My Perspective on the TV Guide Comments about Fairies on True Blood

It seems like there has been a lot of attention paid to this new assertion by TV Gude and Alan Ball concerning fairies at other blogs such as Sookieverseblog:

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Mega-Buzz-Housewives-1030755.aspx

Here’s one thing you can be sure of: Fairies can’t be turned into vampires. (Vampires just think their blood is mighty tasty and helpful for sun-bathing.) But executive producer Alan Ball reveals something else that fairies can do: “They can abduct humans and take them somewhere else that is not here,” he says. “Just like aliens.”

A lot of people are looking into these statements for obvious reasons:

1.  “Fairies can’t be turned into vampires. (Vampires just think their blood is mighty tasty and helpful for sun-bathing.)”

This statement evoked many of these thoughts, of course:

Wait, Sookie is a fairy! This means Sookie can’t be turned! ; Bill must have known about Sookie when he said “That’s impossible.” to Russell’s statement about possibly turning Sookie ; Maybe if Sookie is only part fairy, that  means she can still possibly be turned ; That explains why Sookie wasn’t turned in the hospital despite Bill draining her to the point of near death and giving her his blood ; etc…

A. “Wait, Sookie is a fairy! This means Sookie can’t be turned!”

S&E joke about S becoming a vampire

Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired the show, has said repeatedly that “Sookie won’t be a vampire.” Although Alan Ball has taken many liberties with the show, I doubt that he would end True Blood with this scenario if he is really attempting to “keep to the spirit of the book,” as he claims. I doubt Charlaine Harris would approve of this scenario on True Blood so I think any notion that Sookie will be turned was wishful thinking even before this fairy rule was stated though I may have considered it myself even— ha ha. We have had some notions that people such as Eric may suggest that Sookie be turned, especially during some Season two scenes with Eric, but this is not a definite indication that this will occur on True Blood especially since Charlaine Harris obviously doesn’t want that. Therefore, what does it matter that fairies cannot be turned? People have suggested that takes away the beauty that Sookie may choose to not be turned but really that just takes away any pressure of it from her vampire relationships because they will already know that before they get into a relationship with her. If for some reason Sookie ends up with a non-vampire (though I see no interesting or true prospects personally), she won’t have any reasonable regrets about not being turned and living out her life as a vampire with one of her vampire suitors.

B. ” Bill must have known about Sookie when he said “That’s impossible.” to Russell’s statement about possibly turning Sookie.”

Hadley tells Sookie she told QSA about her ability

Even though this could be completely invalid since even I have throughly entertained the possibility that Bill may have been stalking Sookie from childhood, I will still bring this perspective in for the sake of the argument since this is how it has been shown on True Blood on the surface (though we know the show is much deeper). Ummmm..I think back to when Hadley told Sookie that the Queen was interested in hearing Sookie was a telepathic. The Queen “suddenly became interested in Sookie” when Hadley told the queen this. Yet, we have seen no indication that the Queen was especially interested in Sookie’s telepathic powers on True Blood. On True Blood, telepathy seems to be connected to being a fairy. If the Queen is as knowledge about mythology as she seems (she knew a lot about Maenads when nobody else did in Season Two), she probably put two-and-two together and figured out that she had a potential fairy waiting for her BEFORE SHE SENT BILL TO BON TEMPS. If she wasn’t actually interested in Sookie’s telepathy, then she had to be interested in Sookie purely because she was a fairy. If she was interested in Sookie because she was a fairy, then it had to be because of the taste of her blood and the day walking that came with it.

QSA rants about finally finding a fairy and experiencing daywalking because of it

Then after all of Bill’s “mistakes” and lies were revealed, the Queen shows up at Bill’s house and tells Bill “I have waited CENTURIES to find a true fae.” Well, do we really think that the queen would have just blurted that out right then and there if she hadn’t ever mentioned it to Bill, especially with her obvious obsession with day light so evident? Therefore, I am pretty sure he was playing dumb or couldn’t believe it himself along the way. Are we really supposed to believe that Bill had no idea or only figured it out at some point along the way if the queen just blurted it out and said she had been looking for centuries? Therefore, it seems obvious to me that Bill knew from the start that Sookie was a fairy and why he was getting her for the queen, so why would his statements to Russell at that time matter? Anyway, Bill probably desires Sookie for being a fairy and wouldn’t want to turn her anyway, he doesn’t even like being a vampire himself except for the power it brings him.

C. “Maybe if Sookie is only part fairy, that  means she can still possibly be turned”

Tara and Alcide learn Sookie does not have a blood type

As we learned after Sookie got drained in the hospital, she does not have a blood type so it seems to me that she will obviously be more fairy than human on True Blood.  If she is more fairy than human, it seems very unlikely that Sookie will be able to be turned on True Blood if she is more fairy than human. It seems that vampires would need to drain a natural blood type in order to turn someone. The subject of other supernaturals being turned was addressed in the books but hasn’t yet been addressed on True Blood so I will leave that out of the argument.

D.  “That explains why Sookie wasn’t turned in the hospital despite Bill draining her to the point of near death and giving her a lot of his blood to save her.”

Bill shared his essence with Jessica in the ground when he turned her

Well, unless there was a mention that I missed about an “instant turning”, turning someone into a vampire is a very specialized process and involves a magic element other than draining the subject to near death and giving them blood. In order to be turned, the vampire must go to ground (be buried with the subject) with the subject being turned and share their own “essence” with the subject. Even Pam told Bill not to stake Jessica before the transformation was complete. It would have not been complete otherwise. Therefore, the suggestion that Sookie would be turned just because of the blood exchange and without the “magic element,” does not make sense and the massive blood exchange without Sookie being turned was not a suggestion or hint by the writers or Alan Ball that Sookie could not be turned in my opinion. There have been suggestions that Sookie was partially healed by the fairy water, which if true, would also show this was not an example showing Sookie could not be turned…

2. “They can abduct humans and take them somewhere else that is not here,” he says. “Just like aliens.”

In actuality, I think this is all we need to know about fairies not being able to be turned. They are basically aliens from another world. If they are not humans and not supes that are partially human and partially an earthly animal that have blood types, and they are actually from “another place,” then Sookie does not have a blood type because she is mostly an alien and not a human.  She is partially “not of this world.” After we found out Sookie did not have a blood type and after all of the suggestions and hints about the fairies being a kind of “alien,” we should have held no hopes that Sookie would be able to be turned…especially also because Claudine suggested she was fairy enough to become like them in her dream sequence…

To wrap up the main points about this article:

1.  What does it matter that fairies cannot be turned, and therefore Sookie, if there were not any intentions of Sookie ever being turned in part because the author of the books has suggested she does not want that?

2. It seems obvious to me that Bill knew from the start that Sookie was a fairy and why he was getting her for the queen, so why would his statements to Russell at that time matter? Anyway, Bill probably desires Sookie for being a fairy and wouldn’t want to turn her anyway, he doesn’t even like being a vampire himself except for the power it brings him.

3. We learned Sookie does not have a blood type and is therefore more human than fairy. If she is more fairy than human, it seems very unlikely that Sookie will be able to be turned on True Blood if she is more fairy than human. It seems that vampires would need to drain a natural blood type in order to turn someone.

4. The suggestion that Sookie would be turned just because of the blood exchange and without the “magic element,” does not make sense and the massive blood exchange without Sookie being turned was not a suggestion or hint by the writers or Alan Ball that Sookie could not be turned in my opinion. There have been suggestions that Sookie was partially healed by the fairy water, which if true, would also show this was not an example showing Sookie could not be turned…

5. She is partially “not of this world.” After we found out Sookie did not have a blood type and after all of the suggestions and hints about the fairies being a kind of “alien,” we should have held no hopes that Sookie would be able to be turned…especially also because Claudine suggested she was fairy enough to become like them in her dream sequence.

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  1. #1 by Accol on March 17, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    The thing I’m interested in the True Blood writers explaining is how Jason has a blood type (he said he had one when Alcide and Tara questioned him about it at the hospital) and Sookie doesn’t. Does this imply they have different parents (or one different parent)? Or it is a fluke of fairy/human genetics like getting recessive blue eyes from dark parents?

    • #2 by Katya on March 17, 2011 - 5:08 pm

      yeah, i am wondering about that myself but there hasn’t been enough evidence to build a theory in order to attempt to explain it lol
      I figured that it has to be one or the other. I believe that it’s probably genetics because I doubt they’ll make Jason not Sookie’s brother since that never happened in the books.
      Remember Sookie’s actual grandfather displayed a lot of the characteristics on True Blood so that’s where I feel they will go with that.

  2. #3 by hime on March 17, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    I’m not sure I really like this prospect of Sookie being more fae than human, or full fae for that matter. To me, it just kills the poetry of Sookie. I always liked her right because, despite her telepathy, she was human, yes, a human who is not like the others and still doesn’t know which is her place in this world, but still a human.
    I’m not particularly interested in anything concerning the fairies so I guess the closer Sookie is to a fae, the worst for me.
    But what I like or don’t like doesn’t matter; I guess we are still to establish how important is the fae part in Sookie’s nature. I’m sure is more than 1/8, but I’m not convinced Sookie can be considered a full fairy, or will ever. Therefore whether Sookie can be turned or not is still on the table. But then again, as you mention, why even talk about fairies not able to be turned if this info cannot be applied to Sookie?

    As for Bill, this puts the “It’s impossible” line under a new light. He sounded strange when he said those words and at first I read the line as Bill was unauthorized to turn Sookie because of the Queen’s orders, but now I’m inclined to agree with you: Bill HAD to know everything about Sookie and her fae lineage. Otherwise, QSA’s speech in 3×12 makes no sense.
    What I can’t figure is why Bill had that vision of Claudine, the whole “tell me what Sookie is” thing. Is it just a mind fuckery by AB to confuse us? Is it Bill’s distorted and schizophrenic POV which created the vision in order to explain the fae lineage to Sookie? Is it billshit pure and simple?

    • #4 by Katya on March 17, 2011 - 7:35 pm

      I don’t really like this prospect either actually.
      I think I can find the fae story interesting, I just resent the fact that Alan Ball has decided to go this route with Sookie. I feel this way even though it would prove that Eric was strong, mature, and truly loved her if he was able to restrain himself from a human-fairy hybrid that was more fairy than human.

      I just wonder why Claudine implied that she’ll be able to be like them on day in her dream if she can never be a full fairy and why emphasize the blood type thing?

      Thank you and yes…that definitely shows that Bill knew about Sookie. I also don’t or didn’t think he really wants to turn her so why say that? That’s the part that confuses me.

      It could be the POV or billshit that TBU and the AP readily discuss…like the suggestion that Bill was basically “covering his butt” for the audience since it was his POV.
      It could also be what some others suggested, that Bill asked Claudine for confirmation or continued playing dumb as part of his job. I just don’t think that QSA’s line makes sense though unless he knew. QSA certainly never mentioned using her telepathy as a political tool and automatically brought up the sunlight thing when she and Bill discussed it. She brought up no other reason for wanting a Fairy. He had to have known if she just spoke her like that. Also, the fact I stated about her being interested after Hadley mentioned Sookie’s telepathy yet never really asking about or being interested in that. She also mentioned it to Hadley obviously because Hadley told Eric but she didn’t tell Bill????????…I’m not buying that for a second.

      We also have no evidence Claudine told Bill anything because it cut away and we don’t get the rest of the story. It’s a POV thing meant to leave open the idea that BIll might have not known despite the overwhelming evidence that counters that. Bill cuts away from the rest of the interaction because he wants to paint himself in the best light possible.

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