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January Books 9) Interview with the Vampire

9) Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice

This book really is the most utter tosh. I can see how it fits in the literary genealogy linking Bram Stoker and Buffy, but Stoker is less pretentious and Buffy is much funnier.

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frumiousb
Jan. 28th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
Heh. I liked it a lot when it first came out, but have loathed everything that I tried to read by her as an adult.
nmg
Jan. 28th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
I've tried reading Interview, but gave up. Dreadful stuff. The Amazon incident a couple of years just reinforced my opinion that Rice had not so much lost the plot, but had never actually been in possession of it.
girfan
Jan. 28th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
It's one of those books better read when young. I gave up on her after Queen of the Damned. Buffy is so much better!
redfiona99
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
That was pretty much what happened to me (I've got my immediate reactions up under my book tag - http://redfiona99.livejournal.com/tag/books)
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nwhyte
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
I've only read the first of the Beauty series, and it's frankly a better book than Interview with the Vampire, though this is of course not saying much. The amount of kink made quite an impression on my young mind when I first read it, though in places it is anatomically improbable.
rfmcdpei
Jan. 28th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
So much porn is ...
jensdreams
Jan. 28th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
I liked them. I loved them, actually, even the last ones everyone says are rubbish. Of course, there were very boring and useless parts, but overall I enjoyed the series very much. However, I don't feel the need to re-read them (which, for me, is a measure of how much I like a book).
andrewducker
Jan. 28th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
One of those books you need to read as a teenager, I think.

The movie's good though.
nwhyte
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
I think you mean "need to read as a teenager, if you read it at all" rather than "need to read as a teenager, to fulfill the promise of your teenage years", don't you?
andrewducker
Jan. 28th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, one assumes so. I never made it more than 5 pages in :->
dalmeny
Jan. 28th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
I liked it very much when I was seventeen, but I haven't tried to reread it since.
ghostwes
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
The second book, The Vampire Lestat, is slightly better. The third one turned me off the series altogether; I did not like the mythology she invented to explain the vampires... it was as stupid as the midichlorians=force explanation for Star Wars, and felt just as tacked on.

Last year, I found a copy of Tale of the Body Thief for a quarter so gave it a try, and my god was it horrible. Preternaturally so. I swear, she used the word "preternatural" in almost every paragraph. I wanted to charge her for each use, or at least get my quarter back. I think it was probably this book where she realized she no longer needed her editor. Guess what? She was wrong.
captainlucy
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
At least Interview doesn't have the awful, self-indulgent, sub-Vogon "poetry" of Stan Rice in it. Honestly, that stuff gives Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings a run for her money!

I quite like Interview. The Vampire Lestat is a damn good read, and I do have to admit to liking Queen of the Damned as well. The movie was pants, though.
outerego
Jan. 28th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
I worked my way back from "Queen of the Damned" to "Interview", and found my head closer to exploding with each book I read. It was like passing a car crash - I knew that it was wrong but I just could not stop myself.
rfmcdpei
Jan. 28th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
This Something Positive comic dealt with Rice's sanctimoniousness in a manner i thought amusing.
mummimamma
Jan. 28th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Lovely review. Of course it echoes my sentiments exactely.
I hope you don't plan to read anything else by her? Becasue this is one of her better books - and one where there has been an editor involved.
aliceinfinland
Jan. 28th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't she a bad writer? I read Cry to Heaven - Venice, castrati, opera, the Vatican, how could it be boring? She managed, most of the time. I haven't dared try Interview. Her son, Christopher Rice, I find quite readable though.
cassave
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Vampire Louis is a whiner.
Vampire Lestat's side of the story is more amusing. If you should ever feel the need to subject yourself to it, go for the graphic novel: the painted art is reasonably good and you're spared Ann Rice's tedious pseudo-(homo-)erotic pap.
jdigital
Jan. 29th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
I liked the film
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