I Can’t Help But Compare…

I’ve seen a lot of vampire movies, and read a lot of vampire stories, but I don’t want to talk about the movies today.

I want to talk about the books.

The first vampire story I read was Dracula by Bram Stoker. It was fascinating and very entertaining, if a bit of a laborious read being as old as it is… and I loved it. The next one I read was Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, the book on which the movie is based. It was fantastic!! Anne Rice had a whole new take on how vampires were created, how they aged, how they survived and how they could be killed. For lack of a better phrase, her approach was realistic! It made sense! It made them far more believable than the magical, mythical vampires of ancient stories and folk-lore. I was completely hooked and I read all the vampire stories she wrote.

The movie didn’t have a patch on the book… but does a movie ever do a book justice?

Then, with many years passing since my reading of the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles, I read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. I was curious since there was such a hype about it, but the sickly-sweet, teenage-angst-riddled and completely ridiculous story about sparkly vampires completely paled in comparison to Anne Rice. By the time I got the the fourth chapter I was so pissed off with the main character and her constant “…oh but why me…?” whining that I almost tossed it! But I can’t not finish a book once I’ve started reading it. Call it what you will, I had to finish it. Thereafter I gave it to my sister’s teenage step-daughter who fell in love with Edward, as I expected she would since the story was aimed at her age group. Then I ordered the second one meaning to give it to her for her birthday, but she bought them herself so I was stuck with it.

Then about a month ago, I needed some reading material and found the book in my bookshelf. I thought maybe I’d exaggerated the level of irritation with the first book, so I started reading it. I realised very quickly that it was a mistake… but I had to finish it.

I’ve watched Vampire Diaries on TV, and it was bearable but still a little cliche. 😀 And I rather enjoy True Blood, though I do occasionally wish someone would put that bloody Sookie out of my misery… 😛

I think the next time I feel like a vampire read I’ll re-read Anne Rice. Unless someone can recommend something…?

9 thoughts on “I Can’t Help But Compare…

  1. Dude – read the True Blood books. They are ahsum!

    I’ve just finished Anne Rice’s 4 volume vampire chronicles, and I must admit – it’s very cool. If you read Twilight further (around book 3 I think) you’ll see just how much Stephanie Meyer took out of Anne Rice’s imagination. It’s weird!
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  2. I haven’t read the books – but I have watched all 3 movies so far, cos the kids love it and I end up watching with them. Bella irritates me NO end. She looks as if she is always in pain and she is such a wimp. If I were a vampire or a wolf I’make a meal of her and end her snivelling.
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  3. I couldn’t agree with you more Angel. Twishyte is bloody horrible.

    I fell in love with Lestat when I was 14 and have read the Anne Rice vampire chronicles more times than i can count since then (actually, it’s probably time to break Queen of the Damned out again!) and comparing those to the twilight books is like comparing Lord of the Rings to something with a picture of Fabio on the cover 😛

    Also, i think both movie adaptations of Anne Rice books, Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned were horrible! Some things should be left on paper!!
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  4. I can’t stand sparkly vampires…didn’t read the books and only got snookered into watching the first movie. I prefer them a bit more dark and sinister. Eric from True Blood…now THAT is a vampire that you could say bite me to. 😉

    So glad your blog is working again by the way.
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  5. I am not a Vampire person but I loved Twighlight. Maybe because it wasn’t your typical vampire type of novel. I enjoyed the love story between them and found it really beautiful and actually Edward Cullen can bite me anytime…
    Am thinking of trying True Blood. Maybe.

  6. I have just finished all four the Twilight books, like you I needed to know what the hype was all about! And I agree 100% that the whiny character that was created in Bella is frustrating as hell. I have to admit however that other than that, I kind of enjoyed the books. I even feel the need for some other vampire books.
    Maybe it is time to give the Anne Rice books a go! 🙂

  7. Have you read the sookie books? They are even better then the show, I hope that this next season the go with the book. I have a thing for eric and the book is mostly about him.

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