Anne Rice Has Done it Again with Prince Lestat

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Many of us became familiar with Anne Rice in the mid-1970s when her novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published. This novel was written in 1973, when Rice was a graduate student, and not published until 1976. From this novel, several other novels concerning the main character came forth.

A New Genre: Paranormal Romance

It was the novel, Interview with the Vampire, which established a new genre, that of the sexy vampire, and since this novel, the genre has grown. As a matter of fact, Rice says that the term “paranormal romance” didn’t exist before she wrote her Vampire series, which is better known as the Vampire Chronicles. Through these books and through other writers creating the Twilight series and True Blood, plus several other television programs and graphic novels, the genre of the sexy vampire has blossomed into a work of art that is here to stay. Now, after an 11-year leave, Rice is back with her newest vampire book, Prince Lestat.

The Relationship With The Church

Anne Rice was raised in New Orleans in a strict Catholic household. Despite growing up in a middle-class family, she was able to attend a parochial school. This is all very important because at the age of 18, Rice originally renounced the Catholic Church and became an atheist. Her relationship with the Church and her status as an atheist have remained a battle throughout her adult life. During the time she was an atheist, Rice wrote the vampire books. She felt she could relate to what her main character was going through as the lost soul, walking in darkness, without a God. Her discontent with the Catholic Church caused her to depart from it; she then decided to return but finally once again renounced it. During a 12-year period, when she felt she was reconciled with the Church, Rice collected and displayed religious statues and hundreds of bibles. She spent quite a bit of time, also during this period, writing about Christ and the angels. However it was in 2010 when she felt she had had enough: Rice left the Catholic Church for good. She feels very strongly about the Church’s views on the treatment of gays and gay marriage. Their views on abortion and their treatment of the Catholic priests as pedophiles has hindered her belief in the Church. Despite leaving the Church, she states that her faith in God and Jesus Christ remains strong, but currently she claims that her spiritual walk is in a state of confusion.

The New Novel

Concerning her main character, the sexy vampire, Rice says that he is hyper-romantic. He is strong and mysterious, but he is also a tragic character. Rice claims the sexy vampire, and the way she presents him, is a metaphor for sexual difference between men and women. Female characters are drawn to Rice’s vampire because of his mysterious strength, and all readers enjoy the eroticism Rice uses to describe her characters and the way they behave.

Rice’s new novel, Prince Lestat, has a modern setting in which vampires listen to radio stations played from computers and partake in endeavors their ancestors knew nothing about. They have also learned the secrets of financial success and thus, live in luxurious surroundings.

Readers will definitely rejoice in the fact Anne Rice has returned.




Resources
Brockes, E. (2014, Oct. 24). Anne Rice: 'I thought the church was flat-out immoral. I had to leave.' The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/oct/24/anne-rice-catholic-church-rejection-vampire

Catholic Online. (2010, 8/1). 'Vampire' author Anne Rice renounces Christianity. http://www.catholic.org/news/national/story.php?id=37643

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Catholic, New Orleans, The Twilight Series, True Blood, Vampire

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I have been involved in writing since earning my M.A. in English/Creative Writing over 20 years ago. Most of my work, though, has been in the classroom, helping others better their writing.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Jan 2015 (#)

Great article! Thank you for sharing it. I'm a big fan of books like this.

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author avatar reg430
18th Jan 2015 (#)

Yes, I am a big fan of these types of works as well.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
18th Jan 2015 (#)

sheis one of my favorite Writers, so i am saving up to get this new book of her's it's going to be great, i am sure of it!

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author avatar reg430
18th Jan 2015 (#)

I am excited to read it as well.

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