Bestselling True Blood and Midnight, Texas author Charlaine Harris discussed her feelings about the changes made when her books are adapted for the small screen at San Diego Comic Con 2017 (SDCC). When it comes to Harris’ sprawling bibliography full of seemingly made-for-TV stories, it’s no surprise that her latest novels, the Midnight, Texas series, has found its way to the small screen on NBC. The show stars François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos and Peter Mensah as the vampires, angels, witches and psychics that dwell in a small town that sits on very large Hellmouth.
Of course, this is not the first time Harris’ novels have been adapted for the small screen. She is best known for her The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, which HBO adapted for its hit drama/fantasy series True Blood. Her other book series, the Aurora Teagarden Mystery franchise (consisting of nine books so far), has also found a home on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, with Candace Cameron Bure starring as the title character.
In an interview with Screen Rant at SDCC 2017, Harris revealed how she now deals with changes made to her stories and characters when they are adapted to TV, following Midnight, Texas‘ premiere on NBC:
“This is my third rodeo. I knew things would be different. The initial shock with True Blood was just me being a newbie, and now I’m used to it. This is very different. The demands of telling the story visually are very different from the demands of sitting in a room by yourself and putting it on the page. So I wasn’t really worried, but I’m always anxious that it will turn out to be something that’s a credit not only to me, but to everyone involved, because I want them to have a job for a long, long time.”
Even though the plot of the first season of True Blood stayed fairly true to the first book (seasons after strayed quite far from Harris’ novels), there were quite a few changes made to Harris’ Bon Temps on the HBO drama. Besides the added sex and gore (which was present in the novels, but multiplied in the TV show), one of the series’ most notable characters, Lafayette Reynolds played by the late Nelsan Ellis, actually only makes it to the second book in the series when it he’s found murdered in the back seat of Andy Bellefleur’s car, when Sookie arrives for work one morning. Other characters, like the red-haired Jessica Hamby (played by Deborah Ann Woll), didn’t even exist in Harris’ novels and were created by Alan Ball to add more flair to Bill Compton’s storyline.
NBC’s newest supernatural drama Midnight, Texas also has its changes from the original books, one of the major differences being the change in pace. The books take their time slowly revealing the town of Midnight, but the show throws its viewers into Midnight – wasting no time introducing its characters and plot quickly in order to get to the action. The characters and town, however, reflect the characters of Midnight in Harris’ novel well, so hopefully the plot will stay true to Harris’ original work despite the change of pace.
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