Book: Charlaine Harris’ ‘The Sookie Stackhouse Companion’ – “And also know that I am not a hooker. That was a long, long time ago.”

It’s funny when a TV show becomes more popular than the books, if I say “Southern Vampire Mysteries” I tend to get a lot of blank looks, “Sookie Stockhouse” gets a better response or “Trueblood” is recognised by most people even if the sheer amount of bonking in the first episode put them off actually watching it.

There were a total of thirteen books before the series ended having tied everything up neatly in ‘Dead Ever After’ – well tied up apart from the final cash-in book which listed the characters in alphabetical order and included a couple of sentences on their fate after ‘Dead Ever After’. There were numerous short stories included in random anthology books, there was even a book guide to the universe called ‘The Sookie Stackhouse Companion’.

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion

(Book cover)

This companion was published before the final two books in the series (‘Deadlocked’ and ‘Dead Ever After’) and contains a rather dull short story about Sam taking Sookie to his brother’s wedding, there are some dodgy recipes and some fluff/recap/interpretations of the wider universe.

Personally I thought the writing noticeably declined in the final two to the extent that it very easy to not care who Sookie finally ended up shagging – although she’d pretty much jumped in the sack with every male character that she wasn’t related to prior to making a final decision.

‘Dead Ever After’ did apparently upset a few people by pairing Sookie up with someone – spoilers from here-on out.

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(Poster for a season of ‘TrueBlood’)

That someone was Sam, who had always been around Sookie and had been supportive as friend and a boss, but hadn’t really seemed a major source of passion. Logically Sookie couldn’t be with a normal human due to the mindreading thing, she wasn’t going to agree to being turned into a vampire so she couldn’t sensibly have a happy ending with any of the vampires in the book. She’d also ‘test-driven’ most of the non-vampire super-naturals in the books and, as my grandmother could have said, “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”

However picking Sam did seem a bit like settling until I reread the Companion’s recap of the first eleven books where Sam is the one constant in Sookie’s life, the one who doesn’t betray her and has almost as bad a taste in partners as she does.

So the Companion book has a use, it meant that ‘Dead Ever After’ makes perfect sense – apart from the bloody awful writing, Sookie’s out-of-the-blue hated of all things Vampire and her random craving for babies.

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