I had the disturbing revelation the other day that I have more photos on my blog of Bill than I do of Eric. This atrocity ends now. So without further delay, I give you my Top 10 favorite Eric and Sookie book scenes.
10. Sookie Saves Eric – All Together Dead
The Fellowship of the Sun plants bombs in a vampire hotel that explode during the day. Sookie races to Eric and Pam’s room and saves them from the blast.
Why I Love this Scene
Sookie really comes into her own in All Together Dead and this scene perfectly exemplifies it. As soon as she realizes the impending peril, Sookie’s main focus is to save Eric. I love that Eric and Sookie’s relationship is not the trite variety of White Knight that is forever saving the Damsel in Distress. Sometimes Eric saves Sookie and sometimes Sookie saves Eric.
I screamed, and Eric’s eyes went wide. He staggered to his feet. As if we’d shared thoughts like Barry and I could …
Suddenly we were off the coffin and kind of staggered through the air, Eric holding me to him with dogged persistence.
I exhaled with profound relief. Of course, Eric could fly.
9. You are Beautiful – Dead to the World
Eric and Sookie arrive back at Sookie’s house after attending a meeting at Merlotte’s. Sookie had been insulted and Eric stood up for her. Sookie tells Eric she is used to people not thinking much of her and that it is alright. Eric tells her it is NOT alright for people to treat her that way. He then goes into explicit detail about how wonderful she is.
Why I Love this Scene
Sookie has lived her life believing her telepathy is a disability. She is viewed as a freak and she can also hear the nasty thoughts others have of her. Her method to deal with this is to adopt a sad sort of acceptance: Yes, people hate me and think I’m a freak and that is OK.
I love that Eric challenges her view.
“That confirms my bad opinion of humans in general,” Eric said. He pulled my coat off my shoulders, looked at it with distaste, hung it on the back of one of the chairs pushed in under the kitchen table. “You are beautiful.”
No one had ever looked me in the eyes and said that. I found I had to lower my head. “You are smart, and you are loyal,” he said relentlessly, though I waved a hand to ask him to quit. “You have a sense of fun and adventure.”
“Cut it out,” I said.
“Make me,” he said. “You have the most beautiful breasts I’ve ever seen. You’re brave.” I put my fingers across his mouth, and his tongue darted out to give them a quick lick. I relaxed against him, feeling the tingle down to my toes. “You’re responsible and hardworking,” he continued. Before he could tell me that I was good about replacing the garbage can liner when I took the garbage out, I replaced my fingers with my lips.
“There,” he said softly, after a long moment. “You’re creative too.”
For the next hour, he showed me that he, too, was creative.
8. Sookie flips off Bill and Eric – Club Dead
Sookie is recovering from being knocked out and the werewolf smackdown that took place in her living room. Her vampire tolerance limit is being pushed. When Bill utters the annoying phrase, “She is mine!” it pushes her over the edge (it pushes me over the edge too). In response, Sookie flips off both Bill and Eric. Eric’s reaction is to laugh and Bill’s reaction is to (of course) admonish Sookie.
Why I Love this Scene
This scene perhaps provides the best example of why I love Eric and why I loathe Bill. Bill was turned soon after the Civil War and he appears to be stuck in that era. Bill wants Sookie to conform to a Southern Belle persona; one that should not fart, burp, swear, or speak her mind.
The fact that Bill could proclaim “she is mine” after cheating on her, pensioning her off, and raping her proves that not only does he not “get” Sookie; he just doesn’t get it. Period.
Contrast this with Eric. While most of Sookie’s anger is directed at Bill, the Viking vampire is not in her good graces at this moment either. However, unlike Bill, Eric can take it. He laughs when she flips him off and he seems to respect her tenacity and her proclamation of independence.
“Did this Alcide kill him?” Bill looked down at me, reconsidered. “Or Sookie?”
“He says no. They found the corpse in the closet of Alcide’s apartment, and they hatched a plan to hide the remains.” Eric sounded like that had been kind of cute of us.
“My Sookie hid a corpse?”
“I don’t think you can be too sure of that possessive pronoun.”
“Where did you learn that term, Northman?”
“I took ‘English as a Second Language’ at a community college in the seventies.”
Bill said, “She is mine.”
I wondered if my hands would move. They would. I raised both of them, making an unmistakable one-figured gesture.
Eric laughed, and Bill said, “Sookie!” in shocked admonishment.
“I think that Sookie is telling us that she belongs to herself,” Eric said softly.
7. Falling Asleep Holding Hands With a Vampire – Dead to the World
Eric has been spelled with amnesia as a result of a spurned witch. It is his first night at Sookie’s house and he is terrified. Sookie cannot resist his puppy dog eyes and lets him sleep in her room. They fall asleep while holding hands.
Why I Love this Scene
I love this scene because it highlights the level of trust Sookie has always had with Eric. Despite the fact he has no idea who he is; is completely terrified; and could easily snap her like a twig (not to mention in the previous book she was raped by a tortured and starved Bill); Sookie is comfortable enough with Eric that she allows him into her bed. Sookie also has enough trust in Eric that she easily drifts off to sleep rather than sleeping with one eye open and one hand on a stake.
“What’s your name?”
“Sookie. Sookie Stackhouse.”
“Thank you, Sookie.”
Because he sounded so lost … I patted around the covers for his hand. When I found it, I slid my own over it. His palm was turned up to meet my palm, and his fingers clasped mine. And though I would not have thought it was possible to go to sleep holding hands with a vampire, that’s exactly what I did.
6. Eric Tells Sookie About His Past – Dead and Gone
Sookie finds herself on the way to Fangtasia. She thinks she is going there to tell Eric off but she finds that she would much rather sit with him. Eric is in a talking mood. He opens up to Sookie about his human life and how he was turned. Eric also tells her that he found out why he was running down the road to her house when he was spelled with amnesia. The curse was that he would be close to his heart’s desire without ever realizing it.
Why I Love this Scene
I love that Eric is opening himself up to Sookie. Even though Sookie is at the height of
denial blaming the blood bond for her feelings, she is at Fangtasia just because she wants to be near Eric. He opens up to her about his life before he became a vampire and the difficult time he had just after he was turned. He treats her as an equal and shares much of himself. For Sookie, who values honest communication and intimacy, this scene is very telling.
It also illustrates how similar Eric and Sookie are. During their conversation, Sookie lets Eric know how frightened she is of being taken away and her telepathy used to serve others. She wants to be in control of her life, just as Eric wants to be in control of his. Her sentiments echo Eric’s proclamations in From Dead to Worse that he doesn’t want to be overseen. These two really “get” each other.
I felt exhausted but oddly peaceful. I should be giving Eric hell about his highhanded handling of Quinn’s request and the knife presentation. I should be asking him all kinds of questions … but I couldn’t summon up the necessary fire.
I just wanted to sit beside him …
I held my breath. I could tell he was looking down the immense well of time that had passed between his present – a bar in Shreveport, Louisiana – and his past …
Lest we part on too lovey-dovey a note, I said, “Eric, when I’m back to being myself, I’m going to nail your ass for putting me in this position of being pledged to you.”
“Darling, you can nail my ass anytime,” he said charmingly, and then turned to go back to his table.
Pam rolled her eyes. “You two,” she said.
5. Fireside Chat – Dead to the World
This scene takes place when Eric has amnesia and is staying at Sookie’s. They have a conversation by her fireplace and Sookie opens up to him about her life.
Why I Love this Scene
Sookie and Eric are so great in bed together that I think it sometimes get missed how great they are OUT of bed together. There is an emotional intimacy Sookie shares with Eric that she does not share with any other character in the SSN.
I also love that when Eric regained his memory of their time together this is the first scene he brought up (we lay by the fire and you told me about your life). It indicates that, just like Sookie, Eric values sharing his life with someone on an emotional level and not just a physical one.
He was on his stomach beside me now, propped up on his elbows so we could talk. He half turned to toss the quilt over both of us …
I looked sideways at Eric, with a significant raise of the eyebrows, and Eric looked fascinated. …
This was as much fun as talking with Arlene. Maybe even more …
Gee, it was nice to have someone to talk to …
“The catch in that comforting theory being that we look almost exactly like you. And we used to be you. And we can love you, as well as feed off you. You could hardly say the lion wanted to caress the antelope.”
Suddenly there was something in the air that hadn’t been there the moment before. I felt like an antelope that was being stalked – by a lion that was a deviant.
4. Gas Station Scene – Club Dead
Sookie and Eric stop at a gas station on their way back from Jackson. They encounter a few members of a werewolf biker gang that have been sent to kidnap them. Eric and Sookie take care of them quite handily.
Why I Love this Scene
I love it when Eric and Sookie kick ass together. Hence, I’ve always loved this scene. I found my appreciation of it grew exponentially during my mid-season 3 funk when I was at my most depressed over how Sookie was being written on True Blood. I read this scene often this past summer when I wanted to repress the image of TB Sookie at Lou Pine’s
I love this scene because Sookie hatches a plan that, unlike her TV counterpart, does not involve a) screaming her head off b) flirting with the bad guys.
I felt a fine rage break out behind my eyes. “Let the young man go,” I said clearly.
“You gonna shoot us, little lady?”
“You bet your ass I am,” I said.
“And if she misses I will get you,” said Eric’s voice above and behind me. A big vampire makes great backup.
“What were you supposed to watch for?”
“A big dark guy and a tall blond guy. With a blond woman, real young, with nice tits.”
Eric’s hand moved too fast for me to track. I was only sure he’d moved when I saw the blood running down Sonny’s face.
“You are speaking of my future lover. Be more respectful.”
3. The Vindication Scene – Dead In the Family
At the end of the opening chapter of DITF, Sookie wakes up from a nightmare. She is still recovering from the effects of the Fae torture and is terrified. Eric is there to comfort and cry with her.
Eric offers more than just support. He also opens up to her about the night of the torture and why he wasn’t there to save her from Lochlan and Neave. We find out that Victor was at Fangtasia that night (as if he knew ahead of time he should be there) and his crew had chained Eric with silver to prevent him from leaving.
But Eric is not done sharing after this revelation. The Viking also tells the Telepath that he loves her.
Why I Love This Scene
The interim between Dead & Gone and DITF was excruciating not just because I couldn’t wait to read the new book but because of the amount of nonsense that was spewed at the Eric character by a certain segment of the fandom. The insults/speculations ran from ludicrous to sheer absurd and absolutely NONE of them were rooted in anything from the books. Rather this character assassination stemmed from some disgruntled fans that were upset that the SSN were not playing out like Season 1 of True Blood. The top
shit slinging accusations included:
- Amnesia Eric was not real Eric.
- Eric doesn’t love Sookie.
- Eric didn’t show up at the end of D&G because he wouldn’t risk his life for her.
So I must say it was IMMENSELY gratifying that in a SINGLE scene, Charlaine Harris shot down each of these ludicrous accusations one by one. In this scene, Harris was coming out guns blazing. She is not ignorant of what some book readers were accusing Eric of. The tone of this scene, read to me, like Harris was just as sick of the accusations as most book fans were.
I woke up panting filled with terror, completely at sea. I held onto him as if the storm would sweep me away unless he was my anchor. I was already crying when I woke. It wasn’t the first time this had happened, but this time he wept with me, bloody tears that streaked the whiteness of his face in a startling way….
He said, meeting my eyes directly. “I hurt with you. I bled with you- not only because we are bonded, but because of the love I have for you.”
Before I recount my top two selections, I feel the need to say that most of my favorite Eric and Sookie scenes are ever changing. If I were to write this post a month from now, the ranking of the scenes I have listed above may change. Some scenes may drop off in favor of other scenes that I love and hated to leave off the list. However, my top two favorite Eric and Sookie scenes are unwavering. There may be scenes in the upcoming Books 11 through 13 that will replace these as my top two favorites. But as it stands now, through 10 books, these are solidly my two favorite scenes.
2. Sookie Gets Up Close and Personal With the Gracious Plenty - Dead to the World
This scene is commonly referred to as “The Shower Scene.” However, as became painfully obvious in True Blood Season 3, ANY scene set in a shower is going to be mislabeled as this scene even though it couldn’t be further from its tone and essence. Thus, I will no longer refer to it as “The Shower Scene.”
In this scene, Eric and Sookie make love for the first time. Sexy time begins in the shower and slowly proceeds to the bedroom. The readership is introduced to what will become indicative of Eric and Sookie lovemaking scenes throughout the series: playfulness, intimacy, foreplay, tenderness, eye contact, and orgasms a plenty.
Why I Love This Scene
Do I really have to explain? The synopsis pretty much covers why I love this scene. The only thing I will add is that this scene also includes a great deal of dialogue, and by that I don’t mean talking dirty. Eric and Sookie have a full conversation. At one point, Eric asks Sookie to tell him about how they met and what their past together was like. This couple doesn’t just connect on a physical level but on an emotional one as well.
I could pretty much copy and insert pages 120 – 126 right here, but just for fun:
1. Eric Takes Sookie to Meet Niall – From Dead to Worse
Eric drives Sookie to a French restaurant in Shreveport. He escorts Sookie inside where she meets her great-grandfather, Niall. Sookie has dinner with her fairy great-grandfather. She then goes back to Eric who has been waiting, in the car, for her. Eric utters one of the best lines in the entire SSN and then they drive back to Bon Temps. On the way, they are pulled over by a phony were-cop who tries to kill Sookie. Eric kills him and afterward he and Sookie engage in a passionate kiss. Sookie stops only because she has unresolved business with Quinn, and book readers are given yet another reason to hate that mimbo.
Why I Love This Scene
There is perhaps no better sequence in the SSN series that from start to finish captures why I root so hard for the E/S pairing. Hence the reason this is my favorite Eric and Sookie scene.
I love that Eric is there to support Sookie during one of the most important moments of her life. Eric is not in this scene by a matter of coincidence either. It was Niall who, after careful research, selected Eric to bring Sookie to meet him. In a roundabout way this is the equivalent of the father giving the boyfriend his approval. This is another reason why I believe the SSN has been building toward an E/S happily ever after.
I also love the way Eric treats Sookie throughout this sequence. Sookie’s confidence in herself is easily shaken from a lifetime of hearing the thoughts of those that consider her a freak. When they arrive at the restaurant, and she sees what the other women are wearing, she begins to feel inferior. Eric eases her worry by not sounding like he has spent one-too-many nights watching movie marathons on the Lifetime Television for Women Network. He simply says, “Don’t worry. You are beautiful.” Then he unbuckles her seatbelt and kisses her.
When Eric takes her inside and introduces her to Niall he leaves but lets Sookie know that he will be outside if she needs him. I LOVE this. I love that he treats her like a woman. Eric recognizes this is an important moment in her life but that it does not involve him. He will be close, if she needs his support, but he does not hover. Contrast this with Book Bill who most certainly WOULD hover both literally and figuratively. Or TB Bill who would most likely go apeshit and try to eat Niall.
Another reason I love this sequence is when Sookie leaves the French restaurant, smelling like fairy, Eric utters a line that I feel down to my lady bits. “When you smell like that, I just want to fuck you and bite you and rub myself all over you.” Le sigh.
The sequence after Eric kills the were assassin also demonstrates how Sookie’s moral compass is much better aligned than mine. NO WAY in hell would I have broken off that kiss. I would gladly have Eric take me on the car hood; unresolved discussion with a missing soon to be ex-boyfriend, were-assassin corpse, and passing motorists be damned.
“You saved my life,” he said. I’d turned to look at him, but he was looking straight ahead at the road. “You saved my life, and Pam’s too.”
I shifted uncomfortably … “We do have the blood tie thing going.”
Eric didn’t respond for a stretch of time. “That’s not why you came to wake me up the day the hotel blew up.”…..
“When you smell like that, I just want to fuck you and bite you and rub myself all over you.”….
“Don’t worry, you’re beautiful.” Eric said quietly. He leaned over to unbuckle my seatbelt (to my astonishment), and as he straightened he kissed me again, this time on the mouth. His bright blue eyes blazed out of his white face. He looked as if a whole story was on the tip of his tongue. But then he swallowed it back and unfolded himself from the car to walk around to my side to open the door for me…..
I felt a lurch of desire and came very close to saying, “What the hell, take me now, you big Viking.”
So there you have it. Those are my top ten Eric and Sookie book scenes.
Eventually, I will write a “Top Ten Eric and Sookie True Blood Scenes” post. I could do it now, but to do so before a season that will be based, albeit loosely, on such an Eric and Sookie-centric book would be tantamount to Bill sex: rushed, and so-so filler when something better is just around the corner.