As expected the recent Paleyfest has spurred fangirls to start fighting once again. There are a couple reasons for this I suspect. For one, the crowd there was decidedly Team Eric… this translates to the fandom in general IMHO.
A Tweet from @TrueBloodHBO:
Team Bill vs Team Eric vs Team Alcide? The crowd goes wild for all three (actually, just Eric and Alcide).
Second, the character of Eric was really hyped up and was in fact the focus of the long awaited season four teaser video. Bill and Sookie are supposed to be the top two characters and yet consistently the fandom cries out for Eric and HBO has started to deliver. Third, director Alan Ball stated that Sookie and Bill’s break-up was REAL and that chances of reconciliation were slim to none. Add to that the confirmation that Sookie and Eric would in fact become involved this season and you can see why Bookie fans are pissed.
Eric fans have had to wait three season for their favorite Eric/Sookie story lines so I am having a hard time feeling bad for them.
One of the chief “diggs” I am seeing from Bill fans is that they are saying Eric fans only really like Eric AFTER the amnesia. Eric fans need this whole amnesia farce in order to make Eric all loveable and likeable, they say. Huh?
Yes, many fans really like the amnesia storyline but that is not the beginning of our Eric adoration, nor is it the end. Most Eric/Sookie fans fell in love with Eric before amnesia even entered into it, books or TV show. I have already made the case for why Eric with amnesia is not some cheap trick and it IS the “real” Eric still.
To me the key factor in Eric getting amnesia and Sookie starting an affair with said amnesiac Viking was not that Eric suddenly became loveable, spurring Sookie to get involved. He always was loveable and desirable. Sookie merely had trouble making the leap to a relationship due to his obviously darker and more dangerous nature. The desire was already there… what was missing was the way for Sookie to rationalize the relationship in her head. When Eric got amnesia it was easy for her to see “base Eric” with all his tough exterior layers stripped away. It was like getting Eric but without all the baggage. Book Sookie couldn’t resist anymore when all her excuses and rationalizations were stripped away. She gave in and they had a glorious and short lived affair.
Later when his memory of all that transpired with Sookie returns, Eric too sees the amnesia for it was… a chance for he and Sookie to be together without all the vampire bullshit. Having seen what was, makes him aware of what is possible.
Eric fans love dark, dangerous Eric. We love how he manipulates people to get his way and how he apologizes to no one for being the strong vampire that he is. We love his arrogance and his ability to take charge and do what needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. We love that he ENJOYS feeding on humans and using them for his own ends. Hello vampire? But we also love that he has a soft spot for Sookie and that he feels compelled, against his own better judgement, to protect her. We love his tender relationship with his progeny Pam too. We love it all folks… the good and the bad. Amnesia or no. We didn’t have to dumb Eric down or “pussify” him to make him loveable. He always was.
Let’s just get that straight okay?
Season 4 is loosely based on Book 4 in the Sookie Stackhouse series: