Surely you’ve heard of the title or have seen the 1994 movie adaptation with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise (swoon). Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice is a cult class vampire novel published in 1976. Coincidentally, this coming May is the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Interview with the Vampire.
How I came across the book: With the vampire craze in the last ten years, it is hard not to have come across Interview with the Vampire. Although it was published in the seventies, it remains one of the best contemporary vampire novels. I had been meaning to read it for a long time. A few years ago, I bought myself a kobo ereader thinking that I would save money and space on books. I borrowed Interview with the Vampire from an electronic library service.
Recently, I went to a used bookstore and found a paperback copy of Interview with the Vampire for $2 along with The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Armand (other books in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles). Needless to say I was overjoyed!
In contemporary New Orleans, a young man comes across a vampire and asks him to recount his life’s story… Interview with the Vampire tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a plantation owner living in New Orleans in the year 1791. After loosing his younger brother, Louis becomes suicidal and wants nothing more than release from his suffering. Louis’ reckless and destructive behavior leads him to the vampire Lestat. Lestat resolves to turn Louis into a vampire, and together they prowl the night in search of their victims.
Through the pain and misery Louis feels in his new life among the undead, he is forced to ask a rudimentary question: what is evil?
About the Book
Title: Interview with the Vampire
Author: Anne Rice
Series: The Vampire Chronicles
Year Published: 1976
What happens when you take the style of a personal memoir and cross it with a vampire horror story? The result is Interview with the Vampire.
While reading Interview with the Vampire a second time around, I found that I was able to appreciate the descriptions and character more than the actual plot. The prose is extremely atmospheric. Rice captures the melancholic reminiscence of Louis through his lavish descriptions of his life as a vampire. No detail is wasted. Every sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch is there for a reason.
And I could feel it on my hands on the counterpane pitcher. I lay in the bed thinking about all the things the vampire had told me, and then it was that I said good-bye to the sunrise and went out to become a vampire. It was… the last sunrise” – Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
Readers who are expecting a fast paced action story will be sorely disappointed. There are novels out there that are deemed “good” because of the story, and then there are others that are deemed “good” because they have vivid characters. This novel tends to focus on character development rather than having an exciting plotline. Rice is probably one of the best novelists when it comes to creating memorable characters. She tends to create well-rounded characters that are not only fascinating, but haunting. Louis and Lestat will stay in your mind long after you have put the book down.This book is a must-read for any fan of paranormal fiction, especially those who are madly obsessed with vampires.
Final grade: A
Until next time,