Now that Universal has acquired the film rights to The Vampire Chronicles (see my earlier post for a link to more information), my excitement is growing with each new announcement.
A few days ago, Anne Rice asked fans on Facebook and Twitter when they first encountered Lestat. It started me thinking.
I’ve talked about my history with The Vampire Chronicles. I saw Interview with the Vampire in the theater 20 years ago when I was 14, then a few weeks later I stumbled across a copy of the book. I was hooked. The film and the book are nothing alike. While there are subtle similarities, there really is no comparison.
But I certainly didn’t understand the complexities of the books or her writing until later on. As every new book came out, I went back and read the earlier books to recall fine details, and with every reading came new observations. And I also noticed that themes struck me in different ways at different points in my life.
I have read comments from other fans and I know I’m not alone in this. But it is interesting to note.
The next step is to start imagining how Bob Orci (of the Star Trek reboot fame) will handle the books. He is a fan (perhaps more so than Neil Jordan) and so his treatment promises to yield a very sympathetic take on the books that are beloved by so many.
So how did you first meet the Vampire Lestat and the world of Anne Rice? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below!