With Halloween just over and Twilight and its actors everywhere you look, it seems like the perfect time to look back at some classic vampires; the ones created by Anne Rice.
Rice’s vampires don’t sparkle like Stephanie Meyers’ and they don’t get bumpy like Joss Whedon’s, but like both of the authors’ creations, they have had a movie made about them (two actually.) The first, Interview with the Vampire, is her best known book as well as the most recognized film.
Rice’s vampires are very sexual beings. They are more sexually active then the ones flitting around a High School in The Vampire Diaries but not quite as vividly promiscuous as those on HBO in True Blood. Wow, vampire fans really have a lot to choose from these days, huh?
In Rice’s books, she confirms a metaphor that Dracula hinted at. All that biting and sucking is just a gorier version of sex. Just as in Twilight ( SPOILER ALERT!) Bella finally seduces her vampire lover she suddenly ends up pregnant and gruesomely undead, the human victims in Rice’s books are seduced by lovely killers and rarely live to tell the tale.
Though it is a surprisingly accurate adaption, Interview with the Vampire only hints at the complexity of the relationships between the vampires that last for centuries. Vampires may seem cliché and over done these days, but Rice’s books are compelling and exciting. Other wise, they wouldn’t have been turned into 2 movies, a ballet, and even a musical.
Using her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana as the backdrop for her novels adds an interesting layer to the stories. A city with such a rich any mysterious history is the perfect setting for a story about creatures of the dark who have been roaming around for centuries.
Another important theme in Rice’s vampire anthology is religion. Holding onto her faith while disagreeing with the church’s stand on important issues like gay rights and abortion has caused a struggle that Rice reflects in her books. Louis’ guilt over trying to make peace with the monster he has become and the god-fearing man he was seems like an amplified version of Rice’s own confusion about her relationship with god.
The books have something for everyone. They flow through America’s rich history, there is romance and sex, and even some heart felt relationships between people who have created their own families. Rice’s books are anything but dead.