Interview with Charlaine Harris, Author of the Sookie Stackhouse Series - Page 2
I was lucky enough to catch up with Charlaine before she embarked on her book tour and she was kind enough to answer some of my fan-girl questions.
DO: Sookie Stackhouse has a powerful relationship with Eric Northman, one built on a supernatural bond forged due to their blood sharing and a strong physical attraction, but Sookie seems to not fully trust this relationship. Her first love in all ways possible was Bill Compton, and despite a painful breakup and a perceived betrayal, Sookie still has a soft spot for Bill, who has risked his life many times for her. Can you reveal who Sookie truly loves, Bill or Eric?
CH: I think you know I'm not going to answer that, right? Though that will be addressed eventually, it won't be right now.
DO: Did you have any input in the casting decisions for the main characters? In your mind, when writing do you know see these people as the characters? Is Anna Paquin Sookie Stackhouse to you? Stephen Moyer as Vampire Bill, and so on? Which real life character from the show do you feel most accurately embodies your vision of what you created?
CH: No, Alan is a genius at casting and I am not, so it was up to him. Since I've been writing the books for over ten years, naturally I have a pretty good idea of what they look like in my head, and it's not the actors I see. Kristin Bauer actually looks a lot like Pam, and Chris Bauer really looked exactly like Andy Bellefleur.
DO: In your latest book, Dead In The Family, you allow Sookie to ponder her life as a vampire, really, for the first time. As she weighs the pros and cons, it seems she doesn't come to any decisive conclusion, and in her own inimitable style, decides stores the idea away for future contemplation. Do you foresee Sookie becoming a vampire, even out of necessity (she is often in peril :)
CH: Nope. Sookie will never become a vampire.
DO: What are your thoughts on how popular these characters have become in mainstream culture?
CH: I can only be grateful they have. When the economy is in a recession, people are more likely to read fantasy fiction, and somehow the books really resonate with readers.Continued on the next page