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Name Megan

Age *sigh* 41

How long have you been reading VC? Since I was a senior or junior in high school. During an English class the teacher was lecturing on Dracula he mentioned other vampire books and he mentioned Interview With the Vampire. I checked it out and was hooked.

Which books have you read? I've read the first four, skimmed Memnoch, dipped slightly into Merrick becauese it had Louis but put it back on the library shelf after a few minutes. I've read TVA and have my eye on Pandora and B&G. Reluctant to try Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle partly because of info I've gleaned from though mostly I have no interest in the character presented in those books. No interest in Vittorio.

Who's your favorite character and why? Its always hard for me to single out a favorite on just about anything. I'd say its a tie between Louis and Maharet. Maharet because she's thousands of years old but never had to go to ground because of her love and nurturing of the Great Family; its good to see a traditionally feminine strength portrayed as an actual strenth. I think I'll just always have a soft spot for Louis; introspective, philosophical and searching for the truth. He felt haunted in a subdued way. But I like Marius, Jesse, Claudia, Khayman, Gabrielle, Daneil, Armand, Mael, Santino, Alissandra, Pandora and early Lestat as well.

Who's your LEAST favorite character and why? While I find characters like Gretchen, Dora, Benji and Sybelle a drag its David that really irritates me. He had a very minor role in Queen of the Damned and then in the next book I was told that he and Lestat became BFF off page and suddenly he's the second most important character while the rest of the cast is sidelined. Also I just w kind of wanted to smack him when he said that he secretly wanted the dark gift all along and no means yes. But mostly I'm angry that he took up space that could have been devoted to the others. Want someone Lestat could talk to? Louis, Gabrielle, Marius. Vampire with Talamasca background and contacts? Jesse. Chronicler of the vampires? That Daniel's role. For that matter Marius or Jesse could've taken on the role of vampire historian.

What's your favorite VC book? Why? Queen of the Damned because I loved having multiple viewpoints, I liked story of the Twins and the Great Family and it was the most splendid gathering of immortals. Interview is a very close second; I loved Louis' narration and the family dynamics of Lestat, Louis and Claudia. I really feel like Anne Rice touched greatness when she wrote IWiT.

What's your LEAST favorite VC book? Why? Tale of the Body Thief. I feel that previous books expanded the vampires and was hoping for more exploration of vampire history and of the characters introduced in QoD; instead Anne fell in love with one of her character and turned it into the Lestat Chroncles. The Brat is entertaining and I generally like him but I got burned out on theguy and Anne's adoration of him. Body Thief is where I started to drift away from the VC. Recently I saw some old fanfiction on An Archive of Our Own which sparked my interest and then I checked livejournal for communities. Looking through the Elist' archives actually revived my interest in the books.

If you could change one thing about the series what would it be? Just one? Hmmmmm. Either the series doesn't become Lestatcentric or Anne adopts a live and let live as long you don't make money off my books attitude towards fanfiction like most authors seem to. Or religion and faith are handled more subtly.


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Feb. 13th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
I finished Merrick solely to make sure she didn't kill Louis off. I don't know what my action plan was if she had but all the same, I would have been pretty pissed off.

Love QotD but I adore TotBT simply because I like Lestat and Louis and the fighting and mojo. I <3 Mojo. A lot of people don't like it though.

Feb. 13th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Tori! I posted a new topic in here just a second ago and you need to participaaate. I hope everyone else in the community isn't too dead or gone the way of Jessie (you know, adulthood) to also join in.
Feb. 14th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
I thought the bits where Lestat fails being mortal were funny and I liked his scenes with Louis but it was still a letdown coming after the other books.
Feb. 13th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Welcome and such! I am sorry that most of the entries in this community are quite old (with the exception of new introductions) so I'm going to try to get some activity going on in here again.

If you have any topics you'd like to discuss or otherwise random things related to VC, feel free to post. I am pretty sure there are still a good number of us lurking around. :)
Feb. 14th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
Glad to be here and don't apologize. Its pretty active compared to a lot of other communities; it can get pretty woeful if you're into a small fandom.
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Feb. 14th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
If I ever decide to go through Merrick I'm forewarned. At the very least I won't have high expectations which I think is what doomed me with Body Thief.
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Feb. 13th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
Welcome! And I absolutely loathe David, for the reasons you mentioned and more. TOFBT isnt my favourite vampire chronicles book by any means.
Feb. 14th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
Yay! Support group! Its been three days since I've had to read a book with the character of David Talbot.
Feb. 20th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the comm! :)

Maharet because she's thousands of years old but never had to go to ground because of her love and nurturing of the Great Family; its good to see a traditionally feminine strength portrayed as an actual strenth.

Nice to see a Maharet fan. And yes, absolutely. I take issue with the idea a lot of fans express that AR always writes female characters badly, but she has talked in interviews about internalised misogyny, and my god, it comes out in some of the female characters, either in their being poorly fleshed out/veering into mad or depressed self destruction (because she herself doesn't identify closely with them and just can't get enthused?) or being one-dimensional plot mechanisms. Whereas Maharet has a sense of duty without losing herself as an individual, she doesn't take any shit from the others, and despite all the horror she went through with nobody to guide her (imagine becoming a vampire before you could go to a bookshop and pick up Lestat's "So You've Received The Dark Gift" primers) she hasn't let being a vampire become her life's obsessive tragedy. She's lived, for and through those she loves. It's a refreshing and quiet brand of heroism for the series.

I feel that previous books expanded the vampires and was hoping for more exploration of vampire history and of the characters introduced in QoD; instead Anne fell in love with one of her character and turned it into the Lestat Chroncles.

You know, I never thought about this before, but it's a really good point that Body Thief was really the book that set the seal on the series being Lestat's story: prior to that Louis had a book, Lestat had a book, and the entire coven had a book which Lestat topped and tailed. While the potential for Lestat to become chief chronicler was there, narratively it's not a foregone conclusion. She could've picked up Marius or Armand then, or Jesse (and like you, I would've loved to see Jesse utilised more in various ways), or Pandora (and yes, do read Pandora and BaG - the former is better-written than the latter, but there's a lot to enjoy in both) or Mael or anyone.

Somewhere in a parallel universe, they're seen as a series with no clear main character. Or, you know, they're the Daniel Chronicles or something...
Feb. 20th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
I've adored Maharet ever since I've first read Queen of the Damned and Jesse was probably my favorite POV in that book which, for me, is really saying something. Jesse, Maharet and Gabrielle all display strength in their own individual ways, so yes, Anne can write great female characters but she also writes Gretchen, Dora and Merrick.

It feels pretty obvious to me that Anne fell in love with Lestat around TVL which seemed to be written for glamour and adventure while Interview seems to have been written for catharsis. However Body Thief to me is when it became apparent that she thougt of the Vampire Chronicles as the Lestat Chronicles.

I wish I could travel to that parallel universe where the VC are an ensemble series; it sounds like a happy place.
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