Charlaine Harris Interview

truebloodposHey there readers, now most of you know who Charlaine Harris is and most of you have also watched the HBO show True Blood. But if you don’t or haven’t let me fill you in real quick. Charlaine Harris wrote the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series and the show True Blood is based on those books. Good? Good. At this year’s Dragon Con Charlaine Harris was interviewed about her books and the show.

When asked who her favorite character in her books was she said Sookie (of course) but that she loves all her characters as each one is a part of herself. Other than Sookie though, she said her favorite characters were Amelia Broadway (a witch in the books that hasn’t been in the show) and Vampire Pam (played by Kristin Bauer). Charlaine also explained that Alan Ball’s intention with the True Blood series was to base each season on each book. So season one of the show is based on book one and season two is based on book two… etc. She continues, saying that Alan made it clear that the series would most likely take on a life of its own…

“Alan Ball explained that because Sookie wouldn’t be able to carry the entire series on her own, other characters would have to become more developed. Hence Lafayette not being killed in season one, even though he was killed in the first novel, Dead Until Dark. This also explains why the character Jessica Hamby played by Deborah Ann Woll was created and why Tara Thornton played by Rutina Wesley has become a main character in the True Blood series.”

The interviewer then asks Charlaine who her favorite character on the show is. She sweetly praised the entire cast but singled out Nelsan Ellis for his “brilliant” portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds (and it sure is, he is amazing). She also said that she couldn’t believe how tall Alexander Skarsgård, who plays the delicious Eric Northman, is. Alexander is a whopping 6’4” so he totally towered over Charlaine. She did say that he was one of the nicest actors she’d met. Hot and nice? Mmm mmm. Ahem.

When it comes to season three, Charlaine showed excitement over who might be cast in the role of Debbie Pelt, one of the main characters in the Club Dead book. She noted that Club Dead was one of her favorite novels and she looked forward to how Alan Ball would rework it for True Blood. Charlaine and Alan don’t communicate regularly about the series said Charlaine told but said that she was “okay with the liberties that Alan Ball has taken with the True Blood series because she looks at True Blood as its own entity.”

Then when asked about whom Sookie will end up with – Eric or Bill, Charlaine Harris devilishly teases us by answering, “Who says it’s going to be a vampire?”

Eeeee! So excited now!

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).


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