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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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The First in this Series and the Best!

  • May 16, 2009
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A very interesting redefinition of the vampire lore. The book that began the Anne Rice craze. By far the best in the series (sequels never live up to the original). I for one found this to be a complete tale that had no need for any follow-up. However, the power of the dollar and a legion of fans caused Ms. Rice to try to invent some sort of follow-up tales.

The character of Louis is so interesting as is the mysterious LeStat. We also have a fascinating cast of characters inhabiting the Theater of the Vampires.

The narration is fascinating as the interviewer observes all types of eerie body movements from his vampire subject during the interview.

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May 18, 2009
My favorite is "The Vampire Lestat." I didn't take a REAL interest in the vampire chronicles until I read an interview with Anne Rice where she said that a friend had told her that Lestat was the real hero in "Interview." After that feedback she rethought the character and that motivated her to tell Lestat's point of view.
May 18, 2009
I didn't like Lestat because alot of it was a retelling of the first tale. The Queen of the Damned also seemed to do this.
May 18, 2009
My least favorite was "Tale of the Body Thief". What did you think about "Memnoch"?
May 18, 2009
Took it out of the library and couldn't get beyond 100 pages because it was too boring.
May 18, 2009
Well, at least that means you didn't get hit with late fees! ;-)
 
May 18, 2009
I found it fairly interesting because I always like to see a new spin on the old legends, but it got blown up out of all proportion. My favorite moments now are those that ridicule the Anne Rice style vampire and its fans. They took a pretty good swing at them in an episode of BUFFY.
May 18, 2009
I think Rice started a whole wave of new Vampire lore by writing this book. The True Blood series on HBO seems to follow the way the vampires are depicted in Rice's books
May 18, 2009
Can't deny that. Its there, for better or worse.
 
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review by . July 07, 2010
Just how I like my vampires
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 …
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 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!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
One of the better vampire series
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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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