Thursday, May 23, 2013

Team Nonsense:

Hey y'all,

You can't get on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media these days without seeing something like #TeamBelieber or #TeamOneDirection. We've gotten very caught up in explaining who we are by identifying as a fan/follower of a certain person or group. It has even, and maybe especially, pervaded the book world. Twilight has Team Jacob v. Team Edward, Vampire Academy has Team Adrian v. Team Dmitri, and The Sookie Stackhouse books have Team Sam v. Team Bill v. Team Eric (or if you watch True Blood it's basically Sookie & Team Everyone). So who cares, and why am I even talking about it?

Well, for the most part it is harmless, but like everything else there are people who ruin it for the rest of us. Case in point, this article from The Guardian tells about how Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books was threatened over which lover Sookie chose at the end of the final book, Dead Ever After. I just got done reading through some of the pissed off readers' reviews on GoodReads and people are crazy mad about who Sookie chose. I understand being frustrated and not liking the ending and needing to vent about it in an online format with other readers. However, you should at least give some other reasoning for disliking the book aside from or in addition to the love interest Sookie selected. Obviously it held your attention long enough to read the other 12 books in the series. 

If any of the rabid Harris haters should happen to find their way here, let me say this: I don't have a dog in this fight. I've only read the first 4 or 5 books in the series and watched the first two seasons of True Blood and really could care less who Sookie chose. 

Personally, I've never been able to understand how someone can be Team (Insert Character) or Team (Insert Other Character) while reading because I feel as if it is perfectly acceptable to like both of the competing love interests and usually that is what the author intends for the reader to feel. And when it inevitably only works out with one of the love interests (unless you're Anita Blake) that's just how the cookie crumbles. Hearts get broken in real life. It's the author's world and we're just reading it. Besides, changing up the pairings is what fanfiction is here for, so please don't send death threats to the author or egg their house. 

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