Friday, September 4, 2009
Dragon*Con 2009 welcomes Charlaine Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern vampire novels (from Dead Until Dark through her latest novel, Dead and Gone, a recent New York Times hardback #1 bestseller) as well as the Harper Connelly, Lily Bard, and Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Readers beware: the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the HBO series True Blood, based on Ms. Harris’s “Sookie-verse” books, are just as addictive as “V-juice,” the street name for vampire blood. Continue at your own risk.
Daily Dragon (DD): Like Sookie Stackhouse, your character who is both a barmaid and friend-sometime-lover to vamps and other “supes,” you live something of a double life: writer of exciting, sexy books and mother of at least three kids with family and community obligations. Do these roles ever present conflicts?
Charlaine Harris (CH): I think all writers live double lives. Not many of us can live up to the drama in our books (or down to it, as the case may be), and most of us don’t want to. I feel I have the best of all possible worlds; I have thrills and chills through the books, and I have the peace and pleasant chaos of my family life.
DD: Your current home state of Arkansas is not generally known as a hotbed of liberal thinking. Do you ever get negative feedback locally (or otherwise) due to the titillating and/or horrific content of your books?
CH: It’s been interesting. After True Blood debuted, I expected a lot of backlash . . . but that didn’t happen, for two reasons. One, some of the more sensational scenes in the series weren’t in the books. Two, people here are mostly too polite to upbraid me publicly, and they’re proud of my achievements. The local people who read my books simply dodge the Sookie novels and read the others, which are less . . . everything.
from People Magazine
Being on True Blood is bitingly good, but for Anna Paquin also having her fiancé on set of the HBO vampire series is simply the best.
"What makes relationships so difficult with my job is all the traveling and being away from your significant other," she tells Britain's Elle for its October issue. "Eventually it gets too hard to maintain."
But since the Oscar-winning actress, 27, began dating her TV vampire costar Stephen Moyer in February, life has been a dream, as they get to hang out constantly.
"It’s great to have the freedom to enjoy your work and not feel like you're leaving your other life behind," the New Zealand-raised Paquin says. "It’s a pretty sweet setup."
Recently engaged, Paquin and Moyer, 39 spend most of their downtime in London, thanks to British-born Moyer’s Essex roots.
"I’m happy with my London-slash-Los Angeles lifestyle with my English boyfriend," she says.
So, aside from their close proximity on set, where they've kept their romance discreet, what was it that drew them together?
From Jennifer the skinny chef ( see you are not the only one who is obsessed with show !)
OK, I'll admit, I'm a fan of the HBO series "True Blood," but not for the reason most fans like it -- the sexy drama, gorgeous vampires and loads of gore. Watching it is a real break from cooking -- the mental and physical side. After all, you can't cook for a vampire!
I was recently thinking back to an episode when Bill Compton had his first bite with Sookie, cautioning her to take an extra dose of B vitamins. Well, I think that's good advice for all of us, because B vitamins -- especially B-12 -- support the production of red blood cells and prevent anemia.
If you're vegetarian or happen to have type 2 diabetes, you're probably not getting enough, but there's good news: You can get it from yogurt and milk, about four servings a day to get good levels of B12. If you are carnivorous like our friend Bill Compton, then your best sources are calf's liver, snapper, venison, scallops and shrimp -- or even a piece of beef tenderloin, one of my favorite cuts of beef -- and it's even low in fat.
Steak Salad with a Spicy Chipotle Dressing
4 6-ounce beef tenderloins
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 large head romaine, chopped
2 ears of corn, kernels removed
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, or two large tomatoes, chopped
4 scallions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from one lime)
1 1/2 teaspoon minced canned chipotle chiles (in adobo sauce)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle the beef with the salt and black pepper. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the canola oil when the skillet is hot. Add the fillets and cook 4 to 5 minutes, until an even brown crust forms. Turn and cook 2 to 3 minutes more.
Slide into the oven and bake 7 to 8 minutes until the fillets are medium rare, or 9 to 10 minutes for medium. Transfer the meat to a cutting board to rest.
Arrange the lettuce, corn, tomatoes and scallions on a large platter. Place the olive oil, lime juice, chipotle chilies, garlic, brown sugar, tomato paste and salt in a mini chopper. Blend until smooth.
Slice the beef against the grain and arrange on top of the salad. Drizzle the dressing over salad and serve immediately.
Posted by " Dallas " at 5:45 PM
I know you guys love love love the weekly True Blood review vlogs done by Brian and Andy. If you missed any this season you can watch them all HERE
Blood Work existed during True Blood Season 1, too. Brian did these ( Andy stars in some of them ) for the web site where he worked called After Elton you can go back and watch all of them HERE
Also Andy did amazing True Blood Jack-O-Lanterns designs last year thew were the prequel to the paper dolls.
Thanks so much Andy and Brian !
Beyond Here Lies Nothin' is the title of the final episode of Season 2 and it will air on Sunday, September 13.
"Beyond Here Lies Nothin" By Bob Dylan is the song used in the season's amazing promotional video (watch below) so picking the song for this episode was eassyyy!
Check out the promo and the lyrics again knowing what you know know about this season 2, what do you think the season cliff hanger will be ?
I love you pretty baby
You're the only love I've ever known
Just as long as you stay with me
The whole world is my throne
Beyond here lies nothin'
Nothin' we can call our own
I'm movin' after midnight
Down boulevards of broken cars
Don't know what I'd do without it
Without this love that we call ours
Beyond here lies nothin'
Nothin' but the moon and stars
Down every street there's a window
And every window made of glass
We'll keep on lovin' pretty baby
For as long as love will last
Beyond here lies nothin'
But the mountains of the past
My ship is in the harbor
And the sails are spread
Listen to me pretty baby
Lay your hand upon my head
Beyond here lies nothin'
Nothin' done and nothin' said
From Chicago Tribune - tell me in a 6 word story why you think True Blood is such a hit !
We're used to top TV dramas evoking elegant meals, six-course affairs full of rich textures and witty constructions. We know we'll usually need time to intellectually digest these savory feasts.
No such time is needed for "True Blood" (which, after a Labor Day weekend break, airs its Season 2 finale Sept. 13 on HBO). "True Blood" isn't a carefully assembled feast. It's not the TV equivalent to a meal at Charlie Trotter's or Per Se.
"True Blood" is a enjoyable jambalaya packed with every thing the chef had close at hand. It's a jam-packed, all-you-can-eat buffet served with a side of crazy.
That recipe -- which creator Alan Ball has effectively tweaked since the show debuted last year -- has turned the populist vampire drama a huge hit: The Aug. 23 episode of "True Blood" attracted 5.3 million viewers, a figure that doubles when repeats are added in. Those are smoking-hot numbers for a premium cable channel. (By the way, the first clip on this post comes from the Aug. 30 episode.