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July 30, 2013

Gush and Gripe: Goodbye Sookie


Goodbye, Sookie, & thanks for the memories!

And so it's done. Finished. Finito. 

After 13 books and several novellas and shorts in between, we bid Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, Louisiana adieu.

FINALLY!

The first time I read Deadlocked I DNF'd it but as I was curious to read how CHarris ended the series, I gave it another go and it was OK. Dead Ever After wasn't any different, if not worse. It was well... 

Dead. 

I realized Sookie's series stopped being fun a looong time ago and it's a shame! I have an emotional attachment to Southern Vampire Mysteries or Sookie Stackhouse because it provided a much needed comedic relief at a time when my personal life was a frickin' tragedy. Personally, things started going downhill after book 5, Dead As A Doornail, and I wish CHarris stopped when Sookie and Eric got back together. I wish she didn't drag that pointless relationship further and gave Team Eric the run around.

So like most fans I'm a little disappointed. No satisfaction from the last two books or so and don't even get me started on True Blood! Ugh! 

My dissatisfaction stems not from who Sookie ended up with. The girl's been through every kind of preternatural male with matching heartaches and have been on the brink of death several times. As long as the bitch is happy I'm all for it.  

My disappointment revolves around the lack of CLOSURE. First of all, the build-up for Eric was there from the start. Til Deadlocked the idea was still dangled in our face. Dead Ever After screwed that up in epic proportions I have no words! Sookie and her fans deserved more than that! Eric deserved more than that. He's a thousand-year old Viking for chrissakes, he's got balls the size of Jupiter but unfortunately, he felt a little emasculated. No bueno.

And the ending! WTH was that?! After all the "monsters" Sookie went head to head with, those are the best group of characters CHarris can gather to boost Sookie's heroine status and be her crowning glory? Pathetic.

My only take away is that at least the series is finally over. CHarris can no longer add damage to the series by dragging it out unnecessarily. I wish the series was concluded sooner than later, ended it with a bittersweet bang instead of the the resounding big sigh of relief from the fans.




Have you read Dead Ever After, if so, what's your take on it? 
What's the worst series ending you've ever read?

22 comments:

  1. I was more than a little disappointed in the way the series ended. I was kind of like "that's it??" meh, lukewarm.

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  2. I think I only read the first 3 books then I just lost interest. It sucks when a series ends and it just doesn't live up the expectations.

    I was thinking about trying out the series again but maybe not, I don't like getting dissapointed haha.

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    1. Well it was funny til book 5 (for me anyways) so maybe you can read two more then stop. Stay with the fun memories. LOL

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    2. Haha thanks for the tip! Maybe I'll do that. I am a bit curious how Eric and Sookie got together.

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  3. I haven't actually read the last 2 (possibly 3) books but I have them. I've been disappointed with the ones I read before that and totally agree, things should have been over a long time ago :/

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    1. Yeah, the story kept of getting dragged to the point where it was a little too painful to read.

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  4. I feel you! I didn't read the last few, I may some day...eventually, but I already looked up the spoilers and I don't feel like it's a good use of my time lol. I enjoyed the first several books a lot, but I felt the series going down hill and couldn't keep going.

    In my head Sookie ended up with Eric and that's all there is to it! I think my fantasy version is better anyway :)

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    1. Yeah i should've stayed on that zone myself. I wish I could erase her time with Quin and all the shit that followed next.

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  5. Now they're all out and its done and dusted I may pick it up again. I think I've read 4 of the books but this was about 2 or 3 years ago, I briefly remember about Eric loosing his memory but other than that the books are pretty much gone from my memories, and since I borrowed the books off a friend I can't just pick them back up again, damn.

    Maybe I should ask for the complete set for my birthday...
    Sucks to hear that they got drab towards the end though.

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  6. I stopped at book 5 ...I think, but I didnt pick the series back up. I stopped watching TrueBlood after the Lilith factor... *sigh* such a waste....

    I heard onone is liking how she ending the series. Really sad she did go out on a high note.

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    1. Billith sucks and stop where you are. Don't read anymore. Sookie ended up with Eric, let's leave it at that.

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  7. I think I stopped liking the series after book five, and gave up after book eight, I think? I hated all the Fae BS. It just seems like CH completely lost direction or focus, or something. I dunno...
    I googled for spoilers and even though Sookie ended up with who I wanted, I'm still glad I didn't read it.
    Great post!

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    1. For me the only great part about the Fae arc was when Claudine died more for the drama than anything else really.

      CH said Sookie ended up with the dude she planned with from the start, just hated the run around and obviously the build up was weak so most fans didn't really warm up to Sookie sort of ending up with Sam (spoiler!)

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  8. I'm right there with you - I read it, and was disappointed that it went out with such a whimper.

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    1. I just feel it wasn't a "graceful" HEA. It's like Sookie got tired and just chose the safest option.

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  9. I am behind on the Sookie series - I have to read the last 2 yet.

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    1. If you do decide to catch up, STOP AT BOOK 5! LOL

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