Anne Rice


Oct 11, 2007
Johannesburg, SA
I was watching Interview with the Vampire last nite and forgot what a good movie it was. I did not enjoy Queen of the Damned as much but it wasn't too bad. Has anyone read her books? Care to make some comments about her work?
read the books, interview, fairly close to the book. lots of morbid whining in both cases. Queen of the damned, they tried to get parts from the interim book, The Vampire Lestat, to fill in plot holes. overall the movie bit. read a number of the books, began to be erotic tales to my eyes. though with fangs, instead of other equipment...
I thought that the book of "Interview with a Vampire" was far better than the film so I would definitely recommend reading it. Haven't read any of the other books but wouldn't mind one day...
Have read the main lot of books, which are as follows:
Interview with the Vampire
The Vampire Lestat
The Queen of the Damned
The Tale of the Body Thief
Memnoch the Devil

They were all certainly much better than the movie for me and I liked the fact that she created a complete history as it were for her vampires, right down to an explanation for the creation of the very first one. I too would recommend reading the books.
I read most of the vampire books too. The first three were good, IMHO. I read some other stuff by her and it seemed like everything she wrote devolved into thinly veiled kiddie-porn after a while. It all got pretty gross.
I have read most Anne Rice books (at least the ones published under her real name).
Enjoyed most of them, am avidly awaiting any further Vampire Chronicles or Mayfair Witches books.

Wasn't that impressed by Christ the Lord, haven't yet read the second one.
I have read most of her books. I love her ability to describe a place and time in such a way that I feel as though I've been there. Especially her descriptions of New Orleans.

I stopped reading her books for a while because they were just too graphic, and I'm not easily offended, but Cry To Heaven was waaaaaay over the top. When I got to the part about the priest having a sexual relationship with the boy eunich, that's when I tossed it, literally, in the trash. Nothing was sacred with her.

I really liked Christ The Lord, though. I thought it was fascinating to think about what He must have been like as a child, not that I think her account is historically acurate, but it certainly is entertaining. Perhaps she has found christianity.

I really liked Christ The Lord, though. I thought it was fascinating to think about what He must have been like as a child, not that I think her account is historically acurate, but it certainly is entertaining. Perhaps she has found christianity.

Rice was raised as a Catholic, as I recall and, for many years (due to various circumstances) "lost her faith" -- though I think, given her approach to a lot of things connected to such in her books, this is a dubious assertion, as it seems more like someone going through a certain stage of disillusionment while trying to come to terms with the idealistic views of their religion when confronted with the actual realities, rather than someone who has truly examined the subject... an emotional, rather than intellectual, reaction, in other words. According to what I'm hearing, a few years ago, she "rediscovered" her faith, and yes, she is once more of the religious camp.

That being the case, from what I'm hearing from her, it is highly unlikely that she will be turning out any further books of the Vampire Chronicles or the Mayfair witches, etc., but will be writing religious novels... at least, for the foreseeable future....
In every single one of Rice's books there is a lot of religious, particularly Catholic, undertones. You can tell from her writings that she has a lot of religious background, or at least has committed to quite a bit of study. I'm thinking about reading Called Out of Darkness, which I think is like, her personal confessional, I'm not big on reading those type of books though, but it seems to get a lot of good reviews.

I decided my daughter is old enough to read Ann Rice...she's working on the Vampire Academy set right now, but is going to read those next.
Yes, from what I understand, Called Out of Darkness is the story of her "reconversion" to Catholicism....
I have to say that out of all of her novels that I've read, "The Witching Hour" is the one that sticks out the most to me. It dragged in some parts but I also found it quite creepy in others. The Vampire Chronicles are great reads too but "The Witching Hour" is my favorite of hers so far.
Tales of the Body Thief was my first taster of Anne Rice. I must admit that all of the Vampire Lestate novels that i had read, that one was my favourite. I enjoyed the Witching Hour too.
Love Anne Rice, all her characters were 3 dimentional, and usually took you by surprise as you read her books. I think Interview with the Vampire is my favourite of her books, but probably only because it was the first one of hers I read.
have to say though, the film of Queen of the Damned was awful, in my opinion. Stephen Townsend fell prey to one of the increasingly popular acting flaws 'wooden acting'. I think he was trying so hard to come across deep and conflicted that he ended up just seeming apathetic
I loved Interview, Vamp Lestat and Queen as a teen. They haven't aged well for me.
She began the emo vampire movement which, sadly, has spawned Twilight, True Blood and whatnot. Her vamps atleast still had some edge.

The Mummy was one I was curious/intrigued by.
It's a shame that you would liken Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles to Stephanie Meyer's lame-ass Twilight series. To me, Twilight is even in the same galaxy as the awesomeness that is the Vampire Chronicles. I understand what you are saying but couldn't disagree more.

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