In case you're watching True Blood with an extraordinary sense of ignorance--and by that, I mean not having an idea how it arrived and what it's done since--and you haven't paid attention to the pretty good opening titles for the show, well, you probably don't know that the whole thing came from Charlaine Harris' book series. But you probably know that, because two seasons in, you've probably paid a bit more attention.
Which means you probably know that series creator Alan Ball isn't sticking to the books. If you've read the books--or, even if you haven't, like me--you know that at this moment Lafayette is supposed to be dead; instead we see that woman who conned Tara and her mother. Or, say, the entry of Sophie Leclerq into the whole picture, which isn't supposed to happen this early, at least according to the books. Now that True Blood is more successful, arguably, than the books themselves, the question is, will be books adapt?
Pretty good question, I must concur. And when the folks at E! Online asked Harris that question, the answer's pretty simple. "I don't think I'm that affected by the show because those are past books that the current plot is kind of hooked to, and I'm way beyond that now," she said. And no, that isn't supposed to sound snobbish.
"Things have changed," she added. "Eric has a completely different maker from the maker on the show. There are all kinds of changes. But I hope that you all see it as a great opportunity to have two different entertainment experiences."
Enlighten me on this one, you who've read the books. Does she mean Godric isn't the maker, or Godric isn't a Pete Wentz look-a-like the way the show saw it?
Anyway, Harris also cleared that she doesn't get involved in any way with True Blood's scripts. "We have a working relationship, Alan and I," she said. "I don't tell him how to make the show, and he doesn't tell me how to write the books."
Makes sense. Now I wonder how it feels to be Charlaine Harris, seated on the couch, watching True Blood on television, and knowing that one detail on the show is slightly different from the same detail in the book. I think she must be enjoying it.