Loving True Blood in Dallas posed this question on her blog last week. Dallas got an interesting array of answers from both blog readers and tweeters ranging from a condom (God knows why, since Sookie isn’t currently sleeping with anyone who’s going to get her pregnant) to lipgloss.
The question was asked in response to a comment Charlaine Harris made about going through the age-old exercise of thinking about what’s in a character’s purse, on her bookshelf, in her nightstand drawer, etc. in order to get a more intimate sense of who that person was.
Here’s what I think is in Sookie’s purse:
1) Picture of her and Jason with Gran. It’s a childhood photo, not a recent one, that she keeps in her wallet. I’m guessing that the wallet is leather, but it’s not an expensive one. The wallet is probably three or four years old with faded corners and it’s probably been scratched more than a few times by Sookie’s car keys. She’s had this wallet since she replaced the last one.
The photo is kept in one of those little plastic photosleeves that wallets come with — at this point the plastic is probably a little yellowed. The picture itself is probably faded and dog-eared at the edges because she looks at it from time to time and it’s survived being transferred from wallet to wallet.
2) Old address book. While she’s gotten around to getting a cellphone, she still carries her address book out of habit. After all, Sookie probably inputted in new numbers into the phone when they were being told to her, but the older numbers are still in the book. If you flip through the pages, addresses are crossed or whited out and re-written.
The address book may be old, but it’s not full — she’s kept in close contact with only a few people her entire life and she probably has their information committed to memory.Read on