EXCLUSIVE: We Chat with Charlaine Harris

What a treat it was to talk with Charlaine Harris on today’s True-Blood.net Radio show! Charlaine is in midst of promoting the latest Southern Vampire novel, Dead & Gone, and took time from her busy schedule to chat with us.  Here’s a recap of our discussion.

WARNING: Spoilers for Dead & Gone ahead!

Comic Con 2008
“Comic Con really scared the pants off of me! It was so crowded and so intense, that just made me so nervous.” Charlaine doesn’t expect to attend Comic Con this year and her schedule for July is already pretty full.

Sookie’s Experience at the End of Dead & Gone
“That’s pretty close to rock bottom. ” Charlaine struggles with finding the right details to convey the horror of the situation without causing the reader to slam the book shut and quit reading. Although the physical wounds are pretty much healed at the end of Dead & Gone, we will see the emotional aftermath in Book 10.

Book 10
So far, Book 10 begins 2 months after the end of Dead & Gone. “But that’s subject to change!”

What Should Sookie/The Reader Have “Learned” From Dead & Gone?
“I think it’s pretty clear that I feel free to kill characters when I want to, or when I feel that they need to die for the purposes of the story. Nobody is safe. I don’t want anybody to get too complacent.” Additionally, vampires (and weres) are not going to change overnight. They’ve had centuries of being the bad guys, so “trying to be good guys is a very recent development.”

The Harper Connelly Series
“There’s just a touch of the supernatural in the Harper books, it’s more reality based than the Sookie books. And there’s a sort of perverse romance as well.” Charlaine finds the mystery aspect of the Harper books a challenge, but is debating whether the next novel will be the last. The fourth (and final?) Harper Connelly novel is due out in November.

Happy Endings?
“Not necessarily, I don’t believe in happy endings. Of course there’s a streak of the romantic in me that would always like a happy ending, or at least an emotionally realistic sad ending. I hate these endings where everything goes to Hell for no reason. I like endings that seem right within the context of the book, whether they’re happy or not.” Um, yikes?

Alan Ball
“[Alan] is so nice! I just love hanging around with him. He’s charming and people love working with him. Even when he’s not around, people talk about how much they love working for him.” We heart you, Alan Ball!

Twitter RPGers
Charlaine knows the RPG exists but hasn’t had the time to really look into it. She’s flattered that people are so immersed in the universe. “I’ve got six dogs and a goose, plus I’m supposed to be working on the next book!”

Upcoming Sookie Projects
A compilation of the Sookie short stories is coming in October, called A Touch of Dead, and they’re working on “The Sookie Companion”, basically an encyclopedia of all things Sookie. Look for the Companion sometime next year if all goes according to plan.

Listen to the full interview here!

About Mel

Fan of the Southern Vampire Mysteries since 2001, and co-admin of True-Blood.net since 2008. Team Sookie!

69 comments

  1. Belinda Sparks

    Does anyone know if the TOUCH OF DEAD will have any NEW sookie stories???? or is it just a gathering of the old stories from other anthologies???
    thanks!

  2. Belinda, I’ve heard that TOUCH OF DEAD is supposed to have all of the Sookie short stories (but not all of the Sookie-verse stories) and one new one about Sookie and Pam going on vacation together. Please remember that this is only a rumor.

    Happy Endings?
    “Not necessarily, I don’t believe in happy endings. Of course there’s a streak of the romantic in me that would always like a happy ending, or at least an emotionally realistic sad ending. I hate these endings where everything goes to Hell for no reason. I like endings that seem right within the context of the book, whether they’re happy or not.” ?

    All I can say is that after such a big buildup about Sookie and her relationships and the joy and sorrow that they have caused her, CH would be betraying both her readers and Sookie if she didn’t end the series with Sookie having a reasonable shot of happiness with a male that she loves.

    • I beg to differ, Anna Karenina didn’t have a happy ending and Tolstoy didn’t betray his readers. Every time I read it I kind of hold my breath and yet it always ends the same sad way.

      Part of being a good author is the surprises and the suspense. If favorite characters didn’t die when in dangerous circumstances and we were guaranteed a happy ending the books would have a lot less suspense and not be as good.

      Besides not everyone judges a happy ending in the same way. One person’s happy ending is another person’s cop out.

  3. I think that Sookie will end up with a chance with someone – but not a vampire.

    As soon as Alcide was introduced I could see how Sookie could potentially have a happier life with one of the weres/shifters (probably not Alcide!!). She can do normal things, have a relatively normal relationship – which is what she wanted from the beginning, could age with them.

    In reality, how is Sookie ever going to have a long term relationship with a vampire?

    I love Eric, I like Bill….but I truly believe Quinn is the best man for Sookie.

    • I am team Eric but yes i agree Quinn is better for Sookie in the long term, as she can have a normal (as normal as Sookie can get..lol) life Kids and age together etc.

      • I cringe every time I see a comment saying Sookie should end up with anybody but Eric. She wants happiness and therefore needs a man that can handle her. She is such a feisty sarcastic spoiled brat (though she obv has her reasons as well as alot of good in her incl morals). Eric obviously wants her with all her quirks and personality wise he is the ONLY male character in the series (and the stats are just as slim in the real world) that can handle (and appreciate) a fireball femme like Sookie.
        As far as the growing old there are alot of diff theories floating around on how they can deal with that dilemma w/out just turning her.
        And for having babies.. (besides the fact that tons of ppl don’t even have the option) is there a decent female out there who would dump their potential male because she found he couldn’t give her babies??

        • i’ve been having this debate forvever now! CH won’t turn Sookie into a vampire. i like Sam, Alcide, and Quinn..they’re all good guys, but i feel that if Sookie chose one of them it would be like she’s settling. it would suck that after ALLLL of this build up of her relationship with Eric (and Bill) over the series just ends like a puff of smoke! i pray to God she doesn’t kill Eric off! but he’s the only one i think ‘gets’ her. :-) Eric is vampire so i dunno how it’s gonna play out. maybe he can become mortal somehow?? too many possibilities.

        • I agree! Eric is the only one for her! I definitely do not like Quinn or Alcide!

    • I freaking hate Quinn and I almost cheered out loud and actually did say, “Thank You, finally!” under my breath when he exited, stage left. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t stand him.

      Not sure if I prefer Bill or Eric – Bill seems to genuinely love Sookie and was pretty sheisty but it was kind of not his fault…but Eric is so exciting and seems to be finding out that he has the ability to love, as well…only time and Charlaine Harris can tell…

  4. Hey folks – New news from Ms Harris herself. She noted on 6/12 in the General section of her Q&A (messageboard) that she will indeed be attending ComicCon and will be doing a signing. The date(s) don’t sound firm yet, and aren’t on the calendar yet.

  5. I do not think Sookie will end up with Quinn, Alcide, Bill or even Eric. Charlaine Harris has said before that she never intended sookie to be with just one man.

    In the end who knows though. Personally I dislike Bill, he betrayed sookie in such a humanly, and backstabbing way.

    I love Eric, and I would love to see Sookie end up with him. But sometimes I feel that even though Eric may care for her more than he would ever like to admit, he also uses her, manipulates her in the subtlest ways. If Sookie ended up with anyone though, id like it to be Eric, He is honest, and loyal, they have undeniable physical chemistry, the same wry senses of humor not to mention he is a sexy viking.

    I do not know, I suppose I will just have to wait till book ten comes out to see what Sookie’s great- Grandfather really mean by ” the vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you” was it Bill or Eric?

    • i totally agree,i’d love to see sookie end up with eric,the passion between them can’t be beat.does anyone know when book 10 will be out

      • Eric is not honost… he’s a vampire, sherriff of area 5, how do you think he got that position. He loves Sookies talent, thats all. he uses humans and would look weak to be with Sookie..unless he turned her vamp

        • If you read all the books you really get to see a different side of Eric. He does use her for her talent, but he is more upfront about his motives than Bill or Alcide. Eric seems to have a lot of internal conflicts over his feelings for sookie after hundreds of years without feeling emotions towards humans. You have to give him some credit for that. I am really hoping we get to see this other side of Eric at some point in True Blood, though it doesn’t come out till a bit farther in the book series.

          • Humm…I´d love Sookie to end up with Eric, because I think they actually
            match with each other (yeah, the little difference, he is a vampire and she is a human *), there´s more than just chemistry, I´d be really really happy if my hunch becomes real. Bill…well I used to think he was the correct one until I read the part when he reveals Sookie that he was in a mission…then, Quinn…I never liked him to be with her, Alcide…I can´t imagine them together…Sam, no, it´s just that I like his actual relationship with Sookie.
            *That´s a good point, If Sookie ends up with a vampire (hoping he´ll be Eric),
            Will she become a vampire? or not?
            I think the phrase “the vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you” is very open, I´m going to be without my nails until next may. I don´t like sad endings, yes, I know that not all the endings can be happy for all the characters, but I wish CH will bring a nice touch to the end,like Sookie being with Eric :)… at least as something close to a “couple” or “very good friends”; Bill, Pam and Sam being alive. I think the trama is open to a lot of things, I hope CH will bring us a good ending, I trust in her, ´cause she actually is a very good writer, want to sink my teeth in the 10th book. But If then she wants to write a 11th book, I know I´ll be reading it. Love Southern Vampire books.

          • i agree , i have only read the first 3 books and i am already completely in love with them! Eric and Sookie were ment to be , i just hope Charlaine Harris ends the story with a happy ending or something near happy !

  6. Madeline Nkieves

    The most intriguing character and the main reason for my return as a fan for season 2 of True Blood was Maryann. Curiosity turned into action and came to my eternal fountain of information in search for a tropical fruit goddess. To my amaze I found a roman mythology Goddess name Pomona who’s attributes were never counter parted in the Greek mythology paradise. She was one of the tree protectors of people, homes and properties but her calling was to protect the so called cornucopia filled with many exotic tropical fruits and harvesting trees. She is also identified with a pruning knife for obvious reasons.
    Curious enough, there’s a flourishing Town in California with that name and residents have created a beautiful mural with the resurging of their Town and Pomona’s puzzling similar image to Maryann. This town is bursting with new talented artist that could very well be a possible resource for the producer for what rebirth really is.
    In true blood Maryann could very well be a twisted re-encarnation of Pomona and in her quest for young people to protect in her exotic home and offer her ever flowing harvest at a price that we will found out in the chapters to come.
    I wonder if the inspiration for this character was taken from this mythological goddess, but for sure she is keeping us enchanted.

  7. I had always thought that Eric was better for Sookie than anyone else because he was more honest and loyal…he did say…I might not tell you everything but what I do tell you is the truth. I hate seeing Sookie being hurt and betrayed over and over again…perhaps that is why I like another series where the heroine has more than one lover… :)

  8. rebecca anderson

    I just want to know if we can expect to see Bubba the vampire anytime in the series!

    • Rebecca, Alan Ball has stated several times that he has no intention of including Bubba in the series.

      • I’ve heard that, too! And it makes me so sad! Bubba is one of the funniest characters, IMO. Always asking about whether or not there are any pets around, or ***spoiler!*** casually saying, “I killed him, and stuffed him in the closet. Figured you know what to do” – LMFAO – priceless!

        How can he not want to use him, if not only for a little part?!

    • Arline (not Arlene)

      If they do, I hope they leave him ambiguously “Bubba.” Perhaps some would think he was “hokey.” But I have enjoyed him in all the books.

  9. I’d love for Sookie to end up with Eric… He’s an ass… but at least he’s sincere… Bill is a bad guy. Think about it he lied to Sookie from the very beginning and then while he was dating Selah he was all about getting Sookie back.. not-so-honorable there either.. even as a make-believe-vampire.

  10. I really hope Sookie ends up with Eric, I believe he truley loves her, I hope book 10 takes us there and the series True Blood. I cant wait.

  11. After reading all those comments although Quinn can give Sookie a fairly normal life.. Eric is Honest and the passion between them is something i don’t think Sookie will get again. So i have changed my mind and think Eric is the man for Sookie.

  12. I have read all the books and I still hate Eric. People can talk about how honest he is all they want, but he is just as sneaky as all the other vampires. Sure, sometimes he is upfront, but he manipulates Sookie as much as the other vampires. All of Sookie’s boyfriends have been backstabbers–I don’t want her to end up with any of them.

  13. Team Bill he is the one who really love’s her even though he had to do what the Queen asked, he fell in love with her the first time he saw her they are meant to be together thats where her heart is, even her great grandfather Nigel told her if ya’ll remember.

    Team Bill !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Even though Bill raped her? I think that would be a little difficult to come back from. To fear that any time your partner got a injured or hungry he might rape you…yikes.

    • um, no, First of all it’s Niall, and second, he could have been talking about any vampire. Not just Bill, and it would be hard to bounce back from being raped by him even though she’s probably blocked it out. I don’t think Eric will let Bill get the chance to try to win sookie back. But he will probably try since during the fairy war she kinda loved him again and he knew she would feel that way if he fought for her.

  14. I do love Bill, and I think he truly loves Sookie, even though he was a basterd when they met. I do like Eric.. I mean, he is sexy, handsome, has tricky sense of humor, and, aparentely, sex with him is REALLY great, but I think their relationship isn’t much more than a physical attraction.

    BUT, if I had to guess, I’d say Sookie will end up with Sam. It seems to me that CH is building Sookie’s love for him throughout the books, and it has become clear when she’s being tortured in the last one (dead and gone), and thinks about Sam. Besides, CH already said in an interview that Sookie won’t become a vampire, so it’s pratically impossible for her to have a long relationship with either Eric or Bill.

    I hope I’m wrong and that Niall was talking about Bill in the end of Dead and Gone. Can’t wait for the next book to come out!

  15. Who’s to say how long Sookie will live? How much vamp blood has she been drinking? Who is her Great Grandfather? All her family has been killed off so no one know’s how long they would have lived, obviously longer than a human life span.

    What makes a person feel loved is not only the verbal and physical love from another person but the care they show…. like a new door, gravel for your driveway, a cell phone (though he was replacing what he broke) or a new, warmer coat. So I fall within the Eric crowd.

    Quinn is mildly abusive which is disturbing and Bill say’s he loves her in the dashing romanitic hero kind of way. Yet what has Bill done for her to improve her life? He has the money to buy her bra’s and underware and earrings – nice but not practical.

    Will she end up with Sam? After living these adventures will settling with Sam make her happy? CH has said she has no problem killing off her characters so any of these men could go in a bloody battle. In the end I would be really upset if she kills Sookie.

    Maybe she could end it with Sookie very old, sitting on her porch, waiting for a visit from Pam, who I’m sure would still be her friend.

  16. I have always been pro Bill. I also like Eric especially when it is portryaed by Alexander Skarsgard…Who Sookie ends up with really depends on CH…The last part of the Book Dead and Gone states: “”Sookie’s Great Grandfather said “The vampire truly loves you” But Sookie doesn’t know whether it’s Bill or Eric – I am convinced that it is Bill – because he was willing to sacrifice himself for Sookie…think nothing is greater than that act of love…Eric’s character is far different though – I have to be convinced that he deserves to be with Sookie when I read all proceeding books of CH…

  17. I think at the end of the last book when Sookie’s great grandfather was talking about he really loves you and he’s not a bad vampire. I think he was talking about Eric, because he knows Eric and he is the one who set up the meeting for them two. I didnt read anything where he knows who Bill is. So it looks like Eric is the vampire which is a very good choice. But dont get me wrong i do really like Bill, but there is just something about Eric and how Alex plays the part. It could have something to due with the way CH has wrote the books they are great to read.

  18. Eric, Eric,Eric he is the one! i hope we get to see the real Eric on the show there chemistry in the books is undeniable plus he is strait with sookie and we know bill is a true liar in the worst way he has been lying from day one he had plenty of chances to tell her the truth but he never did!!!! virginity is not something you can get back! shame on bill! if he truly loved her he would have told her.

  19. Sookie can`t end up with any vampire… unless she becomes one too.
    I think Sam still have a chace…

  20. Sookie could end up being a telepathic vampire! Then she can have a few centuries enjoying adventures with Bill & Eric! But that should only happen after she has had Quinns baby, grrrr.
    I love this series sooooo much.
    Or –
    Eric will die for Sookie around book 12, showing that he did indeed love her truely. Then Sookie will sleep with Quinn, have a baby and end up with Bill to raise the child together. Ahhhhhhh.

    • I hope that Quinn never comes up again in the stories.

    • I hope Quinn doesn’t make anymore appearances in the books. He was really annoying and he is way to busy to be with Sookie he is always traveling and working. Sookie wouldn’t want to quit her job to travel with him

  21. I really would like for Sookie to have a happy ending with either Bill or Eric..I don’t think her emotions so far towards any living men have been as strong as hers for the 2 vampires..D

  22. I really would like for Sookie to have a happy ending with either Bill or Eric..I don’t think her emotions so far towards any living men have been as strong as hers for the 2 vampires..Does any one know when her next new book is coming out in this series? Not the short stories, but an actual book?

  23. I want her with Eric! he’s the best, and I think her grandfather was talking about him

  24. Hell, deep down everyone wants a happy ending. The one place we usually turn to find that is a book or movie. I’m slightly annoyed to see movies and books just not doing it anymore. Life is gruesome and real enough, we don’t need a book or movie doing it too lol.

    Eric is the obvious choice. He handles her well and keeps Sookie tamed down some, she’s realized Eric used her telepathy but Bill lied, cheated and betrayed her. Quinn and Alcide? Um no. I swear my eyes scanned the pages when those two came into the books. Sam? I refer to him the drag, I couldn’t find a more boring character in the book or the screen than him.

    As Eric mentioned before, she’s spoiled to humans and with her new acknowledgement about her history, I’d say vamp her night and make Eric her master. Let it play out from there.

    • Ever since I read Club Dead and Dead to the World I was all about Eric and Sookie being together. (I loved his character in the first books but those really let you know more about him I think) There’s so much fire and passion and history between them, and they never get boring. Every book I pick up I’m reading as fast as I can to get to where Eric is in the story haha! There’s nothing worse than a sappy happily ever after. Eric isn’t walking the straightest of lines always but he doesn’t pretend to be a self-righteous saint either and I love a bad boy – living or dead. He is deceptive but I love that he goes after what he wants and doesn’t care about the particulars. The only thing is that it would definitely be in his character to finally get Sookie and then that would be “I win” and it’s over because he’s bored and not chasing her anymore. Not entirely done with the series but I’m swimming through them one a day.

  25. OUTSTANDING !!!! i could not put your books down. THANK YOU !!!

  26. I LOVE Eric and Bill. At first when I started reading the books, I was in love with Bill, but then when we found out he was hired by the Queen of Louisiana to track Sookie, he lost my trust. And I have to admit that the scenes with Sookie and Eric are MUCH more STEAMIER and sexier than with Sookie and Bill. I would love it if Sookie ended up with Eric, I agree that he is the ONLY man who can handle her. It would of been nice for her to end up with Bill, but that seems too cheesy and perfect.
    I love the books and have read them all and a re-reading them. I can’t get enough….. I hope she comes out with a new book that finishes the ending up. I feel kindof at the end of a cliff, not knowing what comes next or what happens in the end…

  27. I love Eric to pieces but I think that Quinn would be her best choice. She does treat Quinn unfairly by thinking that he should put her first. I understand where she is coming from but Eric will not quit Fangtasia or the politics of vamp life. She never even knows when she is going to see him again. Both Quinn and Eric were willing to take the bomb to save her life, so it was not just Bill willing to die for her. I think that Eric really does love her, but he is still coming to terms with that. When she called him to say that she needed protection he should have come instead of Bubba who had failed in that department before! Quinn would have been there no matter what, since he clearly broke all the rules to come in Erics territory to see her. I am afraid that Erics devotion would be a short lived thing and that she is confused by having so much of his blood in her system. She never pushed Quinn away until that happened, and Quinn told her that was a possibility after he found out. Sookie wants kids and Quinn could so that. I dont think that his coming there with the king was ever intended to harm her. But i loved when Eric kissed her before he opened the door telling her that she was to valuable to be lost.

  28. I think all of you are nuts lol.. Why does Sookie have to end up with anyone.. A vamp relationship won’t last unless they turn her. Bill is an ass, screwed it up from the begining and though I like eric I must say that I would rather see her without anyone. Charleene made Sookie to be a independant woman and I would like to see her end like that. Both Eric and Bill use her. Alcide was just wrong for her and we know she doesn’t want Quinn. Sam is more of. Friend than anything else.. I think in the end, unless she wants to be a vamp she should leave her lovers..

  29. Bill, Eric, Alcide, Quinn, Sam…..so many men, so little time! But really Alcide and Quinn are out of the picture; Quinn was good for Sookie in so many ways, but he is not polically strong enough in the supernatural world to pair with Sookie. Book 9 does leave it open with the comment from her Grandfather, but Sookie and Eric are “pledged” to eachother in the supernatural world in Book 9 as well. Even if Sookie wants to give Bill another chance or try a romance with Sam, she is pledged to Eric. There will be some rules about breaking that pledge, if she wants to try. The other item from book 9 that really leans towards Sookie with Eric is when Pam says that Eric lives on in Sookie. The blood tie that Sookie and Eric share now is so deep that their lives will probably always be tied together. I think there will be more about the blood tie and the pledge in book 10.

  30. Is Mary-Anne still in town ……..what has gotten into all y’all that Sookie should be with Eric. His lack of humane treatment of humans is counter to that coupling 110% It is more along the lines of “I want the new toy cause Bill has it” Bill is the man that has the manner, back ground, kindered spirit of the deep South and that being a centeral ingredient for the entire show just don’t work with Eric in the middle of Louisiana small town. The trip to Dallas was good but story line is like a good meal the main course is not enough with out the sides which are all the people in the old home town.

    P.S. Loved the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival on Sam in #3 as he unloads the truck, Way to go my home town Niceville (Boggy Bayou) Florida in the big time check out the web site it’s every October.

  31. Gosh I just get sick thinking Sookie could end up with anyone BUT Eric! Read how she is with him! Even before the blood bond, she always knows Eric can handle her and she him! They have such a dynamic, I know the show will go it’s own direction but I am hoping with all hope that Sookie and Eric can last in the novels.

    Not Quinn, I never liked him…and not Bill for goodness sakes.

    Just because I want it so bad I have a feeling I am in for disappointment. That frightens me!!!!!!!!!! lol

  32. @ Brenda I really beg to differ about your opinion of Eric…he is more than the ‘bad guy’ you have to notice how he is changing…how he is shifting and how Sookie would fit right with him…Even the most telltale sign when the Queen accused of loving Sookie, his expression and hesitation really conveyed!

    He gets crude with Bill because that is the nature of their relationship and he wants Sookie. I love his scenes with Sookie and their banter is fantastic…Eric is detached and tough but he is not just simply the ‘bad guy’

  33. I think Sookie will be set up for betrayal yet again…. Obviously as much as Eric loves her he probably loves power even more so. I could see Eric becoming a vampire king in the future. I think Sam and Quinn do love her for who she is and can give her what she wants. Maybe CH will kill one of those guys off for her to realize that. I’m not a Bill fan so I hope they will only have a friendship. Anyway I can’t wait for the next book.

  34. Thank you for such wonderful stories. I know you won’t really read this Charlene, but I’d like it out there that I appreciate your imagination, talent and love of your characters. I love them also. I hope it goes on and on and on. I wish I had some of your talent and could write.

  35. I don’t understand how people can wish for Sookie to be with Bill. I never liked him myself. Bill’s most important trait is that he is never there when Sookie needs him, form book 1. He is not there when she gets beaten to a pulp, chased by a sadistic murderer, shot at, etc. etc. Either he’s gone travelling for his oh-so-important vampire database, or his busy doing sth else, usually very egoistic sth. I think it is very important and meaningful that when, at the end of Book 1, Sookie is attacked by Long Shadow, it is Eric that stakes him, not Bill. Eric more or less conciousely breaks all his rules for Sookie from the very beginning- he kills a fellow vampire to save a human, swaps blood, gest shot at, travels undercover to hostile terrytory to keep an eye on her, and, finally gests married- all these things are very new for a guy like Eric. He changes, and he does it for Sookie. That is why I’d like Sookie to be with Eric, and not Bill- a guy who lied to her from day one, deserted her, raped her (!!!), and never really showed much care for her anyway (no gravel or coats here!).
    I’m also very worried about the way the show True Blood is going. They make Bill a much better person that he is in the books at the cost of other characters (especially Eric), and I don’t like it at all.

  36. I’m was bored with Bill when they were together in the books and now I’m bored with him on the show. I’m so ready for some Eric action! I think Quinn was totally annoying (always calling Sookie “Babe”) but somehow Eric calling her “Lover” has remained oddly endearing. I too wonder how the show is going to turn Sookie toward Eric, I feel that leaving her in a relationship with Bill too long will only stagnate things. Ultimately I would love to see Sookie end up with Eric (and I love how they’ve cast his and Pam’s character’s on the show- couldn’t be more perfect).

  37. I guess I am the only one cheering for Quinn! I think that he is good for her. Quinn is doin his best to keep Sookie away from all the vamp back stabbing and trying to have a real realationship. Eric loves Eric too much to ever put her needs first. Bill could have told the truth about why he was in Bon Temp at any point, but didn’t! Alcide just wants someone by his side and I don’t think that he really cares who. Quinn was the only one who wasn’t trying to use our dear Sookie for there own gain.

  38. When I first started reading the books I was completly team Bill but the farther I read into the books I am torn between Bill and Eric! They are both wonderful for her but Eric really gets her and knows how to handle her big personality.I think bill really has her heart though being her first. I’m not even going to take the time to say anything about the weres because that is not happening. In the end it will be eric or bill.

  39. I just remembered one more thing: in the books Sookie clearly mentions that Bill never got around to proposing marriage. Their relationship seemed to bo totally devoid of dynamics, it wasn’t moving forward, they were just hanging out and having sex. It was actually Eric who comitted by getting married to Sookie (of course in his own devious way :D).How are they going to pull that one off in the series? And with Loreena out of the picture?
    As for Quinn, I think he is the series weakest link. I think C.H. wrote this character to take off some tension form the Sookie-Eric relationship, give them a break, so we will all wonder if they will get together just a little bit longer. It was probably also for the sake of Eric getting a little jealous, and that’s probably why Quinn was so cool and powerful in the supernatural world. But I think once C.H. realised that Quinn is actually a perfect partner for Sookie, she was sorry for creating him and got rid of him as soon as possible. Sookie’s excuse for breaking up with him is the lamest thing in the whole series, but it is pretty obvious IMHO at this point that he is out of the story.

  40. Quinn was definitely a strange addition from the beginning… I agree with Marta… and stranger still was his removal. It was like a plot plow, rather than the flowing of the story; which is so excellent and complex. Can anyone tell me why in last book (9) Eric’s maker had 3 names and none of them was Godric? That made no sense to me and stood out. I loved the love story with Bill at the beginning and then it went sour; there wasn’t much joy there and then he just wasn’t available, spent his money on his family, etc, etc, though he seemed to love Sookie sincerely (after he was found out he tried to tell her that he really loved her even so) he really wasn’t that exciting… and perhaps the real reason she fell for him was the blood he gave her after she saved him from the drainers and he was the first one she didn’t hear. As for Eric… he intrigued me in the books from the very first… I got excited as soon as I read about him in Fangtasia and I was hoping there’d be more of him. I’m so glad there is… I can’t get enough of his devious yet tender feelings towards Sookie… I agree with all you lovers of Eric… and he is portrayed so well (as is Bill and Sookie and them all, great casting). I’ve read all the books, watched all the episodes.. I’m hooked and waiting, waiting, waiting…

  41. Okay to me I love this world that Charlaine Harris has created for us and I would love to see it come out any ways she wishes to come out. Whether that be that Sookie is with Eric, Bill or who knows…BOTH! lol or neither. We can go on all day about how we would like to see her with someone, but in the end it’s her brilliant mind that has to decide.

  42. I have just finished Dead and Gone and loved it! Can’t wait for the next book to come out next year.

    I think that maybe Dermot, the half-fairy uncle, could be important in the next book. He’s kinda left as a hanging thread so I think he’ll turn out to be stuck in the human world when the gate to the fairy world is sealed and he’ll set about causing Sookie trouble. Maybe he will even find out about Hunter and kill his dad, meaning Sookie has to adopt him. Bingo! Sookie has a substitute child of her own (one after her own spirit as he can read minds too). This would set up all sorts of drama, and complicate Sookie’s relationship with Eric (I really hope she ends up with Eric). Plus, this would satisfy all of those who think she can’t end up with a vampire cos they can’t give her a child.

    I really hope we discover more about whether she can really “hear” vamp minds too!

  43. Charline does an excellent job at keeping all of those details together. I know she has help. I would love to see book 10 to be all about Eric and Sookie. The short stories that Charline writes fill-in the holes of the things we miss. Fans may not think they are important to the series, but I think she has a way of introducing new characters that just might be very important to Sookies future. I would love to have book 11 be all about Preston, and maybe that’s who she finally ends up with. But I am in no big hurry to have any of it come to an end. Charline has a way of making you love whoever Sookie is with at that time.

  44. Team Eric fans make me so mad. Why does everybody like Eric. All he has ever done is trick Sookie into everything she had to do for him. In the end of book 9, it was Bill fighting beside the great grandfather not Eric. Does anybody really read the books???? Charlaine if you read these comments please let Sookie be with the right man and not the vamp that everybody wants. TEAM BILL!!!! TEAM BILL!!!! TEAM BILL!!!!

  45. i have just finished reading the whole series this week,and now i feel so empty!!cannot wait for book 10 uhg.
    i love eric..and really hope that if she does end up with him,he deverses her.i dont really like that she is starting to love bill again(cause that would be on the expense of eric’s feelings)..but hey..whoever sookie ends up with-i only hope its written convingly enough to not make us pout, in case she ends up choosing the one we didn’t expect.GO CHARLAINE!
    oh and its’ a bit ironic how i love eric from the book more than the tv one..while i like bill a lot more on tv than in the book..curious..

  46. Eric, Eric, Eric, Eric……… Unless CH creates a new and better match, I will keep reading and rereading. Ah thank you CH for these wonderful hours of escape and bliss!!!!

  47. It was really amusing reading through these comments! In all of their own ways, the men in Sookie’s life are all interesting. Who wouldn’t want all those hot supernatural guys interested in them? That said, I understand what Charlaine is saying. I don’t think she means she’s going to give Sookie an “unhappy” ending on purpose, but rather she will pick the ending that feels the most organic and “true” to her, whether that be happy or sad. I think it will probably end up being a bit of both. Now as for who’s the best for Sookie, I think it comes down to who she feels the most connected to. I honestly believe she will not end up with Quinn or Alcide. So that leaves Bill, Eric or Sam. The reason why I don’t believe it is Bill, is because of some of the side comments in the books, even though I like Bill. I believe it’s the second book where Sookie reveals that she’s not sure her whole heart really belongs to Bill. But she pushes aside that thought. She’s not sure if she’s deeply in love with him. For me, I think there’s been the most build up between Eric and Sookie, as well as Sookie and Sam. There could be arguments for both! Personally, I want her to end up with Eric. In book 5 I believe, Sookie reveals a little bit of where her heart lies. She says that the person who’s company she enjoys the most is “Eric” without the hundreds of years of being hardened. Meaning, Eric without the memories. So, if Eric can let down his guard more and become more vulnerable as the series progresses (I really believe his true self was hinted toward in this version of Eric), then I think she would choose him. Someone may be good for you (take Quinn), but that doesn’t mean your heart belongs to them. So if Sookie’s heart doesn’t belong to him, then he can’t be the “best” for her. That’s just my take though. In my personal opinion, I really think it comes down between Eric and Sam. Maybe she will confess her feelings for Eric, he dies saving her or maybe even Sam so she can have a normal life. So she will always love Eric, but she also loves Sam and finally they come together. Years later, as an old lady she thinks about her time involved in the supernatural world where it becomes stories she tells her grandchildren. Just an idea. :) Though, I really do WANT Sookie to end up with Eric. It’s hard to not want to skip ahead in the books just to get to the next Eric scene.

  48. A lot of you pro Eric’s seem to think that there is a shot at not only a real honest loving relationship but a functional one. wrong! and so what if he turned her? it was Sophie ann’s gift to keep her children with her not Eric’s. duh remember the whole leaving thing? Hello Pam left didn’t come back until Eric needed her and did you ever think with sookie as child of Eric, maybe a favored child, that that would cause HUGE issues with Pam? loyal, yes but she doesn’t strike me as the sharing type. besides when Sookie feed from Eric at the summit she was boned to Eric in a new way (lucky number 3). who is to say that that wont play a role in all this? honestly i think bill is a minor character. you learn to love him so fast that when you read the books you are as blind sided by his lies and backstabbing as sookie is. but then you (or at lest i) got/get over him way to fast. i think that Eric will be a part of her story longer then bill will but i feel an M. Nite Shyamalan twist coming that will really revive bills character at the best moment to really complicate things :). as for her one true love i think we have yet to meet he lucky man. i foresee a new man in sookies life in the not to far off future and i would truly love if it’s someone with power over Eric. Oh, can’t you just see it now, Eric keeping bill at bay so he can have sookie only to be cock blocked by say his sire? as for turning sookie i don’t see it. but she is more then a telepath for sure plus the fairy blood or maybe because of the fairy blood sookie may become her own kinda supe. way too many possible plot twist and tuns to say anything for sure plus I’m not CH, but i do know one thing CH can tell one hell of a story so what ever it is that she decided to do it will be GRATE !