quinta-feira, 2 de maio de 2013

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Synopsis

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

(from Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This book had been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time but I though it was time to finally pick it up and see a different take on vampire stories. I wanted to read something that wouldn't romanticize vampires or create ridiculous love triangles envolving humans and werewolves and, fortunately, this book gave me that. At least the vampires in this story slept in coffins and would only come out at night - at least it respected the image that I've always had about vampires.

When I started reading this book, I thought the whole concept seemed quite interesting, the characters showed some promise and I was actually enjoying it. As for the characters, I think that Louis and Claudia were more captivating than the others, although I believe that was because we got to follow their journey more closely. Louis' story was compelling; he counld'n fully embrace the fact that he was vampire, he felt conflicted about it. Killing people to satisfy his hunger seemed to repulse him in a certain way and he always came across as more human than it was expected from a vampire. However, Claudia was more magnetic and fascinating; even though she had the body of a small girl, we could definetly see that she had the mind and posture of grown woman - I would even say that she was somewhat sensual in the way she carried herself, which seems odd in a child. She was also quite curious and inteligent, always seeking the answers to all of her questions.

In spite of the fact that the book was well written and it had an interesting concept, I struggled to get through it. The narrative wasn't dynamic and it seemed to drag for a long time, there weren't a lot of dialogues between the characters and I couldn't shake the feeling that there was something missing, something that could really grab my attention. I wanted to like this book but I don't and I'm starting to come to terms with the idea that vampires stories just aren't my cup of tea.

However, if you've seen the movie but haven't read the book and like vampire stories, I would recommend reading it.

I give it 2,5 stars.

2 comentários:

Catarina R. disse...

Thanks for the review!Kisses

Ana Costa disse...

You're welcome ;)

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