Many of the searches that lead people to my blog have to do with Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse (Not to be confused with Sookie from Gilmore Girls!) . I can understand this, as I’ve mentioned her and her books quite a few times on here. It’s picked up recently, I suppose, is due to the buzz about True Blood (link takes you to IMDB.com). More and more people have starting watching this show (including me!), and while the reactions are mixed, people often want to know what the inspiration for the show was. So, here is a post that will tell you (I hope) everything you need to know.
What are the books (in order) of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse Series? Here’s the complete list of Sookie books:
Okay, so those are the main books of the series, but if you start reading and think that maybe you’re missing some details- you’re right. Charlaine Harris has collaborated with other authors and published short stories featuring her vampire universe in certain anthologies. Some of these stories feature Sookie, while others are simply stories in the world Charlaine Harris has created.
Where can I find these stories? When should I read them? Is there a chronological order?
by Dana Stabenow, this book features the short story “Fairy Dust”. It fits features Sookie along with Claudine and Claude, and you should read it between books 4 and 5.
by Charlaine Harris/Maggie Shayne, has the short story “Dancers in the Dark” by Harris. It is not about Sookie, although the characters (Sean and Layla) have a cameo in a later Sookie book. It should probably be read between books 4 and 5.
by Laurell K. Hamilton, has the short story “One Word Answer.” This story focuses on Sookie and her cousin Hadley (who was recently seen in an episode of “True Blood”) and is takes place between books 5 and 6.
by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the story “Tacky” is not about Sookie but is in the general universe. One of the main characters in this story, Dahlia, shows up in a later short story. Consider reading it around book 6.
by Charlaine Harris/ Toni Kelner, again features Sookie in Harris’ short story “Dracula Night”. Eric and Pam are also involved. I don’t think it matters when you read it, but some suggest between books 4 and 5.
by Charlaine Harris/ Toni Kelner, features Sookie in the story “Gift Wrap”. (Niall also makes an appearance.) Only read this after book 8.
by Dana Stabenow, has another story featuring Sookie as well as her friend Amelia. “Lucky” should be read between books 7 and 8.
by Jim Butcher, the story “An Evening With Al Gore” is in the Sookie universe but does not feature her. It doesn’t matter when it is read.
by P. N. Elrod, again the story “Bacon” is in the same universe, but does not focus on Sookie. Dahlia (mentioned above) shows up again. Read after book 9.
by Ilona Andrews, the short story “The Britlingens Go To Hell” by Harris does not feature Sookie, but is in the same universe. (The Britlingens are seen in a book 7.) Read after book 9.
by Charlaine Harris, includes the short story”Two Blondes” featuring Sookie and Pam. Read after book 10.
Recently released, this is an anthology that contains only stories by Charlaine Harris (unlike the anthologies listed above). It ONLY contains the stories “Fairy Dust,” “Dracula Night,” “One Word Answer,” “Lucky,” and “Gift Wrap.” All of these were previously released in different anthologies. They are not new stories.
What about True Blood ? Is the show following the books?
“True Blood” is not exactly following the books. Some things are the same, and for the most part, seasons one and two followed the plots of books one and two. Season three has jumped all over.
Season one was about the telepathic (meaning she can hear the thoughts of others) barmaid Sookie Stackhouse meeting a vampire (Bill Compton), and dealing with a string of murders that happened around them. This season, and in particular the first couple of episodes had a LOT of SEX in it. This is not a show you should watch with your parents! I admit to being slightly turned off my the amount of sex, but once I was able to get in touch with the characters I started to enjoy the series. My brother had this to say: “It’s about fighting and killing and sex. What’s not to like?” Characters in the books like Sam, Jason, Lafayette, Bill, Eric, Pam, Tara, and Arlene all star.
Season two dealt with murders again; this time Sookie went to Dallas to help find a missing vampire and deal with an over-enthusiastic church. Harris has and is helping out HBO with the show, but again they are not following the books to the letter.
Season three started involving vampire royalty, and heavily followed an invented plotline revolving around the distribution of “v” or vampire blood as a drug.
Who plays Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, etc on the show?
Sookie Stackhouse- Anna Paquin
Jason Stackhouse- Ryan Kwanten
Tara Thornton- Rutina Wesley
Sam Merlotte- Sam Trammell
Bill Compton- Stephen Moyer
Eric Northman- Alexander Skarsgård
A full list of characters and the actors who play them can be found on the show’s IMDB page.
Is Anna Paquin dating Stephen Moyer? Is she pregnant?
At this time, they’re engaged. And though there have been rumors, I’m pretty sure that Anna is not preggers.
Where can I watch “True Blood” online?
Not anywhere legally, that I know of. The show is on 9:00 EST Sunday nights on HBO, and the season generally runs around 13 episodes. Season one was on from June until November, with season two being on from June through September. Some episodes may be available on HBO on Demand if you have it, or you can buy True Blood: The Complete First Season (HBO Series) on DVD now, and you can also buy True Blood: The Complete Second Season (HBO Series) though I’m not sure when the third season will be released. The show will continue with a fourth season in the summer of 2011.
Has Charlaine Harris written other stuff?
Yes! Charlaine Harris has written many other books. I love her series about Aurora Teagarden. There are eight books, starting with Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1). She also wrote a series about Lily Bard, which has five books and starts with Shakespeare’s Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1). Neither of those deal with the supernatural world (vampires, witches, werewolves). Harris’ newest series is about Harper Connelly, a woman who was struck by lightning and can now find bodies. It starts with Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1) and the fourth book was out at the end of October 2009.
Hope some of this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!