Publishers Weekly, one of the leading professional journals in the publishing industry, led this week’s recap of the the current best sellers by weighing in on the situation with Charlaine Harris’s final Sookie book, Dead Ever After. While they did acknowledge that there were pre-order cancellations, they said that there were still 80,000 volumes sold. (Anyone know how that compares to previous sales in the series? Because I think 80,000 sounds low.) They also comment on the possibilities of an Eric/Sookie ending on True Bloood — not that they would actually know anything special about that, mind you, but I appreciate that we hard-core fans are not the only ones thinking along those lines.
Sookie’s Grand Exit
Charlaine Harris’s Dead Ever After rockets to #1 on our Hardcover Fiction list thanks to the legions of fans who want to find out what happens to Sookie Stackhouse in her 13th and final adventure. Harris’s Southern Vampire Mystery series was already popular when HBO adapted it for True Blood, and now she’s an indisputable superstar of the urban fantasy genre. When word leaked that Sookie wasn’t going to end up paired with fan favorite Eric, outrage erupted on message boards and some readers threatened to cancel pre-orders, but they seem to be in the minority; the hardcover clocked over 80,000 sales in its first week out. On last week’s episode of Publishers Weekly Radio we asked Harris how she felt about the fan reaction to the spoilers. “This isn’t a democracy,” she said firmly. “I’ve had this ending in mind since maybe the second book, and I wrote the book I wanted to write.” Fortunately for the readers who are unhappy with that resolution, True Blood has diverged significantly from the books, so there’s a chance that the televised versions of Sookie and Eric will end up together after all.—Rose Fox