Hello, y’all! And as my mom would say: Happy Hump Day!
Here’s the new chapter, and I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the criticism I sometimes get about how I write Eric. In this chapter we see how very much in love he is with Sookie. I suppose I have to explain a little bit about what I was trying to accomplish, so that we’re all on the same page as far as Eric goes, or at least the way I write him. I categorized this story as a romance from the get go for a reason. I also had (at one point) put a disclaimer letting y’all know that, although this is my version of what happens after Dead Reckoning, there simply is no way for me to write the characters the way Charlaine Harris writes them. They’re not mine, let’s start with that. Second, if they behaved as Ms. Harris’ characters, they wouldn’t be able to do what I need them to do in my story. Sookie would always keep Eric at arms’ length, Eric would appear distant and angry all the time. That wasn’t what I wanted. Third, for the story to continue as a romance, Eric needs to be softer with Sookie and vice versa.
This is not to say Eric isn’t a vampire. He did kill two people during the last chapter. He sees this type of violence as warranted in his world, which is why Sookie became upset. Any regular human should be upset when there is loss of life. However, a good mate would not turn said violence against his beloved.
There are several discussions going on in the fandom regarding abuse, domestic abuse to be exact, and rape, and the way some stories that feature it receive heaps of praise and cheering when Eric abuses Sookie. I do not tolerate that. Book Eric has never abused Sookie, and my Eric won’t either. Both Eric and Sookie will continue to exhibit character flaws (he withholds information and can sometimes sound condescending, she’s become too trusting in response to her previous behavior). However, the sex will always be consensual, Eric will treat Sookie as his equal, and for those of you who might argue that he took her away from everything she knew I will say that she went willingly, and that he doesn’t like that he had to do that to keep her safe. So now he’s at a point where he needs to correct it. Running away wasn’t the answer. Here are the links (listed in the order I read them) to the ongoing conversations so that y’all can be part of the discussions: Rape-as-Romance by peppermintyrose, Shades of Violence and Abuse in SVM/TB Fanfiction by moxiemollymo, and Domestic Abuse in FanFiction by FiniteAnarchy. These three writers have researched the subject at length and I highly recommend their posts. We need to start a discussion about the subject and expand it. Sometimes a story shows abuse within the correct context (in other words: it’s wrong and that’s what the author is trying to show), but other times it is meant as nothing more than entertainment. There is a lot of violence against women already.in the world. We should not be perpetuating it by writing it as a light subject or cheering it as readers. Perhaps by spreading the word and taking a stand we can open minds, improve dialogue, and educate.