Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles
February 03, 2011
I am so over vampires….or should I say the present day vampires. I have read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and I will honestly admit that I was taken with the story. The writing is horrendous, but it’s the love story that captivated me; I am a girl after all. Once it ended though, I didn’t pick up the rest. I have seen the movie New Moon and received Eclipse as a Christmas gift, but I don’t have a burning desire to see it or read it. I probably will someday, but I long for a different kind of vampire: the unattainable creature of the night that caught my attention 17 years ago.
In 1994, Hollywood decided to bring the vampires of New Orleans to life with the movie Interview with the Vampire. There was much hoopla over the casting of Tom Cruise as the blonde villain Lestat. The author of the novel, Anne Rice, detested the choice, but later praised him for a job well done. I went to the local bookstore to pick up my copy of the book, and after reading the first chapter, I knew I was in love and nothing else could compare.
Anne Rice’s vampires are gothic, reflective, romantic, lyrical, brutal, and beautiful. They breathed life into the stories of the undead. These vampires lead solitary lives between centuries and continents, but it’s the occasional love and companionship they seek out in each other that captures the imagination. Now, that’s not to say some vampires in the Vampire Chronicles aren’t out for blood, no pun intended. Anne Rice had to write some kind of conflict in her stories, but the themes go deeper than werewolves vs. vampires. She takes these bloodsucking, soulless creatures and hands them topics such as God and the Devil, good vs. evil, spiritually vs. organized religion. It’s clearly the author’s way of coming to terms with these subjects. As of late, her fans can see she has yet to conquer that battle within.
If you have never read these novels, start with Interview with the Vampire, then The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, and then Tale of the Body Thief. Anne Rice continues the series with Memnoch the Devil and The Vampire Armand, but those, in my opinion, lack the allure of the first four books. With the weather being cold outside, curl up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and tales of romanticized vampires and please forget about Edward, Jacob and Bella.
Crystal M-STags: vampires