The End for Sookie Stackhouse

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Mourning has broken out among fans of the telepathic Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse after author Charlaine Harris announced that next year would see the publication of the final novel in her Southern Vampire Mysteries series (aka Sookie Stackhouse series).

Harris, whose bestselling books about vampires, werewolves and other supernatural beings in the small southern town of Bon Temps was made into the popular True Blood television series, has previously hinted that she was planning to bring the story to a close. But she made the definitive announcement on her Facebook page yesterday, telling readers that the 13th and final Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead Ever After, would be on sale next May. She immediately drew more than 5,000 “likes” and hundreds of comments from her fans, from: “Say it ain’t so!” to “How can you do that to us!”

“I don’t have anything left to tell. After the last book, I’ll have said everything I have to say about Sookie,” Harris said last week. “Really, I think it would be doing readers a disservice to continue writing a character when my heart wasn’t in it. I’ve loved writing Sookie, but if you see the end of the road, you see the end of the road.” Via the guardian

This comes as no real shock to me.  I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and it was one of those that when I started it I HAD to read the next book (and the next and the next) right away until I was completely caught up.  But I’ve felt the last couple books have been lacking and I truly felt that Harris wasn’t into it like she was in the earlier books and was just trying to meet her contractual obligation of 13 books.  So I’m sad to see the series end, but I would prefer it to be over than to read lackluster novels.  I do wish she wasn’t wrecking Sookie’s relationship with Eric right here at the end of the series though….  But I’m glad to see an author that is playing it straight and telling us point blank that she’s tired of the series and ending it.  Unlike some others that I have seen that have led us on or the ones that keep writing well beyond the point when they tired of it.