Sooo, a bit earlier today Pallavi (hey Pallavi) sent over word that a German fan had gotten ahold of an early copy of Charlaine Harris‘ final Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Ever After. And, to put it mildly – They. Were. Not. Pleased.
Looks like said reader, in their blind rage, then proceeded to leak the ending online. Being the nosy beast I am, I went snooping and boy, was Pallavi right. The response to Dead Ever After is brutal. I mean truly, truly, epically brutal. I was half horrified, half amused reading the absolutely scathing reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads, since the “fans” held nothing back. Let’s just say that the first two books of the series are sitting on Mount TBR, and I am now in no hurry to get to them. At all.
As much as I laughed reading the reviews, it did make me sad at the same time (even though I haven’t read the books, I am a True Blood fan so I know basic storyline and characters). I really do hate to see a series go out like this – especially since it is one that for many is considered a staple of the PNR/UF genre. Even those who have never picked up one of “our” books often knows Charlaine Harris/Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood. This series was one of the first to bring Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy mainstream, and to go out leaving fans rabidly angry and resentful is a loss all around.
Have you seen any other books draw a similar reaction? I seem to remember something about a Dianne Sylvan book that got readers pretty fired up, and I do know from personal experience that Christine Feehan‘s Dark Predator left a lot of people unhappy and confused (starting with Moi). Has there ever been a book that has actually turned you against a series you followed, or even turned you against the author (like some of the reviewers for Dead Ever After who have vowed to never go near a Charlaine Harris book again)?