Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Interview with the Vampire part 1

I must say that I have seen this movie a ton of times and always enjoyed it so I was very excited to start reading this book.  There was so much information given in the book versus the movie that it made it a definite page turner.  For example finding out that Lestat had a dad and that was blind and had no idea that his son was a vampire.  I like being able to get more information about the characters because it makes them seem more "human" when you know what happened to them.  There is a big difference between the vampires in this book versus I Am Legend and Dracula.  In this novel the vampires are sofisticated and elegant.  They had very fluid like motion and they were very quick.  The author describes their all their senses being heightened.  In I Am Legend the vampires were like wild animals, beasts even.  They had no sense of social graces and they definitely weren't charming.  In the novel Dracula the vampire did have the same charm and beautiful features as described in Interview with the Vampire yet Dracula couldn't be around crucifixes.  In Dracula the vampires hid away in big castles out of the way.  In this novel it seems like the vampires walk amongst the people during the night to pick their next prey and sometimes they don't need to be as suave at times.  It's always amazing to me when reading these different novels how the idea of a vampire can change from one novel to the next and yet it adds soemthing because of the variations.  I think it makes it a lot more interesting because you really don't know what you are going to get in terms of the story and vices of a vampire.

1 comment:

  1. Upon first reading the novel, I also found it interesting that Lestat has a father and that he's actually a substantial character at least in the very beginning of the novel. What do you make of his relationship with his father in the novel? I sometimes wonder if the secrecy between them is symbolic of a closeted homosexual to his father. On page 23, Louis remarks on Lestat's father bemoaning his wayward son, saying, "'Such a son, such as son,' he said, never suspecting, of course, the true nature of his son.'" I wonder if the presence of Lestat's father is to emphasize this aspect of Lestat's sexuality.