I'm honored to know Charlaine Harris, and I'm horrified that she's currently enduring an ordeal that began when a reader posted the ending of DEAD EVER AFTER, the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Charlaine is a class act. I love her. I do not love people who post the endings of books online before the release dates and I do not love people who think it's okay to bash a writer for writing the book the way she felt best suited her world and her characters.
Writers write the best book we can, and then we work hard to ensure that first manuscript turns into an awesome published book. We are grateful for each and every book readers buy. We understand readers become attached to our worlds and our characters. Even so. We listen to our own voice and follow our own vision. We do not write by committee.
I invite you to read MaryJanice Davidson's blog post, "The Bullying of Charlaine Harris and the Wisdom of Neil Gaiman," because she says it all and she says it best. Like MaryJanice Davidson, I also recommend Neil Gaiman's blog post "Entitlement Issues," where he offers this bit of advice: "George R.R. Martin is not your bitch."
And neither is Charlaine Harris.