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Fangathon Winners!

So I announced these on stream and I will be contacting all of you shortly to get your information.

The winners of the first ever 2012 Fangathon are:

All Together Now – @QueenFaeMab & @llmorgan7

Tainted Love – @EricNorthmanSVM

Deadlocked – @TrueBloodMame

Sookie Stackhouse Companion Guide – @mswriteok

True Blood TV Soundtrack vol. 3 – @FangbangerEST89

True Blood Cookbook: Eats, Drinks and Bites from Bon Temps – @EricSookieLover

Choice of TB tie-in covered book – @TBconfid

Choice of Fangtasia/Merlotte’s/True Blood shot glass – @LuvBONESnTBlood

Choice of season poster – @vs4as

4 pack of True Blood – @Aly_x

Once again, congratulations to everyone who finished! I hope to see you guys for the Fangover after the end of Season 5!

Winners, I will be e-mailing you shortly to get your shipping information!

 

~Sookie Stackhouse


Blood and Black Leather (via @TBconfid)

TWO MORE DAYS!
Thanks to KristinBauer.net for posting another great photo from the EW shoot

IMAGE CREDIT: ALEXEI HAY
EW has even more TB goodness today with a Kristin Bauer interview
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Pam’s biggest issue last season was the rotting curse that Marnie put on her. What did it feel like to spend so much time looking disgusting?
KRISTIN BAUER VAN STRATEN: For four episodes, it was actually pretty freeing. I didn’t worry about beauty lighting and got to be really raw — no pun intended — and really feral and really pissed-off. It felt like any constraints I’d ever put on myself for the character I got to lift for four episodes. Even though my butt got pretty sore sitting in that chair, it was such a fascinating process. What you saw on screen we actually did.
What did that take?
We had nine hours in the chair for the first makeup test. After a few hours in the head cast, where I discovered I was claustrophobic — I said, “No, no, I’m fine! I’ve gone cave diving. I’m fine!” Eight minutes into it, I wasn’t so fine, but the fear of embarrassing myself kept me from ripping it off my face. I knew that story would go around the set forever, and I’d never live it down.
I didn’t see a lot of bloopers/outtakes on the Blu-ray, but surely there were some ridiculous moments on set?
The most ridiculous thing that’s ever happened to me on any set ever was the first take of trying to do the ‘wacky walk’ (as we’ve been calling it) in episode 411, when the vampires are being pulled into the witches’ force field outside Moon Goddess. The problem was that Deborah [Ann Woll], Stephen [Moyer], and Alex [Skarsgård] were about 10 feet from the camera, where they would then be off-camera. I was about 100 yards back, and I’ve never seen people laugh so hard at anyone. I was basically doing a bad imitation of Steve Martin inAll of Me. Michael came up and was laughing so hard he couldn’t talk. When he finally did, he said, ‘I will not be using that take.’ … Deborah is the sweetest person in the world, but her neck was wet with tears she was laughing so hard. MOREEEEEEEE

This Behind the scenes video from EW’s photoshoot was tweeted by Kristin yesterday, it’s from JoyParade (thank you!). There is another one I’ve seen but can’t find it yet.

New interview with Janina from Jarrett of the Insider, much more at the link- 

Insider: Fans seem to like Luna with Sam. Do you?
Janina: Yea. He’s a good man. You know how when you meet somebody and are automatically willing to accept whatever baggage they come with? That’s what Sam and Luna have. Even when sh*t goes completely south — like when Tommy got in the mix — she didn’t get mad at Sam because that wasn’t his fault. It’s just the baggage he comes with. And she’s probably done worse [laughs]. At that point, Sam is really falling for Luna too, so he’s willing to take everything as it comes with her because they share something special.
Insider: How do we find them in season five?
Janina: It’s definitely a rollercoaster this year for Sam and Luna. They haven’t been together very long, and he just killed her ex-husband – so the drama is inevitable [laughs].
Insider: What else can you tease about the upcoming season?
Janina: You’re about to see some badass shifter-ness. You are going to see a little bit of the darker side to being a shifter too. You’ll see what happens when a shifter can’t control their temper. That’s a very dangerous situation for you – and those around you.

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TVGuide’s Natalie Abrams has spoilers, more at the link-
Sookie’s future: As if the Stackhouse home hasn’t seen enough damage, now there’s at least one, possibly two dead bodies in Gran’s kitchen— both of which could be blamed on Sookie herself. “She has a lot on her plate,” Ball says. “She just blew Debbie Pelt’s head off with a shotgun, and her best friend just got shot in the head, so there’s a lot to deal with just taking care of those things.”
Bill and Eric team up: After killing Vampire Authority member Nan Flanagan together, Bill and Eric will really have to rely on each other this season, which may make their shared recent heartbreak easier.  “Bill and Eric have a rocky history, we all know this, and it got particularly rocky when they both wanted the same thing: Sookie. But when Sookie is out of the picture, there just might be hope for friendship.”
The Vampire Authority: Speaking of the Authority, Ball likens the organization to “the Catholic Church for vampires,” noting that Authority Guardian Roman is quite like the Pope. “The Vampire Authority is the governing body for vampires across the world. They’re incredibly old, incredibly powerful, and not very forgiving. If you’re a vampire, there’s a very good chance they know almost everything about you.” There’s also a vampire civil war brewing between the mainstreamers, like the Authority, and the Sangunistas, a faction that believes humans are just food.New castmember Carolyn Hennesy, who plays Authority Chancellor Rosalyn Harris, says “It’s the fate of vampires all over the world — those who want mainstreaming, those who do not — and even the Authority itself is divided. If the Vatican is divided, where do they go?”
From bromance to romance: Just because Sookie has given up on Bill and Eric, doesn’t mean they’ll be without lovin’ this season. In fact, they’ll both have a new love interest, who just happens to be the same lady. (Déjà vu!) Authority Chancellor Salom, will be taken with the duo. “She has a different relationship with both of them,” portrayer Valentina Cervi says. “She will have feelings for both of them during the season. She’s full of love and needs to be loved.” (This is the first I read that she is involved with BOTH)
For the good of the pack: With former packmaster Marcus dead, the pack is now without a leader and they’ll certainly be on the hunt to find out what happened to him. Will Alcide take his place as the rightful new packmaster? “[Marcus’ death] will cause the pack to split into two factions: One that will immediately worship Alcide as the new packmaster, and the other faction that believes that he has no claim,” Manganiello says. “Werewolves are a very tribal and ritualistic bunch, and you will find out this season how deep that goes. Because he didn’t do it in the ritualistic fashion, they’ll oppose him, and therefore there will be fighting within the pack.”
The death of Debbie Pelt: Ding dong, the wolf is dead! Sorry, we’ve been holding that in a while. But certain characters may not feel the same way as we do. “You know that Alcide’s going to find out she’s dead, and there will be fallout,” Manganiello says.
 Russell returns! The former King of Mississippi has been rescued from his cement grave, but the question is: Who helped him? O’Hare would only tease that we’ll find out sooner rather than later, but added that we may see a different Russell than we have before — one who may not immediately seek revenge on Bill and Eric. “He’s never a character who’s going to adhere to any conventional thinking,” he says.
So, is Tara dead or what? That will be answered in the season premiere. “We will see a lighter side to her,” Wesley promises. “I hope we do get back to that Season 1 Tara where she has that flippant sense of humor that we all love. I just think she’s guarded and I know sometimes it comes off as being angry at everyone in the world, but it’s all earned.”
 Jessica, all grown up: Since Bill is dealing with the impending vampire civil war, Jessica will have the run of Bon Temps. “She’s starting to grow up, she’s not really a baby vamp anymore,” Ball says. “She’s going to do what any teenager would do when her parents are out of town… party!”
Steve Newlin… vampire? The former vampire-hater is now a vampire, but he’ll still fit right in. “The role that [the Authority] finds for him in the vampire community is really smart on their choice,”MIchael McMillian says.
A Pam-tastic voyage into the past: We’ve seen how Eric met Godric and how Bill became a vampire, but this season, it’s Pam’s turn. “We’re going to see how Pam and Eric found each other and we learn how Pam became a vampire,” Ball says. But Pam isn’t the only focus of this year’s flashbacks. We “even get a glimpse into some of Sookie and Jason’s past,” he adds. More HERE.
The latest Interview magazine talked to Deborah Ann Woll (girl never took a bad photo).
Here’s just a wee bit, more at the link including some photos-

EMMA BROWN: There’s a lot of violence in True Blood, many opportunities for characters to be killed off at any moment. Have you thought about how you would like Jessica to die?
WOLL: Oh gosh, I don’t want her to die! I have less fantasies about how I would like her to die, and more nightmares about how she might die. I would imagine there would be a spurned lover or something like that. I think, if it were happen, I don’t know… Last season, season four, we had this accident, Jessica was in the wrong place at wrong time and consequently the witches’ spell got her. I sort of see that as Jessica’s path, that someday it will be your time, almost an accident.
BROWN: If Jessica lives, where would you like her to be in five years?
WOLL: My grand hope for Jessica is that she comes to terms with these dual sides of herself—the side of herself that’s an animal, that’s a vampire that wants to feed and hunt and live out these adventures, and then the more human side of her, which is sweet and vulnerable and kind. I think Jessica’s long-term story is about experimenting with both sides of herself, and learning to balance them or to merge them in some way. I eventually hope that Jessica finds some peace in that.
BROWN: Do you worry about playing an eternal 17-year-old?
WOLL: I do! I’m already about 10 years older than my character, but I think I still have fairly young features, and if we don’t put on too much makeup, I can look young. But Jessica’s also maturing, so even though physically I’m supposed to be 17, my worldview and my personality can become more nuanced.

THR has 5 Season 5 Teases HERE

                                          Jim Parrack tweets a wake up photo
Huge TB fan Brian of Campblood wrote an excellent and of course funny piece on the screencaps over on AfterElton.

                                                Arlene’s having another baby! (eek!)

via Blood and Black Leather


True Blood Chats and Conversations (via @vs4as)

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True Blood has a few chats and online events for fans to enjoy this season!  They posted the following on their Facebook page:

It’s almost Maker’s Day and we have much in store.

TODAY: Catch-up on the first 6 episodes of Season 4 on HBO Zone (2-6)

TOMORROW: Follow live commentaries at HBO Connect during the last 6 episodes of Season 4 on HBO Zone (2-6) and the Season 5 premiere:http://itsh.bo/omLMxX (click on link for info on how to watch the commentary and also view the archived events)
The live commentaries will feature:

Live Commentary with

Suzuki Ingerslev

JUNE 10, 20123 P.M. ET/NOON PT
“Production Designer” from True Blood :Suzuki Ingerslev
and also:

Audrey Fisher

JUNE 10, 20126 P.M. ET/3 P.M. PT
“Costume Designer” from True Blood :

Audrey Fisher

MONDAY:Chat live with a special Mystery Guest from the cast at HBO Connect (announced on-air after the premiere)

Yes waiting sucks but the new season is almost here!!

via True Blood Chats and Conversations


Hello, Season 5 (via @mswriteok)

Thirty days ago I couldn’t imagine writing my last post of this Fang-a-thon.
It’s bittersweet.
That said, this post is going to either prove I have a preternatural power of observation or I’m a complete loony, because I’m going to speculate about how Season 5 will go.
First, I read the downloaded script pages and I laughed and laughed. Since this is a spoilerish-topic, I won’t say what I saw, but I will say this.
Russell Edgington will fall head-over-fangs in love with Steve Newlin. It’s perfect. Steve is as shallow and as well dressed as Talbot ever was and Russell will love showing the former head of Fellowship of the Sun the vampire ropes and cavorting with him behind the closed bedroom door.
It appears Hoyt is either going to be a fangbanger or turn into a complete vamp-hater. He may be both. It make take him all season to transition from one to the other, but Jessica broke his heart and her feelings for Jason broke his spirit. He’s a different sort of “Lost Boy” and I hope he can find a way back to the sweet guy he was.
I believe Eric will be the man to turn Tara. He will turn her over to Pam to teach her, and those two are going to recognize kindred spirits and they are going to be hell on wheels this season.
They will be the female version of Russell and Steve. Pam will love having another woman around, especially another bi- woman, and Tara will enjoy exacting revenge on all the men and women who screwed her over in her life.
Bill and Eric are obviously going to become great friends at last. I think they’ll both show up at Sookie’s house in the first 60 seconds of “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and while Sookie will be glad of their company, she won’t want much to do with them.
Jessica is going to get to Jason in the nick of time, chasing Steve straight into Russell’s arms. This season I think the deadly redhead and her boy toy will explore the depths of their attraction to each other.
I also wonder if one day Jason will open his front door and be confronted by half of the women from Hot Shot and their babies. Payback’s a bitch, kids.
Also, while Andy Bellefleur is courting Halleigh the waitress, he will be confronted at some point by either a pregnant fairy or one with a baby who looks remarkably like him. Andy’s going to have some ‘splaining to do, and he’d going to have to think fast.
I think Alcide will make a play for Sookie this season and will be the main man protecting her from Russell’s thirst for more of her intoxicating blood. I don’t know how far they will go, because Alcide also has a lot of pack business to deal with, and he will wind up Packmaster.
Debbie Pelt’s parents will come looking for their daughter and Sookie’s conscience will bother her, but not so much that she will confess she knows literally where the body is buried.
Sam, who will at first be blamed for Marcus’ death, will be saved by Alcide, but how will Luna explain to Emma that her dad is dead and Sam was there when it happened? They’ll have a tough time this season.
Lafayette will be in mourning for Jesus and Tara and even if his boyfriend’s spirit drops by to keep him company, right now he blames Sookie for at least half his problems. He will have to come to terms with his magical powers before he can be of any use to anyone else.
Arlene’s marriage to Terry may be in jeopardy since Patrick has come back. Terry and Patrick are not going to be doing anything good, but it should be interesting.
Last of all, the Authority and Nora will at first hunt Eric and Bill, then assign them to take care of Russell Edgington before he can kill too many more humans. It will be intriguing to see Eric and Pam’s backstory, as well as see how Eric and his “sister” Nora interact. From the trailers, it seems Nora can give Sookie a run for her money where Eric is concerned.
Sookie is going to have a rough year I think. Bill and Eric will be MIA from Bon Temps, Russell is surely coming for her and bringing Steve along for the fun of it, Alcide will be doing his best to protect her but pack business will interfere, Jason will be his scatterbrained self and will forget his sister might need him, so she’s going to have to depend on herself to keep safe and sound.
And, one more thing, as the season goes along, we’ll be less and less of Sookie, and I mean that since she’s expecting in real life, camera angles will be higher and higher and I’ve heard she’ll be carrying a big purse in front of her in any long shot.
I’m ready. Bring it on.

via Hello, Season 5


A Walk in the Sun (via @TrueBloodMame)

A Walk in the SunA walk in the sun might be a wondrous thingfor a vampire

A walk in the sun

might be a wondrous thing

for a vampire

via A Walk in the Sun


Å is for… (via @TrueBloodMame)

Ålder – Age, as we are constantly reminded of Eric’s

“That’s Eric. He’s the oldest thing in this bar.”

“Baby? I’m over a thousand years old.”

via Å is for…


11 Reasons To Read The Sookie Stackhouse Books (via @EricSookieLover)

For my last and final fangalicious (Day 30) Fangathon 2012 post *sniff, sniff*, we’re going to be focusing on the books once again. I wanted to end this on a positive note, and I haven’t posted about the books for the last week or so.

Before I get into this, I just wanted to let my staff know how much I appreciate the encouragement and support I received from them during this fangathon. They were really sweet…always asking me; if I wanted to use certain ideas or topics in my posts, and letting me use them, when it might’ve been easier for them to do it themselves. They also acted as a sounding board to bounce ideas from. Thank you so much, ladies! I also want to thank you; Eric and Sookie lovers, for participating and (I hope) enjoying the posts!

Now it’s time for the very last one. I just wanted to point out one more thing before I get started…this is harder than it looks! LOL

Are you ready? Let’s get it on! (Those that subscribe to The Gracious Plenty, know what that means! ;) )

This last and final Fang-A-Thon post takes a look at the 11 reasons why you should read the books (if you haven’t read them already). This was NOT written by me, but when I came across it, I thought I would share it with you. I think you’ll enjoy reading what this person has to say about the series.

This was written by from Everyday eBook;

With season five of “True Blood,” the HBO adaption of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, premiering this month, we think it’s high time you got into the book series as well. Here are eleven reasons why the Sookie Stackhouse novels are our vampire mystery/romance/action series of choice.

1. Unlike some other vampire novel series intended for a young adult audience, the Sookie Stackhouse novels actually have main characters that are over the age of eighteen — so you don’t have to deal with all that teenage angst! Plus, those character crushes you’ve developed are a little less creepy.

2. It takes place in the South (Bon Temps, Louisiana, to be exact), which really makes you want to go hang out there and do Southern things like cook biscuits, go to Baptist church, fight off gators, and tan with Sookie.

3. Sookie could kick Bella’s butt.

4. ERIC NORTHMAN: Be seduced by the smoldering bad-boy vampire who always has the perfect witty quip. Just see if you aren’t hooked by the end of book one.

5. The writing is actually good! Finally, guilty-pleasure books without the occasional episodes of nausea, induced by overtly saccharine plotlines and adverbs.

6. Speaking of guilty pleasures — we all know a main reason to read these books is for the romance. Harris definitely delivers, with a slew of relationships, love triangles, and steamy plotlines that involve — just to name a few — humans, fairies, vampires, and were-panthers. After reading these books, normal human romance novels seem so … dull.

7. Pam. Eric’s right-hand woman and vampire progeny is the most badass person you will never meet because she’s fictional. She’ll make you want to cast off reality and become her BFF in fiction land. And her interactions with Sookie, a mixture of amusement and condescension, crack us up.

8. Sookie is funny. Name one other female character in a vampire series that has a sense of humor … that’s right, you can’t.

9. Sookie is no damsel in distress. Just after defeating a malevolent batch of memory-stealing witches, she has to take out crazed, jealous, werewolf psychopath, Debbie, with a shotgun. Does Sookie whine and moan? Nope, she just gets it done, and has Eric bury the remains in the woods. Her non-human kill count would impress the toughest Navy SEAL sniper.

10. With twelve books in the series, and more to come, you won’t run out of your Sookie fix so quickly! No trilogies here — read on!

11. Oh … did we mention Eric Northman?

Numbers: 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 11 are my personal fave reasons for reading the books! There’s nothing we could add to this list, which hasn’t already been stated. The person who wrote this is obviously an Eric and Sookie lover, just like us. I wonder if she knows about our site?

As someone who is sick and tired of hearing about Twilight, Edward and Bella…it warms my heart to read someone saying that Sookie could kick Bella’s butt – because she COULD – in a heartbeat! As for what she said about Eric…well, who am I to argue? We could probably write a novel on how much we love Eric Northman. The man is a Viking God!

Now my fangathon has come to an end…hope you enjoyed these 30 days/nights as much as I enjoyed writing them!

What are your favorite numbers, and what do you think of these 11 reasons? Share your thoughts

via 11 Reasons To Read The Sookie Stackhouse Books.