Series: The Vampire Chronicles #1
Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks
Publication Date: 2003
Genres: Horror, Vampires
This was the first book to present vampires in the modern light that we think of them today.In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood.
I had watched the movie before reading this book which I wish I never did because the book did not shock me like it should have done.
The book mainly centers around Louis, a vampire telling the story of his life to 'the boy' who is recording him in the 1980s. Louis is quite a depressing character and the phrase 'wet blanket' comes to mind. He has had a hard life as his vampire nature has tortured him for centuries. Unlike normal vampires, Louis is very much in touch with his human nature and feels great empathy for all the suffering caused by vampirekind.
Louis is to be honest the most boring vampire, he is very apathetic, brooding - a kind of Hamlet character. He watches events unfold around him without actually trying to stop anything - the whole Claudia disaster is proof of that and he lets Lestat (his maker) completely overtake his life and dictate what they are to do.
I would have really enjoyed this book if I had not watched the movie but I am intrigued to read the sequels as I really want to find out what happens next