Author Olivia Boler

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February 6th, 2013 by Olivia Boler

Rinse & Repeat & Repeat & Repeat

A few days ago, I finished reading the twelfth, penultimate book in the entertaining confection that is the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. It took me about a month to get through all twelve—not bad. If you don’t know, the books are the basis for the HBO series True Blood. And if you don’t know True Blood, then you are missing out on funny, sexy, gory goodness! Of course, it’s not for everyone. I can think of a few grandmothers who wouldn’t be pleased to watch it.

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The 13th book is out May 7, 2013

The books are different although the voice of the heroine, Sookie, stays true in the TV show. While I was reading the series, it struck me how tiring it must be for author Charlaine Harris to have to repeat information in each and every book. How many times did I get introduced to Sookie’s telepathy or the fact that she’d killed a major nemesis in her kitchen with a shotgun or a description of her gorgeous yet scary vampire boyfriend’s long blond hair and blue eyes?

Since I’m working on a sequel to The Flower Bowl Spell, I think about how much old information I’ll need to relate. I kind of want to approach the new book as a stand-alone, but I think that can be tricky as well. To use an example from a totally different genre, Louise Erdrich recycles characters and settings all the time in her novels—they are like real people living their lives on a different plane of existence, and Erdrich drops in now and then to record for readers in her lyrical prose when something dramatic happens to them.

It’s a fine line a writer has to straddle in giving too much away or not offering enough information. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to stop over-thinking and just write.

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2 Responses to “Rinse & Repeat & Repeat & Repeat”
  1. I’m reading Nelson DeMille’s THE PANTHER, which is DeMille’s latest book in the John Corey series. I haven’t read any of the others, and there are references to things/events/characters that (I’m assuming) happened in previous books. Sometimes, because I’m new to everything, I feel a bit left out, like everyone else is in on an inside joke. But when you start reading a series midway in, or near the end, that’s bound to happen. What I like about DeMille’s approach, though, is that he doesn’t seem to reiterate a lot of things. There are just mentions here and there, enough to keep me, as a new reader, in the loop and to refresh the memories of his longtime fans. You’re right — it’s a fine line. I’m hoping when I write the sequel to BABY GRAND that I’m able to handle things in a way that pleases everyone. As if that’s possible! :)

    • Ugh! It sounds like there’s some magic involved in figuring it out. Getting that mojo, that balance just right. But you’re correct, Dina–can’t please everyone.