Anne Rice is a child of New Orleans in Louisiana. Though she lives in California, her birth place is a area of great inspiration to her and provides the backdrop for many of her novels. She has a Master of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Anne Rice has created over thirty novels in her writing career, with her latest being Prince Lestat (which I am ecstatic to begin reading) from the Vampire Chronicles. The Vampire Chronical series began with Interview with the Vampire, published in 1976. The vampire books have inspired the literary world, as well as cult followings.
Personally, I follow Anne on all her social media accounts because I find that her interests align themselves with my own and I find her a wealth of knowledge. I strongly suggest clicking on the links below and get following! For additional information on what Anne has to say about writing go to her YouTube Channel.
This is the second book of the Vampire Chronicles and is Lestat’s account of his own life. It is set in the modern day after he awakens from his fifty-five year slumber and he finds that the world has changed in a way that tantalises him. In order to resolve his life long search for the answers on his existence, he does the unspeakable and becomes a rock star. He is known all over the world by humans as a vampire, and by doing this he is crumbling the very fabric of the vampiric world. He knows that it is a dangerous game he is playing.
Lestat takes us back to the beginning of his life as a human and we see his transformation into a vampire. He then takes us through his exciting journey through the ages and his interactions with other vampires he meets or turns. What he discovers in his life powers his actions in the modern day, as he can never forget his discovery of the very first vampires and when at the point of finding the answers he so longed for, they were taken away.
The first reason why Anne’s ‘The Vampire Lestat’ is my favourite of the series is because of the character Lestat itself. She has made him into a complete three dimensional character whose flaws make him accessible, while his lighter and more sensitive side is the icing on the cake. He is so complex a character and he projects such a clear voice, in the way he thinks and feels very deeply. She makes him the leader of his time, a radical thinker, amongst the humans and the vampires, I find. He has many ways of thinking that we have today. What I love about Lestat, is that he is a character that transcends beyond sexual orientation. There are many times in his books where he describes his love for another vampire such as Nicholas, which makes you think. Though, he was never lovers with Nicholas, but he was in love with him in a different way. I have to say that if someone asked me what my favourite character of all time was, I would say that it was Lestat. Hands down.
This book and Anne Rice’s novels in particular, are unique in the way that she creates an erotic sexual tension. I attribute this to her also being an erotic author. In ‘The Vampire Lestat’ you can feel it when you read each verse, it is as if the seduction seeps into the very air around you. Through her writing, Anne lets Lestat seduces you, as the reader. It is something that I have found unique in her writings alone and I love the way all her works make my heart pump.
Another aspect of this sexual tension, is that things that are morally bad from the reader’s viewpoint she makes seem oh, so good. Take for instance, the tension Lestat has with his mother when he turns her into a vampire. Now, that under normal circumstances would be disturbing, but here, despite knowing its wrong, she makes it seem alright. This is evident in many of Anne’s novels, especially in the Mayfair Witches series.
I have read ‘The Vampire Lestat’ five times and each time I discover something new that I have not seen before. That is the beauty of Anne’s writing. For each time I read about Lestat, I feel like it’s a new book.
Yep, nothing to report. Anne Rice is a god.
Please let me know in the comments below what you think of Anne’s ‘The Vampire Lestat’ or any of her other books, as well as your take on Lestat himself. For those who want more of Lestat, take a look at Anne’s Facebook page because a while back she did a couple of posts where she answered questions from fans in the persona of Lestat. It was marvellous!