I haven’t read the last book in “the Southern Vampire Mysteries” yet. But I’ve read reviews of it and knows the basic plot along with the spoilers of who Sookie sort off ends up with. I can’t say I’m surprised that Charlaine Harris decided on Sam – for the first she has always stated that Sookie would never become a vampire (which leaves out Bill and Eric) and It’s my understanding that Sookie really don’t want to deal with packs (that cuts Alcide from the race of her affections) and I understand Quinn has moved on and got a new girlfriend.
I believe why many are outraged at the ending is because they’ve seen True Blood. True Alexander Skarsgård is kind of good looking and very badass as a vampire. Not another word on True Blood since I really haven’t watched it since the first season; mainly because Alan Ball just took the characters from the novels, but changed them so much that they actually could be renamed because they don’t share many character traits from the characters in the books. No a book shouldn’t be adapted word for word, and creative liberty is fine, but changing the characters to the point of being unrecognisable is no go – at least in my opinion. Oh well, back to the topic.
The first 9 books in the series. I bought a similar collection and that’s how I got hooked.
The Eric in the novels, I really don’t like. He’s manipulating Sookie multiply times like she’s manipulating him. To me, that doesn’t sound like a great relationship at all. Actually I think it’s rather unhealthy. I was happy when her relationship with Bill fell through because I never cared much for the character. I actually rooted for Alcide at one point, but that went away quickly. Never cared much for Calvin Norris (I think his last name is) or Quinn. I found the latter annoying – although both Eric and Bill were more annoying.
I’m not saying Sam is the perfect match, but I recently reread the short story in which they go to his brothers wedding – and it was just so sweet. Yes. I admit I’ve placed my money on Sam from the beginning of Dead Until Dark. I like their friendship and I think CH neglected developing it because of all the stuff with Eric, Bill, fairies and so on which is a shame. That’s probably another reason why many fans aren’t happy with the ending.
I never believed CH would deviate from the choice of not turning Sookie. And therefore I’m in the minority who will probably like the novel when I get around to read it. Another thing I was satisfied with without reading the book is CH didn’t feel pressured by Alan Ball into turning Sookie. I believe she will be changed in the TV-series. It’s refreshing that the heroine stays human – every other novel about vampires changes the heroine/hero at the end.
The Book Cover of the American? Edition of Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris.
I’m a little miffed that the UK website of Amazon doesn’t offer the book with this cover! I have all the other books in the same style as the one above – and it would a shame to not have the last book in the series to match the rest. I actually think it’s a geneius book cover since Sookie has always been the core of the novels. She brought the charm and wits to the books. And I like the sublteness of portraying the guys in her life that way.
The bats represents Eric (Northman) and Bill (Compton) – but why are there three bats depicted?
The dog represents Sam (Merlotte)
The tale of the tiger represents (John) Quinn
And the wolf represents Alcide (Herveaux).
The four of them have had an impact on her life in different ways during her journey through the books. But she started out alone and in some way she ends up alone since it’s my understanding her ending up with Sam – unfortunately – isn’t definite. It’s a shame Jason isn’t represented on the book cover since he’s her brother and he has helped her – in his own ways – through the books.
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