Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Interview with the Vampire: Review
I may be making some enemies with my review here--I know how popular this book is...but I'm always going to be honest. So, here we go......
From the Goodreads synopsis for Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice:
We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks, as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . .
Ooooooookay. If the story Louis tells is supposed to be erotic, then I have a completely different idea about what erotic is than whoever wrote this synopsis. Just sayin'. You want an erotic vampire? My vote goes to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain. Now there's a vampire I wouldn't mind offering my neck to....
There for a while (oh, say, the first hundred pages or so), I was thinking Hey, I'm not into vampires--but Anne Rice can tell a story. And then I lost that feeling. Never got it back. Quite frankly I just don't see what all the fuss has been about (for over 30 years--can it really be true that this thing was published in 1976???). Louis is a big whiny-pants--200 years worth. Geez. Get over the whole depression thing already. You're a vampire. Maybe you didn't wanna be, but you are. Suck it up (ha!) and get on with your non-life.
It started out interesting. The idea of the vampire giving an interview to tell his "life" story was a novel one. And I realize this was kind of a ground-breaking book in the whole vampire thing. But seriously, when I lost interest, I really lost interest. Didn't care about Louis. Didn't care if he and Claudia ever found more vampires and discovered what was really going on with the whole vampire life. Didn't care if Lestat was really dead or not. Just did not care. And that, in my opinion, is one of the jobs of the author of good fiction. I should be interested in what happens to these people that have been invented. But I've finished the book and all I can say is Good. Glad that's done. And I can guarantee that I won't be picking up any more of the Vampire Chronicles. Don't even have a rating for this one. Can't decide how low I want to go.