Okay, I admit it. I cried when True Blood on HBO ended for the season. I can’t wait to see what weirdness they dream up for next season. Leaving us with the sight of Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) sitting in a lounge chair on a snow covered mountain in Sweden reading a book and sunbathing in the nude. Now the hot question on the internet was–are you ready? What book was Eric reading? Giggles. Gotcha.
The book was Den allvarsamma leken by Hjalmar Söderberg. Translation: The Serious Game. I know I’m going to read it. I understand it’s one of Sweden’s most enduring love stories, but be warned: no Disney ending there. I’m heavily into happy endings, and if I’m going to read a classic book and you know how many of them end, I have to prepare myself.
Oh, my, I get so distracted. The question is what reigns supreme with fans?
HBO’s True Blood is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels of Charlaine Harris. I’ve read almost all of the books. How do they compare with the series? I find the made up parts and the changes in characters and plots interesting, amusing, shocking, funny, and well, astonishing. In many cases, the differences are so different, it’s almost a parallel universe with the same characters but different things happening to them.
Which do I like better? I love the books. They have rich detail, and I have a box under my bed with my most favorite books in it. Dead to the World, which is Book 4, is one of my favorites and is in that box. Needless to say it’s all about another side to Eric. 🙂
True Blood is a wonderful reinvention of the series that is fun and daring. It is a reasonable enhancement of the lives of the characters in an already amazing series of books.
Why would an author allow a visual depiction of their book or series of books be different? That’s up to the author. Some don’t. Some directors want to stay true to the story, while others want to make their creative mark. Several years back, I was invited to a very private party with some of the luminaries of literature. I asked one amazing author, why she allowed Hollywood to alter the story line and change the age of her main character for the movie. She told me that the money she made from the money paid off the mortgage of her house. When dealing with movie companies, television companies, etc., she had to evaluate whether the changes would remain true to the theme of the story and the message she was trying to get across to the reader. She felt it did and agreed. She also told me that her book sales increased right after the movie release. Authors still have bills to pay, while trying to tell the stories they love.
It would be interesting to ask Charlaine Harris how much things changed for her after True Blood came out.
As for which in my opinion reigns supreme, I would say it’s like chocolate and cherries. I love both and together, it’s even better.
By the way, for those who need to know if Eric will be back next season, I refer you to this interview with the executive producer of True Blood. http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/08/20/true-blood-season-6-finale/
Susan Hanniford Crowley is the author of the Vampires in Manhattan series and the Arnhem Knights of New York series. Her two latest releases are Vampire King of New York available now in Amazon Kindle and When Love Survives which is available at Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, etc.
http://www.susanhannifordcrowley.com Specializing in Vampires and Rare Supernaturals
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