True Blood and Charlaine Harris’ Vampires

May 7, 2010 by  

With the latest release of Charlaine Harris‘ tenth book, “Dead in the Family“, many Charlaine Harris and True Blood fans are getting their hunger quenched. Many fans of the book series and of the show can be quite passionate as to who they would like to see with the protagonist Sookie Stackhouse, thus leading to many discussions and debate regarding which vampires should win Sookie‘s heart.

I was honored to be interviewed by Sarah Seltzer for her article in the “Speakeasy” section of the Wall Street Journal where she examined and contrasted between Bill Compton and Eric Northman both from the point of the show and the books.  As many try to compare the two characters from the two mediums, I was asked for my observations based on the many discussions I have seen on this topic.

Ollie Chong, the Editor/administrator of, explains the difference more succinctly: “In the books and show, the roles are reversed — who is the bad guy, who is the good guy? If you watch the TV series first, you’re likely to be more pro-Bill, but if you read the books first you like Eric.”

As many regular readers of this website are aware we try our best to maintain civility in our discussions about the differences and why we see them. I would like to expand on the above statement by emphasizing that this is a general statement based on discussions and comments I have read and participated in, thus it is not absolute or all encompassing.  Many have commented that they see a role reversal in the translation from the books to the TV show while others have mentioned that books fans tend to be more “Team Eric” while fans of the show tend to be more “Team Bill“.  Again it does not mean everyone feels this way.

We here at are “Team True Blood” which should be emphasized, not marginalized and realize that the two mediums are very different from each other and there is no need to choose.  We should enjoy them both for what they give us, escape from the everyday world.

Ms. Seltzer brings up some points that some may or may not agree with, but one thing I would like to point out (as I stated in her comment section) is that there is no need to disrespect any of the characters in the show because you end up not only disrespecting the actors but put an unfavorable light on who True Blood fans are.  So let’s remain civil in our discussions and stand united in proclaiming Bill Compton and Eric Northman are two of the hottest vampires in the media.

You can read Ms. Seltzer’s article in its entirety here.

SOURCE:  Wall Street Journal – Speakeasy

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

  • jaxx

    Great interview Ollie and I agree with you 100%. TB Bill and Eric are different than the Book Bill and Eric. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Obviously, my choice would be Eric. Book Eric is a very multi-dimensional character. Well rounded. He can be ferocious, coniving, arrogant and even a killer but the flip side is loving, romantic, protective and, yes, loyal. While TB Eric is never going to be a carbon copy of book Eric, I do hope that some of the book qualities do come out in Eric over the length of the TV series. There is more to Eric than meets the eye. We have so far seen a very different Eric in S1 and another side in S2. I’m sure as S3 unfolds, we will see more dimensions of the Eric character.

    And, there is nothing wrong with people loving Bill. Go for it. People attract to characters for different reasons. That’s what makes this show so much fun. I’m sure we have our Sam lovers, we will have Alcide lovers and whoever else will woe Sookie. I think this makes the show even better. Diversity, that is.

    35 more days and counting!!! YAY.

  • Melanie

    Nice Job Ollie – and I agree the census seems to be Book’ers like Eric while TB’ers like Bill, though not all as evidenced by Lizzie’s post above – good for you Lizzie! – I would have to say that if I had to choose between the two it would be Eric only because he creates such trouble there’s never a dull moment but I will reserve judgment until the last book. Another reason I think so many book’ers like Eric is because we’ve read 9 books worth of potential show material so we have a much broader base for our opinions but that will all play out in the seasons to come – until then, I will get my TB fix when season 3 starts next month! But before that, Season 2 DVD being shipped in T-minus 17 days and counting!

  • lizzie

    Thanks Adore Bill. I agree with your assessment 100%!! We can all agree that the Books and the show are 2 different mediums so how come someone can ditch, say Bill, from the TB series for Eric once someone has read the books, when it is more or less agreed they are different personalities? Are Book Erics hoping that TB Eric will miracoulsly become Book Eric?

    Personally, I did not like Book Eric – found him, I don’t know, can’t find the words, but I don’t trust him. I liked Bill in the books and saw what AB and most other Bill lovers have seen – maybe reading between the lines, but I absolutely love him on TB and there is no way in the universe I will ditch him – I am more loyal than that (funny, one of the traits the Eric people love about their Eric is his loyalty, yet they ditched Bill, which proves disloyalty imo). There is more to Bill than meets the eye and he is not one dimensional or shallow. Eric has some fun lines, but that is about it. I do not hate TB Eric, I do find him funny, but it is Bill that pulls my chain!

    There is a lot more to discover with all characters, some good and some not some good. That is what makes a personality, I guess, and we will see our faves in S3 and we will have to support them, good or bad!

    Sorry for the ramble.

    Go True Blood!