Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles Series #1)

Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles Series #1)

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Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 929 reviews.
deaf_dumb_blind More than 1 year ago
Interview With The Vampire, the first of many books in the Vampire Chronicles, introduces the reader to Louis de Pointe du Lac and the life he lived, stretching over 200 years. Narrated by Louis himself, he allows himself to be interviewed by an unsuspecting Daniel Malloy and he tells of his heart break, his "birth into darkness", his adventures as a creature of the night, and the moral battle he has within himself between his human conscience and the thirst of a vampire. He also sheds light on his volatile relationship with his maker, Lestat de Lioncourt (whose origins are explained in the next book of The Vampire Chronicles). Anne Rice describes her scenes to almost every detail, allowing the reader to vividly see and almost feel the sadness and despair within Louis life. Incredible piece of work and a great beginning to a fantastic vampire series. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fix of horror, passion, drama, and blood. And I would definitely suggest this book to those who want to avoid the juvenile, mediocre quality of Twilight. The Vampire Chronicles is one of the best vampire series out there, easily a classic. Also, if you enjoy the book, I very well suggest watching the film. It stays close to the book, but also has Anne Rice herself as an adviser for the film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very partial to vampire novels. As soon as I had the book in my hands, I plopped down on my bed to read it. I was soon caught in Louis' world. The eccentric, sensual, and absolutely heartwrenching story of a vampire, whose long existence brings up all the human emotions he never had. The hurt, love and desperate desire to his prey and his profound kindness and sympathy. It is a tragedy because it does not have a happy ending, but neverthelss, it is beautiful as it is. I devoured the book in one day, then waking up the next morning with it in my hands yet again, reading some parts I didn't understand. The book is very descriptive, but you really feel like you undestand the protagonist, and his agony. I thought the ending to be a great close, but again overshadows the beginning of a new story. The story of the boy who interview him in the first place! I thought it was ironic, and very foolish that the boy wanted to become a vampire after all that Louis told him. Like Louis says: "This... after all I told you... is what you ask for?"
I feel what Louis felt then; the desperation and the anger that even after all the wrongs of his life he told him, after all the death and all the sadness his existence had brought upon him, that he still wanted it. It is ironic because the boy will search for Lestat, and the story will most likely repeat itslef. Obviously not in the same way, but he will somewhat experience what Louis went through.
This is a beautifully written book. Anne Rice is truly a remarkable author. I greatly recommend it.
CourtneyChaos More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Anne Rice after I read this book. I instantly fell in love with her characters and became so ingrossed in the plot of the vampire chronicles that I had to have all the books at once. For those who wish to banish the dimmed vampires of Twilight from their mind, this book gets back to the roots: blood, lust, and an immortal with a mortal's compassion.
Star_Dreamer More than 1 year ago
This book is a beginning to a tantalizing sereies that you will find hard to put down. Do not confuse this with the movie it is so much better and opens the door to the books that follow. If you have never read Ann Rice before, you will want to read more of her after you have read this book. Not your teeny bopper vampire tale.
Tawnee More than 1 year ago
Along with Stoker's Dracula, Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire is one of the greatest vampire books of all time. The characters are engaging and complex, and the plot is interesting and original. This is a must read for any vampire lover.
Madeline_Francisco More than 1 year ago
Far more thrilling and better written,Interview with the vampire knocks Twilight off the shelves.The love in the book is complex, along with it's characters, whether it be the emotional affair between Louis and Lestat or thier daughter claudia's search for acceptance It's easy to get bitten.
jessikacan2 More than 1 year ago
Loved the movie, but the book was much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. Great story, plot, easy to connect with the character's emotions, feelings and ideas. It's definitely a book you won't forget. It's also one of those books that you almost have to express your feelings about on certain topics, characters, etc. Very symbolic. You won't be able to put this book down and you will NOT be disappointed. Awesome is the perfect word to describe it, awesome as in inspiring awe.
Danii More than 1 year ago
Next to Dracula, Anne Rice's novels are some of the best vampire books of all time. The characters are complex, the plot is deep and thought provoking, Rice weaved a memorable tale. Many authors have tried to follow her style, but no one has come close to recreating this cult classic novel. Anyone with a lust for the creatures of the night must give Interview With the Vampire a try.
gravity More than 1 year ago
Definetly not your average vampire story. This plot is unique and original as they come. Ann Rice created the best - in my opinion - take on immortality from the vampire point of view. In virtually every other story or movie regarding blood-suckers they always seem to love their affairs and live without any moral or ethical consequences. Interview with the Vampire breaks it down into a depressing look from Louis's perspective. His "fall from grace" makes it much harder than the average vampire to accept death and killing as an ordinary way of life; and he resents his actions for it. It's like every choice he makes is automatically doomed because he knows he can't die and must take life in order to stay alive. Other characters make this an exciting read too. The infamous Lestat, a selfish and dominant vampire, tortures Louis with his complete disregard for human life and unfortunately does not teach Louis anything about eternity of the undead. However, if one is looking for horror scenarios and great suspense, you may be disappointed. This book read mostly as an documentary of the depressed life of a depressed vampire. Filled with dramatic scenes of moral reasoning, Interview with the Vampire still stands out as the most mesmorizing of vampire tales.
Star_Gazer More than 1 year ago
This has become a classic vampire novel. The descriptive quality of Anne Rice's words takes you to another time and place and brings the characters to life. Any person that likes vampire novels should add this to their list of must reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up loving the movie interview with the vampire. I just for the first time decided to read the book and i have to say honestly i like the movie better. The book wasn't bad or anything, it was ok. I just think the changes in the story that were made for the movie were better. I'm sorry anne rice. If you saw the movie and liked it i think you should read this book and form your own opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gets pretty boring towards the middle. I liked the movie but the book couldn't hold my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is better and more intense than the movie. Highly recommend this book.
Chulita0606 More than 1 year ago
Great Writing.
Lorna_CR More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book, am from Costa Rica and I cant find this type of book in here. Thanks Barnes and Nobles
KaykayKD More than 1 year ago
this is my all time fav. vampire series i love it. it is a lot more complicated then twilight and i understand if some twilighters don't like it but this book has actually meaning the characters were well developed the movie was good as well u could watch the movie and know what this book is about but i would deffinatley recomend the book to anyone who loves vampire just anne rice is the queen of vampires nobody can take it away from her not even stephenie meyer
Rynny More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Anne Rice is one of the best writers out there!
My fav person in the book was Lestat!
5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
originality, a chilling plot, and realistic characters makes this a perfect book. this is one of the precious few books i have ever read that truly moved me and has forever changed my outlook on immorality and vampires. btw the movie's not bad either, but i would recommend reading the book first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes,a vampire story, but probably the first notable one written after Dracula itself. All other vampire stories, including the following ones by the same author, pale in comparison with this book. Ann Rice wrote this book during the time she was mouring the loss of a child due to cancer. The emotion that she wrote into this book is absolutely palatable. I picked this up on a newstand as a paperback back in the 1980s, and passed it around to friends til I got it back haggard, torn and missing its cover. It is an amazing story, written with amazing depth, taking you along for the ride alongside the characters as if you were there. The movie is lame compared to the book, so if you've only seen the movie, you're going to be stunned by the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom was a fan of Anne Rice because of the Mayfair Witches Trilogy which I have never read but I always heard alot more about her Vampire novels. I dont know what convinced me to buy the Interview With The Vampire book but Im extremly glad I did. Shes such a sensual writer and delves deep into details to the point where your trapped in a prison of words, emotions, and action. I saw the hours fly by as I immersed myself deeper into the lore she has created. Im currently reading the second book called The Vampire Lestat and so far it is also a great book. Anne Rice has succeeded in bringing one of the worlds most infamous creatures into the 21st century with a new and dark mythology to go with them. These vampires are more tragic and damned then anything Ive ever read in literature. I wish I could give more then 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Interview With the Vampire' is a glorious acheivement by Anne Rice. It surprised me that it was written in the late 1970s. Ms. Rice was ahead of her time. I have never been to New Orleans, but after reading 'Interview,' I felt that I had been there, and in a time long ago. Lestat is made to seem more wicked than Louis, who tries to be kind, even though he knows he must drink blood, and at first lives off of animals. Five-year-old Claudia becomes their daughter, breaking the rule of never create a child vampire, which is given in more detail in 'The Vampire Lestat.' I have read this once and I would read it again. The story was stylish, decadent, and fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I may be to young to be reading adult novels(I'm 13), but I really don't care. In this book, you are able to fall in love with the characters. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must be under the age of 18. I hate to see, well, hate on this book just because the reader is too young to understand or be patient with it. I also hate to see the hate that this book is getting beause of the sequals. The sequals have a different writing style than this one. BUT if you don't like the sequals then go rate the sequals, don't rate the series as a whole in just this one book. Grr.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
It's been a few years since I read this book, and I decided to read it again recently. I had forgotten what a fantastic novel this was. I will admit to only having see the movie one time, years ago, and I don't really remember it. So I don't have that to compare to, which is probably good. The characters in the book are so well developed. You really feel for all of them. The descriptions are fantastic -- I can completely see the places that Rice describes in this book. The descriptions of the appearance of the characters are just enough - it lets you create them in your own mind. I would definitely recommend this book if you are interested at all in vampires, or quite simply a page turning, good read.