With the 11th Southern Vampire Mysteries book, Dead Reckoning, arriving this May, author Charlaine Harris is starting to think about putting an end to the series, which spawned the popular HBO television series True Blood.
In a recent interview with Hero Complex, Harris confessed that the property has taken over her life and that she’ll probably only do two more books in the series, which is also referred to as the Sookie Stackhouse or True Blood series.
“Truthfully, the next two books will probably be the last two books in the series,” Harris said last week. “I still love Sookie, but I’m beginning to want to write something else, and Sookie’s kind of taken over my life. I was able to write other things for the first few years I was involved in Sookie, but then after the start of the television show she took over so much of my time because of my increased publicity obligations that it’s been very hard to write other things, and I really need to do that.”
The Southern Vampire Mysteries books, which began with 2001’s Dead Until Dark, have become wildly popular in the last few years, thanks to the success of the HBO series, which premiered in September 2008 and is heading into its fourth season this summer.
Harris appears to be following in the footsteps of other successful authors like J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), both of whom ended their respective book series while the properties were still going strong.
While the news will likely disappoint True Blood fans, Harris’s sentiments are understandable, as these books are not the only ones the author has worked on throughout her career (unlike Rowling and Meyer, who were basically one hit wonders of the book series world). Harris began the Aurora Teagarden Series back in 1990 and the Lily Bard (Shakespeare) Series in 1996, as well as several other titles, proving that there’s more stories for her to tell outside the Southern Vampire Mysteries universe.
The author was also recently involved with Dying for Daylight, a new online game featuring the character Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, a ruthless vampire who first appeared in the short story “Tacky” from the 2006 collection My Big, Fat Supernatural Wedding. Since HBO now owns the rights to the True Blood characters, Harris chose another one of her supernatural creations to star in this downloadable PC game, which comes out tomorrow at iplay.com. You can read more about the game over at USA Today.