Rice is Writing Lestat, Again
After finding Jesus several years ago, Anne Rice vowed that she would never again write another chapter in her heavily erotic, deeply hedonistic Vampire Chronicles. Of course, she probably should have spoken to Sean Connery.
Never say never.
Time Magazine/CNN report that the Got-My-Christ-On Anne Rice is returning to the world of Louis, Lestat, and Akasha for one last undead romp.
I couldn't be less excited.
I used to love her books, truly.
I read Interview with the Vampire when I was in college. It was unlike anything I'd read before. The depth of character and background forever changed my expectation in fiction. Further, it changed the kind of writer I wanted to be.
The Vampire Lestat was a relevation in detail.
Honestly though? She went off the rails with Queen of the Damned.
My favorite of her works also happens to be the most infuriating. I skipped a day of work to finish the tomish The Witching Hour. It was somewhere past midnight. I distinctly remember hurling the book across the room.
At some point along the way, I realized that all of her characters were either beautiful, rich and gay or beautiful, rich and bisexual. Except the women, that is. They all seemed to be beautiful, rich and straight
While this was interesting and different in Interview with the Vampire, it just seemed lazy as I progressed through her other books. I generally like a bit more variety in my characters. I mean, how about a poor, beautiful bisexual? Or a gay guy of moderate means with a lazy eye? Now that's writing!
It has been many, many years since I have read an Anne Rice book. In that time, she's returned to the Church, given up vampires, and started writing about Jesus. A more beautiful, wealthy, gay messiah you have never seen - I'm sure.
Posted by Aron Head
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