let it go and move on. Something they, like their hero seem to have much trouble doing.

            No matter how CH writes her ending, if Sookie doesn’t have some time without the BB, they will never be happy with it in a million years.

            • 147 VikingLover
              March 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

              I hope so, SVB, because I can’t take Sookie blaming the blood bond for her feelings anymore. Based on the first chapter of DITF I’m hoping that she’s at least starting to recognize that some of her feelings are genuine.

              • 148 Dwimordene
                March 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

                Maybe she is just dumb and nonsensitive, so aswell as she doesn’t care to know anything, she also doesn’t care to know anything of herself… Maybe she doesn’t care for Eric… Poor Eric, CH is begining to make me want someone much better for him… I begin to be fed up with the girl, seriosly!

                • 149 Gigi
                  March 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm

                  I don’t think so, Dwimordene. Actually Sookie uses several defense mechanisms to deal with her feelings because she has been carrying deep male figure issues and abuse related traumas since her chilhood . We can’t loose perspective and leave out her past reality when we judge her actions and/or reactions towards Eric…

                  • 150 Dwimordene
                    March 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm

                    Yea, I know… And I understand it. But she didn’t question so much about all the others. Maybe I could be because she didn’t care for them as much (subconsciusly). Well, as I keep saying too many times lately, “we will see”. Hahahaha.
                    The problem is not her, but me… I never read romance novels (and bad written we should admit) until I found vampires in one of them (Twilight). I get exasperated with CH… I don’t like people who claim to be artists and just do some “creations” (that I wouldn’t call art) to earn money. Arg… And then, I got addicted… Hahahahaah.

            • 151 Pogonip
              March 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

              They (the Bill Lovers) won’t be happy anyway. Blood bond, no blood bond, what they’re unhappy about is Bill not being the One and Only. So if the bond is broken, they’ll complain (loud and long) about the residual effect or some other nonsense.

          • 152 Ashley
            March 25, 2010 at 4:02 am

            Yeah it is annoying that Sookies alwas annoyed by it…its just an excuse for her to not give in entirely to her feelings for Eric, and also she doesnt like that she feel Erics every feeling even if hes far away, and unlike her telepathy she cant block it. So i think she finds it annoying in that sense, and thats it. It will be good to break it because she cant use that as an excuse anymore, and she will see that the feelings are real.

          • 153 LLE
            March 25, 2010 at 7:24 pm

            Bill’s fans are very upset with the blood bond and keep asking CH stupid questions about the blood bond.

            • 154 Ashley
              March 27, 2010 at 3:58 am

              What are they asking her exactly? Do they think the blood bond is influencing Sookies feelings? Ive seen one Bill fan say this but i didnt know if that was the more general opinion. Is that what they keep asking about?

      • 156 Ashley
        March 25, 2010 at 3:56 am

        I think the grief shes getting is a lot of Bill fans giving the blood bond more credit than it deserves, and Eric fans questioning Eric and Sookies feeling for each other. So to me it makes sense to break it because then we will know their feelings are real and BLs will stop saying nonsense about the blood bond.

      • 157 VampirePamsGirl
        March 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm

        “Eric is Sookie’s HEA and I would be VERY,VERY surprised if that wasn’t the case. There has been too much written, too much character development, too much relationship development, and too much build up over these last 9 books (that’s 9 f***ing long years!) for it to be any other way.”

        That’s why we love ya VL! Lol. I needed to hear something like that because like a few others here, these spoilers just left me feeling kinda let-down and (surprise, surprise) pessimistic. Though I am kinda intrigued about the half-elf thing. But that’s mostly just because I have a thing for elves, lol. I blame it on Lord of the Rings.

        I’m also interested in reading the Quinn thing, just because it will answer a lot of questions.

        And I’ll be glad to see Barry again, but definitely not as a romantic interest for Sookie!

        • 158 VikingLover
          March 26, 2010 at 3:31 am

          Hey, I call ’em like I see ’em, VPG! 🙂 No really though, it’s very true. I re-read DAG recently and I’m always struck by the intimacy and caring shown during the love scene. Not the sex part (although it’s awesome) but the “after” part. They are just laying in bed sharing eachother’s lives – he tells Sookie about his job and she tells him all about her day while he listens intently and asks questions (with sincere and genuine interest). And they’re also very playful with eachother – very trusting. It’s such a normal, natural, and intimate scene between a caring couple. We’ve never really seen that with the other guys. I also always think about the 2 scenes (there are so many but these 2 in particular) when 1) she’s holding the bomb in Book 7 and yet she and Eric just start chatting away about computers/technology – much to Quinn’s dismay (I think they even forgot he was there for a second lol) and 2) when she’s staying with Alcide in MS and the same thing happens – she and Eric start chatting away about hair and clothes while Alcide is standing there like “hello?!”. It just shows such an intimacy between them that has been building since they first met. It’s how people fall genuinely in-love – over time because they have gotten to know eachother. I dont think CH would develop that over these last 9 books just to destroy it in the end. It would be very strange.

  23. March 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    The thread where I found the information in this post has been updated, with notes from a lecture Harris gave at Shippensburg University in the last few days:


    Of interest – CH knows how things will pan out for TWO of the suitors. I could take a wild guess here about the Big B, but I won’t.

    Some interesting comments on the HEA and Debbie Pelt’s treatment in True Blood. She seems to know a bit more about what’s planned for season three than she’s been letting on, crafty lady 😉

    I think this thread is well worth watching, for the hardcore amongst us 😉 It’s worth remembering that the information is likely to be coloured by the biases of the poster, since it’s a forum and anyone who attends these events can post. But even so, it’s interesting reading.

    • 160 Gigi
      March 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      [Her favorite villain is Debbie Pelt, wished Sookie could have killed her twice (much laughter in audience), but she thinks Alan Ball is going to paint her with a more sympathetic picture.]


      Aaine please… (for the sake of trubbies’ mental health) find me the straightjacket and a muzzle, HURRY!!!!

      • 161 Julie
        March 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

        OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG.

        Does Alan Ball NOT GET IT?????

        The reason Debbie Pelt was such a nightmare is because she was just plain psychotic!!!! There is no sympathy for her! She was just a plain old sociopath!

        Why does he have to have every single character have a sympathetic edge, EXCEPT ERIC???? You notice that? Instead of portraying Eric with sympathy, and having a soft side, and more depth to him, he portrays Eric as a cold villian, meanwhile, he gives Bill a sympathetic edge and now he is going to redeem Debbie Pelt.

        I am going to go throw up in my mouth a little now!

        • 162 Dwimordene
          March 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm

          We are getting worse things from Eric than we took from the books, but until now we are getting a deeper Eric than in the books, so I hope his better side will expand and being shown now.
          For Debbie, is better if she has an excuse. Every person, even the worse one have one. Even more psychotic or illmental ones. Why is that for? Why do they behave like that? Why does she take v? Why did all began? It doesn’t give you an excuse, but that is how reality is. It is sad, and something that must be talked about. Also it will gives us a more interesting character, deeper, sensitive, even more evil, but human.

          • 163 Gigi
            March 28, 2010 at 1:04 am

            A reason is not the same as an excuse or a justification. In Debbie’s case the REASON for her behavior in the books is that she is a psychopath. If she is going to be a V user in TB, (and will be paint with a more sympathetic picture as CH thinks) the EXCUSE could be that the drug is the problem, and not her. And, as a result, they could also JUSTIFY her behavior because they could making her another innocent victim of the drug business (which at the end shifts the responsibility of her decisions and actions from her towards the drug dealers).

            Now think… who are portrayed as drug dealers in the show? It doesn´t matter whatever reason that SA and Eric could have to be dealing with V, the fact is that if Debbie’s behavior will be justified with the V, at the end, the viewers could also interpret them as guilty for the innocent people who fall victims of the use of V. So, I better take this info about Debbie’s changes with tongs until know for sure what is the depth of them and how they change the story line.

          • 164 Ashley
            March 28, 2010 at 4:33 am

            I think that you are right…i think his better side will be shown this season, along with the worse side of Bill. That way people can get over this Eric is evil nonsense, and see that Eric and Bill have more in common than people think. Not personality wise but the fact that they are both vampires and often walk the line between good and evil. Even Bill said on the show that everyones capable of both good and evil, and that Eric was a decent sheriff. Bills problem with Eric is the fact that Eric wants Sookie. Thats it. Otherwise he’d have no problem with him. Bill didnt give a crap about Lafayette being locked in the basement. Even when they dropped Laffy off at his house it was Sookie that offered for Bill to walk him to his door. Bill didnt sympathize. He knew worse could have been done and didnt contradict it when Eric said so.

    • 165 KittyKat
      March 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

      [Someone asked about Sookie’s future. She said HEA is a relative term. In life, no one gets everything they want or even what they deserve, but she will not be unhappy. ]

      Very interesting….considering some of the things a vampire could never give Sookie…. can I be hopeful? 😀

      • 166 VikingLover
        March 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

        That’s the first thing I thought too, Kitty. By the way, it’s interesting that no one asked her about Hunter.

  24. 167 ksr
    March 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    First of all I want to quote line from Russian song: ‘If your wife left you for the sake of another it is not known who has all the luck!’
    I mean there is no doubt that possible Eric/Sookie break up is bad for Sookie, but is it really bad for Eric? Honestly, didn’t you ever wanted to punch her in the nose or clip on the back of the head for her stubbornness and hesitation? LOL
    But still I believe that they’ll be together simply because I don’t think that he would be THAT lucky!!! In this point of view I also think that life with Sookie would be good opportunity for Eric to atone for all his sins and equilibrate almost 1000 years of light-hearted life… Sounds a little bit cruel, but logical, don’t you think so? LOL
    Besides 3 more books with fairies? Why that so? Just because they are Sookies relatives? Don’t you think that this line of plot gives us a chance to find out the way for Sookie to live long enough to establish her relationships with Eric as her unquestionable HEA? We already know that half-fairies can live for centuries, so maybe there is some way to prolong Sookies life as well? I can hitch to that theory half-elf and the idea of her Granny old letters (there also could be found some ideas on that matter I hope). Am I too optimistic? 😉
    What about BB? I guess I almost understand CH when she says that she wishes she hadn’t introduced the BB! I think it made too much mess in objective appraisal of real feelings between Sookie and Eric. Even if WE think that there should be BB’s break down because Sookie couldn’t separate flies from cutlets, or the wheat from the chaff, or the sheep from the goats, or…whatever, you got the idea LOL … I mean, she couldn’t understand what in her connection to Eric is for real and what because of BB. So how we could expect it from Beeeeels lovers or Neutral Team (Helloooo, is anybody there?! LOL)? There should be free will when Sookie come to final determination. Otherwise no one would be convinced that it’s final and indisputable decision to let them stay together. On the other hand I couldn’t imagine that she’ll even try to build up some relationships with anybody else while BB is working on! Could you imagine that she makes love with other man when Eric feels all that she feels at that moment and she feels all his anger and disappointment about that back? So BB fall looks like almost inevitable. Will it lead to S/E break up? Not necessary.
    Plan A: we could assume that Eric deal with BB fall reasonable enough and if he wouldn’t offer it by himself, at least he will accept it to avoid further Sookie’s apprehensions. Yes, maybe it’s too good to be true… %)
    Plan B: BB fall leads to the temporary E/S break up. But it’s obvious that Sookie will realize that ‘we never know the value of water till the well is dry’ and would be willing to reunion with Eric and he will forgive her thoughtlessness as he always does.
    Anyway we have no time to establish anybody else as Sookies HEA if BB wouldn’t be breaking down in book 10, 11 or even 12! If it would be done as urgent workaround (with Quinn, Sam or… no Bill ‘not even on the list’ LOL) it would be biggest fraud I ever saw! As a lot of you already said it doesn’t make any sense to paddle around almost 10 books with E/S idea and then to come to nothing with it.
    So here we are – Eric Northman is Sookie’s HEA and it’s for sure!
    (And at that moment of my discourse Bill’s admires breathe out: ‘And whose logic does not resemble earth logic?’ LOL)

    • 168 Julie
      March 29, 2010 at 12:09 am

      Hey! I totally agree with everything you wrote!

      I have some questions and possible spoilers, so be warned!!!


      I have a question regarding Sookie living a LONG life. I read online recently that CH stated that Sookie won’t become a vampire in this series, BUT, she won’t ever die either. This information was posted online on the HBO site I believe. The poster stated that CH gave out this information recently at one of her book signings or conferences. The poster went on to say that CH stated that due to Sookies Fae blood, she will be able to live forever. There was also mention of elf blood, but I am not sure if this pertains to Sookie or not. In any case, I really hope this is true! If Sookie can somehow stop aging and live forever, then there is no question that Eric an be her HEA!!!

      Is there any truth to these statements? I will try to find the original post online now to link you guys. Has anyone heard anything about CH stating for a fact that Sookie is going to live forever, or at least for a few centuries, due to her fae blood? (and possible elf blood???)

      • March 29, 2010 at 12:27 am

        Hey Julie

        It’s true that CH has said categorically and repeatedly that Sookie will never become a vampire. I think we can cross that off the list of possibilities.

        Re the fae blood extending her lifespan – this is something that many readers have speculated about but CH has remain VERY tightlipped about it. I would be comfortable betting that she didn’t say that Sookie would live forever, or that she wouldn’t die… and that poster has a serious case of crossed wires 😉

        What CH has said, (and you can find where she posted it on her forum herself) is that Sookie will have a normal human lifespan.

        Which is fine, because I really cannot understand why everyone seems to think that Sookie living forever is a requirement for Eric (or any vampire) to be the HEA. NO ONE – vampire, human, faery or otherwise – is guaranteed a certain lifespan, even if they are “immortal”. Just because you’re not going to die of natural causes, doesn’t mean you CAN’T die at all. Eric could get staked and be dead. Sookie could get hit by a bus and be dead. When people are in love, they don’t choose partners based on who will outlive who. Because no one knows that when they make their choice. 😉

        ETA: She did make some interesting HEA related comments last week though.
        She said HEA is a relative term. In life, no one gets everything they want or even what they deserve, but Sookie will not be unhappy.
        I think this bodes well for a vampire HEA. It is certainly a very clear inference that Sookie’s HEA won’t be white picket fences and babies. Which I TOTALLY would not buy, because after all she’s been through it would be a bullshit, stereotypical HEA. CH doesn’t do those types of endings anyway, looking at her other series.

        • 170 Julie
          March 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

          THANK YOU for your response!!!

          I had a feeling that the information the poster stated was false.
          I had also heard that CH said that Sookie will lead a normal life span.
          I have to admit that I do wish Sookie would live either forever, or for at least a few centuries. LOL Reason being, it gives her more time with Eric! Also, it stops her from aging! I agree that her living forever is NOT a requirement for Eric being her HEA……BUT you have to agree that it would be better if she didn’t age, and stayed young right? Wouldn’t it be ideal if she could stay young forever and live with Eric? Every day Sookie is getting older, and she will eventually die, whereas as long as Eric doesn’t get staked or killed, he will live for maybe another few thousand years? It bothers me that they could be so happy and in love for many another 50 years, (if they are lucky with Sookie’s bad luck), and then Sookie will die, and Eric will live on without her. Am I too sensitive and a hopeless romantic? LOL

  25. 171 VikingLover
    March 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    It’s too bad that people gave CH a hard time about DAG.

  26. 172 Daniel
    March 31, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I understand ELs. He’s my favorite vampire. But how can anyone read the books and think Sookie wants/deserves a HEA with Eric or any other vampire. She deserves an alive husband and kids to continue the Blood Line. IMO 🙂

    • 173 Gigi
      March 31, 2010 at 7:20 am

      CH, when asked about Sookie’s HEA in one of her last book presentation of her tour said:

      “HEA is a relative term. In life, no one gets everything they want or even what they deserve, but she will not be unhappy”.

      As an EL (and after reading that you said you understand us) I have to tell you that, IMO, you and us aren’t so different when expecting her to write about what we wish or think is better for Sookie. So maybe, what you write above to KittyKat not only applies to her or us, but also to yourself… 😛

  27. 174 Amy
    April 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I’m optimistic about these spoilers, as I’d really like to see Sookie with Quinn. Maybe they can adopt Hunter and pop out a little tiger cub. That’s my best-case HEA, anyway. I know many of you love Eric and he’d definitely be second on my list, but I want Quinn! *stomps feet like toddler*

  28. 175 Supe
    May 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    after a frined’s of mine read book 10th i tell you….Sookie and Eric have a deep deep deep love…with the bond or not….book 10 is GREAT!!!Ericfull, a lot of sex wich she enjoyd so much and lead he to her HEA for me…and full of reference about how deep Eric loves her….
    so….read the book becouse it’s defenitly in my top 3 of Harris’s book!!!!!
    it’s good…really really good and Pam and Sookie are even more friends!but there is a cliffhanger about Pam…maybe for book 11….

  29. 176 Kathy
    May 9, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Regarding the Blood Bond, she was asked about it in New York. It seemed to me, that you are right, the blood bond is not as important as some readers make it. She says it’s aggravating because people keep wanting her to quantify it, how much is too little, how much is too much. It doesn’t matter. Personally, I’ve always felt the Blood Bond had nothing to do with the love Eric and Sookie feel for each other. That began WAY before they had the bb. IMHO

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