Charlaine Harris Confirms Completion of 12th Book

August 19, 2011

Nearing the end of the Sookie Stackhouse Series:

Charlaine Harris, author of Sookie Stackhouse novels (credit: NY Times)According to Charlaine Harriswebsite/blog she has officially completed the 12th novel in the Sookie Stackhouse Series!  I know that I’m not the only one out there who is ecstatic to hear this news!  Don’t get too excited yet though, because the newest book, Deadlocked, still has to pass through the hands of her editor, as well as several others who read, edit, and make suggestions to her before she makes the final changes and it is published.  I personally have not read the 11th book yet, because I have decided to put it on the backburner until it’s closer to time for the next book (Deadlocked) to be released.  The suspense is killing me, though!   So, how many of you guys are looking forward to the release of the next book?  I am a HUGE fan of True Blood and didn’t begin to read the books until after the completion of Season 3.  Once I began to read the books though, I was completely unable to put them down!  As crazy as this may sound, I read the first ten books of the series within about 3 weeks (and I hate reading most of the time)!  So if you haven’t taken the time to read the books that True Blood is based on, please do so because you will not regret it!

How many of you have read some or all of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels?  Which was your favorite so far?

Any thoughts on Deadlocked?  What about storylines that you would like to see come into play in the newest book that haven’t yet happened? (Please be sure to put SPOILER at the top of your comment if anything included is a possible spoiler from one of the other novels.)  Spill your thoughts below!

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New Release Date Set for Sookie Companion Book

December 20, 2010

To Be Released August 30, 2011

Sookie Companion Novel CoverFans of Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse novels will be happy to hear that a new release date has been set for The Sookie Stackhouse Companion guide.  The initial release date had been February 2011, however with the death of Harris’ mother and other projects that she was working on, that date has now been moved to August 30, 2011.

Click hereto pre-order your copy from Amazon today!

If you are looking for a Charlaine Harris fix while waiting for the Companion Guide to come out, the next installment of the Sookie Stackhouse novels entitled Dead Reckoning will be released May 3, 2011 and Harris’ Home ImprovementAnthology with Toni L.P. Kelner will be released August 2, 2011.

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Charlaine Harris’ New Zealand Tour Dates

September 8, 2010

Charlaine HarrisGreat news for Kiwi fans of True Blood with Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, touring New Zealand between the 4th and 6th of October.  Charlaine will speak at two public events in Auckland and Wellington, as well as attending a book signing. Tickets for the speaking events are selling fast.

Monday October 4, 6.30pm
Dominion Post Write Stuff Event in conjunction with Borders Lambton Quay
Location: The Ballroom, Duxton Wellington
Tickets: $20
Phone: NZ 0800 50 50 90 or visit The Dominion Post, 40 Boulcott St, Wellington

Tuesday October 5, 1pm – 1.20pm
Book Signing, Whitcoulls Botany Downs
Location: Whitcoulls Botany Downs
Phone: NZ 09 984 5408 (If you can’t make the session, please phone the store to find out about pre-ordering a copy.)

Wednesday October 6, 7pm
The North Shore Libraries Foundation presents Charlaine Harris in conjunction with Paper Plus Takapuna
Location: Westlake Boys High School Auditorium
Tickets: $15, on sale at Event Finder (click here) or Auckland Paper Plus stores.

For more information go to Hachette.co.nz and scroll down.

Please note there is no longer a Christchurch event as was previously advertised.

SOURCES: Scoop Independent News — Charlaine Harris Author Tour: Tickets on Sale Now

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Charlaine Harris Discusses the Vampire Outbreak

June 29, 2010

While vampires have been stretching the human imagination since the earliest of civilizations, Charlaine Harris has simply created an updated, dramatic, and sexy version of the undead. In May 2010, Dead in the Family hit book stores as the tenth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and this June HBO premiered the third season of True Blood, the series inspired by Charlaine’s novels.

In the books, Sookie is a blond, buxom, telepath living in Bon Temps, Louisiana. As she falls into one dangerous mystery to the next, she must also decide between two vampires: the ex-Confederate Southern gentleman Bill Compton or the Viking Eric Northman. To make matter even more complicated there are tigers, werewolves, maenads, fairies, and shape-shifters all vying for a chance to court Sookie…or to kill her.

While Anne Rice set her famous vampire stories in the bayous and French Quarter of Louisiana, Charlaine sets her story in the less creepy Northern Louisiana. Charlaine sees Anne Rice as an integral part of the vampire genre and thinks she did a spectacular job at using Southern Louisiana as the home for her vampires. It was natural then, for Charlaine to use a part of Louisiana that was less known in the vampire genre.

While Anne Rice showcases the perspective of vampires, Charlaine wanted to go in a very different direction with her vampire novels. She notes,

“I didn’t want to write about being a vampire…I wanted to write about people who were interacting with vampires. I thought it would be fun to write about a woman dating a vampire, so I imagined what kind of woman would do such a stupid thing. It’d have to be a woman who couldn’t date humans for another reason.”

As it would happen, Sookie’s telepathic abilities leave her drained when interacting with humans. She’s either listening to their thoughts or trying to keep a steady wall up against all those thoughts crashing in on her. When she’s with a vampire, she can let out a sigh of relief as she is unable to hear their thoughts.

Another reason why Sookie would want to date a vampire is that in Charlaine’s world, they’re down to earth. Charlaine says,

“They’re just like everyone else…Some of them are good; some are bad…I wanted to kind of anchor them in reality and make them unromantic, since I just thought that would be funny.”

Funny is an interesting word to use in the vampire genre. With most television shows and films, vampires are admired for their beauty and superhuman sex appeal. The Twilight movies, CW’s The Vampire Diaries, and even True Blood follows this formula in order to get the viewers addicted.

This isn’t to say Charlaine’s novels don’t mention sex. On the contrary, Charlaine’s novels are aimed for adults. She points out that her novels predate Stephanie Meyer’s novels by several years and that while Stephanie Meyer’s books keep alive the story of Romeo and Juliet, hers certainly do not. Sookie is not a damsel in distress; she’s willing to fight and defend herself when necessary. When it comes to love, Sookie’s been betrayed by Bill, has been devastated, has picked up the pieces and has looked in new directions for love.

Oh, and then there’s the sex. Charlaine’s books contain detailed oriented scenes that make any reader feel like they just finished a workout. However, Charlaine refuses to go any further with the differences between her series and that of Stephanie Meyer’s. She firmly believes that she is not Stephanie Meyer’s critic, and rather she is glad that the Twilight series has been successful.

As for dishing about Alan Ball, Charlaine was enthusiastic about the genius who translated her books to TV. As a fan of Six Feet Under, Charlaine knew Alan Ball would do a great job at recreating Sookie’s world. She notes,

“I knew that he got the mixture of humor and horror that the books are. I knew he would do them justice…He wouldn’t gloss over painful parts and make everything shiny.”

With True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse novels being such a success, one would think Charlaine is too busy for anything else. Aside from creating a world for Sookie to live and love in, Charlaine is busy with her family and a numerous amount of other projects. She lives with her husband, her college-aged daughter (while also keeping an eye on her two other grown up kids), various dogs, and a duck in Arkansas. She is a 10 time best seller, and the body of her work is incalculable. Dynamite Entertainment will be creating a comic based on the first book of her series Harper Connelly.

With the sucess of True Blood, not only is her vampire novels getting a bigger readership, but her other novels as well. Charlaine reveals,

“They’re selling more than when they were first published…I don’t know what happened with those books. I know I was really discouraged when they were released. I really thought at the time, That’s the best I can do and if this isn’t successful I just don’t know what I could do that would be as good. Well, luckily for me, I did come up with something.”

Currently, she is working on the eleventh installment of the Sookie saga. When asked about the other writers and all of the vampire stories being produced, Charliane feels that it is a reflection of the current social identity: youth obsessed and perfection searching culture. No matter, because these other vampire novels aren’t ruining Charlaine’s imaginative creations.

Charlaine Harris continues to be an inventive and prolific writer. With every book she writes, she creates a magical world that is accessible to the reader. Her characters are more than vampires, more than supernatural…they’re ultimately human. Readers can’t ask for more…well, there is one thing we can ask for: more Sookie novels!

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Charlaine Harris Talks About Her Books And True Blood

October 27, 2009

Charlaine HarrisCharlaine Harris, the gifted author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels in which the hit HBO True Blood series is based upon, discussed her heroine Sookie, the real-life romance of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, and watching her books come to life.

When asked about the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, Charlaine Harris said she decided to write a book combining mystery, science fiction, and romance–clinched on not sticking to the rules.

She also admitted that she shares certain traits with Sookie,

“Well, we’re both loyal, but she’s a lot braver than I am. She’s pretty much like I wish I was. She’s polite but direct. I like to think that’s me, too.”

And to top that, she feels a pleasant sense of obligation to the people who brought her stories to life, particularly Anna Paquin (Sookie) and Stephen Moyer (Bill) especially now that the duo are getting married which she felt strangely responsible for.

As for the show itself, Charlaine felt proud and excited about seeing the town she created come to life, fondly exclaiming:

“I had lunch in Merlotte’s in one of the booths. With Alan.”

When asked for details about the third season, Charlaine simply said:

“The third season will be the third book, but the show may go off on its own at any point.”

Though crossroads may be difficult in person’s life, for Charlaine the crossroads she experienced helped create Sookie, Bill, Sam, and all the other characters we love in Bon Temps. Furthermore, the books have spawned a hit show on HBO, causing a new mass of fans for Charlaine’s books and characters.

If you are a fan and interested in Charlaine Harris, she will attend the Houston Chronicle Book and Author Dinner on November 1 at Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, Houston Texas.  If you wish to be at the 30th Book and Author Dinner, visit www.chron.com for more details and ticket information.

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Top Ten Reasons To Love True Blood

October 13, 2009

True-Blood-Bill-and-Sookie-Season-2As we know with any cult hit, the critics don’t always agree with the fans. So why should critics make the exception with True Blood for its arrival on channel 4? Here’s a few, actually ten reasons, why:

1.)  The pedigree: That is, the cast and crew involved with the show. You can’t go wrong with Director Alan Ball, who is also known for his amazing vision on the show Six Feet Under, and his Oscar win for American Beauty. Another ingredient for this successful recipe is lead actress Anna Paquin, who won a best supporting actress role in the movie Piano, and developed quite a following for her part as”Rogue” In the ” X-men” series. Don’t forget the source of the material, Charlaine Harris, who created “The Sookie Stackhouse” novels.

2.)  The naughtiness: In a world where everyone is offended by something and is always censored, its good to have a show like True Blood on HBO, where it is somewhat immune to such rules and regulations against profanity and steamy romance.

3.)  Whodunnit?: Getting the audience to feel like they are involved is sometimes a difficult thing to do, but with True Blood, the audience is forced to do the crime solving, being that the two cops on the show can’t seem to do it themselves. Who doesn’t like solving a murder or crime every now and then?

4.)  Sizzling chemistry: Faking romance is a hard thing to do. Our lead actress, Anna Paquin states:

“Obviously, if you’re already with that person then you’re not having to sort of get over the ‘wow, I’m naked with someone that I don’t even know the middle name of!'”

Thank God for that real life romance, otherwise it doesn’t seem so convincing, right?

5.)  These are no ordinary vampires: The commonly held myths about Vampires have been shattered! The whole crucifix fearing Vampires with no reflections have been made up to trick the humans into thinking it was real, or that’s the case on True Blood. This is a nice new aspect and so is seeing the effect of Vampire blood on humans.

6.)  Clever socio-political allegories: The segregation of Vampires and humans comfortably echoes the reality of racial segregation that has occurred in the past. This is amplified by television reports of pro and anti-vampire discussions all over town. Consumer culture is also portrayed through the presence of “TruBlood” – a synthetic product designed to satiate the thirst of the vampires without draining any veins. It is likened to the “lite” versions of modern day soft drinks, though we all know nothing satisfies like the real thing.

7.)  Quirky humor: Case in point Lafayette, the gay, vampire-blood slinging, male escort, cook of the Bon Temps bar to the not so bright, unlikely hero of the town, chiseled brother of Sookie: Jason Stackhouse. Then there’s the satirical element, with trashy magazines featuring headlines like ‘Angelina Adopts A Vampire Baby!’

8.)  Superb support: The entire, diverse mix up of the cast, provides non-stop entertainment for a wide range of fans. Their back stories and true nature are slowly revealed as the season progresses, giving all fans something to look forward to.

9.)  All flavor. No bite: Merchandising and cult shows are one in the same these days, and True Blood is no exception! With the release of the blood orange flavored drink, you can watch True Blood, and drink it too.

10.)  The promos: As channel 4 adopts the wildly famous show, let’s hope they adapt something else from HBO, that is, the mega stylish commercials. For instance, the second season finale in which they combined Depeche Mode’s new track “Corrupt“, with special shots of Sookie and the blood soaked regulars was pure genius!

Whatever your ten reasons for liking the show are, we can all agree on one thing: Its addictive! Hopefully channel 4 will agree with the minions of fans on why True Blood is so well received.

SOURCE:  digitalspy.com

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