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Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, October 17, 2011

2nd Ann. Halloween Extravaganza! Interview & Giveaway with B. Jane Lawson

Today's guest post is a review of Interview with the Vampire. Welcome B. Jane Lawson!

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Year Released: 1994
Length: 123 min
Rating: R
Director: Neil Jordan
Writers: Anne Rice
Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst

17-years after the release of this movie - we’ve run the full gamut in terms of vampire based literature and movies. From Dracula to Interview with the Vampire to Sookie Stackhouse toThe Vampire Diaries, vampires have been depicted as good, bad and everything in between.
Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles are an unromantic snapshot at the life of a vampire. But, the cardinal life lesson that Louis (played by Brad Pitt) attempts to instill is lost not only on Daniel (Christian Slater) but many generations of vampire fans.
Immortality is not happiness. it is nothing more than longevity.
In Interview with the Vampire, Louis leaves his mortal life and suffers for hundreds of years contemplating the monster he has become. He knows his existence, the taking of a life is wrong, but yet, he not only continues to live, he fights for his existence. At the end of his tale, Daniel mistakenly believes the point of it all was so that Louis could ‘turn’ him to become a companion.
There are a number of traditional vampiric elements which have been eschewed by contemporary writers. These include:
- the need to avoid sunlight
- assimilation into the ranks of humans seamlessly
- methods of killing a vampire
- the inception of the concept of a human-vampire romance
Things that have not changed tremendously:
- vampires feed off of blood
- the concurrent sexual appetite that appears to accompany the life of a vampire
- the innate human attraction to creatures who feed off of them
- existence of hierarchical vampire structure
- the process for creating vampires
- depiction of vampires as ethereal and extreme in their beauty
Our fascination with vampire literature touches upon many human desires - foremost - the desire to have more time and, even further, more youth.
Vampires are appealing in their ageless, timeless and beautiful existence. They are stronger, more attractive and have lived multiple human lifetimes. Who wouldn’t want that?
But, at what cost?
Are the vampires of modern and traditional vampire literature happier? More satisfied? Despite the differences in depiction, such as Rice’s laments for Louis on his never seeing the sun shine versus L.J. Smith’s vampires who can walk in daylight, they are no more satisfied than the average human.
So, when I read or watch something with a subject on vampires, I marvel at the imagination, the depiction of the fantastical. I drool over the attractive. I palpitate at the romantic. I am excited by the action. But, I never, ever envy their longevity.
Life’s what you make it - regardless of whether you get twenty or two hundred years. I believe that’s the secret lesson to be learned from vampire literature, and specificallyInterview with the Vampire.

B. Jane Lawson has also offered an e-book copy of To the Cliffside a Morganna Cork to one lucky winner. 

Giveaway is open until November 15th
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JenM said...

I've often wondered what I would do with virtual immortality. Would I get completely bored, or would I use that extra time to learn all kinds of skills, languages, etc? I guess I'll never find out....

katsrus said...

Very interesting post. Never really thought about the longevity of it. Would be awful if you had to live that way unhappy.
Sue B

Denise Z said...

I think JenM has the right of it. Imagine being able to learn skills, languages, and all sorts of things that take so much time and effort that you do not have now - it might be awesome. However, I do not know if the trade off of having to drink blood would be worth it, just can't wrap my taste-buds around that one LOL Thank you for the very interesting post, as well as the lovely giveaway opportunity.

BlackWolf said...

interesting post, i really love vampires in the stories..I have never, ever envy their longevity.
And.. Interview with the vampire was my first book of vampires :p..
Louis leaves his mortal life and suffers for hundreds of years contemplating the monster he has become but it is unable to end with his life.. that was the best in the book..

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

The only plus I could see at all with virtual immortality would be to get to read as many books as I want.

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