[identity profile] dwg.livejournal.com
They're worth the read despite being a lot of the same ol' same ol' from LKH. I've included some of the more...special highlights. This is a great time to start playing LKH bingo. Or drinking.

Ten Terrifying Questions via Booktopia:

6. Please tell us about your latest novel…

A Shiver of Light is the first Meredith (Merry) Gentry novel in over four years. In re-reading the other eight novels in the series I discovered something I hadn’t known before, that the first seven books are really an epic political fantasy series a la George R. R. Martin except with more mystery, sex, and less killing off of main characters.

No Going Back: An Exclusive Interview with Laurell K Hamiton via Barnes & Noble

Readers, especially series-loving readers, don’t like too much change. I actually like character growth and change in a series, but I seem to be in the minority; most people like series to be like a brand name product that does the same thing every time, reliable. When the Anita Blake series changed, it made some readers feel betrayed, because their happy place was now an uncomfortable place for them, and uncomfortable isn’t happy for most people. Uncomfortable is the beginning of growth and change in real life and fictional; a lot of readers were thrilled with the new direction, but the ones that weren’t honestly did feel betrayed. Because I don’t feel that way as a reader, I had no way to anticipate it as a writer, so I wandered blissfully off the path and into the woods, only to find that some of the fans had turned into haters. In their minds they felt I had started the “fight,” because I took their beloved world and characters and changed them into people they didn’t enjoy anymore. In my mind I didn’t know there was a problem, until the first hate-filled spewing began. Now, most of my readers, and legions of new fans, have loved, and continue to love how Anita’s personal life and world have opened up, but I understand some of the hatred now. It won’t make it go away, or make me change what I write, or how, but I think I understand some of why it started in the first place.

Superspeak: An Interview with Laurell K Hamilton via Searching for Superwomen

I’ve lost count of the number of women who tell me that they didn’t know a woman could enjoy sex, until they read my books. Or the number of women who are angry at me, because sex is never that good in real life, and only their friends who were with them at the signings, assuring them that no, really sex really was that. The women who get angry about the sex not being realistic are always wearing wedding rings.
[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: Jan 08 2013, 2:51
Dislcaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's Facebook. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

Writing about werehyenas in new book, Affliction. In my research on real hyenas I came across the fact that they are more closely related to cats, than to dogs, but even more closely related to mongooses.

Why isn't the plural of mongoose, mongeese? I looked it up and the plural is mongooses, but mongeese seems more fun, or is that just me?
[identity profile] dwg.livejournal.com
Interview with LKH @ Fantasy Book Review - this is for the paperback release of Hit List, so a lot of this information we got the first time round back in June.

However, the lack of self-awareness in this part is making my mind slowly retreat to the back of my skull:
Do you think that Anita is tempted to cross over to the dark side?

‘I think dark and light aren’t as far apart as most people think, and that the day you stop wondering about your choices, and if it makes you a good person, or a bad one, is the day you cross the line. Most people don’t become evil in large spectacular events, but little by little, day by day, one small decision at a time, until one day they aren’t the good guy anymore, and most of them don’t even realize it. That Anita worries about it is a good sign that it’s not happened, and probably won’t. Power is like a gun, it’s neutral; it’s the hand that wields it that makes it good, or evil.’
And yet, I'd hold up Flirt as a masterpiece of how Anita's gone to the Dark Side and has become the thing she says she's always hated. What with the whole enslavement and violation thing. But no! Because she angsts about it and has flocks of supporting cast ready to tell her that she's a good person, it's all totally okay! EUGH, I can feel my skin starting to crawl all over again.

She talks more about how she doesn't read much genre fiction, how Merry/Anita are "strong, sexually liberated" women, and how she's always loved the supernatural but isn't sure why.
[identity profile] dwg.livejournal.com
This link popped up on Twitter a couple of days ago, I've only just now gotten around to watching it: Adam Curry interviews LKH (I've been trying to get an embed code, but no luck!)

It's 26mins of general chatter with some Hit List promo thrown in there, sadly none of it that you haven't heard before. So, get out your bingo cards, Lashers! I'm paraphrasing here, but these are the highlights:
  • "I pioneered the genre!" (inb4 Buffy!)
  • "Vampires are the new Prince Charming"
  • "The people who hate the books are still buying them!" with an added "And the people hate the books read them more closely than those who say they love them." (Which I thought was a lovely way to flip off pretty much everyone)
  • Claims she's one of the first to have created vampires that can have sex with an "I have a biology degree!" bonus
  • No, there won't be any tv show/movie because she cannot understand how a full length novel can be "winnowed" down to 120-ish pages of a script. ("What do you take out?" It's like she doesn't understand that all the pages spent on description can easily be summed up with a couple of visuals)
  • She does not watch the Vampire Diaries/True Blood or reads anything within her genre.
  • Apparently she has the highest "rate" of male fans in her genre (with maybe an exception of Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire books thanks to True Blood). I think she means percentage, but...uh, okay.
It's kinda nice that Adam Curry isn't a fanboy in this and asks questions without gushing too much. I really wish that LKH didn't just recycle the same answers she's been giving for at least the last five years for every interview/podcast that I've managed to get my hands on. I get that she's probably been asked a lot of these questions before, but that doesn't mean she has to give answers like predictive text.

But I sort of wish she'd do more interviews/podcasts, because she has got a lot more charisma in person than what gets across in blogs/social media. It's far more pleasant to listen to this than to read about it, even if I still wind up rolling my eyes and shaking my head in quiet despair.
[identity profile] glimmerfox.livejournal.com
 This is Jon's youtube account and on it he has a 14 part Q&A with Laurell on her tour with Bullet.  Thought this might be an interesting watch for everyone (if you can survive all 14 parts).

www.youtube.com/jondgreen

Updated with the Q&A summary in the comments
[identity profile] starcrossedlady.livejournal.com
sorry, a comment to the last post (about Anita and protection) got me thinking...

If I recall correctly, when Anita started with Jean Claude, there was some talk of Vlad Syndrome (and later on something called Mowgli Syndrome if a woman conceives with a lycanthrope in animal form). it was omggod horrible, oh the poor children, yadda yadda yadda.

Has any of this been addressed after those mentions, and what Anita's doing to prevent pregnancy? God knows she's too sparkly and special to get an STD...

(please forgive if this has already been addressed. I did try to find it in the archives, but my googlefu/tagfu has failed me)
[identity profile] ilovelouisxiv.livejournal.com

Hello, I'm new to this community, and I'm really excited I discovered others like me. :) Please be gentle.

I've read most of Laurell K Hamilton's books, but in Hungarian. I slogged through the later stories because I was fascinated by Jean-Claude, and vampires in general. As the series progressed, all I did was flip to the pages that had Jean-Claude speaking. I ignored the wretched 'ma petites' and completely unexplainable scenes and tried my hardest to imagine him as he should be. Well, my imagination can only go so far. 

The books have so much potential, the original idea of vampires and werewolves living out in the open is wonderful, but Hamilton seems like a very stubborn, vengeful type of person who has a difficult time separating her real life from her stories. There was an interview, I remember, where she was asked what her background was and how it impacted her writing. She immediately said "I have two degrees: English and biology." I found that a bit of an odd answer. She spoke so much of her DEGREES, her profound knowledge of political science and history (ha!) it's almost like she was bragging. She also speaks so much of how she defied and challenged her detractors, and the English professor that didn't like her. I've formed a picture of Ms. Hamilton and unfortunately it is a very negative picture, and it makes it even harder for me to enjoy her writing. She is smug and cannot keep her series steady. The series has no point! I couldn't believe my eyes when I read her response to a question about her future plans with Anita Blake; she said she didn't KNOW what she wanted to happen. So is it any wonder that the stories have so many mistakes and inconsistencies? Just compare the Harry Potter series to Anita Blake and all Ms. Hamilton's mistakes become glaringly apparent. J.K Rowling is in firm control of her characters, she kills characters that need to be killed, and has an amazing and developed purposeful plot, while Laurell K Hamilton seems to be haunted and controlled by the voices of these fantasies she created. They are just fantasies. They have no breadth.

If I weren't such a sucker for sexy French vampires, I would stop reading now. I miss Jean-Claude. I wish Laurell K Hamilton was smart enough to give him a plausible history ... and a surname!

[identity profile] demoncougar.livejournal.com
Okay, I admit here and now I'm too sick and tired to go look up page numbers. If anyone wants me to, I shall do so some other time, when I can breathe well.

I've been re-reading the entire AB:VH series. And...wow, the devolution is so apparent when you read each book back-to-back. I mean, for a while there was...so much potential...and then it went away. :P Plus (and this is the reason for this post) it seems like LKH has begun making some HUGE mistakes. Not just spelling/grammar errors (which get so numerous it HURTS. Eventually in the series the woman can't properly place a comma to fucking SAVE HER LIFE) but character mistakes. BIG character mistakes.

spoilers if you haven't read Narcissus In Chains ahoy... )
[identity profile] cheshire-smile.livejournal.com
This is actually a kind of gross thought. It came to me while reading Poppy Z. Brite's Exquisite Corpse. Which, as an aside, is very good until the end. Which sucks.

Cut for General Ickiness )

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