And not in having unfettered access to a Swedish gracious plenty sort of way. I’m talking about the leaked spoilers for DEA, but I’m not going to say what the exact spoilers are so I don’t ruin it for anyone else who doesn’t want to know yet. However be warned if you continue to read this post, do so at your own risk because you’ll get an idea of what might happen if the spoilers are true.
For those of you who don’t know, I haven’t read an SVM book since Dead in the Family came out because I was too chicken shit over the direction CH seemed to be taking with our love birds. Wifey knows I also haven’t read the manual that came with my new phone and instead I rely on dumb luck and the guy in the office next to mine who has the same phone to move all of my Skarsy voice alerts from my SD card over so I can use them again.
*inserts video of my text alert sound*
I’ll admit I’m an optimist at heart. Good triumphs over evil. Boy gets girl. It may not come easily or happen overnight because how else can you learn to appreciate something you never had to work for. For the first 10 books Eric worked to get Sookie. Admittedly at first it seemed like it was for her telepathy, but I think that changed in Dallas. He saw her grit and mettle in escaping the FoTS and admired her warrior/survivor mentality – much like his own. Why else would a thousand year old cocky ass vampire care for her the way he did in treating her wounds? He followed her to Jackson. Do you think he gave two shits about Bill being abducted? He risked being ‘caught’ by a king to make sure Sookie was safe. He didn’t like “having feelings.”
Because he HAD them for her.
In my mind, book four was the catalyst. With Hallow’s fuckery he went straight to his heart’s desire.
The list goes on and on through the rest of the books. Considering I’ve only missed 2 out of 12, I think that says a lot. Did he fuck up here and there? Yes. Did she? Yes. No one’s relationship is perfect because life isn’t perfect.
So why would we expect an undead life to be perfect too?
And as a pretend writer I can see both sides. This is CH’s world that we’re playing in and she’s entitled to tell the story the way she wants to.
Okay. Maybe I don’t see things so clearly. My vision is 20/600 or something like that so I’ll blame smudged glasses.
But maybe it’s also because she’s been building up their relationship for the majority of the series and if the spoilers are true…
WHAT THE FUCKITY FUCK?!?!?
That would be like me ending Tales of the Dead with Sookie and Bill running off happily ever after because I mentioned early on he had a thing for her.
Yeah. That makes TOTAL sense.
Hopefully the spoilers aren’t true. Hopefully Sooric get their HEA. I don’t want them riding off into the sunset together because that would be really uncomfortable for him, but you know what I mean.
But if they don’t. If I let my optimistic side peek out from behind the SVM Eeyore cloud hovering overhead, I can say I am still grateful for Charlaine Harris. It was her characters in True Blood that got me hooked and led me to her books. That led to me devouring the first eight of them within a week and gave me a sense of anticipation waiting for the next one I hadn’t felt since I was a little girl on Christmas Eve. It was what led me to discover fan fiction because I’m impatient and would peel back the tape on any present left out when I was little and her books were no different. I didn’t want to wait and I’m so glad I didn’t. I fell in love with all new stories starring my favorite characters. I found a kinship with others who love them just as much as I do. It was what led me to try writing my own stories and now I can’t turn it off. Now with every song I hear and every situation I encounter, my mind automatically wanders to her characters and before you know it.
I have a fuck ton of incomplete stories I need to work on.
Because of both CH and you, the readers, I’ve even considered writing my own original works of fiction.I have a few chapters of two of them already written and an outline of a third. And even if they never amount to anything more than unfinished word documents on my laptop, they’re still a possibility I never would have had without reading her books.
Even her giving Sookie ‘the curse’ of telepathy has changed me. I have more than my fair share of faults. I’m human. But immersing myself in her world has made me a little better of a person. Whenever my mind wanders to the mean spirited or snarky side when someone crosses my path and I think something along the lines of “Jesus Christ. Don’t they own a full length mirror?” In the next second I’m chastising myself for being a bitch and look for something to compliment them on. Even if I never say any of it out loud.
Because Sookie makes me think, “What if they’re telepathic?”
Not that I believe they are, but if I’m thinking something I would never say to their face then I stop myself from having those thoughts.
*DISCLAIMER: This does not extend to when I’m driving. I WANT them to hear every nasty thought in my road rage head and get the hell out of my way.*
So even if the SVM series ends in a way I don’t want it to end, I will always be grateful to Charlaine Harris.
And I’ll be eternally grateful for fan fiction.