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Interview With A Vampire

Anne Rice's vampire novel published in 1976 and the first novel of "The Vampire Chronicles".

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Just how I like my vampires

  • Jul 7, 2010
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I have to say that I first saw the movie when I was nine and found out it was also a book later. This book was what got me hooked on Anne Rice. I don't see myself interested in anything Twilight because for me at least, this book tells what vampires should be. As I tell my friends I like my vampires dark, crispy in the sunlight, unsparkly, and fangy.

This book spans many years in the lives of Louis and his maker Lestat.  What makes it so interesting is you get to see that not all vampires are evil the moment they are "reborn". Louis was a plantation owner that was in a state of grief and depression. Through Anne Rice's series you see how badly Lestat wants to feel every emotion. It is because of Louis' emotional state that Lestat decides to make a companion of him. However, it becomes clear that Louis and Lestat differ very much in their idea of the undead "life". Louis refuses to kill humans and instead eats rats and other small animals. Lestat on the other hand relishes the chance to kill. 

They travel frequently because of Lestat's hunger and disregard of humans. Louis begins to accept the idea of leaving Lestat who berates and taunts him every chance he gets. Louis' emotions get the best of him when he finds a small girl crying beside her dead mother's body. Feeling that she would be better off dead Louis drinks from her. Lestat uses Louis' guilt to his advantage and turns the young girl so that Louis must stay with Lestat and the young girl, Claudia. Together they teach her but she too begins to resent Lestat. She is forever trapped in a child's body and is an impulsive vampire.

I'll stop there so that I don't ruin it for others but I think it's the scope of emotions that each vampire possesses that makes Anne Rice's books so alluring. They don't just mindlessly feed on humans with voracious appetites. In fact, in another novel we get to know Marius, Lestat's maker, better. He chooses to feed only on humans who are "bad". Murderers and the like. It's the bits of humanity and how they continue to learn that make them so appealing.

Not to mention Brad Pitt and a young Tom Cruise as Louis and Lestat in the movie. Hot!

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March 06, 2011
I concur. I like that everything, monsters included, have rules that they have to live by (even if they don't want to). This crap about, "Oh, I'm 300 years old and am lying on the beach getting a tan." is absolute garbage. I very much enjoyed Tom Cruise's portrayal of Lestat and would have liked to have seen him in subsequent films. Brad Pitt, I'm sorry to say; was (as always) Brad Pitt. I also feel this was Kirsten Dunst's finest work. The book (as always) was far superior to the film, and this film was far superior to "The Queen Of The Damned" (affectionately referred to by my wife as "The Damned Queen" as it is interminably long). Kudos again on an excellent and concise review.
 
July 07, 2010
Funny, since I knew the movie so well, I skipped that book and started on the rest which lead me to read all of her Vampire books. I have to agree, while I enjoyed the light read of Twilight, I will never see vampires, any way but how Anne Rice has created them. Had me so hooked!
 
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review by . July 16, 2010
I cannot give higher praise to Interview with the Vampire than to say that I wish I had never read this book so that I could have the pleasure of reading it for the first time once more. I try to return to this story every couple of years because it is one of the best pieces of horror fiction ever created. Dracula may be the vampire novel that set the precedent but Interview challenged the accepted rules and made the genre its own.       The book opens with the main character, …
review by . June 28, 2010
   There are hundreds of vampire novels popping up in every bookstore today, trying to jump on the undead popularity bandwagon that was sparked up again by Stephenie Meyer’s  Twilight Saga.  But how to know which of these works of modern literature are even worth your time?  If you are interested in a more classic view of vampires, I would recommend Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, the first book in her The Vampire Chronicles series.  Be warned though, …
Quick Tip by . November 11, 2010
First in the best series ever written that looks at the vampire from the inside.
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
hands down my favorite vampire book of all eternity! this was the book that brought me into my love of the undead....Anne Rice is the queen of my realm!
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
this is exactly how i like my vampires. fanged, daylight fearing, coffin sleeping, and full of life...as far as the undead go
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
No vampire novel could ever beat this perfect romance. You can give the Twilight to a Britney Spears fan, but Interview with the Vampire is dedicated to a seletive people. You choose between the pop and the best.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Skip the movie, read the book. Lestat is larger than life (or death?). Twilight vampires could learn something from the way he struggles with moral questions and appreciates centuries of art and history.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
One of the greatest vampire novels of all time. Anne Rice is phenomenal.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
First of Rice's vampire books I read. great vacation book.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
The original and still the best of the vampire books today!
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In the now-classic novelInterview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire myth for a late-20th-century audience. The story is ostensibly a simple one: having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their "dark gift" to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind (notably the ancient vampire Armand) in Paris. But a summary of this story bypasses the central attractions of the novel. First and foremost, the method Rice chose to tell her tale--with Louis' first-person confession to a skeptical boy--transformed the vampire from a hideous predator into a highly sympathetic, seductive, and all-too-human figure. Second, by entering the experience of an immortal character, one raised with a deep Catholic faith, Rice was able to explore profound philosophical concerns--the nature of evil, the reality of death, and the limits of human perception--in ways not possible from the perspective of a more finite narrator.

While Rice has continued to investigate history, faith, and philosophy in subsequent Vampire novels (including The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and The Vampire Armand), Interview remains a treasured masterpiece. It is that ...

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Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Gothic Horror, Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Alfred A. Knopf
Date Published: April 12, 1976

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