Ok, I’ve been reading vast quantities of speculations about the final SS/SVM book, and you know what I’ve figured out besides Sookie’s not going to be get her “white picket fence” HEA?
Before we continue my whine/bitch/gripe session, I should clarify two things:
1. I strongly believe in HEA’s (hey, it’s called “fiction” for a reason, y’all), and,
2. I’m one of “those” people who aren’t going to buy that final book unless Sookie and Eric end up together.
Call me a whiner…a lily-livered coward…late for dinner…I don’t care. Why would I want to read about my favorite couple NOT getting together if I can avoid it?
See? (Hey, I see you nodding over there!)
I love fiction because, in fiction, couples CAN have their HEA’s. And, if they CAN, then in all common sense, they SHOULD. Why? It makes readers like me HAPPY.
I like being happy. Happy is generally a good thing. So…why would I want to read a fiction where two people who are MEANT to be together DON’T get (and stay) together? It might just be my imagination, but all through the books, Eric and Sookie’s characters are written as if they’re absolutely meant to end up together. So, with that being the case IMO, why would I read a final work where they’re NOT together?
Why voluntarily read heartbreak? That makes no sense to me. There’s enough disappointment and heartbreak and broken dreams in the world as it is…why voluntarily read invented versions of such disappointments?
Do I think Charlaine Harris is an awesome writer? Obviously! If she weren’t so damn gifted, we of the SVM/TB/fic world wouldn’t have invaded and glommed onto her Universe as strongly as we have. We wouldn’t have nearly such strong opinions regarding Sookie and (*sigh*) Eric as we do. We (most of us, at any rate) wouldn’t so very gleefully hate Bill/Billith, nor would we have such pleasant fantasies and love for our favorite Viking Sex-God Gracious Plentied Panty Killer (and SkarsPorn wouldn’t be a thing…!), and Godric (oooh, that delicious Allan Hyde…)*(excuse me a moment…).
So, this diatribe is in no way against “The Maker”. Without her, our fanfics and imaginations would be so very much poorer. Plus, as a writer, it’s her obligation to herself to write her story as she sees it. If she feels called upon to write Sookie being with someone else, being alone, dying her hair puce and selling used tires, that’s her prerogative.
I just don’t have to cough up the bucks to have my li’l “Eric loves Sookie” shipper heart broken into teeny, tiny sharp little pieces.
In my own little Sookie-verse, The Couple Who Should Be Together WILL truly and finally get together, and they’ll stay together, come what may.
And AB will have clown nightmares and an oddly reoccurring rash for killing off Godric.