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Their History

This is the love story of Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse, in case you have not read the books or you would like to recap their amazingly written love story.  This history was provided by Wikipedia, same with most of the links!

Eric Northman

Eric Northman is a fictional character in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of ten books written by New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. He is a vampire, slightly over one thousand years old, and is first introduced in the first novel, Dead Until Dark and appears in all subsequent novels. Since the book series is told from the first person perspective of Sookie Stackhouse, what readers perceive of his character is influenced by what Sookie comprehends. HBO‘s television series True Blood is based on this book series and the character of Eric Northman is portrayed somewhat differently. Characters of True Blood has detailed description of Eric’s character from the TV show.

Sookie Stackhouse

Sookie Stackhouse is a fictional character from Charlaine Harris‘s Southern Vampire Mysteries novels. She first appeared in the book series, and later in the television adaptation True Blood. The book series is a first-person account of Sookie’s life as a supposedly human barmaid and telepath in the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Portrayed by Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin in the show, the character appears as the main character in the first episode of the series called True Blood although she does share screen time with four other lead characters as well as a number of supporting and guest characters. Paquin won a Golden Globe Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Sookie in True Blood as Best Actress in a Television Drama Series as well as a Satellite Award in a similar category.

Sookie is the protagonist of the story, and the series depicts her everyday life as she matures and leaves her sheltered life in small town Louisiana. She starts the books as a barmaid who is a telepath; there is also a focus on the everyday life of modern vampires, such creatures having recently “come out of the coffin”. Sookie has many experiences with such vampires, as well as others in the supernatural community, including shapeshifters, witches, fairies and werewolves. In the television show, Sookie is introduced in True Blood as one of the local residents of the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. She lives with her grandmother Adele Hale Stackhouse, and is in close contact with her brother, Jason Stackhouse.

Relationship between Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse

The author introduces Sookie to Eric in her first novel, Dead Until Dark. Eric then appears in all the subsequent novels and has either saved or attempted to save Sookie’s life in every book. From the second book onward, Eric and Sookie share at least one intimate moment together. In the second one there are several: when he asks her to suck out the bullet in his chest, and when Sookie invites him to an orgy they have to play the part; in the third, they almost have sex before being interrupted; the fourth, they experience a sexual relationship; the fifth, they kiss; the sixth, during battle Eric sneaks a kiss on Sookie after saving her; the seventh, they exchange blood and Eric kisses her; the eighth, they kiss again after Eric smells fairy blood all over Sookie; and in the ninth, they consummate their relationship after being wed by vampire laws and seem to be moving in the direction of an official relationship. In the later books, she has also saved his life several times. After appearing to develop an affection for Sookie in the third book in the series, Club Dead, Eric has a brief romance with her in Dead to the World, the fourth book, though, due to a curse, he lost his memories of that time until From Dead to Worse, the eighth book. In the eighth book, after sitting in Sookie’s room, he reveals that he remembers the days he spent with her when the curse was put on him. He asks her to discuss it, and she refuses. He seemingly likes Bill Compton but feels arrogantly competitive in an emotional battle for Sookie’s affections.

In the seventh book, All Together Dead, when Sookie is accosted into forming a blood bond with Andre, another powerful vampire, Eric steps in opportunistically as the lesser of two evils and bonds with her himself. A blood bond is formed when a human and vampire exchange blood thrice within a short period of time and it allows both to feel what the other is feeling. In Dead and Gone, Eric sends Sookie a velvet parcel that he instructs her to give to him in front of King Felipe de Castro’s representative, Victor Madden. Without looking inside the parcel first, Sookie presents Eric the bag which contains a ceremonial knife that is used in marriage ceremonies. The king’s representative reveals that the act of giving and receiving the knife means that Eric and Sookie are pledged to one another. Eric claims that he deceived Sookie because the King of Nevada had the power and desire to take her away from her home. Because they are wed, Eric is the only vampire that can have access to Sookie on pain of final death. He also reveals that the curse that had been placed on him made him unconsciously seek out the presence of his heart’s desire (Sookie). In “Dead in the Family” Eric and Sookie are in an actual relationship, and Eric admits that he sees Sookie as his real wife in every way that matters.

Television portrayal

In True Blood, an HBO series based on the earliest books in the series, the character of Eric Northman is played by Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård. Some details of the character are portrayed somewhat differently on True Blood than in the books. In the series, Eric is created by Godric, with whom he shares a deep bond of loyalty and devotion. In season 2 Godric commits suicide by exposing himself to sunlight, causing Eric to shed bloody vampire tears, however, in the novels he cries for the first time in book 9. In the series, Bill, rather than Eric, saves Sookie from Long Shadow.(In the books Eric kills him) Eric has not demonstrated the outward concern for Sookie that he exhibited in the early novels, but he appears to be developing an uneasy, guarded affection for her and the series seems to portray a reticience on his part to show people, particularly Sookie, his geniune emotions. Often Eric has presented himself to Sookie as violent, arrogant, mischevious and consciously manipulative. Thus far in the series he has usually acted in a manner with little apparent concern for Sookie’s feelings or immediate safety, although ultimately he seems to protect her.

However, his growing feelings for Sookie are showcased in episode 4 of Season 3 when he daydreams about Sookie. After the daydream he spurns Yvetta and Pam looks on at him concerned. In episode 10, Eric kissed Sookie, after proclaiming that if he were to die a true death he’d regret never having kissed her. He later chained her up in his basement to use as bait for Russell.

Is their story well-written, entertaining, angsty and romantic?  YES!

Is their story long-drawn out and boring?  NEVAH!

If you feel the same way as we do…you have to come to the right place!


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