How does True Blood compare to the Sookie Stackhouse novels?

First aired on Q (18/7/11)


Unlucky 13. That's how many novels will complete the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. It's a fitting number for the sex-soaked, gothic vampire novels that inspired the HBO TV hit, True Blood. And fans better get ready to say goodbye: the 11th Stackhouse novel, Dead Reckoning, was published earlier this month.

As fans of both the books and the show know, the Sookie Stackhouse world on screen is very different from that on the page. And while some authors hold the authenticity of their creation close to their hearts, Harris is completely fine with the creative liberties Alan Ball and the True Blood team have taken, and believes that Ball's vision has only made the adaptation stronger.

"I'm delighted with it," Harris said. "I think this is one of the most successful adaptation experiences that anybody's ever had. I'm very happy, Alan's very happy, the cast is happy, my bank account is happy."

Harris's bank account may be happy, but she knows that all good things must come to an end. As a creative person, she's constantly looking for new ideas and new inspiration. She prefers to end the series on a high note rather than keep churning out Stackhouse novels at the expense of her vision and her fans. She believes her fans deserve the very best, even if it means ending the series before they are ready for it to go.

"It will be hard to walk away, but I don't want to continue writing the books if the ideas are drying up," she said. "I'm ready to do something else."

However, ending the novel series doesn't mean that True Blood will be over any time soon. And fans of Sookie Stackhouse should be happy to hear that.

How do you feel about the differences between the Sookie Stackhouse novels and True Blood? Do you enjoy the differences or do you wish Alan Ball had stayed more faithful to the books? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Dead ReckoningDead Reckoning
by Charlaine Harris

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"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie Stackhouse witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot — which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up once again in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human — and that there is a new queen on the board..."

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