Review: Interview with a Vampire

Interview with a Vampire

Title: Interview with the Vampire
Author: Anne Rice
Published: September 13th 1991 by Ballantine Books (first published 1976)
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Synopsis:Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses.

I have a like/hate relationship with Interview with a Vampire. While I didn’t particularly enjoy it, it was one of the most interesting reads due to the questions it posed and the complexity of the characters.

I hated Anne Rice’s writing style. It was grand, melodramatic and tedious to read. The pacing of the story was quite slow and I lost interest several times though I did like the placement of the turning points in the story. I liked that Anne Rice never abandoned the idea that vampires were vicious creatures yet she also presented their civility and emotions. It was a thoughtful insight into the minds of these immortal beings.

Lestat and Louis were two very different types of vampires. Lestat was the embodiment of a cruel monster, he loved the pleasure of killing often playing games with his victims. He was extravagant, crude, vain, seductive and his vengefulness and greed displayed his most human characteristics. He was very charismatic and I was much more interested in him than Louis.

For the majority of the book I abhorred Louis. Louis was very conflicted, he was determined to shun his vampire instincts and he struggled with his human consciousness and morality. His constant contemplation and indecisiveness frustrated me, with each passing page I became even more exasperated with his character though I was drawn to his intelligence, passion and I liked the way he questioned the meaning of existence. By the end of the book I was sympathetic towards him though I had great contempt for him throughout the book.

Claudia made me the most uncomfortable, her character heightened the eeriness of the book and her relationship with Louis was unsettling. I enjoyed her ambitiousness, practicality and determination though it took me a long time to accept what she was.

For much of the book nothing seemed to happen, the story revolved around the surprisingly uneventful life of Louis after becoming a vampire. Obviously, there were some exciting occurrences but the in between were long periods of Louis’ sophisticated whining. However, the last 80 pages of the book were magnificent, completely enthralling and captivating.

If you want to read a book that explores the nature of vampires then this is definitely a book you should check out. Overall, the story was thought provoking and it was told through memorable characters.

Rating:
3 Stars

Movie Commentary

I rewatched the movie after finishing the book. I remember loving it when I was younger, certain scenes remained unforgettable over the years despite having forgot the title. Interview with the Vampire was an entertaining movie, the performances by the actors were amazing and true to the characters of the book. Obviously, a movie can’t include everything from the book but the parts that were cut out were essential in giving the characters, especially Lestat dimensionality.

The movie doesn’t delve into the philosophical or religious questions presented in the book, it’s simply a movie about the life of a vampire. As such, the pacing was quite fast and I felt like I was jumping from scene to scene. There isn’t that fluidity but rather an erratic take on the events of the book. It was like someone throwing the exciting scenes at me without a pause of breath. It focused on all the turning points I mentioned in my review. It excelled in the disturbing imagery and I cringed at more than one scene.

Don’t expect the movie to be the book, it merely touches the surface but it does that well and overall it was an enjoyable and interesting watch.

5 thoughts on “Review: Interview with a Vampire”

  1. Ellie

    I thought the film did address some of the questions, especially around Claudia. I haven;’t read the book though so I imagine there is a lot left out. I read the graphic novel recently told from Claudia’s point of view so maybe she’s sticking in my mind a lot!

    • Isa

      I didn’t know there was a graphic novel, I’ll definitely have to read that soon. The movie handled Claudia’s character well, Kirsten Dunst’s portrayal of the pain, frustration and loneliness Claudia felt was spot on. Her character stayed with me a while after reading the book too.

  2. Jen @ YA Romantics

    I have never read the book or seen the movie. I guess I should do that. I’ll start with the book :)

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

    • Isa

      If you don’t ever get to the book then definitely watch the movie, it is true to the book despite cutting out certain aspects.

  3. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I have never seen the movie, though I did attempt to read the book a couple of years ago. I couldn’t get through it in the end though, mostly because of the writing. I had the same problems with it that you did.

    Great review!

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