Friday, August 14, 2009
From Charline Harris' blog..
This has been a week of working, working, working as I try to bring DEAD IN THE FAMILY to a close. Lots of unexpected things happened, and I realized I have to cut a couple of characters I had big plans for, but I’ll save them for another book. It took me a while to realize what the theme of the book was, and when I realized it was about family – Eric’s, Sam’s, Sookie’s, Bill’s – suddenly everything became much easier.
It does not happen very often, except perhaps with Police Drama’s: twoTV shows manage to come up with virtually the same concept independently, and both excute it with a fair degree of innovation and quality.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock living in Australia) you will know about True Blood, the R rated TV Series currently airing in the US on HBO. Its premise is that Vampires have ‘come out’, and while society is dealing with the new and dangerous cultural aspects of it, political forces on both sides are trying to take advantage of the perceived power vacuums.
It is all set in a sleepy Louisiana town that manages to lose a few people each week, yet still seems to attract newcomers. No warning at the city limits that the death rate in the town has skyrocketed recently to ten times the national average. Well, you do have to put aside a fair bit of unbelief to watch any fantasy/fiction show. The main characters live or work around the town or at the local bar. Though the vampire would be the logical choice to work in the bar, he doesn’t.
Only UK viewers may be familiar with Being Human. It follows the story of three housemates, a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living in the city of Bristol, UK. While vampires are still undercover, the political scene is shifting rapidly towards vampocalypse. The housemates deal with their various curses with intelligence, wit and a fair amount of girlish screaming. Two of the housemates work at the local hospital, while the ghost stays home and makes tea.
From Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --
“Twilight” might rule the big screen when it comes to the vampire world, but every week this summer HBO’s “True Blood” has been delivering gripping edge-of-your seat drama, action – and not to mention, a nice dose of dark comedy – on the small screen. At the center of all the bloody fun is Swedish import, Alexander Skarsgard, as vampire Eric Northman, the undead hunk who might save your life – or suck it right out of you!
AccessHollywood.com caught with the 32-year-old actor – the son of actor Stellan Skarsgard – who said his role on “True Blood” is unlike anything he ever imagined playing.
“A 1,000-year-old flying Viking vampire is quite different from most of my previous roles,” he told Access.
After working for years in his native Sweden, Alexander garnered Hollywood’s attention after appearing in the 2008 HBO miniseries, “Generation Kill,” a project that is still helping the actor now.
“I just tweaked my accent from ‘Generation Kill’ a little and threw in a few Swedish words,” he said of his accent he uses on “True Blood,” which is set in the fictional city of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
Alexander said he was drawn to the role because he gets to walk the line between good and evil – sometimes in the same breath.
”[I love] that he drains people with an innocent smile on his face,” he said.
And you get to help great charity
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION - GREATER SOUTHEAST AFFILIATE
Beginning September 1st, please join in the bidding for your chance to purchase immortality . . .
New York Times best selling author Charlaine Harris will allow the winner of this charity fundraising auction to "Name a Character" in a novella to be included in the Companion book to her hugely successful Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse) Series.
For a second year running, this very special fundraising auction has been generously donated directly by renowned fiction author, Charlaine Harris. All proceeds from this auction go directly to the American Heart Association - Greater Southeast Affiliate.
The highest bidder on this fundraising auction wins the naming rights for one character in Ms. Harris' next book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries series featuring Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic cocktail waitress in rural Louisiana. Charlaine Harris has received numerous awards and recognitions, and currently all 9 of her books in this series are in the top 25 on the New York Times Paperback and Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers Lists! If you are a fan, you also know that this Sookie Stackhouse series is the foundation for "True Blood," a current HBO hit show.
The character's chosen name must be mutually agreed to by the winner and Ms. Harris and the auction winner will release all rights to the created/chosen name's use within the specified novel. Additionally, if the character is named after an actual individual, the said namesake must agree to the use of their name. There is no direct or implied financial benefit for the winner or any namesake. At this time, the date of release for the next book, a novella, in this series is scheduled for first half of 2010.
Please post your bid here
"True Blood" chronicles the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps... where vampires have emerged from the coffin, and no longer need humans for their fix. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, " X -Men") works as a waitress at the rural bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly a typical young woman, she keeps a dangerous secret: she has the ability to hear the thoughts of others. Her situation is further complicated when the bar gets its first vampire patron - 173-year old Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer, "Restraint") and the two outsiders are immediately drawn to each other.
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