Sookie Stackhouse Fans Send Death Threats Over Final Book
Fans. Every writer wants them, needs them, does their best to please them (unless you’re George R.R. Martin), and every now and again they turn around and bite you in the ass. Charlaine Harris, author of thirteen Sookie Stackhouse novels about a telepathic waitress in love with vampires, has found this out after an early copy of the last book in the series, Dead Ever After, was released by a fan in Germany.
The reaction to the ending of the series, which inspired the TV show True Blood, has resulted in “an outpouring of bile on Amazon, Goodreads and Harris's Facebook page, with thousands of comments posted by fans furious about the choice Sookie made”.
Harris told the Wall Street Journal that she had also received emails saying "if Sookie doesn't end up with Eric, I'm going to kill myself", as well as death threats.
Okay, that’s a bit out of control, regardless of how passionate the fans of the series are, and Harris seems pretty shocked by the reaction.
"I wrote the best book I could, and I'm confident I stayed true to the characters I'd been writing for so many years. It's disappointing to have people impugn my character in such a personal way, but I hope on the whole that many people are entertained by the book and find it a satisfying end to Sookie's adventures," Harris wrote on Facebook, prompting nearly 2,000 more comments, ranging from "We are disappointed and feel cheated and I personally regret I have contributed my bit to make you more rich and famous" to "Hated Dead Ever After and returned it for a complete refund".
So are the fans right or are they just getting carried away again? I think Neil Gaiman said it best in his article about George R.R. Martin. I doubt it’ll hurt Harris’s sales, but we’ll just have to see, right?
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