True Blood thought #1: If the Bontemps Musical Theatre Society ever puts on a production of Tommy, Lafayette would be perfect to play The Acid Queen.
The Help, based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel. I did not read the novel, but my mother and Irish granny did. They agreed it was a great book. Since the last one they agreed on was Lisa See's amazing Shanghai Girls, which I read and loved last year, I was eager to see the movie. It was a very good movie, dramatic and funny, and also a good reminder of how ugly racism is.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette on True Blood, in it. He has a small role, but looks amazing in 1960s vintage.
True Blood thought #2: What if Eric's maker Godric and Godric Griffyndor, founder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, were the same person? They could be. Both Godrics were noble and brave. Eric's Godric was older than Jesus, so clearly he was around for the founding of Hogwarts. Vampires exist in J. K. Rowling's world: Honeyduke's sells blood-flavored lollipops for them.
If you're only familiar with Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels and not the TV show based on them, you won't know about Godric. Eric's maker in the books was a frightening ancient Roman who had a creepy relationship with Eric's younger "brother," a Russian prince made a vampire at 13.
Literary Links to Love:
For the month of September, all books by Ellen Margret are only $3.99 at Melange Books
Literature Graveyard (cemeteries of famous writers)
10 Books for the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer's Shelf
Good Girl Gone Bad (Word) - Rihanna and the c-word
Not books, but movies: Screen career women who kick ass
Nelsan Ellis image: Kristin Dos Santos, Creative Commons generic license.