I think that I am so conditioned by my overall reading choices that I come into books with certain expectations, despite there being nothing in the publisher summary about my expectations. Unfortunately, these preconceived notions ultimately set me up for disappointment as was the case with Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice.
Louis de Pointe du Lac allows himself to be interviewed about the past 200 years of his life,him being the vampire interviewed and all. The story moves chronologically from Louis becoming a vampire to present day. There’s an interesting cast of characters from Lestat who turned Louis into a vampire but doesn’t exactly ponder immortality to Claudia, the child vampire. Interview With The Vampire spans the globe,beginning in New Orleans, then hopping from Eastern Europe to Paris, finally ending up in San Francisco in search of answers about existentialist questions.
Maybe Interview With The Vampire would have been a better read had I not been expecting sexytimes. For serious the cover blurbs was all ‘erotic’ and I was like cool, they get it on. Um, no. Apparently ‘erotic’ means biting someone on the neck and sucking their blood. Either way, gross.
And I suppose it makes me look like an idiot being disappointed with how deep and questioning and examining Anne Rice’s writing is. BUT when you go into a book expecting a light romp and you get page after page after page of inner monologuing, it does come across as a disappointment. Further, I thought her prose was an interesting shade of purple. It’s just too much description for me and not enough plot going on. Maybe that makes me shallow, but I know what I like and I am proud of having my own tastes.
I guess I would recommend this book if you are down for existentialism and vampires. Personally, I just want them to suck blood and hook up and maybe kick some ass.
Disclosure: Purchased at a library book sale for a penny.
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