The ‘True Blood’ Author Also Wrote the Aurora Teagarden Books
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Aurora Teagarden and True Blood
Hallmark’s Aurora Teagarden film series has a surprising connection to HBO’s popular vampire series True Blood. The same author wrote the books on which both series are based.
“Aurora Teagarden” was Charlaine Harris’ first series
Charlaine Harris is the author of the Aurora Teagarden book series, which is based on Hallmark’s popular Aurora Teagarden films. Her books are about a southern librarian “whose literal inclination to murder has embroiled her in a real rampage,” Barnes and Nobles shared with Synopsis. The series begins in Lawrenceton, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where Aurora is part of a club called Real Murders that analyzes famous cases. But then she opened a real homicide investigation and everything changes.
Hallmark has aired a long line of Aurora Teagarden films including:
- One bone to choose from: 2015
- Real Murders: 2015
- Three bedrooms, one corpse: 2016
- The Julius House: 2016
- Dead Over Heels: 2017
- A bundle of problems: 2017
- Last living scene: 2018
- Harvest What You Sew: 2018
- The disappearing game: 2018
- A game of cat and mouse: 2019
- An inheritance to die for: 2019
- A very bad game: 2019
- Raid and Search: 2020
- Reunited and it feels so deadly: 2020
Harris actually authored the Aurora Teagarden series before the Sookie Stackhouse series. She received a nomination for Best Novel for the Books in 1990 and wrote several in the mid-1990s, as noted in her biography on True Blood Wiki. In fact, the Aurora Teagarden series was her very first series, she said on Facebook. However, she currently has no plans to write any more books in the series.
In response to a fan question on Facebook, she commented that she wasn’t writing an Aurora Teagarden script from Hallmark.
Harris is also the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which ‘True Blood’ is based on
Harris is also the author of the vampire series Sookie Stackhouse. HBO’s hit series True Blood was based on the book series, although the TV series made some changes along the way. The series is also known as The Southern Vampire Mysteries, as Harris has a penchant for writing about mysteries that take place in southern cities.
Her Sookie Stackhouse series won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001, 11 years after her Aurora Teagarden series received its first nomination. Also in 2001, she made her debut in a new fantasy series about a woman who could locate bodies after being struck by lightning.
In a story for TV Insider, Harris said the True Blood TV series was much more violent than its book series. She wrote: “When I saw the first episode, I was impressed and scared because it was so different [from the books] and so graphically. “
Now HBO is considering restarting its hit True Blood series. When she shared the news on Facebook, a fan wrote, “I hope that this time you will follow your books more closely. I loved the show, but the books were soooo much better! “
Another reader wrote, “I’m sorry and that’s just my opinion and they ruined it. The books were so much better than the show that it changed the whole concept.”
She was threatened by fans when she finished the Sookie Stackhouse series
Aurora Teagarden fans were way nicer to Harris than some Sookie Stackhouse fans. After writing her final novel – the 13th in the Sookie Stackhouse series – Harris received death threats, threats to cancel book orders, and suicide threats, The Guardian reported. The threats were based on a decision on how to end a romance – a decision many fans were unhappy about. The hatred came after a copy leaked online early on and people realized which of their suitors Sookie would ultimately choose.
Harris said that some emails from fans threatened they would kill themselves if Sookie didn’t end up with a certain character. Harris said she was disappointed with the response.
“I wrote the best book I could, and I’m confident that I’ve stayed true to the characters I’ve been writing for so many years,” she said. “It’s disappointing that people question my character in such a personal way, but by and large I hope that many people will be entertained by the book and find it a satisfying ending to Sookie’s adventures.”
Your UK editor said the reactions were indeed from a minority of readers. Harris said that overall, although she saw the ugliness of the fans, she saw more kindness.
“I’ll be happy to get this over with and do what makes me happiest again: to write the best books I can,” she said at the time. “This has been my pattern for 32 years, well before the Sookie books, and I hope it will be my pattern for a few more.”
In May 2020, she shared on Facebook that she doubted writing any more Sookie Stackhouse novels. She wrote, “I sincerely doubt I’ll ever write a book about Sookie again, and so far I haven’t been inspired by storylines for any of the other characters. I hope everyone who enjoyed the books will check out my new series about Lizbeth Rose, a gunslinger. “
She said the Aurora series was a lot less controversial
In a story for TV Insider, Harris said her Aurora series was much less controversial than her Sookie book series.
“The Aurora Teagarden films were far less controversial (than True Blood),” she wrote. “People who watch Hallmark films are usually big fans of Candace and tend to like the Aurora films more because they are pretty bland secrets with very little explicit sex and violence.”
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