Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Interview with Charlaine Harris, Author of the Sookie Stackhouse Series

Since their "existence," vampires have always been a cultural phenomenon, with popularity

For the mainstream populace, Alan Ball brought the characters of True Blood to the small screen in HBO's immensely popular series. But it was author Charlaine Harris who conjured them into existence and gave these modern vampires life, er, afterlife.

Anna Paquin as Sookie StackhouseThe world of HBO's True Blood begins and ends in the sleepy, backwater Louisiana town of Bon Temps, where barmaid Sookie Stackhouse holds a not-so-hidden secret: she's a telepath. This also makes her the town weirdo and no other series of novels has so deftly made a gift like telepathy also into a curse. Truly for Sookie, it is a bittersweet blessing.

The funny, sexy and often exhilarating Sookie Stackhouse tales are told through Sookie herself. Mrs. Harris, herself a Southern gal, allows the the reader a sometimes uncomfortable, voyeuristic view of the inner machinations of the novels' protagonist. We feel what she feels, we see what she sees, we know what she knows. This includes her vanity, insecurities, her moral ambiguity and her developing sexual appetite. Considering the novel's begin with Sookie as a virgin, this is a lot of absorb — but also very titillating.

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