Hi everyone, I'm back <3
Unfortunately I'm very sleepy and bleh from working too many hours for DEFINITELY too little pay (I'm a volunteer) but I have returned victorious with some new tops, a sunhat with a socking great raven feather in it, and a cream-coloured lacy bustle skirt. On the cheap. (I know you guys don't care about my shopping. But I like to tell you. So just smile and nod until you get to the end of the paragraph, OK?)
Parajunkee's View Vampire Reading Challenge #6 - Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
|Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as Louis and Lestat in the movie adaptation|
Overrated cliche, you say? Speaking personally, I say phooey. I'm not exactly a Vamp Chronicles obsessive, but my heart belongs to Louis and I would gnaw off my own arm for an all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans. Where I would spend my time wandering in the cemeteries, posing for photos outside Ms Rice's not-so-humble abode, and running about the humid streets going "Ohmigod, ohmigod, this is where Lestat lives in the book!" Bite me.
Now that I have managed to get two paragraphs into a book review without actually telling you anything about the book, we shall begin.
Interview with the Vampire is often described as a classic work of horror fiction (yes, really, haters), athough I'm not sure who would actually find it scary. It is the 'true' story of the life and undeath of vampire Louis du Point du Lac, originally a New Orleans plantation owner, who tells his story to a young journalist with all the cynicism and despair of one who has lived a couple of centuries steeped in what he believes is 'evil' and goes on living without any further hope of redemption.
Louis's story sets the stage for further Chronicles, introducing many of the unforgettable, charismatic cast who have captured the hearts of numerous Goth girls since the late 1980s. Blonde, charismatic, devil-may-care Lestat de Lioncourt is Louis's maker; he may be selfish and narcissistic but he is loveable nonetheless. Unlike Louis, who spends a lot of time wallowing in angst and guilt, Lestat is fierce and wild and carefree. There is something almost instinctual in his pursuit of hedonistic pleasures, and his dandified manner stands in great contrast to the great delight he takes in his position at the head of the food chain.
Claudia is the child vampire created by Lestat and a reluctant Louis - cold and calculating evil beneath a mask of innocence, she has Lestat's predatory nature and Louis's thirst for knowledge. It is Claudia's creation that begins to chip away at Louis's humanity, and his love for her that drives him to condone and even take part in acts that degrade it further still.
This is a story about real vampires; preternatural predators who no longer remember nor care what it means to be a mortal. They are capricious, passionate, and above all, dangerous. I would like to say that it's action-packed, but that gives the wrong impression - there are no gunfights, car chases or cheap thrills, but there is violence, and murder, and eroticism, and tension, and betrayal.
For me the best thing about this book is Anne Rice's prose; the rhythm of it is almost hypnotic, and each page brims with lush description without becoming self-indulgent or pompously long-winded. It lulls the reader into a decadent waking dream, where Rice's vampires are just as real - if not more so - than the physical world.