Sookie Stackhouse Hits the Small Screen

Another show to look forward to…

According to SciFiWire:

Dead Joins Vampire Entourage

Best-selling fantasy author Charlaine Harris—whose Sookie Stackhouse novels are being adapted into the HBO series True Blood—told SCI FI Wire that Sookie’s latest adventure, All Together Dead, finds her in the entourage of the vampire Queen of Louisiana, who is traveling to a summit in the city of Rhodes.

“The queen’s misfortunes in the wake of Katrina and the death of her husband have made her position precarious,” Harris said in an interview. “Events at the summit take a desperate turn with the death of the only voice calling out against the queen, the conspiracy against the vampires in general and the drastic measures the vampires are willing to go to in assuring Sookie’s services.”

Harris, who began her life as a novelist in the mystery field, said that she created Sookie Stackhouse when her career was at a crossroads. “I came to a point in my career where I had to make a choice: Continue with conventional mysteries or branch out,” Harris said. “I decided to write the book I’d always wanted to write, and the first book in the Sookie series, Dead Until Dark, was the result.”

The protagonist, Sookie, is an attractive and bright young woman whose life has been blighted and reformed by the bane of telepathy, Harris said. “She has always had trouble connecting with other humans, because she can tell so easily what their secrets are and what they actually think about her,” she said. “She can’t hear vampiric brains, so the undead are naturally attractive to her. But the pleasure of their company can be overwhelmed by the complications they cause in her life.”

Since the books are set in Louisana, Harris had to deal with the aftermath of Katrina and felt she had to do so in a respectful way, she said. “But [I also had to] keep that within the humorous context of the series,” Harris said. “That was difficult, and I can only hope I succeeded.”

Although Harris doesn’t have any first-hand experience with vampires or telepathy, she said that on some level all stories are personal. “I think I’m saying something about being coerced, in this particular book, and also something about seizing the moment for happiness,” she said.

In September, Ace will publish Many Bloody Returns, an anthology edited by Harris and mystery author Toni L.P. Kelner. “The theme is a dual one: vampires and birthdays,” Harris said. “Half the contributors are mystery writers, and half science fiction writers.”

An Ice Cold Grave, Harris’s latest Harper Connelly novel—about a woman who, after being struck by lightning, finds herself with the ability to find corpses—is due in October.
—John Joseph Adams

11 thoughts on “Sookie Stackhouse Hits the Small Screen”

  1. I’ve read a couple of the Sookie books and they were quite fun. I just can’t imagine how they’ll translate to a tv movie though. I’m curious how that will go.

  2. If HBO wants to make a series out of it, I’m in! I haven’t read any of them and probably won’t, now. I’d rather see the series fresh.

  3. Harris’ Southern Vampire series is one of my favorite light reading fare. I’m looking forward to reading her latest book. I’m actually hoping to start her Shakespeare mystery series soon.

    As to the TV show, I’ve been excited about the idea since I first heard a press release about it, but like Iliana, I’m curious to see how the characters and such will translate from book to television. Unfortunately, I do not subscribe to HBO and so will have to wait for the DVD release, if the show ever makes it that far (which hopefully it will!).

  4. Do you know if it is going to come out on basic cable. I have read all of the books aside from the newest one and I would love to be able to see the TV version.

  5. Lissa – No, it’ll only be on HBO for now. Which stinks for me too, since I don’t want to pay for HBO for one show.
    I do think it may be available on iTunes. I know some HBO shows are now availble on that.

  6. I live in New Caledonia ( bitween Australia ) is a little very litlle country . In my life i speak in french but here i prefer speak english but i don’t speak english very well . And Charlaine Harris books are very fabelous . I have read all of the books aside from the newset .
    And for to finish (in french of course) : Bravo madame l’écrivain je vous situe haut dans mon estime et raffolle de votre litterature au plus haut point . Continuez comme cela et faites nous rêver d’un monde merveilleux que vous avez créée encor longtemps je vous en conjure !!! please please please !!!

  7. i live in new zealand and have read the books today for the first time i heard about the tv series and we dont get hbo over here is was wondering how i could either view the shows on sky televison(our version of hbo/cable) or how i could purchase the series any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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