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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.

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?

A new Lestat film? Maybe, says author Anne Rice June 27, 2010

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Anne Rice thinks Matt Bomer would make a good Louis. (Image courtesy of MattBomerFan.com)

At least that’s what the author of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE is saying on her Facebook page. And what actors would Anne Rice pick to star in another movie? Not any of the former movie cast or anyone currently in TRUE BLOOD, she says. But she thinks Matt Bomer (currently in the TV series ‘White Collar’) would make a pretty good Louis. Here’s part of her conversation on Facebook, where she has a fan page:

Yes, there are definitely talks going on about a new Lestat film. But it’s too early for me to say for certain what will happen. As soon as I do have news, I’ll post it. I’ll give whatever information I can on whom to contact for actors and actresses interested in being in the film. Right now? We have hopes, dreams, interest, talks. That’s it.

Myself, I think we have many incredible actors right now who could play the roles of my vampires. Matt Bomer is Louis in my mind. But I see many choices for Lestat and Armand and Marius. There will not be a casting problem. We have so many options.

In any future Lestat film, there will be new actors. Anyone associated with the older films will probably not reappear.  … Actors currently in True Blood probably wouldn’t be considered either, as they’re already associated with other vampire material.

I’m loving Matt Bomer, and remain convinced that some day he would be a wonderful Louis de Pointe du Lac in a film. I mean if somebody has to follow Brad Pitt, it should be Matt Bomer.

Anne Rice: Vampire Lestat will ‘always be a part of me’ May 7, 2010

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Anne Rice posted an interesting video clip to her Facebook page today about how she developed the character Lestat in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and what he represents to her.  Lestat was “the man who could do things that I couldn’t do,” Rice says in the video. He was a person who “could go through life joyfully despite the questions that torment me, the doubts that torment me, the horror of death that torments me.” It’s an interesting clip. Double click below to see it. (Not sure why it takes so long for this to load up but if you double click on this it will take you to YouTube and it should come up — either way — just give it a second!)

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