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Why does Anne Rice keep trashing Twilight vamps? November 6, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff.
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I’ve been so busy that I missed this Facebook post by the diva of vampires Anne Rice who has sparked (no pun intended) an avalanche of discussion about her books vs. the Twilight series … and a lot of catty comments!  The author of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE posted this last month about the vamps of Stephenie Meyer’s TWILIGHT series.  This is nothing new. She’s trashed the series before. And Meyer is no fan of the Interview series. (See more on this below) Here’s a LINK to the Facebook post, which has more than 2,000 comments on it.

Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town —- anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.

OK — fair enough. But wait! There’s more! In 2010 Rice, in a Q&A with The Star-Ledger, says the Twilight series is based on a “silly premise”:

Q. It is complicated, which is why I have such mixed feelings about “Twilight.” It’s so sanitized.

A. It’s based on a really silly premise: that immortals would go to high school. It’s a failure of imagination, but at the same time, that silly premise has provided Stephenie Meyer with huge success. It’s almost like a stroke of genius to put vampires in high school. They just graduate over and over again.

Q.
I hated high school.

A. Doesn’t everyone? The idea that if you are immortal you would go to high school instead of Katmandu or Paris or Venice, it’s the vampire dumbed down for kids. But it’s worked. It’s successful. It makes kids really happy.

Today (Nov. 6) Anne Rice posts again on the debate on the books with this and adds a link to another news article. (CLICK HERE to read  ”Anne Rice vs Stephenie Meyer: Vampire authors bare fangs” from the Tribune Express. )

Had no idea my vain(?) attempt at a little humor would prompt this extended discussion. What DO vampires mean to people!

Oh give me a break. Anne Rice is super active on Twitter and Facebook. She has tons of fans. She knows she’s gonna get a rise out of Twihards. Maybe she and Stephenie Meyer, who is not on Twitter or Facebook but who does have a website,  have a secret deal to drum up even more publicity for the upcoming BREAKING DAWN (Part 1) movie, due out Nov. 18.

I like this take on the whole bloodsucker brawl by Alexander Abad-Santos with The Atlantic Wire.  He says the writers are  fighting about ego and paychecks. Let’s face it, Rice has her fan base and Meyer has her own. One of them just happens to be a lot more popular among the YA audience right now and has a movie coming out.  CLICK HERE for a breakdown of the players, back-and-forth and who is winning in the battle in the Atlantic Wire article titled ” Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer’s Beef Isn’t Really About Vampires.”

I can’t decide whether it’s really funny to have this discussion or really sad. Authors snipe at each other all of the time, but to me the two vamp authors are so different that you can’t compare them. Besides,  who cares if one has sparkly vamps and the other doesn’t? And I guess I’m kind of disappointed in Rice, but not surprised. She is — after all — totally outspoken on everything from the Catholic Church to women’s rights to literature. Or maybe it’s the reaction of fans on both sides that bugs me. Most fans are not book authors, so I find it hard to take really scathing criticism from them about these books when they haven’t been published — and have no clue about creating stories. Dunno.

What do you think?

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1. maria rose - November 6, 2011

i enjoy reading books from both these authors and many other authors who write about vampires. Each version has to be taken for its own value. What i hate is when any version of the vampire story gets put to movie screen and the whole book story is wiped clean for a “better” movie. At least the movie version of the Twilight story follows the book. As i recall the Tom Cruise version of Lestat was not what i envisioned from the book.

Diana McCabe - November 6, 2011

Agree. I remember when they announced Tom Cruise was going to play Lestat …. not exactly everyone’s first choice!

But this sniping at Twilight — well — tired of it. Sure, the movies are kind of goofy and the book series wound up in a weird way for me but I still read it and liked it for what it was. And shoot — If I were a teen, I’d love it!

d.

2. Deaana - November 6, 2011

I liked Anne Rice’s vampires and I like Twilight vampires and what I don’t understand is, why is SMeyer always bashed for coming up with an original type of vampire? You don’t like it, don’t read it. Why all the hate? I actually had someone tell me once that “Twilight vampires weren’t ‘real’ vampires”. WHAT?!

Diana McCabe - November 6, 2011

Totally agree. It’s almost like there’s a snooty vampire writing club or something! I will admit, SMeyer’s “world building” — as authors like to put it — might not be super complicated. But I think it works for her — and most importantly — her audience. I don’t understand where people get this idea of real vamps. And here’s the kicker. Even Anne Rice has to remind folks that vamps are not real. Her quote from the rest of that interview: “I don’t think vampires are very wholesome. They’re fantasy characters, and we have to keep reminding ourselves of this. They don’t exist. I get e-mails from people who are outraged that I watch “True Blood.” They say, “How can you condone the evil of ‘True Blood.’” I say, “Are you kidding? Vampires aren’t real. Keep that in mind.”

3. Yolanda Early - November 6, 2011

I’m cannot be considered a Twilight fan. I couldn’t get through the books. S Meyer’s writing style gives me the heebie jeebies. The movies are at least watchable. Yet, I had the same thought as Anne Rice about the never-ending matriculation of the Meyer’s vamps. I thought the sparkling was pretty unique.

All that being said, I think it’s totally unnecessary to attack Meyer or her work. There is a reason that she appeals to some people and not to others. We all have personal tastes. I love that vampire lit is so expansive that it can support such a variety. Both of these women have legions of fans as do many other vamp authors. There is room for everyone.

Diana McCabe - November 6, 2011

I think the Twilight movies are a hoot. I go to them — in large part — to hear the teenagers giggle!!

But a lot of folks pick on SMeyer. And I’m sure she does just fine defending her works. I remember when people criticized the character of Bella as not being strong enough. And then people said it was because of SMeyer’s Mormon beliefs. But in the end, her stories were a hit with that YA group and later some older adults.

I read Anne Rice in college and thought the books were cool. She has her own following. (I only saw the Tom Cruise movie. That was enough!) But her books came out in the 1970s I think. But were still very popular for decades after that. Maybe folks just don’t realize how quickly these film rights can go now for these authors ….

But yes — there is plenty of room!

Thanks for dropping by the blog!

d.

4. Krissy Phillips - November 7, 2011

To be honest, I never read Anne Rice. I have read the Twilight Series and saw the movies and I loved the books and the movies. I am more of a True Blood kind of girl, but I appreciate the YA vamps as well. The only thing I thought was silly about the Twilight vamps was the sparkling in the sun. I’m not criticizing her by any means, but sparkly vamps just crack me up. It makes me think think Edward’s going to rip open his shirt and start dancing like John Travolta, like the sun is a giant disco ball or something. Stephanie Meyer is definitely creative and has made quite a successful franchise, anyone can see that.

5. Krissy Phillips - November 7, 2011

Also I just wanted to add that I was never a big reader until about 6 years ago when I picked up Charlaine Harris’ Dead Until Dark. I was immediately hooked on vampire stories and immediately picked up Twilight after that and I have been hooked on reading every since. So, if it were not for Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Meyer, I would not be so addicted to my Kindle and paranormal romance novels.

Diana McCabe - November 12, 2011

I started with Christine Feehan! However, I had read Interview with A Vampire long before that. Thought it was good and interesting but never got me hooked on vamp stuff etc. (OK — so I think the human-vamp romance is more my style!)

diana

6. Lisa - November 8, 2011

I find it very disappointing that an author would pick on another author. Anne Rice is not the authority on vampire literature even if she wrote a hugely successful series. I understand competiveness, but this just smacks of petty jealousy to me. Rice’s Interview books were written a long time ago whereas Meyer’s books and the movies are insanely huge now. It feels like Rice just wants people to be talking about her. You could take a critical look into Rice’s work and would find issues and things to pick about as well. I’ve read all of the Twilight books, and while I found them entertaining, I do not think they are well written. However, not every book or series needs to be a literary masterpiece to be successful, engaging or enjoyable. I think Rice should stop her picking and if she wants to write then she should stick to writing fiction and stay away from criticism. Bad form, Ms. Rice.

Diana McCabe - November 12, 2011

Hey Lisa — how are things going?! Re sniping — yeah — that’s what I feel this is about …. kind of annoying but it’s also the literary world and I guess it happens all of the time. And I’m sure Miss Meyer is no shrinking violet. But c’mon — Anne Rice vs Stephenie Meyer? Very different books and audiences. (I only watched Interview w/ Vamp movie …. couldn’t watch Queen of the Damned …. I do admit to having seen all the Twilight movies — which are kind of funny but it is interesting to go to a theatre full of sighing teen girls!) And yes — I will be seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1 when it comes out. (Definitely not my fave book in that series …. shades of Rosemary’s Baby …. sort of!!!!!)

Lemme know how you’re doing!

diana

7. Emma - November 13, 2011

I saw Anne Rice’s comment “Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires who sparkle” on twitter and laughed out loud. I think it’s just harmless teasing. I love both authors’ vampires and see no reason to choose one over the other.


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