A is for Anne Rice – The Reason I Love Vampires

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter “A”… Wait, am I allowed to say that, or is that some sort of breach of copyright? Shhhhhh…

Anne Rice

My first post for the A to Z Challenge (For a list of all the posts and info about my theme click here!) is about one of my favourite authors, Anne Rice.

My love for Anne Rice’s wonderful novels actually started before I even had read one of them. I saw the movie “The Queen of the Damned” and fell in love with the world of Vampires that she had created. I did not know at the time, that her story differed greatly from the storyline of the movie, but that did not matter to me and it still doesn’t. Maybe if I had read the books first, I would not have been so impressed by the movie. Therefore, I’m glad I saw the movie first!

I started reading the Vampire Chronicles not long after seeing the movie for the first time. It amazed me. The Vampires had such history and the details made the world and characters come alive. I fell in love with each vampire, each for different reasons. I could never truly decide who was my favourite. Even now I will say “Armand for sure, oh but Lestat… Hmm, but I really like Marius… Oh bother…” and that continues until I have listed each and every one of them.

In high school, which is when I first read the books, I started wearing my makeup like the vampires in the Queen of the Damned movie. I would put dark and light brown all around my eyes and a bit of a silvery purple on the inside corner. Sometimes I would put a bit of red around my eyes, to really get the vampire look. I was always a vampire every Hallowe’en.

In grade twelve, I finally picked up the first of the Mayfair Witches books, The Witching Hour. I love love loved them. And then when the Vampire Chronicles tied in with the Witches, I was in heaven.

Last Hallowe’en, Anne Rice released another installment into the Vampire Chronicles, Price Lestat. I haven’t read it yet! I know, what’s wrong with me? I got it for Christmas and it is still sitting on my book shelf unopened. I think it’s for the same reason I took so long to read the final book in the Wheel of Time. I don’t want it to be over.

I know that Anne Rice might, and probably will, write another book with the Brat Prince (Lestat), but I still don’t want to read it yet, because I will never be able to read it for the first time ever again. I know, it’s silly.

I will get to it eventually, and when I do, I will love it. I know I will.

If you have not yet read an Anne Rice novel, please, ooooh please, pick up Interview with the Vampire ASAP! You will not regret it!

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.

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  • I watched the film Interview with the Vampire soooo long ago. I remember liking it 🙂
    I’ve never read the books. I’m told either you LOVE Anne Rice or you HATE her. There’s not half way. What do you think?

  • I watched Interview with a Vampire and absolutely loved it. I’ve been meaning to read Anne Rice for a while now, by all accounts she’s an amazing writer. I just have a never reading list to get through but I will get to her. Thank you for this reminder!
    Looking forward to the rest of your A to Z!

  • I was always a fan of Armand and Louis. I have a tendency to root for the underdog, so… Louis. 😉

    Gosh, it’s been mildly forever since I’ve read these books. I thought I read most of them, but going over the book lists on Goodreads just now, it looks like I’m woefully behind. I read her in high school, but then stopped pretty much as soon as I graduated. Merrick was the last Vampire Chronicles book I read, so… yeah. The Witching Hour is probably one of my favorite Anne Rice books. I might need to read it again. Cry to Heaven was also really good.

    Great post. 🙂

  • I have to admit I have a soft spot for Queen of the Damned the movie even though what it does to most of the vampires is tragic :). It is my favourite of the books and the film barely resembles it, but there was something about it that appealed to me anyway.

    My fav vampire still has to be Louis because, for once, I actually read the first book of a series first 🙂 (I have a terrible habit of picking up books in second hand shops without realising they’re number three in a series or some such). I have a soft spot for his dear depressed soul. I couldn’t really get into the books after QotD though, so that’s where I stopped.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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