Interview completed

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s been a long time since I read this, as a teenager and in German. Mid 80s or so and several times in the years after… Loved it, loved it, loved it. Got me started on my path of life-long love of vampire stories. Shortly after I read Bram Stoker‘s Dracula and a bunch of other classic vampire books and loved those as well. 

I think the German translation dragged a bit. Although about 30% into my current re-read it was not exactly speedy either. A lot of exposition, very little direct speech—not my favourite. Luckily the book eventuality got more involving and lively.

As a teenager I considered this the best of the Vampire Chronicles and the one with the best story-line. The sequels got more and more commercial. I read four of them and then stopped, while I still liked them. In retrospect I probably remember the most of The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. Boy, that was a horrible movie! If I should re-read the other books as well, I would probably prefer the „more commercial“ ones by now. We will see. I read another of Anne Rice‘s books recently, The Passion of Cleopatra and thought it was pretty meh.

Anyway, Interview with The Vampire. Probably THE book that sailed a massive fantasy subgenre and lead to two movies, one of them sporting a horribly miscast Tom Cruise and a beautifully moody Brad Pitt. 

A young reporter and a vampire sit in a bare room with a tape recorder. The vampire tells the story of his 200 years of life, err, un-death, from his early days on a plantation near New Orleans to Europe and all the way back to the Garden District of New Orleans in the mid-1970s, when the book was written. 

The book is a bit of a declaration of love for that city, which has been nicely captured in this review here: https://gonola.com/things-to-do-in-ne…

A lot of things happen that I didn‘t remember at all. Everything that hasn‘t appeared in the movie seems to have fallen away. Lestat is also a lot more hateful than I remember. And Claudia and Armand a lot more seductive.

The story moved pretty slowly and with a lot of exposition at first. Is it possible that later books were more dynamic? I was not impressed and skimmed some more boring passages early on. By the time the narrative moved to New Orleans and then on to Eastern Europe, I had become comfortable with the slightly old-fashioned feel of the language and the narrative had picked up some momentum. The high point of the book for me is Paris and the Theatre of the Vampires. 

Bottomline this has a lot more to offer than the movie. It is mostly slow paced and rich in detail. Very contemplative, pretty sad, with some shocking moments.

PS: there is an interesting article here about Anne Rice and fanfiction:
A Deep Dive Into the Anne Rice Fanfiction Debacle

The Wheel of Time and other adaptations

I am re-blogging someone else‘s post about the current WoT adaptation for TV, because I am lazy and the post sums it up very nicely. I have know of it for a while, but watched a trailer only yesterday. I was impressed that they cast Rosamund Pike as Moraine and I will definitely check this out.

I never made it past book 4 of the series, but maybe the adaptation will re-kindle my interest enough to give the book series another try.

Though the point of this is not to convince you to undertake the reading of this series, but to prepare you for Amazon’s adaptation of it into a …

The Wheel of Time for Non-Book Readers

There are some good movie and TV adaptation going around at the moment.

I recently watched Villeneuve‘s Dune in the cinema and liked it quite a bit. I won‘t go into any details, there are way too many spoilers too freely available on the internet already. Suffice to say, it is very well done, great photography, good actors in a much better age range than in the silly (but loved) 80s movie. Would you believe that after having read the novel at least four times, it only dawned on me now that Caladan is supposed to be Scotland? Aka Caledonia? *head desk*

Another one I just started: Foundation. My goodreads friends kept talking about it and I decided to finally make use of my free year of Apple TV+ (came with my new iPhone!). I watched the first episode last night. Not ideal on my iPad, so I just bought a USB-C-to-HDMI-cable to try and display it on my TV. Fingers crossed. Anyway, Foundation! Never read the books by Asimov, my reading history of the SF classics is severely lacking. Liked it! I adore Jared Harris and Lee Pace is nicely evil. Very diverse cast, great costumes and make-up, good CGI, etc. I will continue.

Not an book-to-screen adaptation, as far as I am aware, but as I was kicking about on Apple TV anyways, I checked it out: Infiltration with Sam Neill. I get a very strong War of the Worlds vibe. Glacially slow plot, I barely made it through the first episode. But I will definitely watch the 2nd episode, it will hopefully pick up some speed…

Whilst looking at all that, I decided to finally cancel my Disney+ subscription. I initially got it to watch WandaVision, which was a lot of fun. I then re-watched all Star Wars movies and filled in the gaps. I binged on a lot of documentaries. And I watched Loki. There is a lot of other Marvel stuff there, that I haven‘t seen yet. I love the Avenger movies, but I don‘t have the need to watch a gazillion spin-offs. This is just turning into a crazy money-making machine (or even more than it already was). So, I am done with Marvel for the time being, at least on the screen. Anyway, Disney+ raising the subscription price was the last drop, so to speak. I am not watching it enough to make it worthwhile paying the higher fee.

What are you watching?