I’m gonna vent a little. If you haven’t read “Dead Ever After” yet and don’t want spoilers, turn away now. I have a whole lot to say and I have a feeling a bunch of people aren’t going to like it.
First and foremost, I want to thank Charlaine Harris. She has created characters that, as a fanfiction writer, are so much fun to play with. I wish I had half the imagination she does and she deserves props from even the most critical fan for just imagining the Sookie-verse and bringing it to life.
Second, it’s her world and hers alone to do what she wants with it. Yes, she made Eric an irresistible character – sexy, handsome, sexy, smart, sexy… yeah. All that. Just like she made Jason a man-whore who eventually grows up and Sam the boy-next-door with a little something extra. And she made Sookie who she is. Sookie, while not traditionally educated, knows more than she ever wants to about the world around her. She deserves an honorary doctorate in human nature. After twenty-six years of hearing the worst of people from their own minds, being drawn to the silence of vampires is totally understandable. Bill just happened to be the first. And he was able to manipulate his way into her life and he hurt in ways that only those who had their heart broken by their first love can truly understand.
Then there’s Eric. For the most part, Eric was an enigma that (unlike show Sookie), she wanted to discover. He helped her with things she needed and saved her when she needed saving. She helped him when he needed her and she saved his pale ass a few times as well. They matched each other with vitality and a lust for life. There were a lot of things about Eric that would have made him perfect for our heroine. The things that didn’t… those were doozies. Okay… she would age and didn’t want to be a vampire. He could watch her grow older and eventually die or turn her by force: neither an appealing option for either party. Also, his bastard of a marker essentially sold him in marriage to Oklahoma. He was powerless… not a familiar sensation for the Viking. And then there was that whole amnesia thing where he forgot about his pledges to her for around a year. Knowing and remembering are two very different things and he had to be unhappy about two weeks out of his life were an essential black hole.
Moving on to lover number three… Quinn. I also don’t get the fanfic hate on the tiger for the most part. Yes, he called her “babe” which can get annoying. Yes, he kept his silence when Nevada was planning the coup. BUT, as Felipe and crew were threatening his sister and mother, what the hell else was he supposed to do? I’ll say it loud and proud: my family will always come before a tantalizing piece of ass, no matter how yummy it is. I may not love the guy, but he’s not the dick he’s often written as.
Lover number four – Preston. I honestly don’t know enough about him to have an opinion. Niall is creepy for wanting his great-granddaughter to get laid for Christmas. Nuff said.
And Sam is in the wings… watching and waiting. The wild animal in him had a good time with the maenad and he got down with the psycho Jannalynn, despite the age difference and her bloodthirsty tendencies. He kept the torch burning for Sookie, no matter how she used him or disregarded his affection. He saved her ass multiple times (for an exact count, I’d have to reread and all but the last two books are still packed in storage), usually with very little thanks.
So people are all huffy that Sookie ends up with Sam. You know what, I might have been a little grumpy about that detail when I read the book. But you know what else? Eric was a colossal dick to her also. He only helped her conditionally and expected her to be all lovey-dovey after he publically disrespected her. Yeeeaaahhh… I know a bunch of you are yelling at me: “He didn’t have a choice!” I agree… he didn’t. But you know what… Sookie did. Sookie had the ability to leave the man who expected her to be his mistress in another state, taking her away from her friends and only family, knowing that if his wife were to find out, she’d likely be killed without a second thought. Sorry… but I can’t imagine sex good enough to risk death.
Then there’s sweet Sam. Now, anyone who has read my stories knows that I’m an Eric fan through and through. But this is Charlaine’s world and brava to her for not letting the readers’ love of a fictional character sway her from her original plan for a story. In her world, having Sookie fall for Sam makes perfect sense.
After I read “Deadlocked”, I might have sworn to burn my books if Sookie ended up having puppies with the shifter. I retract that statement. Having Sookie and Sam as a couple in Charlaine Harris’ world makes sense.
It doesn’t mean that we fanfic writers won’t take her ending and twist it to fit our need for Sookie to be with Eric. However, vilifying an author for doing what she feels is right for her characters just isn’t right, I know it’s not an opinion many of my fellow fanfic authors share, but for them I have a question: How would you like your readers to dictate how your characters should act? Would you bend to accommodate them or would you stand by the story in your head and write how you feel. I know I’ve bent to public pressure before and never liked the result. As such, I stand by Mrs. Harris’ decision. Congratulations on closing such a beloved series without caving to popular opinion.