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Overzealous Fans and Charlaine Harris

Written by Jeremy Shane on Friday, May 17 2013 and posted in Features

 Overzealous Fans and Charlaine Harris

Author Charlaine Harris has been getting threats about the finale of her 13 book Sookie Stackhouse series and frankly fans need to chill out.

Source: Reading Realms

  Fans threatening the writer over her final novel?  Hopefully many of the remarks out there are people purposefully going over the top and not seirous, but in today's world it's hard to tell and just unnecessary.

"After that ending, who wants to egg Harris's house with me?"

I'm a pretty geeky guy and have my share of obsessions.  I grew up in love with Star Wars and was heartbroken by the prequels.  I was addicted to D&D and was let down by their failed attempts to bring the franchise to the big screen.  I'm a long time comic reader and there is often so much to stress over in that genre that one's head might explode.  So I understand really getting into something, loving the world and characters, but I also realize that taking a step back is a valuable approach, one that more fans need to learn how to master.

"...if Sookie doesn't end up with Eric, I'm going to kill myself."

  Charlaine Harris' final Sookie Stackhouse novel, known to many as the True Blood TV series now, has stirred up a little too much negative passion in fans after an early copy was leaked online in Europe.  Thousands of negative comments and reviews have been posted around the internet about Sookie's final romantic choice in the novel, many with various threats added into the mix.  I'm all for complaining, hopefully constructively, about work you don't like, especially when you've invested time and emotion into something.  But when you start to take it personally, you need to take that step back.

   We are readers, enjoying a world and vision not our own, no matter how much we invest into a story.  Things are not always going to turn out the way we want and in the end, even if you have a hundred people agreeing with you, your views are just an opinion.  Write them down, be constructive, help other readers that might have a similar view on books find good opinions and avoid the rants, raves and most of all, the threats.

"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.

   It also seems to me, and this may be a poor assumption on my part, that many times this overzealous reaction happens to fans that don't read a huge variety of novels.  Not to say that all readers of Harris' work do not, but perhaps those that are taking it so personally to make threats are so over-invested because they are focused just on that one story.  I'm not just talking about reading one or two other series, but about exposing yourself to as many different stories as possible.

   As a reader of George Martin's Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire series) I am used to falling in love with characters only to have things not turn out the way I might have wanted.  Again... and again...  and- sorry, I digress.  There are hundreds of other stories every year I'm apart of, so in the end, if Martin's story doesn't go the way I want, I don't feel a personal rage toward him.  Harris entertained readers for 13 years and no matter how vocal the haters are, they often don't notice they are still the minority.  Calm down, take a step back, and go read more books.


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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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