Tuesday, July 19, 2011

True Blood author thinks HBO series is bloody fun

It was the kind of sudden, unexpected twist that drives detail-oriented readers over the edge.
In the July 10 episode of True Blood, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alan Ball's trippy TV adaptation of the Sookie Stackhouse series of novels by Charlaine Harris, fans of the books were shocked when Claudine, Sookie's fairy godmother, had her blood sucked dry by the dashing vampire and unrepentant ladies' man Eric Northman, played in the series by Alexander Skarsgard.
Claudine's sudden demise was a radical departure from the books, which kept her around much longer.
Then again, it's not the first time True Blood has played with readers' expectations.
Lafayette Reynolds, the short-order cook played by Nelsan Ellis in the TV version, was killed at the end of the first novel, but he remains very much alive -- and one of True Blood's most beloved characters -- in the HBO series' fourth season.