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05
May
13

An Artist has a “Right” to create exactly what they want, but is that always wise?

My first instinct, as an artist, was to absolutely defend Charlaine Harris’ right as an artist to write her story any way she saw fit.  It’s still her right.

However, in light of Ms. Harris calling the people upset with the spoilers for her new book “Dead Ever After” “irrational” on her website, I had a rethink about it and I’m not so sure her indignant “right” is actually wise.

As an artist, I have a right to paint whatever subject moves me, in whatever style, using whatever colors I choose.   If I have a show, people partake of my paintings without any monetary output.  If my paintings aren’t their cup of tea, they walk away but if my paintings resonate, they buy them.   If my work turns people off or repels them, I don’t make money and have an apartment full of paintings that only I enjoy.  So, if I want to share my work, I need to make it accessible, even if it’s not totally my cup of tea.

If I want to do a painting for myself that’s fine, but I can’t expect people who have liked something I’ve done in the past to like this particular painting I’ve done solely as I pleased if it’s wildly different.

I have done paintings on commission.  If, for example, I had three paintings of ballet dancers in pink and someone bought them and paid me to do a fourth for them to make it a series, and I decided I was tired of painting ballet dancers and painted a break dancer in blues and reds, I can’t be indignant because they were expecting the painting to go along with the three they already bought.  I can’t be surprised that they are angry because they paid for something I didn’t deliver.

So, although I believe, yes, she has a right to write whatever she wants, since she’s writing a series that millions of people have read, if she wants people to partake of her art, she does have to take her audience into consideration.  Consideration is the key word.

I believe a character poll was done of Harris’ fans and their favorite characters.   I know she knew how popular certain characters were.

I also know Charlaine is not a stupid women.  She had to know there would be great disappointment in what she wrote.   But I don’t think she understands where the disappointment lies.  She thinks people are being this vociferous because of the suitor Sookie ends up with.  That’s not the case for the most part, though I can’t speak for everyone.

From what I’ve been reading, it’s not Sookie’s HEA people are furious about.  They are angry because there was no build up to the eventual HEA.  Yes, hints were dropped here and there throughout the books but there was no emotional build up for the readers, or the characters for that matter.  After enjoying a series of books for 13 years, some readers feel betrayed by what they thought they were reading.

It’s also about the destruction or the closing off of a favorite character, one that Charlaine wrote appealingly, whether she was aware of it or not.  I know she always expressed puzzlement for this character’s popularity but it has grown exponentially, so maybe Charlaine should have tried to understand this popularity instead of dismissing it as readers who just didn’t understand what she was writing.

It’s not a handful of readers who are fans of this character; it’s a large swath of readers, internationally as well, and who have nothing to do with one another.  No one reader, or group of readers, was influencing all the others.   This character is the most popular character on True Blood as well.  No matter how hard other characters have been pushed in the series, THIS character remains the most popular.  Must be something to that mustn’t there?

As an artist, Ms. Harris should have been flattered instead of vexed (she has expressed her vexation and the moderators on her website reflected this) and she should have tried to figure out why this character was so popular.

So back to does Charlain Harris have a right to wrap up her book the way she see’s fit.? Yes, she does.  Giving Sookie the HEA she decided on in the second book is fine.  BUT she should have had some consideration for the legions of fans who were invested in another character and placed that character in, if not a good place, a neutral place. After all, even though the books were about Sookie, there was one singular character that was featured more than most, that was more fleshed out than most, more fleshed out even than Sookie’s eventual HEA.    By not taking all her fans into consideration, she is experiencing a backlash and I don’t think she should be surprised about that.

Dead Ever After, the last of the Southern Vampire Mysteries

Dead Ever After, the last of the Southern Vampire Mysteries

I will be back after Tuesday, when I will have read Dead Ever After, to give my thoughts about the book
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19
Aug
12

“Gone, Gone, Gone” to get a snack, really. call me if anything original happens: True Blood Season 5 Episode 10

This show has gotten so bad I’m finding it hard to find any motivation to write this week.

What I noticed most this week was how much was stolen from other stories and from previous seasons of True Blood itself.

1. Let’s talk about this Warlow character.

First of all, look at the writing on this scroll:

Someone was playing Hangman!!

Jason and Sookie find a scroll with writing that clearly isn’t in any language.  What  do they assume? Why it’s human, of course, and off they go to Northern Lousiana State University to speak to a linguistics professor.

If these two had any deductive reasoning they would have gone directly to their faerie whatevertheyare and either left room for another 4-5 minute scene or let the show end in 42 minutes instead of 47:28 and we all could have gone to bed earlier.

So these two geniuses get a clue and visit this family of faeries that claim they’ve been looking out for Stackhouses for centuries (but they’re not very good a protecting, just watching) and we find that faeries have a gestation period of about what? 5 to 8 days?  How long has it been since Maurella and Andy had their tryst?

So Maurella uses her ancient Faerie powers to translate this THING and…

We find that the writers have decided to borrow from the Brothers Grim and Warlow is actually this guy…..

Better show by the way…

2.  Lilith?

Or Akasha from “Queen of the Damned”

Anne Rice should sue.

3.  Sam and Luna?

Or the mice who run planet Earth in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?”

4.  Does this look familiar?

No?  Then let me  take you back to Season 3.

5.  This image familiar?

How about last episode?

Just an example of how my mind wandered throughout the episode, even after watching it 3 times to try to write this week’s blog!

6.  Did you all HAVE to kill off Molly?  She was the first new character I really liked.

Look at that Bastard’s face

Hate you more than I thought possible Bill.

Bye Molly.  You didn’t deserve this!

7. Why after just telling Jason that Mike Spencer wanted to suck her toes would Sookie, in her pajamas, let Mike Spencer into her house?  C’mon writers please give our girl SOME sense!

However, the result of her stupidness gave me one of my rare real laughs of the season:

Sookie, her chopstake and her disguest!

8.  Why couldn’t Russel have just killed Nora.  Kill her man, kill her now.  You kill Molly but save Nora?  She’s just the worst!

Now  the Good.  There WERE a few very good scenes and another wonderful performance from Alexander Skarsgard.

Aside from the Sookie/Mike scene,  I thought these scenes were of the quality this show should be all the time:

Jessica glamouring herself and Jason out of Hoyt’s mind and heart:

Tara kicking major ass!!!!

“I don’t know nothing about birthing no vampire babies!”

Off with Elija’s head!

Taking no prisoners, making no excuses

Like mother like daughter.  BTW make-up people, could we please cut down on the fake eyelashes.  They’re getting distracting!

The pleasure that is Ginger!

Loved this little bit of Russell:

“I wish I had just one drop of faerie blood to….

“….stuff in your pie hole!!”

Oh Jason LOL!

Another great performance by Alexander Skarsgard:

Father I tried….

to save her.

Some actors are just such a pleasure to watch (not that Nora actress, Alex).

Though sfx people bloody tears fail!

Love this scene.   Though Bill looks shifty, Eric is horrified that he’s let Russell off the hook and now he is going after Sookie.

And now for my guilty admission.  I know it’s wrong, I know it is, but I thought Elija was HOT!!!!!  Yes, even hotter than Eric now that they’ve chopped his hair off for good.  Sorry  to see Elija go just for the eye candy aspect.

And there we have it for Episode 10.

Screen Caps Witch of Bon Temps.




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