Saturday 13 August 2011
Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
The book opens with a vampire, Louie, telling his story to a young journalist in New Orleans. It covers him becoming a vampire and his life after, focusing on the moral dilemmas of killing humans and the relationships and power struggles within the vampire community.
Whilst reading it I suffered from that problem you always get when you've seen the film or TV show first - I couldn't picture the characters in my mind as any different from the film. Louie was Brad Pitt in my head, and Lestat was Tom Cruise. Which was fine for me, as the film adaptation in this regard did seem faithful to the book, but perhaps I missed some parts of their characters because of this.
The actual story itself was wonderful. I've read quite a few books with vampires in them and I think Anne Rice strikes the right balance between human and monster; her vampires aren't sparkly and even though they have human emotions they are still vicious killers. Claudia, who was made a vampire as a little girl, is a truly fascinating character and it's interesting to wonder what it must be like for your mind to become adult but not your body.
The main problem I had with this book was that it was waffly. A character couldn't take an action without deliberating over it for several pages and then explaining him or herself to everyone in the vicinity over and over again. Louie was especially guilty of this. You know that bit at the end of the film where Lestat pops up and is listening to the recording of Louie's interview and he says "for centuries I've listened to this whining!" - that's the way I felt at the end of this book! Some parts are essentially nothing more than an extended monologue on morality and self-pity, which got very repetitive and boring to read. Louie wasn't great as the main character.
I think I will read the next one in the series, as Lestat is a much more interesting character than Louie. I hope it has less whining.
Verdict: Great story but very slow paced
Source: Bought in New Orleans!
Score: 3.5 out of 5