Ann Rice's Vampire chronicles

catseyekitty

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Out of 'Interview with a Vampire', 'The Vampire Lestat', and 'Queen of the Damned' have the viewers of this thread seen? I've noticed the the character 'Lestat' discribes me...quite...almost perfectly. My personal favorite is 'Interview with a Vampire' is my personal favorite.

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catseyekitty, I moved your thread to the Horror Forum, seeing that Anne Rice belonged more in horror than the Young Adult Forum.
Feel free to discuss Anne's works as you would like. I personally enjoyed both books, but it's been sometime since I've read them. I liked Lestat.
 

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I've recently read several more of the "Vampire Chronicles including Merrick, Blackwood Farm, Blood Canticle and I've two more on my bookshelf untouched (so far). In the most recent of these she merges The Vampire Chronicles with the Taltos (Mayfair Witches) stories (All she needs now is to throw in her soft core porn stories and tie everything together). She's probably not done but I have no idea where she's going now.
 

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I've collected many of Anne's books. I don't think I'll ever get over her change in writing style. I guess all good things come to an end.
I think my favorite is The Vampire Lestat.
 

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I loved the first few books in the Vampire Chronicles. Lestat is such a great character. She did lose me towards the end though. I thought Merrick, Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle were sub-quality.
 

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I may have imagined it, but isn't Anne Rice returning to the Vampire Chronicles?
 

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I may have imagined it, but isn't Anne Rice returning to the Vampire Chronicles?
To the Vampire no... She is into warewolf now it seem


Have a question on Queen of the Damned anyone can tell me how The sun weekness of the vampire tie with the spirit Amel i don't remember and it's torturing me. thanks you
 

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Anne Rice is definitely a wonderful author. The Vampire Chronicles are all very good. I am currently reading The Vampire Armand. Thus far all have had great plots and emotionally deep ideas to ponder. I cannot compare her to much else. They are not as gore-stricken as you might think -- the characters are quite human, and I find them asking and occasionally answering questions that I, at least, believe run through many people's minds all the time.
All of the books are good, though. I can't pick a favorite.
 

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I always felt that I needed about six baths after reading one of her books.

You can see how she paved the way for Stephanie Meyer - and I think both should be buried facedown at a crossroads at Midnight with stakes through their hearts.
 

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Of the first five, Tales of the Body Thief was my personal favourite. I enjoyed the others (with the exception of Memnoch the Devil).
 

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I very much enjoyed The Vampire Lestat when younger, reading both a graphic novel version, and then the novel.

For some reason, though, I never felt like tackling Interview with a Vampire, or Queen of the Damned.
 

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I loved 'Interview with a Vampire,' I haven't got round to reading the rest of The Vampire Chronicles yet, but they're on my 'to read list.' I really enjoy reading Gothic Literature like Ann Rice and Peter Ackroyd. Poppy Z. Brite's 'Lost Souls' is another good book, I love how Rice and Brite explore the monstrosity of humanity in their work.
 

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It's been a long time since I have read a few, but a lot stayed with me. I think hers is the only vampire universe I really enjoyed. The main reason I love Anne Rice's vampire universe is that it is about vampires and a 'realistic' take on that with a motive on human. I think this is also the reason why the books have an adult appeal. It always seemed to me that by creating certain kind of rules in her universe and never crossing them, she shot quite a few birds. And in the end this is what made these novels so good. She is not trying to keep anyone happy. She doesn't apologise. Some general spoilers ahead.

Vampires do not have actually relationships with humans. That was the first thing that won me over. Most importantly, romantic relationships. They are not attracted to humans in any way other than seeing them as food. Considering the nature of the fantasy species we call vampire, this provides a very solid sense of realism. I think, I've always found the idea ridiculous, not because vampires are far more superior than humans and immortal, but simply because humans are their basic food group. But then they are cut off from earthly pleasures, which makes it a perfect explanation for their extreme lust for blood.

There are very few vampires in the beginning of this universe, because being a vampire is not a dreamy way of life. It's really dark, suffocating and disgusting. Lots of brilliant points. That turning a human to a vampire is a very big deal. That most vampires do perish, because they cannot adapt to the times, or any change. But then there are almost nothing to adapt before modernism really took its roots and then she spins this on its head perfectly with the twentieth century; the new breed of vampires and the new 'zeitgeist'.

Blood is seen as knowledge and information by vampires. They can't drink the last drop. That they 'learn' from it anything unique about the human. Vampires actually have a disturbing appearance in light, up close. Even a small amount of sun light affects them. There was a detail mentioned -related to Lestat?- a vampire can harm his own sense of hearing by the sheer power of his voice.

These and a lot of more I can't remember now, all brilliant details she has built around a fantasy species, have made it delicious. All the between the lines details about defining vampires as the beings existing trapped at the edge of the nature, in suspension, exploiting its laws... can't move anywhere else. Because besides a few very certain rules, they don't know about themselves; being a vampire either. Nobody knows real limits or powers of vampires. Or what a human will be as a vampire.

And as a result, it seems these stories are telling what is all about being a human, more than a lot of other non fantasy fiction or nonficiton telling about humans. I realise that today these grand themes are worn out, oversimplified, even emptied. But I just checked, 'Interview with the Vampire' was published in 1976 -I thought early 80s for a moment- and for that period and a few decades after honestly, it is a very big deal to be able tackle a grand theme this way. It's philosophy, lol, it is ontology in disguise. Also a good proof that fiction is the best way to get around with philosphy.

Probably too long for a first post, but I haven't thought about Anne Rice for a long time and felt the need to write what I feel when saw the title. Looking around today, esp. the last examples of the vampire genre, this lady's work is still at the top. Politely put, a lot of key elements in recent works 'inspired' by her anyway.
 
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The only two vampire novels that have stayed with me are Dracula (obvs) and Brian Stableford's exceptional The Empire Of Fear.
I only mention it here as there's no dedicated place for Brian Stableford's work!
 

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I'm not a big reader of the Vampire genre, but I should go back to read some of her other Vampire Chronicles.
 

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Out of 'Interview with a Vampire', 'The Vampire Lestat', and 'Queen of the Damned' have the viewers of this thread seen? I've noticed the the character 'Lestat' discribes me...quite...almost perfectly. My personal favorite is 'Interview with a Vampire' is my personal favorite.

Should I not be on the thread, please message me.
I am partial to Queen of the Damned. Of the three it is best..
 
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