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02.26.2008

Tom Cruise Lestat When former prolific goth writer Anne Rice found the Lord after twenty plus years of atheism, she swore off vampires and witches and anything involving an excessive amount of leather or the sucking of human blood presumably forever. She expressly stated having only a desire to write about Jesus. However, in a recent interview with Time magazine, she essentially says "fuck that" to that promise. She apparently has one more Vampire Chronicle in her in which she resurrects her most famous character of all - the rock star, near-deity Lestat. In her own words: "When I published my first book about the Lord I said I would never write about those characters again. But I have one more book that I would really like to write. It will be a story that I need to tell." She justifies her decision by saying she'll incorporate strong religious themes into the narrative (So Lestat finds Jesus? Like literally?). Either way, good news for Rice's Vampire Chronicles fans. Read the rest of what she had to say over HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Yes, this isn't movie news, really, but it wouldn't kill ya to read book once in a while, ya big lugs!
Source: Time

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9:53AM on 02/28/2008

The Brat Prince Returns

Maybe it's because I have a fascination with Vampires. Maybe it's because I love the way Anne Rice depicts her Dark Children. Either way, I loved all the books, and while I felt that Blackwood Farm was a fitting end, I wouldn't mind reading about Lestat's latest screw up.

And I do agree on this point. The movie of Queen of the Damned was horrible. I only suffered through it for Aaliyah. If any other movie from the Vampire Chronicles is done, they should go back and do The Vampire Lestat
Maybe it's because I have a fascination with Vampires. Maybe it's because I love the way Anne Rice depicts her Dark Children. Either way, I loved all the books, and while I felt that Blackwood Farm was a fitting end, I wouldn't mind reading about Lestat's latest screw up.

And I do agree on this point. The movie of Queen of the Damned was horrible. I only suffered through it for Aaliyah. If any other movie from the Vampire Chronicles is done, they should go back and do The Vampire Lestat properly.
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12:14AM on 02/28/2008

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"More concentration"? Really? Wow, I don't agree with that at all. Personally, I thought the novels just got increasingly juvenile as the series progressed.

Whether it's the wildy egocentric, narcistic Lestat's rock star career (how adolescent) in "The Vampire Lestat."

Or the few, remaining vampires banding together in their secret hideout to defeat the supervillain (how JLA) in "Queen of the Damned."

Or the "Freaky Friday" plot (how Disney) of "Tale of the Body Thief."

And I

"More concentration"? Really? Wow, I don't agree with that at all. Personally, I thought the novels just got increasingly juvenile as the series progressed.

Whether it's the wildy egocentric, narcistic Lestat's rock star career (how adolescent) in "The Vampire Lestat."

Or the few, remaining vampires banding together in their secret hideout to defeat the supervillain (how JLA) in "Queen of the Damned."

Or the "Freaky Friday" plot (how Disney) of "Tale of the Body Thief."

And I don't even know what to say about "Memnoch the Devil"...in which the increasingly unreliable, preening Lestat meets the Devil (maybe) who then takes Lestat back in time (perhaps) to meet Jesus (possibly) who tells Lestat to, erm, bite him (whatever).

Also, "Interview" posed mysteries; the rest merely presented explanations. And I still contend that, "It's the mystery that endures, not the explanation."
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6:57AM on 02/27/2008

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I personally thought the books got better as they went along as well as the spin-off novels and had a lot of interesting " THEORIES" but that they took a lot more concentration than the first three chronicles. Patience is probably a necessity.
As for the movies I have always felt that the chronicles would be better presented as mini-series for each title.Has anyone else seen the paperback cover for The Vampire Lestat and thought that he looks like Val Kilmer?
sunpaintedblack, I have to agree
I personally thought the books got better as they went along as well as the spin-off novels and had a lot of interesting " THEORIES" but that they took a lot more concentration than the first three chronicles. Patience is probably a necessity.
As for the movies I have always felt that the chronicles would be better presented as mini-series for each title.Has anyone else seen the paperback cover for The Vampire Lestat and thought that he looks like Val Kilmer?
sunpaintedblack, I have to agree that the explanation in Dracula 2000 has always appealed to me and that it is still an idea that I have used in many conversations!
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12:27AM on 02/27/2008
It might just kill me to read a book by Anne Rice
It might just kill me to read a book by Anne Rice
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10:50PM on 02/26/2008

regarding the novels:


For what it's worth, I loved "Interview With the Vampire"; there's a palpable, haunting air of despairing melancholy about it which, given the cathartic circumstances surrounding its writing, is not surprising.

I enjoyed "The Vampire Lestat" (which is basically the same plot as "Interview," just tarted up...a lot); but, as is said, "It's the mystery that endures, not the explanation," and there's way too much explanation there.

I tolerated "Queen of the Damned" (which, oddly, had a JLA

For what it's worth, I loved "Interview With the Vampire"; there's a palpable, haunting air of despairing melancholy about it which, given the cathartic circumstances surrounding its writing, is not surprising.

I enjoyed "The Vampire Lestat" (which is basically the same plot as "Interview," just tarted up...a lot); but, as is said, "It's the mystery that endures, not the explanation," and there's way too much explanation there.

I tolerated "Queen of the Damned" (which, oddly, had a JLA type vibe); but all of the original novel's mysteries have now been [link]

I disliked "The Tale of the Body Thief" (it's "Freaky Friday"...with vampires! Sigh); Rice really went off on a pointless tangent there, didn't she?

And I loathed "Memnoch the Devil" (in which the, erm, Devil takes Lestat to meet, ahm, Jesus); and Rice, by this time, had completely gone off the rails.

Needless to say, I stopped reading 'em after that.
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10:25PM on 02/26/2008
Even though I enjoyed the movie, I felt "Interview" was the most pretentious piece of crap I've ever read. And seeing Queen of the Damned didn't make me want to read another one of the books in the series despite claims that everything after Interview got better. Do me a favor: is this true and should I dive back in?
Even though I enjoyed the movie, I felt "Interview" was the most pretentious piece of crap I've ever read. And seeing Queen of the Damned didn't make me want to read another one of the books in the series despite claims that everything after Interview got better. Do me a favor: is this true and should I dive back in?
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10:16PM on 02/26/2008

maybe...

here's why this could work (in my opinion, for whatever that's worth): the explanation for the vampire Dracula at the end of Dracula 2000, i.e. his being a cursed Judas Iscariot, was i believe the best explanation for vampirism ever. the melding of mythological, gothic horror with biblical stories/allusions (which are occasionally 'horror' in their own right) could actually be a very fresh take on the Vampire genre as a whole. i'm reasonably looking forward to this.
here's why this could work (in my opinion, for whatever that's worth): the explanation for the vampire Dracula at the end of Dracula 2000, i.e. his being a cursed Judas Iscariot, was i believe the best explanation for vampirism ever. the melding of mythological, gothic horror with biblical stories/allusions (which are occasionally 'horror' in their own right) could actually be a very fresh take on the Vampire genre as a whole. i'm reasonably looking forward to this.
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7:03PM on 02/26/2008
im interested kinda
im interested kinda
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5:25PM on 02/26/2008

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"She justifies her decision by saying she'll incorporate strong religious themes into the narrative"

That pretty much guarantees I wont have anything to do with it.
"She justifies her decision by saying she'll incorporate strong religious themes into the narrative"

That pretty much guarantees I wont have anything to do with it.
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5:05PM on 02/26/2008
The only good thing about Queen Of The Damned was the score. Jonathan Davis and Richard Gibbs did a great job. Other than that, it was horrid. Hopefully Tom Cruise will return one day in an adaptation of one of her other novels with Lestat.
The only good thing about Queen Of The Damned was the score. Jonathan Davis and Richard Gibbs did a great job. Other than that, it was horrid. Hopefully Tom Cruise will return one day in an adaptation of one of her other novels with Lestat.
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4:59PM on 02/26/2008

Ahhh Louis, Louis, Louis....

... still whining after all these years....
... still whining after all these years....
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4:41PM on 02/26/2008

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Someone should remake "Queen of the Damned". The one they made a few years ago sucked the big one!
What a piece of crap!
Someone should remake "Queen of the Damned". The one they made a few years ago sucked the big one!
What a piece of crap!
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4:23PM on 02/26/2008
What the hell is a "book" and how do I destroy one?
What the hell is a "book" and how do I destroy one?
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