Posts Tagged ‘Charlaine Harris

17
Jun
10

All Together…and totally…DEAD!

Just like any other day, the mail man came at lunch time.

I wandered outside, expecting to find nothing more than the usual retail visual pollution and bills.

Instead, my mailbox contained nothing short of FANGIRL CRACK!

My wonderful Twitter friend @navicita went to a book signing a few weeks back, and had the divine Ms Harris sign this copy of All Together Dead for me.

I haven’t fangirled like this since I was a sweaty, hormonal thirteen year old and Duran Duran announced a world tour.

Simon LeBon still makes me want to hump the closest stationery object, and he will UNTIL I DIE.

WHAT?

If anyone is looking for me, I will be in a darkened corner licking Debra’s feet for all of eternity.

That is all.

27
May
10

OH Charlaine!

It’s video overload this week I know, but I just had to share this. It’s time for a book post anyway.

Charlaine Harris interviewed by a True Blood fan – who has a slightly warped sense of the lines between reality and fiction, and books and show.

I swear Harris has the patience of a saint to deal with this on a daily basis.

Interviewer: It’s a love story between them [Sookie and Bill] and they’re engaged in real life…I’ll be sad when they break up…
CH: Eeeww?!

Can’t wait for part 2 to be posted….

Source via True Blood Dallas

11
May
10

Dead in the Family – A Tome

DISCLAIMER: I’ve only read DITF through once, and I’m in the middle of a slower paced reread at the moment. The following started out as a review, and ended up being infiltrated with random bits of analysis and god knows what else. I conclude from this that I am too opinionated to write wanky book reviews, and also completely incapable of shutting myself up. So for better or worse, here’s what I’m thinking after my first read.

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The very first thing I need to say about Dead in the Family is that I liked it – alot. It was certainly a change of pace from the last few books, as we were told it would be. It was also a “transitional” book, but in saying that I don’t mean to call it series filler. Harris has finally decided to start addressing some long lingering issues that have become distracting. And she has also started to lay – very subtly – some groundwork for the ending of Sookie’s story. I cannot tell you how relieved I am about that.

Dead in the Family is very much a character driven book. Not since Dead to the World has this series seen an instalment focused so heavily on character development, and at this point in the story a closer examination of the characters was certainly due. By her own admission, Harris is much better at drawing characters than she is at keeping track of her numerous plot lines and after the upheaval of the last two books, I really didn’t mind that this one meandered plot wise a little more than usual.

SPOILERS AHEAD AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO PEE FIRST.

Keep Reading…

07
May
10

This one goes straight to the Gracious Plenty Hall of Fame

Way back when, we had Sookie’s “quivering puppies waiting to be petted”.

Then, we had Eric as “deep inside as he could get without an operation”.

And now…NOW…we have this. Sookie’s latest hilarious attempt at worshipping the GP, which I hereby induct into Sookieverse canon as the most cringeworthy line in Book 10.

Are you ready? Here it comes.

“That looks painful. Do you want me to NURSE IT?”

FUCKING WHAT?

Sookie, my love. The Gracious Plenty is not a fucking disease. You don’t nurse it. You GET ON THAT pronto. Stop asking stupid questions.

Three years of hot vampire sex, and you still sound like a virgin on prom night.

Oh, Charlaine.

Ten books down, and your sex scenes are still like bad 70’s porn – I hear the music, I know what’s coming….and I still can’t tear myself away.

But I still love you. Both of you.

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And now I go back to trying to cut my review of DITF down to a length you guys can read without taking a day off work.

Sorry, I needed a distraction.

04
May
10

Dead in the Family Released!

***COMMENTS IN THIS POST CONTAIN SPOILERS***

It’s been one very long year, my fellow Sookiephiles and Viking lovers. And today is the day! We finally get Dead in the Family in our hot, sweaty little hands.

Though some very kind souls have spoiled me to within an inch of my life in the last few weeks, I haven’t read the full book yet so it will be a day or two before I have anything coherent to say about it.

Actually, it could be a few days before I’m capable of saying anything coherent at all.

In the meantime, this post is for those of us who need somewhere to play while we’re reading. It’s open season in here, feel free to discuss any aspect of the book you like.

Posting rules and big, chunky spoilers after the jump.

COMMENTS ARE CLOSED ON THIS POST. NEW POST HERE

Keep Reading…

17
Apr
10

Book Wars

It’s been a while since I had a rant. Alan Ball has been conspicuously quiet of late and my blood pressure is all the better for his absence. But this isn’t a True Blood diatribe…I’m saving those for June.

There’s something else I want to get off my chest.

Dead in the Family is due for release in early May and with the release date approaching, reviews are coming in as well as some major spoilers. Just last week the full first chapter appeared in the paperback edition of Dead and Gone – containing a surprise scene between key characters that is already wreaking havoc in the fandom before the new book even hits the shelves.

Advance reviews of Dead in the Family have been overwhelmingly positive. Yet from a small group of the readership, there has been nothing but bitching, whining and hate.

These readers have realised that Sookie is not going to treat Bill Compton in this book in the way they believe she should. And they are ridiculing and slagging off the author in any corner of the internet that will provide a forum for their vitriolic ranting.

I feel like I’m in the fucking Twilight Zone.

In the two years I’ve been immersed in this fandom, I have been accused of being unable to separate the Sookie books from True Blood more times than I care to count. Of course I am not alone here, many book readers have found themselves clobbered with similar accusations when they’ve expressed disappointment or otherwise with aspects of the show.

With the release of another Sookie book, it seems we are seeing the reverse side of the show versus books debate. On some fansites and blogs, book readers who prefer the show for it’s sympathetic treatment of Bill Compton are letting fly at Charlaine Harris for reasons I am not quite able to get my head around. These readers seem unable to get straight in their heads that the books are source material, and the show is an interpretation of the story and the characters.

I would like to explain something to these readers, if I may.

Charlaine Harris invented these characters. Sookie Stackhouse, her story, and every character within it germinated and grew from her imagination. She has nurtured each of them over the ten or so years she has been writing this series. Harris has overseen their journey from the fairly undeveloped, one dimensional characters we met in Dead Until Dark, to the complex and layered characters we have come to know and love in the later books of the series.

True Blood on the other hand, is Alan Ball’s interpretation of this source material. It is not the “correct” interpretation – there is no such thing as a correct interpretation; that is a complete oxymoron. Since True Blood is simply one person’s version of the books it is to be expected that Ball’s work will be criticised, and rightly so. Others have also read the source material, and they may view it through a different lens to the one he is using to bring his version to the screen. This happens any time a book is made for television or film, and I’m sure Mr Ball has his Big Boy Pants on and was fully prepared for a trouncing when he decided to make this show.

Charlaine Harris is allowing Alan Ball to play with her characters for a fee, but let’s be very clear. The destiny of these characters has always rested – will continue to rest – with the author who created them.

Harris has not “thrown Bill under a bus”. She does not “hate” him, nor is she “ignoring her most complex character.” If it suited Sookie’s story for Bill’s character to have more page time, he would have it. If she ever meant for Bill’s “complexity” to have more of an impact on Sookie, she would have written him that way. Charlaine Harris has not “lost the plot” of her own story – how does an author even do that and continue to have their books published? In fact, to the vast majority of readers (you know, the ones who have put this series on the NYT Bestseller List) Sookie’s story is following a perfectly logical arc that many of us identify with.

There is a reason Charlaine Harris has not explored the character of Bill in any real depth since the early books. There is a reason he is no longer at the forefront of the story. There is a reason we will not see Sookie run into Bill’s arms in book 10 after he risked his life for her, as these readers seem to think she should.

The reason is very simple. The author has determined – as is her right, being the author and all – that Bill’s proper place in Sookie’s life is exactly where he is, right now. And the evidence for the logic of this development is the fact that most readers are fully on board with it.

There’s a big difference between book readers ranting about Ball’s handling of the characters on the show, and Trubies and Book Bill fans ranting about what Charlaine Harris does with the characters in the books.

Alan Ball is interpreting a story that already exists. Charlaine Harris is writing that story.

By my estimation, that gives her the right to do whatever the hell she pleases. Without readers bashing her judgement, bashing her writing, or sulking off with their petticoats in a twist just because the author dares to presume that she knows her own characters better than they do. I am completely bewildered as to how fans of a version of her work could accuse her of having her own story arse about face and of not understanding her own characters.

I would like to respectfully offer those fans a slightly modified version of their own advice.

If you don’t like it…stop reading.

Or better still, go watch some TV.

15
Apr
10

Another Advance Review of Dead in the Family

Paperbackdolls.com has just posted a great review of Dead in the Family, due out on May 4th.

The buzz for this book is really building now, fuelled by lots of positive reviews.

There are a few interesting tidbits in this review – including the revelation that Debbie Pelt’s body shows up in Sookie’s woods (good job at hiding that body, Eric), as well as this intriguing little teaser:

…Her usual vampire issues are soon superceded by a new one in the form of Eric’s maker, Appius Livius Ocella, and his newest child, Alexei Romanov, who arrive at Sookie’s house most unexpectedly. As Eric struggles with his family conflicts, Sookie sees a new side to her Viking—one that will forever change how she perceives him.

I’ve read alot of spoilers and reviews for Dead in the Family – some of which are too spoilery to post – and all of them seem to indicate that Sookie is going to finally get through a whole book without having her arse kicked. And for that I am glad.

Sookie is understandably more cautious and less trusting now, but she is still willing to take some risks to help those she cares about—and fortunately this time she doesn’t suffer greatly as a result.

Read the full review here.

01
Apr
10

Charlaine Harris – Is Eric “worth it”?

Here’s some teasers from an interview the girls at sookiestackhouse.com did with Charlaine Harris a few days ago.

You can listen to the full interview at their site, and I took the transcript from here (thanks J9!)

Such a great interview – the questions are really insightful. I’m so sick to death of reading interviews with Charlaine that are all about True Blood… it’s great to see some meaty questions about the books for a change.

Some interesting excerpts:

Q: When it comes to Eric, you have stated in the past that Eric is all about Eric, and we know that there are some Eric supporters who genuinely feel that Eric has genuine feelings for Sookie. And then there are other readers who feel that Eric uses Sookie as a means to an end. Is there a chance that you can tell us how you personally perceive Eric’s involvement with Sookie?
CH: I personally feel it’s a little bit of all of the above. I don’t think there’s any one right answer to that.

Q: Considering how Sookie is now married to Eric—according to vampire law—will Bill respect her decision, and is it possible for Bill to move on with his life?
CH: Well, he doesn’t really have an option with that.

Q: Despite the fact that Sam doesn’t want to be involved in supe politics, he seems to know everything that happens. How does he find out this information so quickly or when will we find out Sam’s role in the supe world?
CH: Well, he certainly follows the supe website very closely, and I think that’s how he gets most of his information. Plus, he’s got a lot of friends in the supernatural community.

[Ummm….WHAT? I’m telling you, there’s something coming down the line with Sam. Supernatural website? COME ON!!]

Q: Is there anything you really regret that you put into the book series?
CH: Oh, God, yes. The blood bond. I really regret that. You don’t know how much I regret that. I must have answered, like, a million questions about it until finally I just said, “Okay that’s it. I’m not answering any more questions about the blood bond.” You know, I wish I had really never, never, never thought about the blood bond.

Q: If you were Sookie, what would you consider?
CH: I would consider whether the good part of being Eric’s girlfriend was worth the bad part of being Eric’s girlfriend. I would consider what the future was likely to hold if I stayed that close to him.

Q: We want to know if you want to leave a message for your fans?
CH: Well, I do hope they’re gonna buy the next book, and I also hope they’re gonna like it. It has a very big ending—an almost Shakespearean ending—and I hope that it isn’t, you know, too over the top. But it was a heck of a lot of fun to write. Just come along with me—I’ll show you a good time.

31
Mar
10

New Page – Sookie Stackhouse Q & A

Just a post to pimp the new page at the top of the blog – Sookie Stackhouse Q & A.

Those of you who read or post regularly on the Charlaine Harris forum know that Harris is an active participant on her boards and often answers questions. Sometimes the answers are pretty vague, sometimes they’re pure gold.

This page is an attempt to bring together some of her less ambiguous responses in one place as a reference.

It’s a work in progress, and something I’ve been compiling for a few months – I figure that if I publish it, I won’t keep shoving it on the backburner. Public accountability is a good motivator! I’ll keep adding to it when I can.

24
Mar
10

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.

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~ 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.

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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




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