Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Writer Charlaine Harris is a Trubie too

I had a front-page feature in the National Post's Arts & Life section today all about Charlaine Harris, author of the books that inspired HBO's True Blood. I interviewed her on Monday and although the interview felt a little choppy, the story has been getting rave reviews amongst Trubie-set. If you run out now you might still be able to grab a copy of today's paper, otherwise the story is up on The Afterword. Here's how it starts:
You need look no further than the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings franchises to see how riled up fans can get when novel adaptations aren’t done just so. Those are movies, though, so maybe things are a little different in the TV world — at least, they are for Charlaine Harris. As the author behind the Dead Until Dark series that inspired HBO’s True Blood, Harris says she doesn’t mind one bit that the TV series and the books don’t quite match up — in fact, she prefers it that way.

“I think it gives you two entertainment experiences with the same characters, and there’s a lot to be said for that. I would be very bored if they copied the books exactly, and I’m never bored,” Harris says of the show, which she watches every week like any other devoted Trubie. “I love it. Love the show. I love the cast, I love the crew, I love Alan [Ball, series creator and producer]. We have a very cordial relationship, which is not the Hollywood norm, and I love doing appearances with them, it’s a lot of fun. And of course I’m constantly surprised by what he and his writers come up with.”
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