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Sunday, September 12, 2010
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Charlaine Harris will be in Australia later this month for a number of events (see details at the end of this article). As a special treat, in anticipation of the Charlaine’s visit, here is an extended interview with her.
What kind of books did you love when you were a child?
I was as omnivorous a reader as a child as I am as an adult. I read the usual books: Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, all the series books, though I wasn’t as fond of the Bobbsey Twins or the Hardy Boys. I also read Poe, Bronte, and anything else I could get my hands on.
How old were you when you knew that you wanted to be a writer?
I think I was seven.
When did you first sit down and start to write? How long after that before you were published?
I started to write in grade school. I was published when I was in my late twenties.
So, "True Blood" fans. Did you enjoy your long weekend without the show? Were you able to take in a Labor Day parade or have one last, lazy day of summer ... or did you wake up Monday morning twitching from withdrawal? I get why HBO takes this holiday weekend off every year, but it increasingly seems silly, what with DVRs and midweek repeats and such. It breaks the season up just when it needs momentum the most, and it leaves everyone hanging so long that it's easy to forget just why everything was so compelling in the first place. Hey, AMC aired both of its shows last Sunday, and it didn't seem to suffer too much ratings-wise. Maybe HBO should think about doing the same next year.
But now we're right up against the big season finale, and there's plenty of discussion out there about whether or not the show has been successful in its third season. I gave my take right after the episode aired -- the short of it is that I've liked the main plots quite a bit, but I've found all of the supporting plots pretty tough to sit through -- but you guys were pretty well split over whether the season has worked. Some agreed with me, but some thought that the sheer number of story lines fed into one another so well that they kept driving the momentum into crazier and crazier places. I can see that point of view, I suppose, but I still think way too much of what happened this season was, frankly, boring.
“True Blood” fans have been wondering for weeks if something is going on with Kevin Alejandro’s character Jesus.
“There’s definitely something up with me, and you find out what that is on the last episode,” Alejandro told the Herald in a phone interview last week.
“I was very surprised, and it’s really awesome what I get to do.”
“It’s actually going to be a really great finale,” he said. “There are a lot of stories that get wrapped up and some new ones that get introduced.”
Russell Edgington, the 3,000-year-old Vampire King of Mississippi who keeps werewolves as pets, carries around his dead lover in a glass urn, and wanted to save the world by taking it back from humans, is – judging from the end of True Blood, Season 3, Episode 35….Spoiler Alert…– vampire dust.
Whatever the finale reveals (and somehow I doubt they’re doing away altogether with such a colorful character), HBO-watchers learned this season what Broadway theatergoers have known for years: Denis O’Hare, the seasoned actor who played Russell, is electrically alive.
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The rise of "True Blood's" nihilistic vampire Bill Compton's recent bad behavior on the HBO show upends what we learned from "Twilight" and "Buffy"
During this season of "True Blood," Bill Compton, the show's "good-guy" vampire love interest, has done some very bad things. It all began during the third episode of the season. Bill had been kidnapped by the Vampire King of Mississippi and forced to live in a mansion with Lorena, his maker and ex-lover. By the end of the episode, Bill had attacked her and initiated a bloody sexual encounter that made the carnage of a Rob Zombie horror film seem like a jaunt in fairyland. In the following episode, Bill ate a stripper. Four episodes later, Bill almost killed Sookie, the very woman he has gone to extra-vampire lengths to protect.
Surely there must be an excuse for all this misbehavior. Bill was confused; he was surrounded by evil vampires, separated from his sweetheart and convinced that he could never truly be "good." But, Freudian issues aside, Bill's behavior is testament to the ways in which "True Blood's" politics diverge dramatically from those two other juggernauts of vampire pop culture: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Twilight." While these two were, respectively, liberal and conservative in their overall message, "True Blood" (whose season finale airs tonight on HBO) is a new species of vampire saga: A nihilistic pop culture phenomenon.
Even before the finale critiques are rolling in and most of them are very constructive and most I find some agreement with ...
What is you constructive criticism of Season 3 ?
Impurities have been detected in True Blood.
The show still runs in our veins, admittedly. We remain emotionally invested.
But the third season -- which ends tonight on HBO Canada -- has been clotted.
A summary of our frustrations:
- Too many characters. Specifically, too many pointless characters.
- Too many dream sequences.
And because of all that, not enough time has been spent on the story lines we actually care about.
The first point on our list probably is the biggest complaint, with new vampires and werewolves and shape-shifters showing up virtually every week, at least though the first two-thirds of the season.