The Truth Hurts – Charlaine Harris talks to SciFi Now

May 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

There are plenty of things I could say about the interview Charlaine has given to UK Mag, SciFi Now.

But I’m saying nothing, because superlatives really aren’t required.

Just read this shit, roll around in it for a bit, and AND SAVOUR THE DAMN MOMENT.

If Alan Ball had kept his mouth shut, no one would have ever known about it…I don’t even want to go into [how Bill died] because every time I think about it I get mad at Alan. We’ve had such a great relationship, and that’s the only time I’ve ever gotten peeved at him.”

If only Alan Ball had done (or not done) a lot of things. I’m willing to bet that’s not the only time she’s ever gotten peeved at him.

“I try and stay away from it because even though I like to hear what the readers think, it’s not going to change any decisions. I think the TV series has had an influence over how people want it to end, because some readers are really in love with the TV depiction, and that may not match the characters that I actually wrote.”

What? What the hell now? The tv depiction of certain characters doesn’t match the characters that she actually wrote? Surely not! Charlaine might not have been joking when she said she’s heading into hiding after the last book. Some people just aren’t reading the books she’s writing…indeed.

I reclaim our beloved books from you, Ball…but keep talking, Charlaine, because it’s music to my ears.

Thanks to luvtheviking for the scans.

Deadlocked Chapter 2 in Full

April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Gollancz continues to have new Deadlocked nuggets leading up to the May 1st release date, and this time we are graced with the full version of Chapter 2, which you can read here.

(In case you missed Chapter 1, Gollancz has it here).

Now here for your enjoyment here is a snippet probably most pertinent to our Eric-loving interests, and also Sookie is back with some signature snark:

“I hope so.” India looked depressed. ”I’m not a fan of the wedding industry, but I sure would like a steady someone. Dating makes me all confused.”

“I never was any good at dating.”

“That why you go with the vamp? To scare off everyone else?”

“I love him,” I said steadily. “That’s why I go with him.” I didn’t point out that human guys were simply impossible for me. You can imagine reading your date’s mind every minute. No, it really wouldn’t be any fun, would it?

“No need to get all defensive;’ India said.

I thought I’d been matter-of-fact. “He’s fun,” I said mildly, “and he treats me nice.”

“They’re … I don’t know how to ask this, but they’re cold, right?” India wasn’t the first person who’d tried to find a delicate way to ask me that. There wasn’t any delicate way.

“Not room temperature,” I said. I left it at that, because any more was none of anyone else’s business.

“Damn,” she said, after a moment. After a longer moment, she said, “Ew.”

I shrugged. She opened her mouth, looked as though she wanted to ask me something else, and then she closed it.

Well? Thoughts, reactions, excited rambles as we are only about 3 weeks away from the 12th installment’s release?

Who’s Your Maker?

February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

In the lead up to her March appearance at the Mystery Writers of America’s SleuthFest in Florida, Charlaine Harris has given an intriguing interview to the Orlando Sentinel.

For reasons that probably don’t need to be raked over any more than they have already, we quit posting about True Blood on the main site here last September. As a fan of the books first and foremost, my appetite for watching the central themes and characterisations of the books torn up, set on fire and ceremonially pissed upon is simply not voracious enough to continue covering it season after season. Not while Alan Ball and his merry band of shock jocks repeatedly spit in the faces of fans who love the essence and spirit of the characters Charlaine Harris created.

For months now, book readers have expressed frustration at Charlaine’s general silence on issues surrounding the way Ball has handled her material – but in particular, the absolute desecration of Sookie that has never been more evident than it was in the certified clusterfuck that was Season 4.

If I could inject that hysterical hot mess of a season with five shots of Valium, strap it down to a gurney, and sign it into a bricked up institution that would guarantee me I’d never have to see it again – I would. I would do it in a fucking heartbeat.

But you know what? A quick perusal of this interview tells me we’re not the only ones who think a line has been crossed, and that this…

…Should mean SOMETHING.

For those of us who have been reading her interviews for a while, a distinct change in tone would be apparent in this one.

“I am the Creator”.

“I don’t write Anna Paquin – I write Sookie Stackhouse”.

The Sookie Stackhouse novels were selling well before the TV show.”

“Sookie…is growing, changing, She’s very strong. She’s a girl girl. She’d be OK on her own without a guy. She’d like to have a relationship. It’s not necessary to her happiness.”

“The [True Blood] story is very different from my story. It was never a Bill vs. Eric situation in my mind.”

Do you think she might feel a little disenchanted with Ball’s vision? Perhaps a bit annoyed at how angry, dependent and flaky True Blood Sookie is being portrayed? Or maybe just a little pissed off that Sookie’s story – the story of a woman finding her own feet in a supernatural world – has been reduced to little more than a romantic rivalry between two vampires who were NEVER, EVER intended to be equals in any universe, either real or imagined?

It’s not my place to judge Ms Harris for how she chooses to handle these things. Yet to a book fan, her oft-repeated references to Alan Ball’s “genius” have become increasingly grating over the years – as they’ve marched right alongside a bewildering, steadfast refusal to stand up and take ownership of this story and its characters as the products of her own imagination, first and foremost. I have no issue with Harris’ respect for the Ball’s vision, if that’s what flicks her Bic. I have no issue at all. But I’ve never understood why the superlatives for Ball were always the end of the sentence, or why she’s been so reluctant to follow them up with at least some claim of her own.

Harris wrote a series that has made the NYT best seller lists every single year since the release of Dead to the World in 2004 – long before she had the marketing monolith that is HBO behind her. That’s no small feat, and she has earned her stripes in publishing, just as Ball has earned his in film and television.

It’s high time Charlaine stood up and reclaimed these characters, because they are hers. It’s high time she made statements that clearly delineate between her books as the original, and Ball’s work as an interpretation, because that’s what it says in the fucking credits. I’m glad to see her doing both of these things in this interview – she’s been selling herself short alongside Ball for too long. The fans of her books – the readers who love them for what they are irrespective of HBO’s shock and awe treatment – need to hear her openly and unapologetically defend what is creatively and rightfully hers.

I sincerely hope this new found confidence represents a long overdue line in the sand. Charlaine has obviously profited from True Blood and like many authors, that has come only after relinquishing creative control. But that shouldn’t mean she has to smile and pretend to like it when her protagonist is reduced to a walking, talking, all-screwing contradiction; and her character arcs are swapped around like keys at a swinger’s party – with about as much regard for the long term consequences.

Read the full interview here, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Dununununa …. Witch War!

August 12, 2011 in 4.08 Spellbound, Promo Video, True Blood, Uncategorized, video

New sneak peaks are out for the next episode, “Spellbound.”

Looks like things are heating up and shit is about to go down, which is why Packmaster Marcus knows the Weres should mind their beeswax and ignore the obvious while the vampires and the witches prepare to destroy each other. Meanwhile Bill finds time to hold a presser. *roll.*

But back to the impending war,… Alcide, you paying attention? “Stay the fuck out of it.” BTW, all of a sudden Marcus is on my hotness radar. PING. Gawds, I love a man with a foul mouth.

Too bad the same can’t be said for Tara, whose mouth is equally foul but is yet again putting her trust in a crazy lady with magical abilities. And now that Tara is fully aware she’s abetting genocide by snuffing out the local vampires, I have a feeling Tara is about to wake up to the fact she’s no better than those evil scumbags if she commits crimes of this magnitude. At her current rate of character implosion she’s bound for a rebound back into a healthier perspective on life, one would think. Cue forced moral indignation, pouty lip, and stomping out the door any second now… I’m waiting… and waiting…

Seriously, Tara, wake the fuck up already, uhkay?

Sneak Peaks Episode 4

July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here are 3 new sneak peaks for episode 4.

There is a whole lot of ignorance going on here: Sookie’s “not thinking,” Marnie is playing coy and according to Lafayette she has no idea what vampire she be fucking with, meanwhile Bill is telling Pam “not to think. OBEY ME! I AM YOUR QUEEEEEEEEEEEEN.

Gods be good, I hope someone smacks sense into all of them and soon.

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