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QUINNtessential True Blood: Does Quinn deserve a place in the show?

As season five of HBO’s True Blood fast approaches, fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels are left speculating over who will play the most integral role of John Quinn.  Key characters within the books have emerged over the first four seasons of the hit television series however True Blood creators have remained tight lipped about Quinn, leaving fans to question whether it is essential to have him included in the on screen storyline.

 

Depiction of John Quinn the Weretiger from the Southern Vampire Mysteries
aka the Sookie Stackhouse novels. by Cogdis - cogdis.deviantart.com 

 

John Quinn first meets Sookie in Dead as a Doornail, book five of the series. Quinn co-owns the Extremely Elegant Events Company or EEE that focuses specifically on weddings, rituals, competitions and the likes for the supernatural community. It is during one of these events that Sookie observes a profound ire of respect centering on Quinn which has her intrigued. Quinn’s torturous past enviably catches up with him in Altogether Dead, book 7, and Sookie finds herself again having to make heartbreaking choices that would seal their fate as a couple. Author and creator Charlaine Harris devoted five out of 12 books in the series towards the ebbs and flows of the somewhat condemned relationship. Harris describes Quinn as a large 6ft5, olive skinned, purple eyed, bald headed man with a strong resemblance to a wrestler, sounds dreamy. But is this relationship of value to the writers of True Blood the Show as much as it is for the storyline in the books?

It is widely agreed amongst fans of the books that Sookies relationship with Quinn wasn’t their most memorable. A close friend of mine stated that Quinn is quite “annoying” especially the constant usage of the word “Babe”. The fact that he is a Were does not seem to pacify the ‘anti-Quinn’ crowd because it is more than likely they have already allied themselves with one of Stackhouse’s other suitors, namely Eric, Bill, Sam or Alcide. This kind of fandom allegiance is not easy to embark on when you are the Director of a high ranking show where by on screen relationships will either work for or against ratings.

The simple truth remains that television writers of True Blood will evidently use what they feel necessary to enhance and empower the lead characters they have presently on screen, regardless of who is or is not in the books. Characters such as Jessica and Jesus are not in the novels however make for interesting viewing on screen. Actor Stephen Moyer who plays Bill Compton in the series explains in a 2009 interview with EW reporter Michael Ausiello, “It’s important that fans of the books will always be taken into consideration but I was told that only 5% of readers are the actual television audience” This statistic is somewhat alarming considering the reason for the show even coming to light was due to the novels popularity on a global scale. Undeniably fans of the books want to see Charlaine’s work displayed in epic proportion and in 2009 Director Alan Ball explained during a panel interview at the Paley Fest how he is “compelled to the spirit of [Charlaine’s] books” and is trying to “balance between the fans of the books and parts of the story that really works and giving some surprises” and let’s face it if we already knew what was ahead would we really be as interested as Ball would hope?

It is easy to condemn a character like Quinn based on eligibility however when adhering to the “spirit” of the novels it cannot be denied that John Quinn is indeed a strong contender in Sookies world of True blood based on his supernatural abilities. It is more natural for Sookie to be in a relationship with a Supe than human because she is unable to hear their thoughts. Another factor is that the mere presence of Quinn commands respect, loyalty amongst his counterparts which has not yet been touched by any other character on the television show. It could be argued that Eric Northman dominated as a cool collector of respect amongst his minions of area five however in the books Quinn was admired for his distinctive courage and talent more so than feared. There is also the reoccurring fact that Sookie has had a bad run of relationships, Bill, Eric, Sam, Alcide which could allow for the respectable Mr Quinn and Sookie to build an on screen chemistry.

Alan Ball has continuously looked for an element of surprise for the fans of both the books and TV show wanting to steer it into the unknown. Quinn is well known amongst fans of the books therefore I believe he will appear at some stage on screen. The element of surprise will be how much attention and affection Ball will show to this particular character, casting, scripting etc. the simple techniques that pull us all in and leave us captivated as the story unravels. The perfect time for Quinn to appear is season five because at the end of season four we saw a heart broken but determined Sookie this is a perfect opening for John Quinn to make a quintessential entrance. I believe Ball is keeping Quinn hidden so that the audience will remain ever hopeful for Eric, Bill or Alcide to be paired with Sookie, and to twist a frenzy amongst fans of the books, then when you least expect it BANG! In True Blood style we are faced with the illustrious purple eyed wrestler.

In the Sookie Stackhouse novels, John Quinn is perfectly placed amongst four other suitors aiming for Sookies heart, how lucky she is! And to say he is nothing more than eye candy for the storyline you are misinformed, he has a place and a purpose it’s whether or not True Blood creators feel it necessary to embark on such a risk. I hope they do, I feel if they choose to omit Quinn then they are doing a huge injustice to five of the 12 books. Sookie needs to progress and develop and Quinn provides her with so much more than topless moments of joy hidden underneath shiny outfits. In times of uncertainty I soak in the words of Charlaine Harris for comfort, guidance, “I chose Alan Ball to bring the Sookie books to the screen because I trust his vision, and I am sure he will be true to the spirit of the books. I am delighted with the talented cast, Alan’s scripts and direction, and the look and feel of the production.

As season five release date draws near, fingers, fangs and paws are crossed that it is everything we would ever hope for, well, another seven seasons would be excellent, here’s to hope!

 

 What do you think? Should Quinn be a part of True Blood? Post your opinion in the comments.

 

Lisa Eden is a mother of four from the beautiful country New Zealand. She is a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris and her favorite sups are the werewolves. Lisa is currently working on her first paranormal urban romance novel.

 

Resources for Quotes
The Southern Vampire Mysteries Character List – Wikipedia
Entertainment Weekly- Michael Ausiello – Comic Con interview 2009 – True Blood cast love triangle
True Blood Panel at Paley Fest 2009
Charlaine Harris Quote

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Team Eric
Team Eric

Like they need another man after Sookie, she's already well enough on her way to being a whore & she's annoying, why didn't Eric or Bill just drain & turn her one of the many times she was nearly killed.

Jamie lee
Jamie lee

Quinn was one of my favorite characters in the books!! You know he is eye candy for the ladies!! ;) Please please I hope they find a place for him on the show!!

Astrid
Astrid

Don't cut him of! He's my life!!!

Astrid
Astrid

He's my favorite. My favorite book is number 6 (i have read 1-7) and lot of the reason is that Quinn is in it!!! QUINN <3<3<3

Astrid
Astrid

QUINN!!! QUINN!!! QUINN!!! QUINN!!! QUINN!!! <3<3<3<3<3

Corrina
Corrina

We need Quinn. He should go in and shake things up. To be honest hes my personal favorite and i love that hes not really like all the other guys in the novel/TV series he brings a little splash of a different that i think is interesting. I don't know why but i think a great actor for Quinn would be Channing Tatum. Channing Tatum would fill the role perfectly due to the facts that hes tall, attractive, carries himself well and the way he says babe makes girls drool. Just saying <3

Jen
Jen

It might be hard to find an actor with better on-screen chemistry than Joe M. and that would be a disaster to bring in some Giant with no Sookie chemistry. I've only read 6 or 8 of them, not sure, so I don't know how interesting Quinn became later. Babe is annoying, Lover is stilted. But def. don't want to waste the Joe M. chemistry, he's ridiculously hot and makes Alcide more interesting than in the books.

Nicole
Nicole

I've read book 1 through 5, and almost to half way finishing with 6. Both book and TV show in theory are great. I love them both. But, if Charlaine made certain characters important in the book, why not the show. There is some similarities to the book to the show. Some not so much. I was rooting for Eric since he first appeared, he has immense amount of power,will and in when Sookie and Eric hooked up after he lost his memory, he showed more love and compassion toward Sookie then even Bill. Alcide, I was thinking should fit well with Sookie, but after starting the books, I'm beginning to think he is definitely the wrong choice for her. Instead of pursuing her he decides to go with someone else. Eric is just hanging back and not going after Sookie, he's off with the Authority with Bill.. I lost my attraction to Bill when he betrayed Sookie. So obviously she needs someone to lean on while all the others Supes are off doing what their doing.. So I vote yes on Quinn, just not sure who would be best, even though Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock would fit better as a bald headed wrestler type fella and he is almost the same height as Quinn. My opinion, I'm sticking to it..

linda
linda

I love when new characters are introduced otherwise the story would end. I loved Quinn in the books. I have not seen Vin , do anything with much emotion and Quinn was very sweet in the books. I get the whole muscles thing, but there are better options. I would love to see Manu Bennett, He he is a great actor, sexy and muscular.

Lyndsey
Lyndsey

They may bring in the pack master competition since Alcede is fighting for it now, and then they could bring in Quinn and the E(E)E for it! I also think he definitely needs to be on the show, he was good for Sookie even if it wasnt meant to be with her forever he was definitely someone who helped her grow as a person. I believe Jason Mamoa would be perfect for Quinn!!!! I dont think The Rock has the emotional depth to play Quinn and while Vin Diesel is gorgeous i dont think the character is him either!

julie
julie

beside if it a wrestler type they r looking for there is a guy on TNA named Mat Morgan who could play Quinn

julie
julie

since there will have to be some kind of fight for pack master now that marcus is dead quinn will have to come

Ashley B
Ashley B

I really would love to see Quinn in the series he did a lot of Sookie in the books. Yes he was gone mostof the time but when he was around he cared deeply for her and helped her grow as an indivisual. This realtionship helped her grow her personality and some of her charcteristics that are naive now. He is and essential part of the story even if people see him as annoying. I hope he is put on the show becauseSookies character will be so much better with him then without :)

TigerLadyTX
TigerLadyTX

Every single person that I have talked to who has read the books and also watches the HBO series is keen on Quinn being brought in as a character on the TV show. Perhaps Mr. Ball does not see him as an integral character to the show - but the fans DO. Next, who should portray Quinn, if he IS brought to the TV show? My first choice, hands down, is Jason Momoa. The man is the epitome of sex on a stick. *drool* My second choice is Vin Diesel because he is delectable eye candy and has that stoic emotionless thing down pat - and he has a lovely shaped head that looks really good bald. Third choice? Well, its a toss up between Shemar Moore and Dwayne Johnson. Either is a good third choice as far as I am concerned.

Michelle
Michelle

I would love to see Quinn appear and ride her off into the sunset.

Daphne
Daphne

Quinn is definitely one of my fav characters of the books. He gave sookie many aspects of a relationship that none of the other characters could at that time. Plus it was tons of fun to see Eric and bill squirm at the thought of sookie with him. I can't wait to see if he shows up in the show!

Natalie
Natalie

I don't know who the author is referring to when saying fans didn't or don't like Quinn, as my friends and myself are very much looking forward to the introduction of Quinn into the show and have spent a great deal of time today pondering who would be perfect playing Quinn. (My choice is Boris Kodjoe)

Miranda Keefe
Miranda Keefe

I have a feeling that Ball is going to conflate Quinn into Alcide. I am not sure why I feel this. Part of it may be that is among the Were that Ball has taken the most liberty in excluding characters and/or changing characters, other than what he did to Sophie. I mean he turned werewolves into biker gangs! I don't even expect to have the wolf pack events of the book in the series, so no Quinn needed to MC anything.

Danielle
Danielle

I fell in love with quinn's character &have hoped all along that sookie eventually picks him &he finally puts her first! As a huge fan of the books, I've learnt to separate the show from them as they're like distant relatives! It's insane how different it is...Claudine &Queen Sophie Anne being killed off so early leaves me bemused as to where they will take it. QUINN FOR SEASON 5!!!! :D

Samantha Houmani
Samantha Houmani

Okay soo i LOVE eric and sookie but i think Quinn was a very important charecter because they wasn't forced to be together/ like hang out not date because like Eric - Sherrif she had to do what he said but she ended up falling for him. Bill - Well her first vampire yada yada yada that got boring fast Alcide - Amazingly hot and sweet but Eric sent him in the books and in the show so she didn't really choose to be friends Quinn - well i thought it was cute how he wasn't a vampire stood up for her all those times he was sweet and always called her babe :) ik some people think that's annoying but honestly i think that's just his little quirk that grows on you. And of course we cant forget how he came to the bar all cute like and asked her out :) [ he asked her out on a DATE i dont believe anybody else did that. So alltogether i think Sookie should be independent for a while but we need quinn because he was a major part in one of the books at least. So i honestly believe he was a major part in her life she was treeted so well and he didnt have an agenda at the start (ik Alcide didnt either but still)

JW
JW

Absolutely! I'm still waiting, hopefully and anxiously for Quinn. It's what I'm looking forward to most. It won't be true to the story without him. PLEASE!

Sharrie Bear
Sharrie Bear

Quinn is by far my most favourite suitor for Sookie. I think she was ridiculous for giving him up because he is loyal to his fmily. As if she wouldn't do the exact same thing. I hated her because of it. I think he is an essential character to the storyline and must be in the show. I hope Charrlaine writes him a happy ending in the next book, with someone who can look past his family issues.

muge
muge

Quinn must be on the show. I believe that he will bring some excitement and competition and a small ! change for Sookie and will be good to watch. Quinn's character must be played by Jason Momoa , ( you will remember him from Game of Thrones as Kahl Drago)an amazing figure and fits best for a were tiger.. Hope we will have the chance to watch him for True Blood too !

KC
KC

In the books, Quinn was the one Sookie was going to move on with and his only purpose, IMO, was to make Eric jealous. Alcide serves this purpose on the show . . . besides, I can't imagine any way to show Quinn as the tiger without making it cheesy. But, since TB's just pandering Sookie's story, I wouldn't be surprise if Quinn doesn't pop out of the lamp somewhere.

suss
suss

she needs alcide!so do i lol ;) nut iam cusious about quinn...

KellyValen
KellyValen

I would like to see how Sookie’s other potential suitors would react to Quinn. I think there is potential for a rivalry there. Someone new to BonTemps could be a fresh start for Sookie. I think it would be exciting to have a new man in town.

Sarah
Sarah

Even though I did not rate Quinn as a character he does not to be there as he is the breath of fresh air that Sookie needs after the vamps Eric and Bill..before she realises that she has feelings for Eric...He's a bit boring and wooden in the books and he hardly spends that much time with Sookie due to his many commintments..we will see..its better than Sookie with Bill again...anything but that...

Leah
Leah

Of course Quinn deserves to be on the show. He is the only one who actually cared for Sookie w/o some ulterior motive. Bill lied to her completely and betrayed her for Sophie Anne, she's basically an amusing pet to Eric who shows over and over he puts his own interests first and Alcide liked her but it was hardly a love connection. He needed a GF that could deal w/ him being a sup but wasn't interested in making baby werewolves (and now he's packmaster so he's pretty much gonna have to make baby weres).

iamtrue2bill
iamtrue2bill

P.S. I appreciate most other story lines on TB, but sometimes it does feel like a "cast of thousands" - another reason I am disinclined to welcome another Sookie love-interest.

iamtrue2bill
iamtrue2bill

I am not a bookie, so I realize my opinion will not be deemed credible by most here. However, as a TB lover, I am very interested in Sookie being more on her own this season. I realize Alcide is probably going to be "in the picture" but I hope it will be more of a flirtatious relationship than a "falling in love" one, and not all-consuming. In real time, Sookie has had too much emotional turmoil and confusion stemming from the vampire blood she has consumed, and the life-threatening situations she's been in. Why does she need another powerful supe as her lover right now? Why can't we see Sookie more independent, gaining more insight and self-reflection? I'm getting the feeling that the assumption is she must have a lover ALL the time. Why? Having no connection to the novels, I would appreciate Alan Ball & Co. giving us a Sookie standing on her own more.

UltimateNinja98
UltimateNinja98

Oh yeah that light skinned black guy from game of thrones would be a good quinn

callonmebill
callonmebill

I am not throwing Bill under the bus, as Quinn was in the books, by saying that YES I would like Quinn to provide me with "topless moments of joy" in S5, but I worry that he will be left out alltogether for TB will combine or just used Alcide only as Sookies non vamp suitor; time issues, too many characters...... Quinn next to Bill is one of my favorites and once Bill was exiled the only way I got through the books was because of Quinn; I know I'm in the minority here. Lastly, yes the actor from Game of Thromes would be perfect!

megan
megan

I have never read the books and just recently seen the show. I literally watched all 4 seasons in 1 week. I became crazy about the show from the first episode...this Quinn character...I don't know about him but I love the way things are and I realllllly don't want Sookie to have anymore suitors. I love Bill, Eric and Alcide. Prefer Bill and Eric best though :) This guy sounds like he will mess anything up for Bill and Eric and I'd hate to see that!! Bill and Eric all the way!! LOL!!

UltimateNinja98
UltimateNinja98

When I was working at Walmart I met this beautiful guy..his skin literally looked like bronze, he was muscular but not overly so, he had green eyes,was bald, about 32, and he was gorgeous. He was the most beautiful person I had seen in my life. I think thats what Quinn would look like

UltimateNinja98
UltimateNinja98

I think Dominic West would make a good Quinn..or that black guy from CSI, or Vin Diesel

Devon
Devon

No, we do not need to see Quinn on True Blood. The show is bloated with unnecessary characters and story lines and the main characters do not get enough screen time as it is. We did not need the shifter crap with Sam and his support group, didn't need Tommy and his skin walking, didn't need all the baby drama with Arlene and Terry and we sure as hell did not need the Mavis/Lafayette storyline. Quinn grossed me out so much in the books and I couldn't stomach him on my television. His incessant need to call Sookie "babe," how gross he looks (bald head and genie pants?) and the fact that he blew his load while dry humping? Nothing says gross like a guy who gets off on just dry humping a chick. Nasty.

Selle
Selle

I don't think Quinn is on the radar for S5 until perhaps the very end, as a setup for S6. Judging by the way they're getting Joe Manganiello front and center in lots of publicity, I think we can expect him to be Sook's next paramour. Factor in that Paquin and Manganiello have sizzling on-screen chemistry and I think we'll see some heat in S5. If TB brings in Quinn at some point, fine, bring him. I think Bill is rapidly becoming the principal character on the show and the plotlines will increasingly center around him and Eric blazing trails and less about Sookie's romances.

typeoneg
typeoneg

I haven't read beyond book 4, so really can't have an opinion on the character. He sounds intriguing, just so they don't cast Vin Diesel. Jason Momoa would get my vote. But obviously our opinion isn't going to affect the choices that the show's writers make. Sorry, book people...they aren't sending Bill to Peru.

Sammy
Sammy

Wow...reading all these posts is interesting...I for one, loved the Quinn character.."Babe" is no worse than Eric's "Lover"...I felt Quinn was the the one who had the best chance of giving Sookie a more normal life...they went on regular dates, he took her to a musical play and out to dinner...they loved to dance...he wasn't intimidated by Eric or any of the Vamps...it would be interesting to hear from Charlaine why she didn't want Sookie to end up with Quinn....Sookie ends it because she can't be "first" in the relationship, and then goes with Eric, and he is so involved with politics and sheriff duties, weeks go by before she sees him, and then its usually for sex...they never spend quality time together...I am all for Quinn, and make him stay....don't chicken out like the author...but that's just me..

Astrid
Astrid

I can't say more than you already did! Love to you<3<3<3

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

Great points Leah! Quinn has a 'place' and a 'purpose' and you just highlighted pretty much the basis of this. Eric needs to progress as much as Sookie before any kind of equal ground can be placed. Superb contribution ;)

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

Such a great cast...who are you favourite members? I definately have a soft spot for Nelsan Ellis and Joe Manganiello.

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

I appreciate your opinion very much and thankyou for sharing it, I understand your hesitation with wanting another suitor for Sookie and TBH it would be lovely to see Sookie rise on her own and take charge of her safety, however, she needs protection with some form of controlled supernatural ability. I would like for her to become more empowered with her 'microwave hands' and perhaps then we may see a heroine emerge ;)

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

Great suggestions keep them coming ;)

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

Great contribution Callonmebill (great name too ;) I couldn't agree with you more I am also fond of TV Bill (moreso than 'Book Bill') but needless to say I appreciate all her suitors for different reasons. LMAO, yes the under the bus theory I love that!!

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

Sookie needs to strengthen her love for a particular suitor, who Allan Ball exactly chooses is a complete mystery, and Quinn is the right kind of additive to ignite Sookie into tapping into her personal strengths. I agree with you on one level, the show is wonderful can you just imagine how fantastic the books are? you should give it a try ;)

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

the visual imagination of ones senses is surely soaring with your description! I wish I was there!! ;)

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

Interesting aspects of the books ;)

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

Not to take away from Quinn, But Joe is simply devine isn't he? and yes I agree there is wonderful chemistry between Alcide and Sookie however never advanced on in the books. Perhaps Allan Ball enjoys teasing his audience?

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

He is very intriguing and you are so close! Book five he makes his entrance I seriously encourage you to read the next book/s ;)

callonmebill
callonmebill

”Babe” is no worse than Eric’s “Lover”. Sammy I have always thought this too.

Lisa Eden
Lisa Eden

Thankyou for your comments Sammy, I too would like to hear more from Charlaine about her reasons for not pursuing further with Quinn ;)