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Interview with the Vampire

(The Vampire Chronicles #1)

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This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery o ...more
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Published August 31st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published April 12th 1976)
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Sara I first read it when I was about 13, and then re-read it when I was 18. I really don't think age matters.…moreI first read it when I was about 13, and then re-read it when I was 18. I really don't think age matters.(less)
Megg Silly... Movies often don't do well by the book. This one did. It's a beautiful film that I've always loved and now I'm reading the original book. I'v…moreSilly... Movies often don't do well by the book. This one did. It's a beautiful film that I've always loved and now I'm reading the original book. I've read others by Anne Rice and she crafts a great tale. I find the two mediums to go hand in hand. Lestat IS Anne Rice and, is she is a mystery, Lestat will always be a mercurial entity to behold. (less)
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Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fantasy
You begin.
It seems like it might be fun.
A little bit trashy, but fun.
Not so well written.
Already, you know it won't be up to much.
You keep reading.
Why this way?
You read, wondering why.
It seems pointless.
You are bored, your mind wanders.
You keep reading.
You cannot stop.
It is dark.
So dark.
The atmosphere.
Dark. Macabre. Gothic. Haunting.
You are trapped.
Trapped in someone's twisted fantasy.
Until pain and suffering and anguish and loneliness are beautiful.
Kat Kennedy
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
If you would kindly look at my shelves, you might notice that I've read a good chunk of vampire novels written in the past two decades. It seemed strange to me, though, that I still hadn't read one of the more important ones.

Now, I don't think it's because this book is particularly brilliant or a masterpiece. Yet it does represent an important paradigm shift in the representation of vampires in modern literature. Whilst Vampires are still unaccountably evil in this novel, they are also relatabl
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don’t know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.”

It’s been ages I first saw the movie but I still remember how much I enjoyed it. How sorry I felt for Louis when he told his story and how much I loved Lestat for being the evil manipulator that he is. *lol* By now I even have “Interview with the Vampire” on DVD and every once in a while I re-watch it and
Ahmad Sharabiani
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1), Anne Rice

This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life.

Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life.

His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hu
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I have to say I liked the movie better. I mean eye candy!

I have wanted to read this series forever and since one of my groups is doing a challenge for a badge I thought now would be perfect. BUT, if they don't get better I'm not going to waste my time.

Too many books to waste time any more 😊

Happy Reading!

Mel ❤️
Since I've watched the movie based on this book several years ago (starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt), I decided to end October 2021 by reading one of the most chilling vampire tales ever written (sorry, Bram!)

I enjoyed:
1. the extremely descriptive scenes throughout the story, a few of them giving me the shivers;
2. the writing style of using an interview-format; and,
3. the intrinsic character development of Lestat, Claudia, and most importantly, Louis. Although eyebrow-raising at times, I really
Jenna ❤ ❀  ❤
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, horror
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I just saw that Anne died today. I am devastated. She was my favourite author for 20+ years. I conversed with her several times. There were periods in my life when her books were the only thing I had to live for. They kept me going. And it all started with Interview with the Vampire back in 1993.

By the time of her last novel Blood Communion in 2018, I had outgrown her writing style, which saddened me. I said I would never read any more books she published because I wanted to only remember the fe
Damn you straight to hell, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, for what you made me do. You made me read a goddamn vampire book. Not only that, you made me read a vampire book with a cover made entirely of shiny ostentatious material that shouted to everyone in the library as I checked this out, "Look everyone! Madeline is reading a book about vampires! SHINY SHINY SHINY LOOK AT ME! I CONTAIN SEXY BROODING VAMPIRES AND I AM SO EFFING SHINY."

(I cannot stress how shiny-gold this cover is. Li
Brett C
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I thoroughly enjoyed this from beginning to end. This was pure gothic-vampire horror but presented in a way the characters all had human emotions and interpersonal problems. I really liked the descriptive imagery used throughout the entire story: from dark 1700s Louisiana to shadowy Old Country Europe. The tone contained all the elements of a good vampire/horror story: dark and gothic. These were real vampires that killed people; whether to feed or the thrill of the hunt.

I liked the idea that L
Leo .
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Read it a while ago. Thought the film was very good. Not sure whether it was as good as the book or not. It is very similar to The Picture Of Dorian Grey. In both books the main character had a wealth of knowledge and experience. They rub shoulders with the more, privileged people.

Is vampirism real? I once watched a documentary video; fake news? And in the
film a lab scientist had a series of clear tanks containing mice. Some pregnant mice, some new born mice and anot
Feb 10, 2008 rated it liked it
I first read this book in High School and my sad gothic self immediately fell in love with its beautiful, damaged characters. For years this book haunted me. The rest of the Vampires books were pulpy fun but this book really had something. She captured something here and her almost baroque prose really carries the story.

Later in life, I came to realize that Interview is a kind of Catcher In The Rye for goths. Louis is turned into a vampire and continues his search for the answers: who he is, wh
Sep 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
I thought it was slow, difficult to read. I finished it only by sheer determination, not out of pleasure.
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I admit that I couldn't get through the rest of "The Vampire Chronicles", but this one stays a favourite.

Why do you like it so, oh, vampire crazy Vessey? Really, I do like vampires. Even though I'm not a "Twilight" fan. I even have my own set of teeth. A real goth girl inhabits my body and she hungers for dark adventures. I'm a sinister person, I know. :)

First, I really like Anne Rice's prose. It is so beautiful and enchanting. The whole story comes along with a good measure of dark sensuality,
Jay Kristoff
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was pretty young when I first met this book. If I was young today (sniff) I'd probably have been called an emo, but back then they called us goths. And truth be told, I was actually a metalhead who just liked (and thus, hung around) the goth girlies, but what the fuck does that have to do with Goodreads...

Point is, this is One Of Those Books for me. The ones that comes along at a certain point in your life and kinda change the way you see the world. I must've read it half a dozen t
Paul Bryant
Nov 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spooky-ookums, novels
Oh God, I'm going to have to do this. Oh well, here I go. Hmm – he looks a bit fierce.

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."

Silence… erm – now what am I supposed to say ? oh yes…

"I confess to God almighty, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to all the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned very much in thought, word, deed and omission, by my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault. Especially since my last confession which was ....... approximately 23 years and several months ago. Er. Hmm. I
Almost didn't make it past part II. 😉 I thought I would love this book, but I actually enjoyed the movie more. I will see what others think about book two, I'm a little curious about the ending in the novel (different from the movie) but this book was fairly monotonous... ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Gay, but not gay enough.
Nov 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, horror
It's hard to admit that a movie with Tom Cruise in it could actually be less boring than a book.
But there you go.
I read this when I was a teen, and I had a much higher tolerance for meandering bullshit plots than I do now, so my review was originally 3 stars. However, on reflection...
Yeah. This was pretty much crap.
Sorry if this offends any Rice fanatics.
Hmmm. No, on reflection I really don't care who it offends.
Poor vampires. Such a bad press over the years what with all the blood sucking, neck snapping and general ravaging of virgins, maidens and anyone with a taste for Gothic-style bedroom furniture and an open window.

Still, now that Edward Cullen and his pan-faced fan base of moody teens have infiltrated popular culture, replacing the stereotypical images of pale, foppish young men in lacy cuffs and brocaded velvet jackets with a utilitarian Gap-Style wardrobe of urban wear (and a slightly sulky lo
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, but Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a surprisingly good Tom Cruise really got my attention.
Now I'm a bona fide fan. I'm working toward reading everything Rice has written, and now I enjoy many other authors who write about vampires.
It wasn't just that the vampire dudes were soooo totally hot in the movie. As is usually the case, the book turned ou
Bonnie Shores
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires-etc
"Wow, I didn't see that coming as this book is some kinda Vampire Bible and Lestat is well known." — Orient's response to my lack of enthusiasm for IWTV which can be summed up in three words...


OH. MY. GOSH. So, you've been whining about your life as a vampire for how many hundreds of years now, Louis? We get it. You weren't given much of a choice and Lestat wasn't a good "daddy". Please get over it already, you undead baby! 😱

To be fair, I must state that my expectations for Interview with the V
Misty Marie Harms
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Louis sits down with a reporter and tells his life journey. He was a normal plantation owner when he was turned into a vampire by Lestat. Anne takes you on a vivid recreation of Pointe du Lac, Louisiana during slavery times. We go through his struggles of being a vampire that has to kill to live. Lestat and Louis are usually at odds with each other. We meet Claudia, a child Lestat turns, so Louis stays close to him. Louis is always battling with his human morals against his vampire needs.

Anne c
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

3 Stars

I hereby dub Louis “Sir Broods-A lot”!


My biggest problems with this story stem from timing – mine! Had I read Interview with the Vampire back when it first came out, or in some close approximation thereafter, I would probably have truly enjoyed it. As it stands I have been exposed to far too many broody, I-am-a-monster-look-at-me-punish-myself vampires to feel much of anything for Louis. This breed of vampire is overdone for me, entirely. And to be fair, they never held much in
Jeffrey Caston
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vamps, auntie-anne, horror
This was a "re-read" for me, but with the audiobook the second time around. Although the narrator was fine on the version I had, I don't think his voice fit the particular project.

But listening to again reminded me just how much I loved this story. Multiple layers of love, sensation, and sensuality. Everything, living, dead, and even inanimate came alive. This story delves into and portrays masterfully the emotional mixture that can happen with love and hate embodied in and/or directed against,
Sean Barrs
I really regret seeing the movie version of this prior to reading it because it spoiled the ending of the book. Anne Rice has Louis tell his entire life story to some idiot journalist that reflects the reader's supposed ignorance to the world of the vampire. This device worked to an extent, but I just knew how it was going to end so a lot of the magic was wasted on me. I sincerely regret watching the movie because it hindered my enjoyment of the novel. That being said though, the ending was as b ...more
Jason Pettus
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Okay, I confess, I've actually read the first three of the novels in this fantastical series; but that they declined in quality so rapidly and profoundly that I just couldn't continue after that. Still, though, this first book of the series continues to be surprisingly strong, even if it single-handedly brought about an entire "goth industry" that threatens to turn all of Rice's original material into parodies of itself. A sprawling epic that is as much a vivid fictional history of the multicult ...more
Leeanne ☽ ◌ ☾
Jan 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I read all the books a long time ago, back in my 20’s, I’m now 53 years young 😜 and I was and still am a fan of Anne Rice. The first book I ever read of Anne’s was ‘The Witching Hour’ which was given to me by a friend, and from then I was hooked onto everything that she did. The book ‘Interview with a Vampire’ was so much better than the film, which I’ve always felt was miscast, because reading the book first, long before the film was released, I would never have imagined Tom Cruise as Lestat 😱 ...more
Oy... Can a book be disappointing if I expected not to like it? Or, rather, can I be disappointed in it?


This was seriously boring. And repetitive. And boringly repetitive. And unexciting and also it rehashed the same things over and over. And over. Did I mention it was boring? Because it was. Even more than I expected. At about 100 pages in, I was like "OK, this isn't terrible, that's good." And then... It just stayed right there. At "Not Terrible" level. Nothing interesting happened, noth
Heidi The Reader
Halfway through reading this one, it occurred to me that I read Interview with a Vampire in high school, but it left so little impression that I promptly forgot about it until 16 or so years later when, as I was reading it again, I began to recall some of it as I went along. This is a cerebral treatment of the vampire genre, an examination of good vs evil, what immortality really means, the first of its kind in "vampire books" and an allegory of the soul itself. It is all of those things, but it ...more
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
*** 4.5 'Shut Up,Louis' Stars ***

. .. . . Okay, okay, I haven't actually read the twilight series but you have to admit Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt make a much hotter couple than Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. . . Or not. ** liars!**

To those who haven't read Interview with the Vampire ( 'the' ?.. . all this time I thought it was "Interview with a Vampire") because you've already watched the film---> READ IT. While Hollywood managed to capture the essence of the story to a cinematic degree
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) was a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematic focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold nearl ...more

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