Charlaine Harris Explores Love and Sex with Vampires in Episode 44 of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, basis of the hit HBO series True Blood, joins us to discuss wrapping up the series, her oddest fans, and whether or not vampires poop.

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Photograph from Charlaine Harris' cameo on the True Blood series.

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.

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This episode includes:

Part 1: Interview with Charlaine Harris (1:22)

Topics covered: Synthetic blood, rules for vampires, appealing to mystery, fantasy, and romance readers, wrapping up a long-running series, Six Feet Under and Lost, viral marketing, biggest surprises watching True Blood, Anne Rice, vampire sex, Twilight, early influences, Jane Eyre and The Three Musketeers, favorite science fiction, Harper Connelly, lightning strike survivors, "An Evening with Al Gore," editing anthologies, fans invested in Sookie's love life, odd fan behavior, upcoming projects

Part 2: Dave and John Discuss TV Shows Based on Books (20:45)

Topics covered: Game of Thrones, finale, sexposition, John and George's weddings, George screens "The Pointy End," budget limitations, direwolf difficulties, renaming characters, pronouncing character names, The Walking Dead, frustrating divergences from the comics, a six-episode pilot, the CDC is not like that, strange behind-the-scenes drama, Mad Men, Dexter, is Dexter fantasy?, the books have a fantasy twist, dark passengers, a geek hero, real-life sociopaths, relating to Dexter, is Dexter getting less sociopathic?, bad buzz for season 5, the title sequence, how can Dexter get so much done?, screwing around on the job, Dune & Children of Dune, Earthsea, The Dresden Files, the advantages of working with dead authors, Nine Princes in Amber has fortunately not been made into a TV miniseries

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John Joseph Adams is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the bestselling editor of the anthologies Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Way of the Wizard, and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Forthcoming anthologies include Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (Simon & Schuster, 2012), Armored (Baen, 2012), and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination (Tor, 2012). He is a 2011 Hugo Award-nominee for Best Editor (Short Form), his books have been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and he has been called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble.com. He is also the editor of Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.

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David Barr Kirtley has published fiction in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Lightspeed,Intergalactic Medicine Show, On Spec, and Cicada, and in anthologies such as New Voices in Science Fiction,Fantasy: The Best of the Year, and The Dragon Done It. Recently he's contributed stories to several of John's anthologies, including The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, and The Way of the Wizard. He's attended numerous writing workshops, including Clarion, Odyssey, Viable Paradise, James Gunn's Center for the Study of Science Fiction, and Orson Scott Card's Writers Bootcamp, and he holds an MFA in screenwriting and fiction from the University of Southern California. He also teaches regularly at Alpha, a Pittsburgh-area science fiction workshop for young writers. He lives in New York.

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DISCUSSION

I'd never listened to one of these podcasts before, so I decided I'd give it a try, mostly because I generally enjoy True Blood and was interested in what Charlaine Harris had to say (which was very interesting).

I was a bit surprised, though, in the hosts' discussion of TV series adapted from other works, to hear their level of geekishness (for lack of a better term). I mean, these are professionals who work in publishing industry, and I was just surprised that they sounded a lot like a couple of guys who spend far too much time hanging out at the local comic book shop.

The thing that I noticed most, I think, is when they harped on the fact that the TV adaptation of A Game of Thrones changed various details, or left out insignificant characters, such as Jeyne Poole. That an adaptation, especially of such a massive book, would need to do this sort of thing seems obvious to me; for example, there's nothing Jeyne does to date that can't be included in a 30-second bit of exposition if the character needs to be added later on in the series.

It's this sort of obsession with trivial detail — often to the exclusion of actual significant story points — that I've never grasped about geek culture. I'm sorry, but I just don't get it.