So in the midst of my Vampire Chronicles reread, I had to switch gears and jump into The Vampire Armand for a while. I really enjoy that book. Armand is a complex character. Now, it should be noted that this book was written when Anne Rice was still very devoutly Catholic and religious. Armand is a very complex character who has moved through his 5 centuries of life while experiencing the highs and lows of love, religion, and tragedy. I would argue that Armand is one of the true tragic figures of modern literature.
“I see,” said the vampire thoughtfully.
And so it began. I’m reading the 20th anniversary special edition of Interview with the Vampire that I bought back in 1996. The cover is embossed and decorated beautifully. It seems very fitting that I’ve never really read this copy. Now is the perfect time to crack the spine and delve.
One thing that really stands out to me now is the interplay between Louis and the reporter. The reporter is very aware that this evening is taking an unexpectedly dark and dangerous turn. He can’t even light his own cigarette.
Louis is aloof, introspective, and he seems out of place in the 1970s, which makes his interaction with the reporter so interesting. In fact, the reporter seems out of place, too. From what we find out later about Daniel Molloy, his character really lacks depth at this point.
More to come…
In keeping with the vampire theme the past few days, my latest musing revolves around the subject of a vampire’s diet.
If a vampire asked to drink your blood, would you do it?
Let’s assume you have a Lestat or Matthew or even an Edward for the younger crowd. He’s hungry. You will not become a vampire with a simple blood donation. He asks and doesn’t force it. Do you do it?
To me, it would all depend on the circumstances. I’m not even sure what the proper circumstances would be. I just know that I’d have to think about it. And it would depend on who it was and who he was to me. It would not be a blanket yes or no.
Of course, this is purely conjecture. Can you imagine meeting a real vampire, let alone being asked to allow him some of your blood? Crazy. But it never hurts to be prepared….