I had an idea of doing a guest post during the month of October so I asked a few of my friends from COYER what their favorite Monster is (some are not so scary) and what book they read that they loved that associated with the Monster they picked. The answers are great and the recommendation are even better! Enjoy!
The Monster and The Book
Anne Rice’s Vampires*
I’ve had an obsession with vampires since I was 14 and saw the movie adaptation of Interview with the Vampire. Prior to that, the only vampire movie I had seen was “The Lost Boys”, and while I love that movie (and the soundtrack!) it didn’t put vampires at the top of my favorite monsters list. Interview with the Vampire sure did, though. Why? It wasn’t Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise (two Hollywood stars I have never swooned over). Rather, it was Anne Rice’s vampires (and perhaps Antonio Banderas). While her vampires are still undead bloodsucking predators, she also humanized them. They still feel and they still want all the same things humans want. Except for sex, which is replaced with the need for blood. It’s that combination of deadliness and existentialism that does it for me to the point that I would gladly take the offer of being turned into a vampire without a moment’s hesitation. I imagine myself as Marguerite Moreau’s Jesse Reeves in the movie adaptation of Queen of the Damned (which is very different from the book). Though I enjoy most vampires from other books and movies, they’re either too Sci-Fi (Blade) or overly romanticized (Twilight). I still read them and every vampire in between (the “Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter” series is phenom), though, and they have Anne Rice to thank.
Review: Interview with the Vampire
Somehow, I didn’t finally get around to reading the book until I was in my early twenties. It is by far my all-time favorite vampire story. It’s the first book in Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles”, which is one of my top favorite series as well. I recently started re-reading the series, along with the “Mayfair Witches trilogy”, for the Perpetual Anne Rice Reading Challenge. However, I’ve only just finished Interview with the Vampire. I’ll be posting my reviews of the rest of the series on my blog.
I think I put off re-reading the book for so long because I was afraid I wouldn’t love it as much as when I was full of many of the same philosophical questions Louis de Pointe du Lac agonizes over. Instead of falling out of love with my favorite angst-ridden vampire, I appreciated what he goes through even more because I now have some distance. I can look at him much more objectively than I could during my initial reading, and also put my focus on other elements and characters of the story. I looked on Claudia and Armand and Lestat with new eyes. Oh, Lestat, you glorious bastard**. And the settings! When I first read the book I had to leave
the descriptions of New Orleans to my imagination. However, I’ve since seen the French Quarter for myself and I can say with certainty that Anne Rice does it justice.
Though there are many scenes from the book that will always remain in my memory thanks to the movie, there is one in particular that stays with me because of an association with another piece of literature. The scene involves Louis and a group of spiteful vampires in a crypt below the Théâtre des Vampires. I won’t describe it just in case there is a chance that someone reading this hasn’t read the book or seen the movie. However, I will say that the scene always brings to mind “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe. If you love vampires or gothic literature, and you’ve somehow not read Interview with the Vampire, add it to your TBR. You won’t regret it!
About the Guest
Rachelle is a blogger at the Reading Wench
Book Critic, Blogger, and Associate Member of the American Copy Editors Society. firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Rachelle’s Blog, she reads and reviews a bunch of different genres and some other fun posts. Be sure to stop and an say hello.
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