Friday, February 26, 2010

Cover Art - "Truly Madly Deadly" by Becca Wilcott

Becca Wilcott, author of the forthcoming Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion shared the cover art with me today. I just love the heart art! The book has a tentative release date of June 1 from ECW Press. Becca recently had this to say about some of the interviews she conducted for the companion book - 
Some of these “chats” include Alix Fox from Bizarre magazine; Stacey May Fowles from Shameless magazine on the BDSM elements of Sookie and Bill’s relationship (such a good piece!); Andy Swist on his INCREDIBLE True Blood paper dolls; Karen Walton, screenwriter of the cult film Ginger Snaps on her use of werewolves as metaphor; my interviews with Kristin Bauer (Pam) and Patricia Bethune (Jane Bodehouse); an author you may have heard of, Charlaine Harris; and a whack of bloggers/podcasters/fans. 


  1. Hi Doug - I agree, the cover art is great.

    I've got to wonder though... what's the purpose of a book like this except to piggy-back on Ms. Harris's success? Why would anyone read a book ABOUT the Southern Vampire Mysteries when they can just read the books themselves?

    Sorry, I'm just being grumpy I guess. I've only purchased one companion guide, and it was for an incredibly complex 20-novel series that literally traversed the entire globe.

  2. LOL Rebecca the guide is more about the television show True Blood than the books and I think we can all agree that the TV show diverges quite a bit from the books. Like anything connected to media it has a fan base and fans are consumers. Big time. Look Trek, Star Wars, Twilight and so on. Huge industries. I guess there is some piggy-backing but usually the writers are fans too and that spurs them on.

    Now that I think of it though I don't think I have bought a companion guide either although I am definitely going to get Kim Harrison's Hollows World that she is compiling.

  3. I'm generally a tad dubious of these sort of books, but this looks kind of fun. :)

  4. I know, you're right. There's a huge market for this type of thing, but to me it's like eating bologna when prime rib is within reach. And silly me, I always assume people read the books, but that's just me sticking my head in the sand. I have yet to watch a TV or movie adaptation that is better than the book (that would make a good post topic). I'm sure some folks would disagree with me.

    Hmmm, Hollows World. Sounds interesting, especially if it's full of little novella-type stories.

  5. Hagelrat, it should be fun because the TV series is so outrageous. In the interest of full disclosure, of course, I am one of the bloggers that got interviewed for the book (if I make the final cut).

    Rebecca. Yeah TV and film adaptations are rarely on a par with the written work. The exception I put forward most often is Peter Jackson's adaptation of Lord of Rings which I find more approachable and humanistic than the books. Purists may quibble.

  6. Hey Doug,

    Thanks so much for posting this. I can't take much credit for the cover (Keith Berry), so I hope you like its innards.

    As for the book itself, I write as a fan of pop culture as well as True Blood, so I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to meet people who share the same enthusiasm. And, heck, we all gotta eat! (Although, if you've ever tried your hand at writing, you know no one's getting rich off this. Ha!)



  7. Geez Doug, you just had to go and name an exception already. Maybe I need to rethink this idea. Maybe it would be better to write a post about the miniscule number of screen adaptations that DO transcend the original source and tell a better story. It'd be a short list, that's for certain.

  8. I'm totally going to write a companion book to this blog: The Real Dirt on the SciFi Guy: An Insider's Scoop to the Canny Canuck!

    The money will totally roll in, fer sure.

  9. Hey Becca I know from following all the author blogs that I do that fame and fortune usually isn't on the dance card.

    Rebecca that sounds like an interesting approach. You should poll a bunch of folks and find out what they think the exceptions are. Might be a pretty interesting list. For example most movies made on Stephen King books have been stinkers with the exception of The Dead Zone (movie).

    LOL Marta all publicity is good. I can start spreading rumours about myself now so that you get some real juicy stuff.


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