True Blood Radio 205: Dead Ever After

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The final novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series was released May 7, and it certainly stirred up a lot of discussion! We’ve dedicated this week’s episode of True Blood Radio solely to talking about Dead Ever After. Warning: spoilers!

A word about comment etiquette: is a fansite, and as such we do not permit bashing, flaming, gnashing of teeth, or rending of garments. We know that the end of this series, as with pretty much any other, is not going to be loved by everyone. That’s to be expected. But we also expect comments to remain civil and discussions courteous. Comments that are otherwise will be deleted.

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  1. Amanda

    May 14, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Was slightly disappointed but I think more because this the END.

  2. Jen

    May 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

    *does happy dance* i’m just so glad i was right about Sam & Sookie to start with. Team Sam ftw!

    • Mel

      May 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Team Sam! High fives all around!

  3. John

    May 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I thought it was a good book, brought a lot of storylines to a close, reintroduced a lot of long time characters, and I enjoyed reading it very much. That said, I am very disappointed with not the book or the author, but other “fans” hating, harassing, and speaking and spreading a lot of ill about this book. I didn’t understand it BEFORE I got my copy in the mail, and after reading it I am totally shocked by it afterwards. I am glad it seems to be having success despite these “fans” and can not wait to see what Mrs. Harris plans for the new series she is planning.

  4. Syydiana

    May 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I wasn’t really happy with the book 🙁 It was a good read and I did enjoy it BUT, I really don’t think Sookie had any major realization… She keeps talking about being human… But she is not human no matter what she wants, her fairy is strong. I just didn’t get any feel of closure. That was disappointing.
    With the issue with Eric, he said “I can keep you, he said with absolute confidence. I can work out a way. You may not be my wife in name, but you are in my heart.” Page #126 LOL Looking at it from Erik’s side he did love her. That’s what he got from her. If they got caught they would both meet death though. I don’t however think it would have worked the wait game… Not Sookies thing and I do think that’s why the extra 100 years. He made sure she was safe, as for Pam told Sookie that it’s Erik’s way of protecting what is his. That right there lets her know she will always have that place in his cold un-beating heart… Yum 🙂
    On a good note, it flowed wonderfully. All the characters came to life. It inspired me and brought forth a lots of emotion. She is a great writer. Also my house is buzzing, We just read it 🙂
    Awesome show Ladies V””V

  5. Cris Gates

    May 14, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Just finished and I really liked it. I always knew that she and Sam would be together. It was very obvious to me there was a strong undercurrent in their relationship. I also agree that Eric was protecting Sookie in the end. He would have loved to keep her in his life if he could but knew they’d both be dead if they were found out and, really, doesn’t it always get out there? So what if the cluviel dor made the sparks between Sam and Sookie even hotter. I think it’s fabulous. If I could have a one time magical item that’d make me and someone I love even happier, I’d use it. I’m looking forward to the release of the book this fall tying up the other storylines. Way to go Charlaine…I’m one happy fan!

    • Cris Gates

      May 15, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Not that Sookie used the CD out of anything but love for her friend, Sam…I just meant that I don’t see anything wrong if the CD has enhanced the love that Sookie and Sam have always had for each other.

  6. posh

    May 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I realize that there are the book fans and then the trueblood tv series fans. Now that the books are done, will you and Liz still keep this site up for all of the t.v series fans? I don’t mean to upset the book fan community but us tv series fans may see a different fate for the characters (gosh I hope so).

    • Mel

      May 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Of course! Although we were book fans first and obviously we talk about the books here, is a fansite for the HBO series not the books.

  7. Rina

    May 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Loved your podcast and how you addressed everyone’s concerns, ladies. You are top notch. I was surprised by the ending of the story at first, but then I went back and thought about it, and I agree that it’s the only ending that makes sense. I think Sookie’s story is a good lesson about making assumptions. I think a lot of fans assumed that they were reading a paranormal romance because the books have romance and sex in them, but the narrative structure doesn’t follow the rules of romantic fiction at all. The books are not a story of Sookie and Bill, or Sookie and Eric, or Sookie and Alcide, or Sookie and Quinn, or even Sookie and Sam. They are not about a couple but about individuals. They are first and foremost Sookie’s story–her self-actualization journey. She’s the protagonist. All the other characters are supporting characters, and they have their own compelling and poignant stories. Some of those stories are happy, and others are tragic. CH’s gift as a writer is her ability to create fictional characters, even minor characters, who seem so real, that we can’t help having very strong emotions about them, sometimes to the detriment of paying attention to other characters and to the story itself. I hope that all fans will re-read the story and look at it as a whole instead of rejecting it because they didn’t like the ending. Thanks again for the great review.

  8. TeaAna

    May 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    First off, I love Liz and Mel and But I have to defend Eric. I am only going to write 90% of what I truly want to, so if it is long… In my head, it is just a blip.

    “I should’ve turned you…” Come on, you two- he said that out of anger. You can’t hold that against him so extremely. He wanted to turn her, but didn’t. He didn’t because her wishes are important to him- What she wants is more important than what he desires.

    “The only good thing they had was good sex” – Okay, I missed when Sookie said/thought that… but I am going to have to trust you guys that it is in there because y’all have the credentials to teach a college course on SVM/True Blood material. Though, it just isn’t true. In the beginnings, when we were falling in lust with Eric (and also one of my favorite moments thru the series) Sookie says something along the lines of “That’s why I like Eric- He just ‘gets me\'”. Previous to the last 2-3 books, Eric could always be counted on to bring laughter, joy, and fun to Sookie and the readers. He has protected her, had thoughtful and meaningful conversations with her, etc.- We can’t just dismiss all that and reduce them to “a jar filled with happy Os” when looking at their relationship over the last couple of years.

    Eric has his issues. I really thought that during book 12 Sookie was really fair with Eric and “all of it”. Eric did not rise to the same, in my opinion. He disappointed me with his behavior. I can make excuses for it, but just as I use the fact that he had to spend 1000 years living a certain way to excuse certain “bad” character straits- I should be fair and say that he has had 1000 years to mature and deal with stressful situations. For instance, I think Niall had just recently told him about the CD- He was angry that she hid it from him and that she hadn’t already used it for their benefit- BUT to approach it with her HOW and WHEN he did was just not right. Hiding Freyda from her ’til Pam makes him tell her was just not right. Him actually proposing that she live the life a vampire’s pet in Oklahoma was just down right insulting! So yeah… he has his issues… But he loves her without a doubt and ensuring her life and happiness is a constant struggle/goal in his mind.

    Okay- I have said my peace on Eric. I think. Actually, I will miss having to defend Eric’s bad boy ways.

    To remind: As I said in the first discussion thread- I like Sam. If not Eric- Then Sam is great. He is loyal, loves her, and will be able to put her above all the other BS because like Sookie he is a supernatural not bound by the hierarchy system. (–That was a good point that you guys made with that–) I really do wish them future happiness and tons of puppies. (Which they will have because they live on ultra fertile land and both dogs and faeries are known to have multiples!)

    I wanted to raise this Steve Newlin thing. When I saw that he was chillin’ in Baja for all this time- that really confused me. Last we saw him- well… he was the one who staked Sookie in Josephine’s, right!?! Which would mean that he was the one who got chased out the club by a bunch of weres (and, assumingly, vamps), right? I am sorry, but how the hey did he survive that!?! Unless I am remembering it wrong- I just don’t see how it is possible. It confused me, but I accepted it- and found that plot line extremely enjoyable.

    OH – haha – Ditto on the thoughts about sharing the cell with Jane. I was just thinking the whole time, “Okay, okay *repress a gag* oh my gosh, eww- please, enough- we get it- mental picture is way past painted and becoming real over here!” hahahahaha.

    OH, and… I liked how she brought back her villains for the last book. Sookie use to defend vampires by bringing up Rene and similar bad humans who can do just as much evil as (and has done more evil to her specifically than) vampires. In book one and two- yeah, that was true… but as the books went on it was mainly vampire nonsense and were crap that put her in danger. So, here in the last book, humans were the villains along with a member of her own family- So… I, personally, really like that she took that angle during the closing of the series.

    I can’t believe it’s over! No more Sookie adventures! Harris’s Sookie and Eric are different than the ones in True Blood… I am going to miss the real them…
    *another tear*
    but I am certain that I will continue to enjoy the stand-ins on T.V.
    *breathes and forces out a smiles*
    (This is like when Boy Meets World ended- Mind blower- End of an era.)


    • Liz

      May 16, 2013 at 9:16 am

      TeaAna you’re not being fair to us! We did defend Eric and we did admit that he loved Sookie – in his way. In fact I made it a specific point to acknowledge this fact. Come on, throw us a bone! 😉

  9. TeaAna

    May 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    *Arg* I can’t post my comment… What kind of witchcraft is this!?!?!

    • Mel

      May 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      It was so long, it got flagged as spam. I manually approved it for ya. 🙂

  10. Melissa

    May 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I was disappointed with this being the final book. I felt like the life of Sookie and the lives of the characters of Bon Temps were wrapped-up hastefully or not at all. Don’t get me wrong—Sookie ended up with who I expected and wanted her to end up with, but it seemed as though Charline Harris was truly tired of writing about it.

    She discarded Eric and Sookie’s relationship after so many books were about just that. I didn’t want them together, but after all the fanfare she gave him I expected more since her other books were better written. On the opposing side, I adore Sam’s character and had hoped that’s who Sookie would be with in the end, and while he was in the majority of the book, it was “I can’t see you right now” angst and then a quick explosion of love in two chapters. That didn’t give Sam the fanfare he deserved.

    Nevertheless, Mrs. Harris has stated many times that it wasn’t a romantic novel (who are we kidding) but a supernatural mystery series. On that point, what were supposed to be climaxes in the book fell flat. We knew someone was going to die (it wasn’t shocking), and we knew Sookie was going to get arrested from the books synopsis. It wasn’t until chapter 20 that I realized there were only two chapters left and the two main concerns to readers (the mystery man who wanted Sookie dead and who Sookie who officially be with) weren’t wrapped-up. However, I already knew the answer to both of these and was highly disappointed with the anticlimactic-ness of it all. I go would go on more about that, but I’m already ranting enough.

    The book started off with us reading about Sookie picking tomatoes, going shopping for a dress, and do other menial tasks for what seemed like chapters on end, then she hung out with a bunch of old characters in a not-so-exciting way, and everything was quickly done in two chapters. NO FUN!

  11. emm

    May 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Eric planning to turn Sookie against her will is absolutely positively NOT the same as Bill and Sookie in the trunk of the car. Outrageous that you would think a deliberate act against her will is the same as what happened with Bill. You don’t need to be reminded how he suffered torture to keep her name away from his captors, how Sookie knew that he couldn’t help himself at first and how he stopped as soon as he was conscious of what was happening and how terrible he felt about it. Whether you can’t stand Bill or not these facts are in the book and have been confirmed by the author. I’m disappointed you would both say that. I know I should listen to the rest of the interview but now I just can’t.

    • emm

      May 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Please delete my message. I’m old enough to know better than to comment when I’m upset. You can say whatever you want to say on your own show, obviously! I’m very sorry.

  12. Jay

    May 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Hey! Im sorry to say I havent been following you guys and this site for a few months, i’ve had a really bad year :(. But i’ve came back now and watching back over podcasts and reading through the site and stuff has really helped cheer me up, so I just wanted to say thanks! And that its good to be back 🙂

    • Liz

      May 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

      It’s good to have you back, Jay! We’re so sorry to hear that the year has been a bad one for you. Hopefully the rest of this year will take an upturn.

  13. Lidia

    May 30, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Please excuse my lateness in commenting here, but I just finised the book today.
    Mel, you made me laugh when talking about getting the S.S Companion off the bookshelf to look up who Johan Glassport was. I did the exact same thing! Although I was so enthralled in the book, I had to yell out to hubby to get it for me!