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Isn’t Laurell K Hamilton just a little bit…strange? Yeah, yeah, it’s not like we don’t know how ‘quirky’ she can be, but still…

“In my books Anita wakes up nude beside a beautiful man, or men. She rolls over and sex ensues. Not just sex, but really good sex. When she can walk safely, she slips on something silky and begins to get ready for the day.

In real life today, I woke up nude beside a beautiful man. We cuddled, we talked, and then sex ensued, and yes, it was really good sex. When we could both walk safely, Jon threw on a robe and is now in the shower. I cleaned up and put on silk pajamas and a robe, and headed downstairs to start my day….

We haven’t seen Anita work out in a long time in the books. In reality I have to see a lot of gym time to look as good as I do, and it’s not as good as Anita looks. She’s still doing my pre-child, pre-marriage, pre-real job workout.
I’m trying and I’m about to get even more serious about getting fit and healthy, but where Anita just seems to exercise the way she eats, off stage, and magically, it’s a lot harder to fit into my life.

I did show Anita and some of the guys working out in the gym in the June book, Bullet. I wanted to show some of the real effort that goes into staying in that kind of shape. One other difference, I just looked at the clock.”

She seems to be comparing the differences in her fictional life, and real life, but I definitely get the feeling that she feels as if she’s a real-life Anita.

For more weirdness, pop over to her blog.

Thanks to you-know-who for the link.

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  • I’ve never read an Anita Blake book. *ducks* They weren’t high on my reading list. But the comments on how they’ve deteriorated from reasonably good stories to porn and that Anita now does more smex than vampire hunting…no, thanks. I really do like a story to go along with the smexing. Maybe LKH is just one of the rare Mary Sues who managed to make them entertaining enough to get published.

    Makes me glad I didn’t bother.

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  • I think a lot of authors use themselves as a basis for their characters and them change things to make the characters better or more interesting. LKH always seems a little more out there than some authors, but she’s also willing to discuss her characters, process and personal life more than most.

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  • Good grief. I NEVER need to know if someone sleeps in the nude and had “really good sex” this morning. TMI. TMI!

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  • Janean
    March 24
    3:15 pm

    I think LKH is the perfect example of why an author discussing her characters, process, and personal life is not always a good thing. LOL

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  • Randi
    March 24
    5:27 pm

    Theo,

    I don’t think you’re really missing anything. I read up to Danse Macabre and then had to stop. There is some pretty compelling evidence that her first husband had a significant hand in the writing of the books up until their divorce. Which pretty much explains why the writing went to crap afterwards. It might also have to do with the fact that she went all Anne Rice and doesn’t use an editor.

    I read pretty thoroughly in the vampire genre for a long time and never heard of her until a few years ago. This was almost a decade after she first started writing. She’s not all she thinks she is.

    As for the TMI-that’s pretty standard for LKH. It certainly squicks me out.

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  • I never read her work either. First person narrative puts me off 99.9% of the time so I didn’t bother. After that, whenever I thought about trying one of her books, I read another TMI moment from hers truly, which puts me off even further. And on top of it all, since I don’t know her at all, her online persona really doesn’t endear her to me. It does seem like her head substantially grew over the years and that being full of herself and overhyped are also words that could be associated to her. So, bottomline: no thanks. Incidentally, I apply all of the above to Anne Rice as well (except for the 1st person narrative). When I found out she dropped her editor (which, incidentally, I did notice without anyone having to tell me, and that is a lot to say, as I tend to be pretty forgiving), that was it for me.

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  • Maddie
    March 24
    8:21 pm

    WoW sad to see what a Mid-Life-Crisis does to a person. I see she is still talking smack about her daughter, as in if she didn’t have one, daughter that is she can have wild skanky monkey sex with her “BoyToy” in every room of the house.

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  • katieM
    March 24
    11:20 pm

    I used to read her before her books degenerated into bad porn. She does tell way to much about her life and then gets mad when people laugh and point.

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  • jmc
    March 25
    12:44 am

    I’ve long since abandoned LKH, despite friends saying with each new release, “Oh, but this one is better, not porn but an actual plot.” Yeah, no. The crazy exhibited above reminds me why I appreciate the fourth wall.

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  • LKH has been making comments alluding that Anita Blake is based on her for years now. While I don’t generally see an issue with authors commenting that they share traits with characters, LKH’s posts are disturbingly lacking of a healthy separation between fantasy and reality.

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  • […] two questions “Is Laurell K Hamilton Really Anita Blake?” and “Isn’t Laurell K Hamilton just a little bit…strange?”. So if we answer […]


  • I liked the first two books of the series okay. I didn’t read much past that. I think I have the first Merry Gentry in a pile somewhere? Those of you who’ve read more, how does it compare to the Anita series?

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  • Randi
    March 25
    3:44 pm

    Jody W: After the first book, Merry Gentry is just Anita Blake in skirts.

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  • DS
    March 25
    5:11 pm

    I read the first few as they were published, skipped last couple of paperback originals then read the first hardcover– Obsidian Butterfly, which I thought pretty good. And then I stopped reading her because I kept reading stranger and stranger things that she had written and done.

    I don’t know why I should be embarrassed for her because she seems to lack shame– or maybe this is a persona she cooked up to sell her books. She’s still grazing the best seller list if not actually making it in the top 16, isn’t she?

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  • I quit after 8 books. LKH is …special.

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  • Randi
    March 26
    3:00 pm

    Mireya: Another similarity between Anne Rice and LKH is they both wrote hate “letters” to their fans.

    Here’s LKH’s: http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/index.php/site/comments/dear_negative_reader

    And from Karen’s own blog, here’s the Anne Rice one:
    http://karenknowsbest.com/category/anne-rice/

    No matter how many times I read these, I still crack up. Priceless!

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  • It’s lines like this in her meltdown:

    There are books that don’t make you think that hard. Books that don’t push you past that comfortable envelope of the mundane. If you want to be comforted, don’t read my books. They aren’t comfortable books. They are books that push my character and me to the edge and beyond of our comfort zones.

    That guarantee I won’t ever read her. She thinks her books push you past the comfort level? Books that push her character and her to the edge and beyond? How is smexing with every walking dick edgy in any way?

    She’s much, much too full of herself for me and way too certain that her books should be Noble winners…

    Um…no.

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  • “When we could both walk safely” – why mention this? I don’t want to know. You had sex ‘really good sex’ – keep it to yourself and move on…

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  • Anybody else have an image of her singing “Sweet Mystery of Life” like Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstein?

    Now that’s something I’d like to see on YouTube.

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  • LJ
    March 29
    6:38 pm

    It sounds like LKH, like Anita Blake, doesn’t shower after sex. Just another thing I didn’t need to know about LKH. Seriously, why does anyone feel the need to share on that level?

    I saw LKH do a Q&A session at BookExpo America once. Jon was there. He sat in the front row staring at this young woman across the aisle the entire time. (I know because I’ve always had a creepy feeling about him after reading her blog and decided to watch him while LKH wasn’t looking at him. I wasn’t be creepy, just very nosey!) It made me feel sad for LKH because she talks him up so much. It’s never a good idea to brag about how good sex is with your man. Because in some cases other people see a different side of that man and it makes the woman look foolish.

    I gave up on LKH/Anita Blake after Incubus Dreams. I’ve avoided her blog for a long time. The typos used to drive me crazy.

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  • Ari
    June 24
    9:36 pm

    I love LKH you guys are nuts. Yeah, so what if her books have sex in them. Whats so wrong with being open about yourself? No one is making you pick up her book, and i certainly dont see you going out there to write anything better.

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  • katieM
    June 25
    12:34 am

    Three months later? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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  • sallahdog
    June 28
    12:28 pm

    hey it took that long to come up with such stunning insights as “if you don’t like it, don’t read it” Truly… amazing..

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  • Interestingly enough, if you are curious about Hamilton’s personal life you should read “The Diva Ate Her”, a kindle release. It was written by Hamilton’s ex-assistant Darla Cook. There were originally excerpts of this book on her myspace, which she has since removed in an attempt to be anonymous. When those excerpts were posted she claimed that this wasn’t based on Hamilton but the similarities between the book and real life are pretty strong.

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  • Lauren
    April 13
    1:09 am

    I’m sure many authors create characters which are similiar to themselves. But LKH has created a fantasy character which she wishes she could be.

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  • Josaphine A
    April 15
    7:45 pm

    Side-splitting. Truly. I used to enjoy her work until she began imposing her alter ego onto her main character (Anita). If that weren’t enough she then saw fit to create an alter ego for her alter ego (Gentry). Sigh…. Initially I was morbidly fascinated. Now I’m quite literally amazed. She either doesn’t realize or doesn’t care that her work has failed to be anything short of a Wash, Rise and Repeat for years now. Gentry? Blake? Hamilton?They’re all the same! LOL. Same physical description, same penchant for over-sharing, same sad self delusions. The photos really say a lot. I mean really? Is that a gun she’s holding? The very strange blog and website says the rest. Loving the “mask photos”. Oh…oh dear.

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  • Ameila
    April 21
    1:41 am

    I have been a fan of Hamilton for over a decade. I met her for the first time almost ten years ago, as a junior in high school. She inspired me to become writer, follow my dreams, and not be afraid of rejection. Therefore I think you can understand some of the sadness which comes with saying that Hamilton’s behavior towards her fans has cost her my readership.

    I have been continually frustrated with Hamilton’s behiavior for several years. However, at the end of one of Hamilton’s recent blogs, I made the mistake of asking the question as to whether or not the release date of the next Merry book was know. In response to my short question, I recieved the following response from her forum moderators:

    “I am hoping that you did not write the post with the intent of coming into Laurell’s house and being rude with your questions. I am hoping that you genuinely were confused and not just being snarky to Laurell because you did not like what you read in her blog. However, even if you were not intending to be rude, this post does come across as snarky and very “in your face” because you were not happy with what you read in her blog.”

    I was appalled by the argession, disrespect, and the accuusatory manner in which this was written, in response to what I beleived, an just an innosent question. If this is how Hamilton is now treating her fans, then I can no long count myself among them.

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  • Narodnik
    June 25
    12:04 am

    @Randi:

    the link to LKH’s letter is gone, nothing is there. Her books were good up until Incubus Dreams. Hit List was pretty good again, but it took off from the scanty plot lines in the porn she wrote from Incubus Dreams on.

    What she writes is just damned boring. Kiss the Dead had practically no plot, meager, it could have ben so much more interesting.

    I do not buy books, so no loss. I go to the Library.

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  • Daniel Perry
    January 26
    8:41 am

    I am a big laurall hamilton fan and i have read all her anita blake books and only a few of the gentry ones . so what if it has sex . they are very good stories ( that is why it is called fiction people ) if you want boring i bet the library has law books you can check out . i hope she writes many more books in the future
    sincerely
    Daniel Perry

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