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16th Aug 2009, 07:37 PM
So, I know I'm not the only person here that likes it. But what do you guys like about it? I love how much more real the vampires are than in Twilight. The series completely captivates me. But apparently Lestat and Louis are only in the first two books, so I think those are the only ones I'm going to read. And I've only bought those two so far anyway. And Lestat is hot. There's just one problem: Why is Lestat a rock star? Why? *screams in terror* I mean, a sadistic vampire....1980's rock star? It doesn't make sense. I'm only about halfway through Interview With The Vampire but I cheated and read a little about The Vampire Lestat. The result was me running to find my mom and confirm this horrible fact.
19th Aug 2009, 04:11 AM
dont cheat, is not good, and yes, lestat is a rock star, I have no problem whith that though, if you read the rest of lestat, youll find that it suits him..., and lestat is the main character, all, well allmost all the 10 books are about him, but the ones that dosent are really cool also, like armand the vampire is a great book, you should get the next one, the queen of the dammed, is really good =)
and yeah, lestats pwns edward any day
19th Aug 2009, 08:17 AM
Indeed, Lestat pwns Edward any day. :D Then again, all Anne Rice vampires pwn the Twilight ones. She writes so well that when she said that Lestat made her write a book about him, I almost started to believe her.
I've only read Interview with the Vampire(twice) and The Vampire Lestat. I liked The Vampire Lestat better. He's definitely my favourite vampire. :)
19th Aug 2009, 03:23 PM
I won't cheat anymore. :P I just wanted to know what it was about. I do that with every book I touch, pretty much. except the twilight series. I just picked them up and basically obsessed over them for a long time. But Interview With The Vampire is way better, and I realize that. I'll buy the rest of the series after I finish The Vampire Lestat. Which I haven't even started. *headdesk*
19th Aug 2009, 05:11 PM
I have read most of the Vampire books from Anne Rice and I have to say Interview with a Vampire, Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned and finally Tale of the Body Thief are the ones that I enjoyed the most. Not for any other reasons, but they seemed very well done and gave the reader a feeling the books were real in a sense. I never read the personal stories of Armand or the others simply because when I tried, the books just didn't "have the same flavor" as the original ones of the series.
She also has The Witching Hour series and The Mummy which I found to be great reads too, even though they are not about vampires.
19th Aug 2009, 08:01 PM
I haven't read all of the books by Anne Rice, though I have read a few: Interview with a Vampire, the Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, Vittorio and Pandora. I must say that out of all of the vampires I prferred Maharet, Marius, Pandora and Vittorio; albeit the latter to a slightly lesser extent. I liked their history far, far more than Lestat.
Anne Rice is a far, far superior writer to Stephanie Meyer and she has a definite better grasp of characterisation and fleshing out character history. However, where I find the latter writers attempts to be quite abominable, Anne Rice in my opinion has a rather pretentious way of writing.
20th Aug 2009, 09:00 AM
I've read them all.. I preferred Interview with the Vampire over Vampire Lestat. I will say Memnoch the Devil was a little iffy for me but as far as Vampire Chronicles vs Twilight Saga, Vampire Chronicles any day.
I wont say that Stephanie Meyers books are bad because they aren't, I read them and they held my interest, but I would say there is a lack of sophistication with her writing.. at least compared to Anne Rice but Ms. Rice has a few more books under her belt even excluding the books shes wrote under pseudonyms..
I would say if you weren't interested in reading the entire Vampire Chronicles I would read Interview with the Vampire, Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned.. those were my absolute favorite.
20th Aug 2009, 08:23 PM
Lestat and Louis are not limited to the first two books of the series- being arguably the two most vibrant and well-defined characters of Anne Rice's ensemble, they both play central roles (Louis to a lesser degree) in at least the first five books, and even the later memoirs devoted to Marius and Magnus both involve their patronship and education of Lestat.
I think that Anne Rice is a masterful writer, and her lush description is exactly the kind of prose I like to both read and write. I must admit that her digressions about Catholicism have come to strike me as quite tedious in the later books (especially in The Vampire Armand, although the portrait of Rennaissance Venice was breathtaking), but her controlled characterization is exquisite. If pressured to choose, I would select The Vampire Lestat or Blood and Gold as my favorites, but I sincerely enjoyed all of the books. Although, I was not a fan of Queen of the Damned; the new characters were hopelessly dull, and the only humorous part in the entire book was when Lestat was bathed by all of those women. That was one of those parts where I had to chuckle and think," Oh, that's SO Lestat."
Lestat is such a dynamic character, and it is beyond me how anyone could make a favorite of a character other than him. However, it does not seem unfeasible for him to be a rock star- considering his flamboyant personality and need to impress, I think that such an occupation suits him quite well. I think that the most interesting thing about his character is his pervasive need for companionship- he hates to be alone, and the fact that he engineered Gabrielle, Louis, and Claudia to follow him into the night is more than enough evidence of that personal truth.
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