And it has finally happened — this week author Charlaine Harris published the final Sookie Stackhouse novel (a.k.a., The Southern Vampire Mysteries), the book series upon which the HBO original show True Blood is based. No more Vampire Bill, no more fairy magic, and worst of all — no more Eric the Viking Vampire! I’ve had a major crush on Eric since he cut his hair in Season 2 of the TV series. He is beyond gorgeous. And the books allude to over 8 inches of…you know.
Anyway, on to the book…
My first impression? It’s short. Though it is satisfying in that it ties up all loose ends, even treating us to the reappearance of some favorite characters like the Reverend Steve Newland, there’s really no major plot point. Unfortunately, you pretty much know who the Big Bad is starting in the Prologue. Worse, Sookie’s love interest goes in a direction that many fans might have been awaiting — but unfortunately, it wasn’t in the direction I would have chosen.
I’m a huge fan of the “full circle” — the idea that our first big thing winds up being the biggest and best of our lives, yet we had no idea at the time because of our lack of experience and maturity. For that reason, I was hoping that Sookie and Vampire Bill would wind up together in the end. And though I know Sookie wouldn’t want it, I still wanted the satisfaction of her turning vampire just as Bella turned at the end of Twilight. Trite, sure. But this isn’t Shakespeare we’re working with here. Besides, there was room for some interesting plot twists related to Sookie’s fairy blood. Could she have been the first vampire to walk in daylight?
Regardless, everyone knows Vampire Bill is still wildly in love with Sookie, and she forgave so much during her relationship with Eric that it seems petty to me for her not to forgive Bill for his prior transgressions — especially given they had nothing to do with cheating on her with other women. Sure, he lied to her about his motives the night they first met, but he didn’t know her yet, and he was under direct orders from Queen Kamayamaya of Louisiana (i.e., Sophie Anne). Ultimately, he risked his life to protect her over and over regardless of the wishes of the vampire hierarchy. I’d put up with a fib here and there from a guy in exchange for absolute fidelity for all time with a hot man who would murder anyone who insulted me in public. That would be a-w-e-s-o-m-e! Even if he does murder his attempts at a Southern accent, too. 1
If you’ve read the million books that precede this one, you owe it to yourself to complete the set.
P.S. Even though this is the “last” book, I read today that Harris will release After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse in October. It looks to be an interesting format, even if it is a cheesy way for her to cash in one more time. According to Amazon:
Dead Ever After marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned the hit HBO television show True Blood. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what happened next.
With characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.
This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…
The book will feature extensive interior art by acclaimed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini, including a Sookieverse Alphabet, color endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.
- Stephen Moyer, the Brit who plays Vampire Bill in the HBO series, suffers the same common problem other Brits have when trying to do an authentic American dialect — utter failure! ↩