Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Interview with a Vampire = a GOOD book


For this blog, I will be talking about the newest novel that we are reading called “Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice and about Anne rice's life. Reading this book, will give a different perspective of vampires as it did from the last novel we read named “I am Legend” by Richard Matterson. Richard Matterson focused his vampiric beliefs more from biological reasons instead of supernatural yet in this story, we are looking into the superstitions of vampires instead of Richard Matterson's point of view.

Howard Allen O'Brien was born on October 4th, 1941. She became known as “Anne” when she enter a Catholic school. In 1958, her family moved to Richardson, Texas from New Orleans, Louisiana. Anne attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas and later going on to Texas State College finally graduating at San Francisco State University. Anne's first job was an insurance claims examiner in San Francisco, California. After returning to Denton, she married Stan Rice. Anne Rice had 2 children, Michele Rice and Christopher rice only losing Michele to leukemia before her fifth birthday.

Anne rice moved back the New Orleans in 1989 and owned lots of properties. As achieving as this may be, Anne Rice has written over 28 different novel's including the one that we are reading right now called “Interview with a Vampire”. “Interview with a Vampire” is about a Vampire who talks about his life to a reporter. This vampire named “Louis” has two-hundred years worth of information.

“Louis” and “The Boy” Go on about a series of events between “Louis” and his immortal companion named “Letat. For example:

“Over and over I dreamed that he was at the head of the steps and I was holding his arm, talking kindly to him, urging him back into the bedroom, telling him to gently that I did believe him, that he must pray for me to have faith. Meantime, the slaves on Pointe du Lac (that was my plantation) had begun to talk of seeing his ghost on the gallery, and the overseer couldn't keep order. People in society asked my sister offensive questions about the whole incident, and she became an hysteric. She wasn't really an hysteric. She simply thought she ought to react that way, so she did. I drank all the time and was at home as little as possible. I lived like a man who wanted to die but who had no courage to do it himself. I walked black streets and alleys alone; I passed out in Cabarets. I backed out of two duels more from apathy than cowerdice and truly wished to be murdered. And then I was attacked. It might have been anyone-and invitation was open to sailors, thieves, maniacs, anyone. But it was a vampire. He caught me just a few steps from my door one night and left me for dead, or so I thought.” pg. 11

The “he” is referring to Letat. Letat is an “Old World Vampire, looking for a companionship and he spots “Louis” and turns him into a vampire to make him his immortal companionships. Their relationship is a roller-coaster to where it gets out of control where he parts with Claudia. Claudia is a 5 year old human who was “Louis” food. Claudia was dying from a fever and Letat made Claudia a vampire so they could have a Vampire “daughter”. Claudia and Louis then venture onto Europe looking for more vampires like them. During their ventures, they come across Letat who they attempted to murder before leaving New Orleans to come to Europe.


  1. I really enjoyed the bit you quoted from the novel. I enjoyed it because it shows the qualities from the novel that I enjoyed. It shows the relatability to the characters, mainly the narrator who is also the main character and the vampire.

  2. I like your discussion of the family concept in Interview with the Vampire. Claudia does seem to have the quality of being subordinate to Lestat and Louis, much like a child would be to their parents. I also like the quote you used in your blog. You can really feel that Louis wishes to simply die. He has lost faith in humans and it is kind of ironic that the end of his "life" comes at the hands of a non human entity.

  3. "He has lost faith in humans and it is kind of ironic that the end of his "life" comes at the hands of a non human entity."

    I think cmose brings up an important aspect of Louis' character that informs the rest of the novel. I wonder if the primary instigator of action in the novel is Louis' lack of faith in his brother's religious visions. On page eight, Louis states,

    "I was a Catholic; I believed in saints. I lit tapers before their marble statues in churches; I knew their pictures, their symbols, their names. But I didn't, couldn't believe my brother. Not only did I not believe he saw visions, I couldn't entertain the notion for a moment....Not *my* brother. No brother of mine could be such. That is egotism. Do you see?"

    How does this questioning nature, this wavering of faith, prevail in Louis throughout the novel?