“Evil is a point of view. We are immortals.”

A gothic vampire novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice is the first novel of the world-wide famous the Vampire Chronicles. It was written in 1973 and published in 1976, and it is the first book to introduce us to the tantalizingly vulgar vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. Film adaption of the novel was released in 1994 starring now-days elevated actors; Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater.

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Little Miss Vampire

A poor, tangle-haired girl Claudia has lost her parents in the raging plague when Louis finds her. She is confused and with all the heavy tears in her eyes, she doesn’t even notice how the vampire floods his teeth in her neck. Claudia is turned into a cold blood, saved from certain death and yet cursed for eternity.

“She was not a child any longer, she was a vampire child.”

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Lestat

Character analyse

The book Interview With the Vampire  is about Louis’ and Lestat’s lives as vampires. The protagonists are Louis and Lestat. Louis is a depressed young man who don’t care if he is dead or alive, since he has lost his brother and blames himself about it. That’s when Lestat steps into the story and turns Louis to a vampire and that’s when their long partnership begins. 

The other protagonist Lestat is a charismatic and selfish vampire who doesn’t care about others feelings or opinions. He does whatever he wants and asks no-one for permission on his actions. He is gallant and no-one can resist him, until people realise that they are going to die, because Lestat is going to drink their blood. He don’t care who he kills. He has been a vampire for a long time and that’s why he is got used to kill people to feed himself.  I think that Lestat is humorous in a little twisted way and kind of amusing. He is selfish, but he does listen to Louis’ problems and issues, still he doesn’t always understand Louis’ perspectives and he often laughs and mocks Louis’ manners. For example Lestat doesn’t understand the fact that Louis eats from rats in the beginning, because he doesn’t want to kill people. Lestat is a survivor, because after all nasty things that he experiences, since his little vampire girl Claudia and later his partner Louis tries to kill him, he still manages to stay alive and get on with his live. Lestat is from the beginning of the book to the end himself. His personality doesn’t change a bit in the book, which I liked. Of course he had some hard times which made him a bit weak, but only for temporary.

10 Challenging words

 gnash= kiristellä

tremor=tärinä/ värähtely 

mischievous= vahingollinen/tuhma

escapade= hurjastelu

puffed= hengästynyt

accumulating= kasaantuva

 obliterated= hävitetty

tenacious= peräänantamaton

grin= irvistellä

linger= hidastella

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Wicked little girl Claudia

Lestat transforms Claudia to a vampire when she is little girl. First Claudia respects him but little by little she starts hating him and wants to murder Lestat.  Claudia is nascent girl but she is caged in little girls body and she grows only mentally. She is also very determined because she decides herself to kill Lestat and she almost succeed in  it. She uses her innocence to kill people which makes she naughty.

Anne Rice, brilliant writer

Have you ever wondered where writers get their ideas? Will they come from the imagination, dreams, movies, nature, or buy from somewhere else. I think this book was so absorbing that I didn’t even think those issues.

Anne Rice wrote so well about vampires in the book Interview with the Vampire that I felt like I would have been present in the story. This book was so magnificent and  fascinating because there was a lots of action.

Eternal life as a vampire

I read the book Interview With the Vampire, written by Anne Rice. Interview With the Vampire is a very well-known book and it was written in 1976. After eighteen years a movie based on the book came out starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst. So the book and the movie have been a great success.

The protagonist of the book is Louis who becomes a vampire as a twenty-five-year-old man in 1791 when the other protagonist Lestat turns him to a vampire and ends Louis’ life as a human. The book is about Louis’ and Lestat’s lives as vampires through their sad and happy moments. In the book Louis is more like a sad and unhappy person and Lestat is clearly the opposite of Louis.

The book of 346 pages includes only five parts and quite long chapters. The language was English and quite understandable considering how old the text was. Still in the book there were quite many words I didn’t recognise. The text was also really small, which disturbed me often.

I think that the book Interview With the Vampire was interesting and kind of good because it wasn’t, in my opinion,  one of those cliché 21th centurys vampire stories. Also I liked the characters, specially Lestat. The book was very long and sometimes really long-winded, but still readable in my opinion. Because of the long-winded plot and the fact that I have never read such a long book, I sometimes had problems staying interested while reading.

Rice, Anne O’Brien. 1976. Interview With the Vampire. New York: Ballantine Books.

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