Charlaine Harris on True Blood and the Last Sookie Stackhouse Book

December 9, 2011

Author Discusses the HBO Differences:

Charlaine Harris and Sam Trammell chat at the bar in Merlotte'sRecently, FearNet got to talk to Charlaine Harris about the remainder of her Southern Vampire Mysteries novels (the books that HBO’s True Blood are based on). She also talks about how much she likes the changes Alan Ball has made to her characters in his show.

While Harris feels there are certainly differences between her Sookieverse and Alan Ball’s, she appears to like what she sees. She believes that Ball simply emphasizes different aspects of the same world. And she is glad for this:

“It would bore me to tears if it were exactly like the books. And I hate to bored, ever. I have a really low boredom threshold.”

As for characters, she believes that Sookie is a lot angrier on TV than how she portrays the blonde waitress in her books. She surmises that this may be what makes her more attractive to the True Blood audience.

On the subject of characters, while we have heard Harris say before that she had wished that she had come up with the character of Jessica, since she enjoys watching her so much, FearNet asked if there were any characters she liked less on TV. While no names were mentioned by Harris, she did mention that she loved what Lafayette has become. Since he loses his life so early on in the books, she puts it down to Nelsan Ellis (the actor who plays Lafayette Reynolds) being so fabulous at what he does, as being the reason his character was saved in the TV series.

Charlaine Harris was also asked whether she thought the TV series, True Blood, was now affecting her story line for the remainder of the books. Since there are only two more to go, this was an interesting question, to which she replied:

“Not really so much because I’m so far ahead. But every now and then I wonder if I’m in danger of being confused between the two. Sometimes when I write characters, I think, ‘Wait a minute –- am I writing TV Sookie or book Sookie?’ Then I think, ‘Let’s get back to our roots and remember what we’re doing, young lady.’ So it is possible for me to be influenced I guess, but I didn’t think so until real recently. So I think it’s probably best I’m winding it up then, before I get really confused.” [Laughs.]

With the next book only months away from release, how many of you prefer the books over the TV series, or vice versa? Make sure you let us know your favorite!

Source: FearNet – Exclusive: Sookie Stackhouse Creator Charlaine Harris Talks ‘True Blood’

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Charlaine Harris Says Sookie Stackhouse Series Will End

February 20, 2011

Now Leaving Bon Temps

Dead ReckoningThe book series that started it all, the Southern Vampire Mysteries, will be coming to an end after two additional books. The next addition to the series, Dead Reckoning is due out in May.

Sookie Stackhouse’s creator Charlaine Harris expressed to the LA Times Blog, Hero Complex that she is ready to write something else. Since HBO began airing True Blood two years ago Harris has had little time to focus on other projects due to publicity engagements related to the vampire show.

Worlds Beyond Sookie

But fear not fans of Charlaine’s work! Just because she’s ready to leave Bon Temps in the world of fiction doesn’t mean she’s ready to give up the vampires. Another female vampire by the name of Dahlia Lynley-Chivers has recently come into the spotlight. Having originally appeared in some of Harris’ short stories, Dahlia is now the star of her own game entitled Dying for Daylight which is now available on iPlay.com. The game centers on her quest to find the secret of how her kind can walk in the sunlight and how she has to search all over New Orleans to find it. To those Truebies who have seen season three of True Blood in its entirety, the premise may sound familiar.

Computer games aren’t the only things Harris’ characters are appearing in. IDW released the True Blood comic series last year and a volume of the first six issues came out this past week. Harper Connelly, another one of Charlaine’s heroines will also be brought into the comic fold and in addition CBS is looking into giving the character her own TV series.

On True Blood

Speaking of TV series, how does Charlaine feel about True Blood? While she did admit to being a bit overwhelmed by the show’s sometimes graphic (and sexual) nature she is proud of the series and the actors:

“I think all the actors are very fun,” she said. “I think Alan’s genius lies in picking the right person for the right role. They’re all talented and doing a great job. There are some plot lines that have surprised me, but I know that they know where they’re going — I just don’t know because it’s not where I went. So I can only wait to see what’s going to develop.”

Well Charlaine we can’t wait to see what your next project will be and like you we’re also excited to see where True Blood goes next!

Source: LA Times’ Hero Complex– “‘True Blood’ Too Draining?: Charlaine Harris Says Sookie Stackhouse Novels Must End”

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Enter the Charlaine Harris Holiday Sweepstakes!

December 20, 2010

Win A True Blood Character’s Autographed Stocking:

Charlaine Harris' 2010 Holiday Sweepstakes

Attention all Southern Vampire Mystery and True Blood Fans! Penguin USA, the publishers of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, is holding a holiday sweepstakes!

How would you like to have a stocking from one of the characters signed by the ‘number 1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series’ author Charlaine Harris? Or perhaps an autographed copy of ‘Dead in the Family‘  is number 1 on your wish list?

5 Lucky Winners!

Can’t decide? Well that’s a just fine because through December 27, 2010, you can enter for a chance to winboth a personalized holiday stocking from one of the Southern Mystery/True Blood characters with their name, signed by Harris plus a signed copy of the latest Southern Vampire book, Dead in the Family. There will be five winners and they will be selected around January 3, 2011.

Harris is the creator of the Southern Vampire Mysteries also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series upon which True Blood is based. There are ten books in the series so far with Dead in the Familybeing the latest novel. The 11th Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Reckoning is scheduled to be released in May of 2011.

Good luck to all who enter!

Source: Penguin USA– Charlaine Harris Holiday Sweepstakes

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Cover Released for 11th Sookie Stackhouse Novel

November 23, 2010

‘Dead Reckoning’ Released May 3, 2011

Dead Reckoning Cover

Although it is still over six months until the 11th book in Charlaine Harris‘ popular Sookie Stackhouse series comes out, the cover for ‘Dead Reckoning’ has already been released.  Fans of HBO‘s True Blood are aware that the Sookie Stackhouse novels are the foundation of our favorite show and are excited to read the next installment in the series. 

Synopsis

Here is a brief synopsis of what we can expect in this latest book.

“With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit – and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . ”

Pre-Order

In addition, the book is also up for pre-order on Amazon.com.  Click here to order your copy today and ensure you are one of the first to read it!

Let us know in the comment section what you think of the cover and if you plan to read this book.

Source:  Sookieverse.com

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Another TV Adaption for Charlaine Harris

October 15, 2010

Charlaine Harris May Have Another TV Show Based on Her Books Soon

After seeing the success True Blood has garnered for HBO, CBS is now in talks of adapting another one of Charlaine Harris’ book series. Though she is now famous for creating the Sookie Stackhouse series that was the inspiration for Alan Ball’s HBO series, fans also know Charlaine is a prolific writer with many different creative worlds.

CBS would like to create a show based on the Harper Connelly mystery novels. Though still early in its discussions for TV adaptation, it seems that Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Naren Shankar, David Zucker, and writer Kam Miller are all on board on this project and will serve as executive producers.

Gravesight, which is the first novel in the series, follows Harper Connelly who can sense the last location and memories of the deceased. Her abilites became apparent after she was struck by lightening as a teen. In the first novel, Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver Lang go to a small town in search for a missing girl only to find lies and murder.

Fans of Charlaine’s books know how talented she is, and if another television show can be sparked from her creativity then it seems fans will have another thing to celebrate…as long as it’s not on Sundays at 9.

Source: thecelebritycafe.com — CBS Will Adapt Another Mystery Series from ‘True Blood’s’ Author

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Charlaine Harris Cancels Appearances

September 22, 2010

Charlaine Harris Cancels Australian Tour

It is with deep regret that  TrueBloodNet.com announces to True Blood fans the passing of Charlaine Harris’ mother.

Charlaine is known for creating and writing the Sookie Stackhouse Series, which was the basis for the HBO hit series True Blood, created by Alan Ball.

Due to the circumstances, Charlaine will not be attending the Hub Productions True Blood event in Sydney and Melbourne. There is still no word about the book tour dates for the rest of September and the whole of October in Australia and New Zealand. For more information about Charlaine’s book tour and information changes, please visit charlaineharris.com, where detailed information about the events will be posted as soon as possible.

Once again everyone at TrueBloodNet.com would like to send our sincerest condolences to Charlaine in this difficult time. Fellow True Blood fans, let’s all keep Charlaine and her family in our hearts.

Source: trueblood-online.com — Charlaine Harris Will Not Attend Australian True Blood Event

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Charlaine Harris Promotes Dead in the Family and True Blood in Seattle

May 20, 2010

Still on her book tour for Dead in the Family, which has now hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, author Charlaine Harris made a stop in Seattle on the New Day Northwest morning show.

She talked about how far ahead she is planning the Sookie Stackhouse series:

“I do know where I’m going, but I don’t know how long it’s gonna take me to get there.”

Charlaine’s contract takes her through Book 13, so she will evaluate how much story she has left to tell as she continues writing. The host, Margaret Larson, asked about all the books having “Dead” in the title, to which Charlaine nodded and said that was her publisher’s idea:

“It’s certainly easier to think of good titles if you don’t have to include a mandatory word!”

They also discussed True Blood, telling the audience that the Season 2 DVD will be released on May 25th and Season 3 will premiere on June 13th. They showed the clip from Season 2 in which Bill and Eric meet in the clothing section of the department store and argue about Sookie going to Dallas.

Ms. Larson laughed about how many passionate Alexander Skarsgard fans have gathered over the last year, and Charlaine added that Stephen Moyer is not too shabby with adoring fans, either!

One thing that Charlaine seems happiest about from the popularity of the show based off her books is that her kids now think of her as a really cool mom. They got to accompany her to one of HBO’s premiere parties and loved getting the star treatment.

Based on the success of Dead in the Family in the short time since its release, it looks like people are still crazy about vampires and Sookie’s story in particular, but we’ll see in a few weeks if True Blood obsession has grown enough to break Season 2’s huge viewer records!

SOURCE: king5.com

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Charlaine Harris Delights Fans in London

March 16, 2010

Charlaine Harris continued her European book tour last week, stopping in London at the Prince Charles Cinema. Fans were excited not only to meet Charlaine and have their books signed, but also to see a promo clip for True Blood as Season 2 gets underway on the FX channel in the UK.

After the Q&A session, the audience was completely charmed by how funny and down to earth Charlaine is. She made all the Eric-loving girls’ hearts flutter when she teased that she had actually touched Alexander Skarsgard.

One woman named Caroline recounted the experience from that night on her blog:

Charlaine explained that it hasn’t been easy being a woman writer for all these years, and that getting published was a hard task especially a few decades ago when fantasy and horror weren’t popular nor mainstream genres at all. She had to fight her way to the top and stay there through hard work.”

Charlaine also shared a few things that will be featured in upcoming Sookie Stackhouse books, including fairies, a half-elf, and the return of Quinn.

SOURCE: portrait-of-a-woman.blogspot.com

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Charlaine Harris Spends Time with Fans in Poland

March 11, 2010

On March 5, 2010, Charlaine Harris spent time in Warsaw, Poland, as she continues her tour across Europe to promote the Sookie Stackhouse series. She did a Q&A session with the fans, several media interviews, and a book signing. About 100 people showed up. One group that was particularly excited to see her was the “Truly Bitten” fan club. On their forum, they posted pictures and personal accounts from the event.

The videos embedded below show the Q&A part of the evening. Charlaine talks about how she developed Sookie to be a character whose story she would want to tell for many years over the course of the series. She recounts the reasons that Alan Ball’s offer to adapt her books was the best one. She calls him a “genius” and says she loves his storytelling and the fact that she can still be surprised by what happens, even though it’s based on what she wrote. She thinks that everyone in the cast is great and enjoys seeing how they have grown into their roles.

She also discusses the current trend in fantasy, especially with vampires. She didn’t set out to write about vampires but about Sookie–all the supernatural creatures were just a way to make Sookie’s story more interesting. Charlaine talks about reading other vampire literature to see how different authors approach the same mythos in unique ways.

It seems like everyone was charmed by Charlaine’s sense of humor, and that it was truly a special experience for them to see her and talk to her about her books and True Blood!

SOURCE: trueblood.eev.pl

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Charlaine Harris Talks Sookie and True Blood on her European Book Tour

March 7, 2010

As she travels around Europe over the next couple of weeks, Charlaine Harris will have the opportunity to meet and speak with many of her international fans. She will be in the UK next week, so the local newspaper in Nottingham, England, interviewed her about her books and the experience of having them adapted into a television series.

Of course, Charlaine would not reveal any major spoilers about Dead in the Family, which will be out in May 2010, but she did say fans would be surprised about what happens to Sookie next. She also hinted at the appearance of a new supernatural being:

“In the next book there’s an incidental character who’s of another race. And there are still some fairies hanging around. Hope you enjoy them.”

On the subject of True Blood, Charlaine said how much she loves the show and enjoys seeing her stories and characters through executive producer Alan Ball’s interpretation. Asked about True Blood’s British star, Stephen Moyer, and his performance as old-fashioned Southern vampire, Bill Compton, Charlaine had very nice things to say about him:

“I admire Stephen. I’m so pleased he’s in the series, and I think he’s given Bill depth and great appeal.”

Charlaine also hinted at a possible adaptation of the Harper Connelly series. She has been approached by people interested in making a tv show, which “may happen, may not.” Her work is certainly in high demand right now! Harper would be an interesting character to see come to life, but for now we’re all just trying to make it through these last 3 months until we get to see Sookie and our beloved Bon Temps folks on our television screens again!

SOURCE: thisisnottingham.co.uk

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