Sookie and Bill: Gone for the winter
Sookie and Bill: Gone for the winter

Winter is a difficult time for fans of True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse novels (the books upon which the series is based). Season four of True Blood doesn’t begin until summer of 2011 while fans of the books traditionally wait until May to receive a new installment.

When I met author Charlaine Harris at the Free Library of Philadelphia last year, I made friends with some True Blood fans while waiting in line. We discussed how difficult it is during late fall and winter…when there is little new True Blood content out there.

Here are some essential methods for survival:

Delve into another ‘verse. Sometimes it’s possible to obsess over one fandom to the point of exhaustion. This can make the dry spells between books and episodes seem especially difficult. Don’t let this happen with the Sookieverse! Try alternating your fandoms by obsessing over alternate TV shows during True Blood’s off-seasons.

Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels can also take this opportunity to discover other authors. Though I haven’t read any of her books yet, friends of mine who enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse novels recommend author Laurell K. Hamilton. Other Truebies enjoy the Twilight series. I suggest reading other novels by Charlaine Harris, particularly the Lily Bard series.

Get creative. Love True Blood and miss the show? You can bring a bit of ‘blood’ into other areas. Try customizing some icons for online message boards, Facebook and LiveJournal. You could even make a True Blood bookmark while you’re waiting for the latest Sookie book to be published. Better yet, consider some good old-fashioned letter writing…you know, with a pen and paper. Using the Internet, find other Truebies and (safely) establish a pen-friendship.

Study up. It doesn’t take an expert to realize that vampires are a hot topic right now. You may find that your True Blood experience is enhanced by knowledge of vampires. Supposedly fictional, it’s best to go back to the source: read Dracula by Bram Stoker for some real inspiration. You’ll find that the reality of vampirism is actually a controversial topic, with many ‘sanguinarians’ considering themselves real vampires. Perhaps you can even incorporate vampires into school work for literature or mythology classes.

Have some friends over for a ‘bite.’ Since you can buy True Blood on DVD, you can get constant entertainment out of watching it. (I’m not going to judge you if you rewind some of the sex scenes…well, except for the one between Bill and Lorena–that’s just twisted if you get what I mean.) If you’re into themed parties, you can even host one with a True Blood theme.

Waiting for new books and episodes is not easy, especially for diehard fans. Do you have other strategies for survival? Please post your comments and suggestions below.

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