Charlaine Harris Weighs in on the True Blood Finale Debate

August 27, 2014 by  

Sookie Stackhouse Creator Defends HBO’s Adaptation:

Charlaine HarrisFor author Charlaine Harris, causing an uproar within an established fan base is something she knows all about. After many years and just as many books, she recently concluded the popular vampire novels that HBO’s True Blood is based on. In the books, Sookie Stackhouse made a very similar choice at the end as well; no vampires for her, just a regular life. While Sookie ended up with Sam Merlotte in the book series, in the Season 7 finale, she chose someone who the audience didn’t even know. Sookie chose a normal life was the point showrunner Brian Buckner was trying to make. Many fans were not impressed with his decision.

But what did Charlaine Harris think?

You know, I really enjoyed [it], because to me it bears the mark of Alan Ball, even though I know there was a different showrunner the last year and a half. Because he gives you a glimpse of the future so often at the end of his runs, and in a way, Sookie ended up not with Sam, as she did in the books, but in the same place.

She also offered up her own version of how Sookie (Anna Paquin) might have met Mr. Sookie Stackhouse in the TV series:

He was someone she met after the show! A human. She had someone she could live a human life with, have human babies with, and stay in her home, which was what she wanted. He could be a shifter or a were, but my point is she didn’t end up with a vampire.

Overall, Charlaine Harris was happy with the way HBO and the writer’s had portrayed her series on TV, even though it was so vastly different to her own version of the Sookieverse.

You can read the full interview Charlaine Harris did with Vulture by clicking here.

What did you think of HBO’s interpretation of Charlaine’s novels? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Vulture – Author Charlaine Harris on the End of True Blood, Viewer Backlash, and ‘Fabulous’ Lafayette

(Photo Credit: Sigrid Estrada 2010)

  • Carol M. Walker

    I wanted Charlaine to turn and wink in her cameo during the New Blood infomercial. That would have been fitting.