The Wenches Read Dead Ever After.....

... All's Well That Ends Well? Not!

The Wenches have been reading Charlaine Harris's Dead Ever After, the last installment of the Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse Novels. And lets just say, we've been rendered speechless. We're going to let a few appropriate gifs do the talking till we get our bearings.


Mildly spoilery vibe after the jump.

Our day went a little like this: 
























Tune in soon for our thoughts on this much anticipated release.

* all gifs from tumblr. Probably tagged under "what the hell happened to Sookie", "Disappointment", "shit that should be happening to me in a parallel universe", etc.

Comments

  1. Ha! Thanks for this, Zee. I'm 90% in, on my 2nd beer, and fading fast. I needed the break.

    Right now it feels like this is never going to end. Perhaps they should have given this book to Theon Greyjoy in the torture chamber.

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    1. Perfect for Theon! Though I was already starting to feel sorry for him last week.

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    2. I know Veronica.. I know.... I can't even..

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  2. Time to don my black veil, drink lots, and drown my sorrows in chocolate. We'll add this to the short list of books that has reduced me to a pile of emotional rubble. Lol.

    Still love Charlaine, though! Can't wait to see what she writes next.

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    1. In Mourning, I love your attitude!
      So many readers are attacking CH for this book Makes me so sad! Even if majority of readers are upset, they still have derived a lot of book time from this series.

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    2. In Mourning... I wish it had been the good kind of emotional rubble :( and yes Maggie, while I am completely confused and devastated by DEA I don't think the alleged death threats (I say alleged because I have been on her page constantly since they spoilers and not seen a single one) are warranted.. or very sane.

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    3. Well, can't win 'em all. But I still love the series, and our Viking, with my heart and soul. Besides, while I have been a staunch member of Team Eric from Day Zero, I will always first and foremost be a member of Team Charlaine. I'm thankful to her for taking me on this journey and for introducing me to the delectable Eric Northman, even if it didn't turn out the way I'd like in the end.

      The way she's being treated upsets me even more than the ending. Grrr!

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    4. In Mourning. What a really positive spin you have put on all of our despire over DEA. I am hoping to that over time, I'll remember all the great things I loved about the series and there have been a lot. I think most of us are shaking our heads in that we thought if the HEA was who it is then it would have been clearer to us??

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  3. Welcome to my world. I read all the gory details of the spoilers last week. I think I've finally reached the acceptance stage. Okay, anger alternating with depression. I don't know, just call me Sybil, or something.

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    1. Yeah.. I don't know if I'll ever be able to accept any of this. I was in a state of shock when I started because it didn't even READ like a Sookie book...

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  4. I have been checking in on this site for about a week and watching the daily anticipation about the book and the expected HEA. I just felt so bad because I had read the HEA spoiler and knew you guys were in for shock. I am about half way through the book, but I am finding it hard to stay interested. I will be very interested to read your review.

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    1. About two-thirds of us read the spoilers. Not just the HEA, but all the gory details. And we.were.gutted. But we had had all of last week's posts ready to go, and some of this week's as well. Including every.single Quote of the Day. *pauses for another shot of tequila* Posting everything was torturous, but we persevered. Check back with us. We'll probably have much to say.

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    2. Yeah.. we went through with the SVM blitz.. but it was tough. Posting those every day (esp some of the QOTDs) was actually heartbreaking. You should definitely tune in for our reviews and thoughts.

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  5. I also heard the HEA spoiler last week, and honestly, it wasn't a surprise at all. I could see it coming a mile away at the end of the last book. But, when it was confirmed, I made the final decision to protest by not reading the book. Crazy that I've read all the books in this series except for the last one. And, I'm strangely okay with that.

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    1. Krista, I've been soooo curious what your response would be! I saw the HEA coming, but none of the rest of it. Just...no. I've been given all of the books quotes I need to know that *I* can't stomach reading it. Can't do it. And I'm okay with it, too. I have much better things to spend my precious reading time on.

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    2. I also decided not to read the book. I didn’t like the last three, and would prefer to simply remember the Sookie and Eric I loved in the first nine books. I’m good with them. And I think I’ll be happier simply imagining the happy ending I think Sookie, Eric, and all the other characters deserved.

      The horrified, heartbroken, completely mystified comments I’ve seen online all day, plus the quoted passages, have convinced me I’ve made the right choice. I can’t believe I’m leaving a series unfinished, especially one that has been such a big part of my life for several years. But then again, I’ve never encountered a series ending quite like this before.

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    3. Krista, I for one, was completely blindsided. I just didn't see the logic behind all of sookie's adventures and growth and ALL her declarations of love for Eric and her ending up with someone so...meh. It wasn't even an "I am woman, hear me roar" ending. It just completely knocked me off my feet. Like an earthquake. More than anything, it scared me that it doesn't even read like a Sookie book. It was a stranger to me. A stranger I waited this long for :S

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    4. Krista, I've decided not to read this book either. It seems like everyone I know who has - is really, really angry/disappointed. I'm getting a sense of closure from reading comments from others, and although I won't be commiserating with them from a first-hand account, I know enough to realize I'm not picking up what she's putting down. No thanks.

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    5. Zee I was blindsided too. I was really optimistic and that even if Sookie wasn't to end up with Eric, that the ending would make sense to me. Sadly that was not to be and to be honest I am pretty gutted. Donna, you made a wise decision.

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  6. Long time lurker, first time poster. I couldn't agree more with all of that. I was pretty unable to even...so unable to even...that when my husband arrived home and asked how my book had been, I told him not to talk to me. I had carefully avoided the spoilers once I knew they were out there, and now I sort of wish I hadn't, because at least I would have been prepared for that. I need a drink.

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    1. Welcome L! We appreciate your lurking and especially your commenting!

      Yeah, I have completely lost the ability to even! And hon, even the mental preparation didn't prepare me for how bad it was honestly. I thought I was over it, but reading it... made it worse. SO much worse.

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    2. Hi L!

      I typically avoid spoilers, but something told me this time was different, and I got all the gory details before reading the book. I'm thankful that I was able to prepare myself, so you have my sympathies.

      Although I agree with Zee, while I was able to prepare, it was still painful to read.

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  7. Gawd, how I needed this!! THANK YOU!!! And I’m not even reading the book, just learning to let go.

    I will always be happy that the SVM brought together so many wonderful friends!! And led us to so many fabulous books we have shared together!! I’m going to go read one of them now.

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    1. You are welcome Kathi! We ALL needed it!

      And honestly, the author has effectively killed whatever passion I might have had for these books and her characters. So I am just going to remember them as the books that brought us together!

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  8. I'm halfway through and it has simply been torture and hey I'm the eventually HEA guy fan. But I didn't want him with Sookie. Trust me when I say I'm not happy, but I have to finish it. My reasoning is, I have to bring closure to series and if this is the ending Charlaine had planned then okay. The series sadly went on too long and she could have wrapped it up nicely 3 books ago. L I'm like you. I avoided the spoilers and now I wish I hadn't. It's kind of gutted me. Alcohol will help and without SVM I have to remember I wouldn't have meet this awesome group of women and for that I am thankful every single day.

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    1. Sorry Angela *hugs. Last week when you were saying you were staying away from spoilers, I was so proud of you yet so sorry to know about the trainwreck you were going to face.

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    2. Donna, I had so hoped that when the final page was turned that I could understand why the series ended as it did. Sadly I don't understand and I wish I had read the spoilers now.

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  9. Agreed Barb. Makes all the effort seem wasted now doesn't it? Can't wait for the rants to start.

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  10. I know an author is entitled to write whatever ending she chooses, but I’m entitled to have my own opinion. I feel betrayed. I will never read another word Charlaine Harris writes. I don’t trust her anymore. Also, I feel that she is terrible at continuity. She flat out contradicts herself in this book. It’s like all the books that came before meant nothing.

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    1. I agree with you Anon. We are definitely entitled to our opinions. And honestly, when "art" doesn't move you, or evoke strong responses, what's the point? So, yes, she can do whatever she wants. But we can, obviously, decide whether we want to put ourselves through it or not. I need closure. And hopefully, I will get it. But it won't be through DEA.

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  11. Disappointment ! This sums up the book for me, I am not even angry, I could have stomach the possibility of A different HEA for Sookie, away from what most of the books lets us believe, but I just can't go on reading, I am so disappointed. Love the gifs and I agree with the comments here. I do have to thank CH and her series for bringing me to you ladies, (hugs)

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    1. Agreed Merit. So true. The effort to finish the book was torture. I can't believe that this has occurred. I've never felt this way over a book.

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  12. Yeah that was my reaction too. I haven't finished it, started it and then just skimmed through the later parts. I want to throw it at a wall, burn it for all eternity. Everything about it was horrible, sloppy writing, zero continuity and everyone was so OOC. I didn't recognize my Sookie, Eric or Pam. I always hated the cluviel dor and was afraid that CH would use it as a deus ex machina, and I was right, very poorly done. I feel duped and cheated.

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  13. Yep, this sums it up perfectly! Loved it!

    What a major, major, disappointment, I'm so unable to even...

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  14. Zee, can you add the gif of Bradley Cooper throwing the book through the window in Silver Linings Playbook? I just love that!

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    1. Donna I almost did! But left it out because so many other ex-fans had used it that day! But if I find it, I shall add it to this! :) just for you!

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  15. This is brilliant! Thank you for the comedic relief.

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Yesterday was a tough day! We all needed it!

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  16. Ahhh my fellow Wenches here is a hug for all of us. Yes CH brought us together and that is how I will remember it. For me my anger yesterday was not about the HEA...it was about things far more personal to me. When I choose to open up the covers of a book and step into a new world I don't mind that the author may have different beliefs than I do. What I do mind is when what the author chooses for their choice in life gets beat into me with a club. I want to be able to choose what my money supports and by buying books I know I'm supporting that author. I felt rage at the discrimnation I felt this book had in it among other things. Forget the HEA...I could careless what happens in the long run with a love life, but the other subjects were awful for me.

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    1. Agreed, Natalie. When the discrimination is so subtle that the reader may not realize it's there, but it perpetuates/reinforces negative stereotypes, that's the stuff that gets under my skin.

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    2. Veronica I know that there are some peopole who will be like "What there was no discrimination," or "It was subtle" but neither make it correct. Just like the "forshadowing" it was "beat you with a club" obvious to me.

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    3. Oh it was there. And it was REALLY bad. Arlene Fowler ain't got nothing on the message in DEA.

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  17. Ooo I agree CH should not have death threats aginst her...please she's not worth the jail time!

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