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Awkward Author Book Reviews: Interview with the Vampire

Time to launch into discussion again! What did you think of the Anne Rice classic, Interview With the Vampire?

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4 thoughts on “Awkward Author Book Reviews: Interview with the Vampire

  1. The balance between brooding and whiny is a hard rope to walk. If the characters have reason for their broodiness I’m more sympathetic, but if they’re upset because they didn’t get the newest sports car, I’m less inclined to pity.

    Louis and Lestat’s dynamic was an abusive relationship so while Louis could be a bit over the top with his melodrama, I felt bad for him in that effect. I like Lestat much better in later iterations, and I think might, too, but Anne’s style stays pretty consistent throughout her writing. I find it hard myself to get into some of her books for that very reason.

    She has a series about angels that you’d think I’d be all for, but the pacing is problematic (though I was happy that it wasn’t at all similar to anything I’ve written. God knows I don’t need that problem with something else…). If the prose is good enough, I can get past that, but I haven’t found the magic spot with that series. Her revived vampire books starting with Prince Lestat is quite good though (even though I haven’t yet finished that).

      1. Memnoch the Devil. It’s the fifth book in the original Vampire Chronicles. It actually shaped a lot of my current angel notions especially the ones about how they hide their wings when they’re not necessary, but that seems to be a common trope (e.g. Constantine, FFVII, Supernatural [I think]), but that was the first place I’d read about it. It was also one of the first stories that made me consider the “devil’s” point of view and how you should always consider both sides before making a decision. The winners write history and the great books, and they tend to paint themselves in a better light had the losers’ point of view been considered.

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