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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Charlaine Harris Event Summary and Spider Winner!

I am pretty tired today. Yesterday I left the house at 7.00 a.m. I worked until 5.00 pm and then hubby collected me and we drove to the nearby tube, hopped on and then a while later disembarked at Leicester Square. We had a quick slice of pizza and then we went into the Prince Charles Cinema for the very exciting Evening with Charlaine Harris.

There must have been nearly 300 people in the cinema who had booked tickets for the event. As hubby pointed out, most of them were women. (Isn't he just the best for being my chaperone at all these events?!)

The evening began by the important man from Orion called Mark saying how wonderful Charlaine was for the rocketing sales of Sookie Stackhouse. We then got an exclusive preview of the next series of True Blood to be aired in the UK. At first there was no sound coming out and the audience were a little grumpy but then they fixed it and they were all "ooohs" and "ahhhs". It was really funny because hubby says to me "I'm not sure you should be reading this. It looks a little raunchy!". I laughed and said "it is!" Bless him! I don't actually watch the programme but there were a lot of ladies swooning over some man named Alexander Skarsgard.

Once we'd watched the preview which couldn't have been more than two or three minutes long. Chalaine was welcomed to the stage by Mark and she then talked about her books. These are some of the things she told us. She has been contracted to write a total of 13 Sookie books. She has finished book 10 and is now into writing book 11. There will be more faeries in these two books. She does know how the series will end but no she won't tell us. She did say that Sookie will never become a vampire. She does know who Sookie will end up with and no she won't tell us that either. She loves the work the director and producer are doing with True Blood and she loves the casting. For you people who are absolutely in love with this Alexander bloke, he is going to be at Comic Con in San Diego next year so I suggest you buy yourselves a ticket!

After Charlaine finished taking, she took questions from the audience for a good half an hour or more. There were some hilarious questions. There was also lots of "Charlaine, thank you. You make my life worth living". It was absolutely brilliant. There was also a man there who didn't ask a question but came to thank Charlaine for donating a lot of money to the Brentwood Theatre to prevent its closure. How amazing is Chalaine!

There was one question that gets asked at every signing. It is starting to drive me insane. Can you guess what it is? This is the general gist: "How do you feel about the success of Twilight considering the first Sookie books were published earlier?" Me and lots of people near me graoned and rolled our eyes. There were vampire books before Twilight and there will be for a long time to come. Get over it! That is the most boring question on Earth.

One question that I thought was interesting was: How have your books been received in the South considering that they contain sexual content, gay and lesbian relationships etc? Charlaine said until recently no one from her town had read her books and so didn't know the sorts of issues she was exploring in the Sookie books. Then once the TV show hit the screens, she thought local people would become aware of their content. However, she said people have been amazingly tolerant and that they seem to think the TV show has added sexual content that she didn't write. She doesn't try to correct them.

Thinking of the future, Charlaine has said she doesn't have to stop at book 13 and that she is keeping an open mind. Now that she has completed the Harper Connelly series she would like to explore some other ideas while contiuing to write Sookie books. She is intrigued by Manfred a character from the Harper books and would like to explore him further. (No pun intended).

Overall, Chalaine had a brilliant sense of humour. There were some crazy questions: Once Sookie has decided on who she's going to be with will there be more sex in the books? I was laughing my head off at that one. The answer: yes and Sookie will take to it enthusiastically. Anyway, I hope I've given you an idea of what the event was like. I wish you could have all been there because I know how amazing it is to meet your favourite authors. After the questions, we stayed in our seats and were taken up row by row to get our books signed. We waited for about an hour. I did get an extra book signed to giveaway because I just adore you people but I'm not going to do another giveaway until my When I Was Joe one has finished, so watch out for that in two weeks or so.

As promised at the beginning, the winner of Spider is Amber Kirk. (I will send your parent/ guardian an email Amber).

A special mention for Christina because you wouldn't have got to read this post if she didn't demand some details. I'm feeling so lazy and tired today. In the end we were home just about 10pm. A long but brilliant day.

15 comments:

Shy said...

Wow! You surely sound like you have a fantastic time over there. How I wish I can join such event too =)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

SO cool! Thanks for the pictures :)

Christina/Book Addict said...

THANK YOU for including details so I can live vicariously through you. Love the photo! I am extremely jealous! It sounds like this was a lot of fun. I just love Harris!!

Ok, you need to watch True Blood. It's my guilty pleasure and your husband is right.....it's definitely raunchy, but oh so entertaining! Eric Northman is played by Alexander-he is dreamy. :)

Thanks again for all the fun details and try to relax after that long day!

Lauren said...

This sounds like a really fun event. I've never read any of these books, but if the TV show is anything to go by I think I'd love them.

Have to agree re: the Twilight question. Groan.

StephTheBookworm said...

Charlaine sounds amazing! Great picture of the two of you!

robby (once upon a book blog) said...

I really need to read these books. :]

prophecygirl said...

Oh wow, it's great that it was such a huge event, and that she did a Q&A!

She is lovely, I agree :)

Shweta said...

Wow Becky , you guys get to go to such cool events . Jealous :) I wish I could go too LOL

Also Twilight ! Seriously, when will people get over it :)

Sarah said...

Sounds like you had a great time - I wish I could have been there :o) Gotta love your hubby for keeping you company, that is something Ant would do too & I really appreciate it!

I love the TV show but haven't actually read any of the books yet. I got the first 8 books for Christmas though & am looking forward to reading them when I find time :o)

Cleverly Inked said...

I am soo freaking jealous. This is my fav series. Yes Alexander Skarsgard is a hottie. Shh I am married ;) lol. I wish she was coming here.

Book Monster said...

Haha you and Jen @ wondrous strange are lucky people!!

Nina said...

That sounds so fun! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

brizmus said...

Your husband is awesome!
And the event sounds WONDERFUL! I love the question about the south. Being from Louisiana, I've always sort of wondered about that myself. Especially since I find that her portrayal of Louisiana is an interesting one, without being false at all.
And oh yes, Alexander Skarsgard = swoon worthy.
Congratulations, Amber, and thank you Christina!

Yunaleska said...

Congrats Amber!

I Want To Read That said...

Sounds like a great event - wish I could have gone! Glad you had a good time:)