Do you like Anne Rice's books ?

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Do you like Anne Rice's books ?

1stephanobarbosa
feb. 16, 2020, 7:19pm

vampire, mayfair etc., ??

2frahealee
feb. 16, 2020, 8:16pm

I've read Violin, which was a gift, and would happily read it again, but she's on my TBR list for next year. It was not what I expected going in, but turned out to be an amazing combination of Rio de Janeiro and her haunts in New Orleans. Phenomenal imagination. I want to read the vampire book(s) before seeing the movie Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) which is on the 1001 'books you must read before you die' list. Kirsten Dunst was so tiny in that film and now she's a grown woman with a child of her own. I'd better get around to it sooner than later!

3WeeTurtle
feb. 17, 2020, 1:06am

I tried reading Interview with the Vampire but couldn't make it in very far. I found it too dull, though that might have had to do with me being around pre to early teens at the time. I remember an extended paragraph about Lestat's coat buttons and that was where I abandoned it.

I realize now (and my aunt told me at the time, she's read the lot) that it was representative of an intense focus that vampires get, but it was still dull.

My mom has a number of her books but I think only read the Beauty series, which I heard was good and a pain in the neck to find. I'm not giving up the set we have just in case.

4housefulofpaper
feb. 17, 2020, 6:17pm


I haven't read any of her books although I've been tempted on and off since at least 1993. This was when I saw a documentary on Anne Rice which was filmed in and around New Orleans. I was especially taken with the techniques used to suggest "Vampire Vision" (that intense focus WeeTurtle refers to) in footage illustrating readings from Interview with the Vampire.

After failing to find it on YouTube, I was pleased to see that the cinematographer has uploaded it to Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/300169127

5lilithcat
feb. 17, 2020, 6:26pm

>3 WeeTurtle:

The Beauty series really isn't that tough to find; there are a gazillion copies at Abebooks.

6frahealee
Editat: feb. 22, 2020, 11:10am

The wolf duo looks interesting. I hadn't heard of those before so they're now on my wish list;
The Wolf Gift
The Wolves of Midwinter

I know it's criticized by some, but my daughter and I like Red Riding Hood (2011) with Julie Christie, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billie Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons. It's got all the gothic elements and a great black wolf (CGI) that is frightening enough to be interesting, but not so much so as to cause nightmares for her. I love a female director's perspective from Catherine Hardwicke. I haven't seen her other films so cannot compare, but will get to the one with Oscar Isaac, eventually.

7WeeTurtle
feb. 17, 2020, 8:20pm

>5 lilithcat: I actually didn't know about Abebooks until just recently. I haven't seen the books elsewhere though, compared to things like Interview.

8mnleona
feb. 18, 2020, 6:59am

Sorry, I do not. I have tried to read them.

9frahealee
feb. 18, 2020, 9:54am

>8 mnleona: I saw the film Exit to Eden (1994) years ago, because I was a fan of Garry Marshall and Dan Aykroyd, knowing nothing of its origin. I was shocked down to my socks about not only the themes in the movie, but that it was written by Anne Rice! I have to admit though, that it was funny as hell, but one of those uncomfortable funnies one never needs to see again.

Point being, it might have scared me off Anne Rice subconsciously for many years. =(

10lilithcat
feb. 18, 2020, 10:56am

>9 frahealee:

Please know that the film bears basically no resemblance to the book which is definitely not intended to be humorous.

11WeeTurtle
feb. 18, 2020, 11:44pm

>10 lilithcat: That's good to know. I know my mom has that book (I sorted her books a while back) but I've never looked at it since it didn't seem to be part of the supernatural stuff that I generally associate with Anne Rice. I wonder if that's from the popularity of Interview with the Vampire (and it's cast) at the time I saw it.

12frahealee
feb. 19, 2020, 8:16am

>11 WeeTurtle: From what I recollect, Anne Rice went through an 'erotica' phase, followed by the vampire chronicles phase, and has now returned with greater zest to her Faith and roots as a Catholic, so what she writes now is still supernaturally based but not in the way most expect from her fiction. New Orleans came alive for me in her book Violin since I could picture everything she described, right down to the four sisters dynamic! I have no intention of reading the original book that the '94 film is based on, but her most recent works would be of great interest to me. Lost lambs returning to their Shepherd, and all that.

13WeeTurtle
feb. 22, 2020, 3:30am

I saw another book by her called The Mummy but that could relate to Christianity if one goes with the idea that Ramses was the Pharaoh from the 10 commandments story. I remember comments coming up about that in one of my courses, in part because he would have been over 90 at the time, supposedly. I don't much about the biblical end of the event, just that that's a theory.

14frahealee
Editat: feb. 22, 2020, 11:17am

>13 WeeTurtle: Thanks for that. Do you mean her 1989 book The Mummy: Ramses the Damned or the one written with her son Christopher, Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra ? My Stratford Festival (Ont.) dvd of Antony & Cleopatra with Christopher Plummer (aged but charismatic stage presence plus steel trap memory!) is a favourite, so might start with the second, unless the first is essential. Normally I avoid author series (feels too much like coercion) but 2 or 3 might be ok. Agatha Christie books can be read in any order, which is a different matter.

My daughter has special needs and is fond of The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Joseph King of Dreams (2000), so yes, Egypt is an essential component in both old and new testaments. Thanks for pointing the books out. Brendan Fraser in his mummy films was essential viewing back in the day, but Cruise's remake came and went. Karloff's The Mummy (1932) is hazy in my brain but I know I've seen him in Scarface (1932). Frankenstein (1931), certainly.

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15frahealee
Editat: feb. 22, 2020, 4:54pm

>4 housefulofpaper: Watching the documentary now! Vimeo is new to me. I know vevo from music videos my daughter frequents. My sons tell me to stay away from unknown sites.

Later..
Well, lots of fodder for examination, namely:
* her 1st novel in 1975 was Interview With the Vampire so the erotica phase was later, I stand corrected (EtoE and IWtV both emerged as films in 1994 which caused my recall overlap)
* Anne was the 2nd of 4 daughters, I was the 4th of 4 so was often called 4 by my dad, which confused golfers within earshot ; ) very similar upbringing but my dad led the march
* her 1st 16yrs in New Orleans seared such a vivid streak in her memory that she could tap into it on demand, which makes Violin autobiographical (4 sisters dealing with an alcoholic mother), wowsa
* loved the loup-garou folklore about the owl
* now I see why the Kirsten Dunst character was critical to include in her book/film
* no wonder she wrote 3 more vampire books, for $15 million USD - she specifies that each is a stand alone book
* researched films reflecting Cajun racism while reading Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner (had never seen/heard the word quadroon in my 50yr life) and one was The Feast of All Saints (2001), which I didn't know was based on a Rice novel - also saw Rag and Bone (1998) because of Dean Cain, not knowing it was a Rice novel
* recall The Young Messiah (2016) movie trailer but missed the Rice novel writing credit - if she lived in the desert then no wonder she selected Egypt - Australian novelist Colleen McCullough recently caught my eye with her Rome-based fiction but I have yet to sample any
* to redirect that pain, waste, loss, destruction, chaos into writing was what I heard Bridge to Terabithia author say, in writing a story for her son, who experienced the death of a young friend, and both struggled to make sense out of the senseless
* the 'I Am Second' 10min feature I watched after, was a beautiful thing to witness, especially going into Lent this week, although I don't know what a 38yr drought feels like - I agree that we all change over time as we process our place in the world, and that material goods or music or art cannot begin to quench that element that might be missing - she's quite a gal

16frahealee
Editat: feb. 22, 2020, 6:53pm

On a side note, I really wanted to watch my son's dvd X-men Apocalypse and it's nowhere to be found. Good Egypt segment in there with a formidable Oscar Isaac, so in the meantime...

All of the Anne Rice material is really swamping my boat, so in an effort to compartmentalize her work, here's my attempt at a summary; vampires, witches, fairy tale princess, angels, demons, mummies, werewolves, biblical events, Atlantis, etc.

Vampire Chronicles = 13
New Vampires = 2
Mayfair Witches = 3
Wolf Chronicles = 2
Mummy/Ramses the Damned = 2
Sleeping Beauty = 4
Seraphim = 2
Life of Christ = 2
stand alone novels = 6
graphic novel = 1

Total of 37

Am I reasonably close?!

Also intriguing that she married a poet who paints, and that her son tried acting but preferred writing as a career. Artistic powerhouse!

17WeeTurtle
Editat: feb. 22, 2020, 10:10pm

>14 frahealee:

Funny you should mention The Mummy films, I'm watching them as we speak. ;). I didn't bother to watch the remake. From what I know of Tom Cruise, I suspect it would be entirely too serious. Brandon Fraser is a doll!

I recall from class that Ramses II was unlikely to be the Biblical Pharaoh due to timelines, but I'm not sure about Ramses 1, or who would be within the accepted time frame. The ancient Egyptians had some dubious recording habits.

I think I knew about Feast of All Saints. I recognize the title. I'm still only familiar with the Vampire Chronicles, either because of the films or from my aunt filling in odd details from other books. Maybe I would ask. Don't really remember anymore.

18benbrainard8
maig 21, 2020, 10:04pm

Ok, sorry, but I had to jump into this one.

https://youtu.be/5xzDAgFrnf8

19benbrainard8
maig 21, 2020, 10:11pm

And here is another juicy tidbit that perhaps you didn't know about, I only knew because I saw Rutger Hauer in some of his early Dutch films...he and Daniel Day Lewis were my first two favorites to play Lestat:

"Anne Rice often speaks about her initial inspiration for how Lestat should appear on film. The one actor she mentions the most is Rutger Hauer, who, at the time of the book's writing, was the author's ideal for the character.

In 2015, she posted a birthday message to the actor with a photo of him taken when he was much younger with long, blonde hair. Rice wrote: "Thanks to Granny Goodwitch for telling us and providing this striking photograph of Hauer from years ago. You want to know what Lestat looks like to me? Look at this photograph. I didn't base Lestat's description on Hauer."

When Rice saw this image of a young Hauer, he embodied the image of Lestat she had seen in her mind."

20benbrainard8
maig 21, 2020, 10:34pm

Louis: Vampires pretending to be humans, pretending to be vampires.

Claudia: How avant-garde.

21Bookmarque
maig 22, 2020, 12:29pm

I cast Hauer as Marius in my head.

22mnleona
maig 22, 2020, 4:06pm

I tried years ago.

23benbrainard8
maig 24, 2020, 12:17am

Ok, someone has to remind me which character Marius is. I do remember Armand fairly well, and Antonio Banderas played him well. Was Marius in the first book, or did he show up in the second, The Queen of the Damned" (1988)?

24Bookmarque
maig 24, 2020, 7:39am

Marius was the guy Lestat was searching for all over creation. He was a Roman and was supposed to know everything about the history of vampires. Turns out he kind of did since he had Akasha and Enkil in his possession. He wasn't young when he was made and Lestat was so I never saw Hauer as Lestat. But as Marius...oh sure.

25benbrainard8
maig 26, 2020, 2:53pm

Thank you, I really need to go back and re-read the first two books again.