Charlaine Harris Can't Drive a Stake in 'True Blood'

true blood castDon't worry, Trubies: Just because Charlaine Harris (who, as you should know, is the author of the novels that inspired True Blood, "The Southern Vampire Mysteries") has announced that she's going to quit writing her books after the 13th installment does NOT mean that True Blood the TV show will have to end. Ever.

That's because True Blood now has a life -- maybe "immortal existence" is a better way to put it -- all on its own. TB writers do pull key characters and plot points from the books, but that's where the similarities end ... in fact, the two versions are different enough so that instead of the usual purist/newbie divide you'd expect to see in a situation like this, you find quite a lot of people who are fans of both.

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The books are a fun, fast read -- I'm definitely not dissing the original material here. But the characters, Sookie and Bill particularly, are so much richer and more fully developed in the TV series that the story is essentially more compelling presented on the screen. You zip right through the books because you want to know what happens next, but the show adds a level of emotional investment to the cliffhanger effect that intensifies the suspense overall.

It's like this: You don't have to harbor a vampire fetish to fall in love with True Blood -- the writing and the acting transcend genre. To really get into the books, on the other hand, you'd likely have to have a few other fang-worthy titles on your shelf. You'd probably be the type to go to Comic Con even if the cast of True Blood wasn't going to be there, if you get what I mean.

The show isn't caught up to the books yet anyway, so it'll be interesting to watch, for a while, which elements of "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" continue to be incorporated into True Blood. But when the books end, the show will not. Good luck driving a stake through its cold, dead heart!

What do you think about Charlaine Harris calling it quits?

 

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