Recently, I discovered that one of my favorite authors was ending a series that I have been reading for the better part of ten years. It saddens me, but I get it. She needs to me move on and it is time for us to let go Sookie Stackhouse and her fangy friends. Charlaine Harris‘s series has been going strong since 2001. There have been bums along the way, but fans have been eating the books up.
So much so that some fans have threatened to kill themselves if she goes ahead with her plans.If you are one of these fans please seek help immediately. Serious, do not stop on go just get help now.
As readers we get attached to characters and tend to forget that there are living breathing people behind them. I haven’t always agreed with what characters in my favorite books have done. (Richard in the Anita Blake series is lucky I couldn’t bitch slap him.) The people behind the keys giving life to our favorite stories are the ones that create the worlds we love. The worlds I aspire as a writer to make. And since my style of writing is akin to Ms. Harris, I feel sympathy for her situation.
It may be easy to say to an author that they should continue to write because they are making money, but writers like teachers don’t do it for the money. We do it because we are can’t help ourselves. And yes, I said we, because regardless of whether or not I reach the level of success as Ms. Harris has I will continue to write. It is our passion and when the passion begins to fade for a storyline it is time to move on. Maybe we will come back to it in time.
Mercedes Lackey said this about her long running series “Hey, everybody needs a vacation, even from the best job. So, until I come up with a story set in Velgarth that is as compelling as the ones you’ve enjoyed in the past, I’m taking a break. The last thing I want is for my own favorite series to start limping along and go out with a whimper.”
Authors need breaks to recharge their creative juices and while I will miss the Stackhouse Series I understand.
Fellow readers I know that you are upset, but give Ms. Harris some room. She has been writing this series for over ten years. She wanted to end it years ago, but kept going when the HBO series took off. She has already gone on after she wanted to quit for you,me, and the almighty dollar so let her be. The quality of the books have suffered. As much as I loved them somewhere after book four, I got lost. She tried it your way and she still wants to go. Let her.
And while you are at it pick up some of her other great series. Lily Bard, Aurora Teagarden and the Harper Connelly series are all excellent. (My personal favorite is the Aurora Teagarden series.)
Stalking and taunting your favorite author into producing something won’t work the way you want it, too. Trust me, when people have gotten unpleasantly freaky with me I back off. So let us take a moment, be thankful and let Sookie go.
Thank you, Ms. Harris, I look forward to your next series or book and I am so very grateful for your stories.
Love, Hugs and Moo’s,