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to think Interview with a Vampire is a piece of crap and the reviews lied to me.

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knittynoodle Sun 16-Oct-11 20:07:18

Ok, perhaps I jumped on this band wagon 20 years too late but I've just finished reading this slow, drawn out novel after everyone I know (except one friend) said it was the definitive vampire novel. Even the reviews from Amazon were great.

I just found it all so childish and although everyone says its not like the porn filled stereotypical vampire yarn, I found that it was exactly that! The repressed homosexuality was glaring, and the 'sensual' child vampire just freaked me out.
I couldn't follow Anne Rice's writing because she spends too long describing what everyone is thinking, you don't get any real description of the beauty of Paris, and it felt very much like she wanted to write erotica but bottled it, so made it about vampires instead.

Dracula is the definitive vampire novel. Also, I hate the bitch for spawning Stephanie Meyer (who is also sexually repressed if you ask me!)

AIBU? My DP loved it [hmmm]

BabyJanesDummy Sun 16-Oct-11 20:09:05

Yeah, I think its rubbish too, but my DH thinks its very good, go figure!

FearTricksPotter Sun 16-Oct-11 20:10:21

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JamieComeHome Sun 16-Oct-11 20:10:41

the film was rubbish too.

JamieComeHome Sun 16-Oct-11 20:11:43

Xpost FearTricks !

I can't forgive Keanu Reeves his terrible accent, and it was sooooo looongggg

BarbarianMum Sun 16-Oct-11 20:13:21

I liked it when I was 13 blush

FearTricksPotter Sun 16-Oct-11 20:14:13

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Earthdog Sun 16-Oct-11 20:14:24

Oh I loved the film!

EsmeWeatherwax Sun 16-Oct-11 20:16:20

Gosh, no, yanbu, it's shite. I read it years ago when I was a teenager, even then I thought it was mince. The next two are quite good as I remember though, much faster paced at the very least. Probably quite childishly over done too though, I haven't read them for years. All very angsty.

purplewerepidj Sun 16-Oct-11 20:17:00

Anne Rice's vampires are awesome. But I hated Interview With, worst of the lot IMO!

LiegeAndLief Sun 16-Oct-11 20:17:42

Maybe you should have watched the film instead. I was utterly obsessed with it at about 16 and can still remember most of the words - and Antonio Banderas makes a much more attractive vampire than Robert Pattinson.

LiegeAndLief Sun 16-Oct-11 20:18:08

x-post with Earthdog smile

EsmeWeatherwax Sun 16-Oct-11 20:18:28

Ann Rice also writes erotica under a pseudonym btw, and some of her other books, Cry to Heaven, off the top of my head are just out and out gay porn.

GlitterySkulls Sun 16-Oct-11 20:18:58

personally, i loved it.

the vampire lestat was a better read, though.

dawntigga Sun 16-Oct-11 20:20:03



EllaDee Sun 16-Oct-11 20:20:18

Oh lord. I read a fair amount of Anne Rice when I was 13 or so, hoping that the sex would at some stage become interesting. It didn't.

IIRC, she write about someone having sex with a child at one point, fairly graphially (Arnaud? Armand? Summat like that). And apparently - though to be fair to the woman I don't know if this is true - when her son told her he was gay she told him she 'knew' he wasn't because she knew all about gay men from writing her books.

Pile o' shite.

AnyoneButLulu Sun 16-Oct-11 20:22:32

I loved IWTV, but I was, crucially, 13. It is not a book to be read for the first time as an actual grown-up.

chocolateyclur Sun 16-Oct-11 20:23:38

Anne Rice's writing style makes me want to poke out my eyes with sharp sticks.

LetThereBeRock Sun 16-Oct-11 20:23:41

YABU.I love it,even if they ruined Armand's character.

I'm not fond of Anne Rice herself though. She won't allow anyone to write fanfic based on her books.

WillowFae Sun 16-Oct-11 20:25:29

Each to his own. I LOVE The early Vampire Chronicles. Vampire Lestat is my favourite one.

EllaDee Sun 16-Oct-11 20:25:50

LTBR - crikey, that's pretty funny since there are reams of it out there! Or were when I was 13. It was like my gateway fanfic. Ah, the memories.

It was dire.

WillowFae Sun 16-Oct-11 20:26:14

LetThereBeRock but she is great on fb. Interacts well with fans.

Try "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King...the most frightening vampire novel I have ever read.

LetThereBeRock Sun 16-Oct-11 20:28:42

I'm sure it's still out there,but it's not easy to find,or at least it wasn't the last time I looked, a year or so ago,because she's threatened to sue fanfic writers.

LostInTheWoods Sun 16-Oct-11 20:29:21

As a silly old goth, I'll say this:

Reading Interview is like wading through congealed blamange. Urgh.

The Vampire Lestat (next one in the series) however, is brilliant.

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