Quite a few years ago, while a client and I talked about our fervent love of the Anne Rice vampire novels, this client divulged her most embarrassing secret; she was obsessed with a book series about a waitress who dates vampires. As she went on to tell me about Sookie Stackhouse and how she's really a fairy and her world is running rampant with vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters (oh my!), I could barely believe what I was hearing. Of course, when you're hard up for a new book series to lose yourself in, you will try anything. It only took that first book and I was hooked. I couldn't read the Charlaine Harris series fast enough and I also could not be seen in public reading them.
That's right, I only read these books in the privacy of my own home or on a Kindle. Anyone who has read something that could be considered embarrassing (50 Shades of Gray anyone?) knows to only read that book in public if it is on a Kindle. Of course, after HBO and Alan Ball made True Blood a hit, it was no longer necessary to hide my, now acceptable, book habit. While watching the first season, my husband also became enamored with the show and it soon became a Sunday night tradition every summer to watch Sookie, Bill, Eric, Pam, Alcide and the rest of the gang.
As the millions of readers of the Charlaine Harris book series know, there are quite a few characters we got to know in the books who never made it to the television show. Of all of the unbelievable things I read in this book series, the character of Bubba was the one I simply could not wrap my brain around, accept or take seriously.
Who's Bubba? Why, none other than Elvis Presley. That's right, all of the Elvis sightings we have been hearing about since his untimely death were really him! After being turned into a vampire, Elvis became a bit "touched" and he was then known as Bubba.
Bubba is quite the gentleman and he will do anything asked of him; except resist your cat. Bubba really loves eating cats and he just cannot help himself. While playing a rather important role early on, Bubba was mostly a periphery character who would show up when a little bit of humor was needed. On a really special day, Bubba would even entertain the vampire community with a concert showcasing his biggest hits.
So, how does this happen? Well, when our beloved Aaron Elvis Presley died of a drug overdose, the attendant on duty at the morgue just happened to be a vampire and a huge Elvis fan. Allegedly, Elvis still had a bit of life left in him, so the attendant decided to turn him. Due to the fact that Mr. Presley had a rather large amount of drugs in his system and he was, basically, dead on arrival his resurrection was not 100%. Something went a little wonky during the crossover from human to vampire and the now named "Bubba" is a wee bit slow. If you mention his real name to him, he will become greatly incensed and don't even think about asking him to sing for you. Bubba now lives his life as a kind of bodyguard for the vampire community. He follows rules very explicitly, sometimes to a fault, he is sweet, caring and a fun-loving guy who prefers to dine on felines.
Why wasn't Bubba on True Blood? For the same reason the name "Elvis" is never actually uttered in the books. Referred to as The Man from Memphis, numerous hints are given to his true identity, but licensing fees for celebrities being what they are, neither Harris nor Ball were willing to shell out the fee and properly refer to him as Elvis.
Bubba is only one of many characters in Charlaine Harris' vampire world that we did not have the pleasure of seeing on the show. Who was your favorite unrepresented book character?