Anne Rice Weighs In On True Blood and Twilight

June 28, 2009 by  

Aaron Tellock on examiner.com had a question and answer with Anne Rice.  If you are anne_rice2wikiunfamiliar, Anne Rice’s novels beginning with “Interview With The Vampire” defined a genre of change in the way we saw vampires.  It also inspired an entire subculture although already existing to, OK I will say it, come out of the coffin. I have been a vampire and horror fan since I was young, I actually ran home from school in second grade to watch “Dark Shadows”.  Alright So I was a little freak but hey if you are reading this you have all joined my ranks.

In the question and answer Ms. Rice not only talks about the popularity of her books but, weighs in on her opinion of  True Blood and Twilight.

Here is an excerpt talking about both series:

“Q: What do you think about the direction that the vampire legend has taken over the past few years?”

On Twilight Ms. Rice states: “I am intrigued by the direction the vampire legend has taken. I think the teen vampire romance, Twilight, was a curious film in many respects, one obviously made for 12 year olds, and it presents a very tame picture of the vampire and one that does not entirely make sense. We are to believe that a group of immortals choose to live in a tiny town rather than a metropolis, and that they go to high school over and over again, which certainly sounds horrible. But obviously this appeals to very young kids and the vampire, Edward, is charming, and strong, and is a powerful metaphor for the outsider and also he represents what teenagers dream of: a boyfriend who is really deep and caring and powerful and protective. In a way, it is about a young girl’s desire for an older man.”

As for True Blood:
True Blood“, the HBO series, is infinitely more complex. The show is clever, satirical and yet deeply involving. It is full of humor and yet its characters have tender and emotional scenes. I find it very engaging and fun to watch. Obviously it has too much sex and violence for very young teens. But for an adult audience, it is an amazing development in the vampire mythology, putting the vampires right into the mainstream of the modern world. I like the show. I think the vampire Bill is the usual metaphor for the outsider and the sensitive outcast who suffers. He’s excellent.”

Now do not fang the messenger I am just bringing the excerpts of her article, if you read both responses she is not slamming the series she just feels that the vampires of “Twilight” just present a much tamer version of the vampire genre which would appeal to young teens. And also says that True Blood is meant for a more mature audience because it has too much sex and violence for the younger teens.

None of this says that both series cannot be enjoyed by everyone but… well… you all know where I weigh in. I just love my True Blood.

To read the full article go to:

Milwaukee Examiner.com

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  • uhhhhhhh so where exactly did Anne comment on her own books? yeah she gave an overview of opinions on true blood & *yech!* twilight, but this is hardly an insight into Anne’s view of either series, let alone an insight into how it compares to the VampiTre Chronicles.

    This report is so lacking, I’m tempted to reformat my hard drive & derma-brase my eyeballs in the hopes it erases your crud.

    • Diana Edwards

      Dear Jason, I’m sorry you found this article “lacking”. Just to clarify, nowhere in the title does it state Anne Rice would be commenting on her own books, or comparing hers to the others. We took our info from our source article, and decided to focus on her opinion of True Blood and Twilight. Feel free to click on the link at the bottom of our article, which will take you to the original source of our information. Please keep in mind we try to be respectful here by being civil to each other and refraining from any name-calling.

  • Scarlett

    Haha, I’m 14 and LOVE Anne Rices Vampire Chronicles, and me and my mom always sit and watch True Blood together. But honestly I cannot stand Twilight, alot of my friends are Twilight obbsessed and cannot think of any other type of vampire than the sparkly fairy kind, kinda saddens me, but Anne Rice is FTW!!!

  • annm

    Thank-you for posting this! Anne Rice is the reason I became interested in vampires and I have often wondered what she thought of the vamp craze. I’m not surprised at all at the stance she has taken with both series. I have read all the books from both series. I think the reason Anne related to True Blood or seemed to like it better is because TB is a lot closer to how she envisioned her vampire world.
    Please understand I am by no means saying they are exactly alike or that anyone is copying another because they are not but for those who have read Anne Rice: doesn’t Bill remind you of Louie, Eric of Lestat and Russell of Armand? Even just a lttle bit?
    As far as her opinion of Twlight, it is written for teens and will mostly appeal to teens. I don’t think she meant anything against adults liking it, she was talking about the target audience and her personal taste. I’m not crazy about Twlight but if this type of movie/books came out when I was a teen, I would have been thrilled about it. In the same idea, Harry Potter was written for children and as an adult I am crazy about these books/movies. A Harry Potter Mom!! It all comes down to personal taste and what appeals to you.

  • Isis Nocturne

    I knew Anne would say that… And not only because of her own books, but because of what she prefers as an author herself. Anne is THE (retired) queen of vampires!

    • annm

      Like you, I don’t think many who know about Anne Rice and read her books were surprised by what she said. I’ve never thought of her being called the “Retired Queen of Vampires” but your right. She’s a very important part of vampire literature whether you like her or agree with her or not.

  • ABCDEFG

    Great response! I too think that Twilight makes little sense, and the vampires in the novel cannot possibly be immortal. If I had to choose between the two I’d definitely choose True Blood, but VAMPIRE CHORONICLES pwn them all.

    But I still like Bill. 🙂

  • Rich

    That was awesome, it was like the Queen of Vampires weighing in on the new crazes, and with class and poise and depth like she always does. Bravo Ms. Rice.

  • Aurra

    They interviewed her on the basis of the movie/tv productions, as opposed to the novels, which its obvious she hasn’t read, so sadly she can’t offer much of an indepth comparison.

    As a fan of both sagas, I have to say that the novels (of course) offer a much better perspective of what lies within & this is all the more relevant in the case of Twilight; the books are MUCH better than the movie, which fails dismally at portraying the story & characters. There is a lot more depth to the story than this unfounded synapsis she gives on Twilight. I hope that one day she actually reads it & figures it out.

    As Sia has stated, the story is much more generally appreciated than by 13 year olds alone. Its similar to the Romeo & Juliet archetype;a story of starcrossed lovers, but appeals to the younger audience as complete Fantasy & the older audience as Fantasy rooted in life/love situations that most of us have already experienced (only w/a supernatural twist). So its easily relatable by all ages. TwilightMOMs are age 25-80+ & there are something akin to 30,000+ members on the site alone, including men.

    • Danny

      What exactly did she get wrong? I read the books too and everything she said is exactly in the book. Teenage Vampires go to high school over and over again and they never really say why. And the romance in Twilight is very tepid. It’s basically a revolving door of dialogue that addresses why they can’t be together but they have too. And one scene in particular really got under my skin which in Eclipse, they finally after 200 pages of obvious setup in which they finally realize Victoria is hunting. This scene is so unrealistically insipid in its stupidity towards both the characters and the reader that one contemplates shutting the book and doing laundry for more fun and intellectual stimulation. She is right in a sense. The vampires may have an infinite resource for knowledge and power but they choose to be High School students? I don’t think so. The Twilight moms are fans of the movies and they have unreasonably creepy fetishes for underage men.

  • Sia

    I’m a huge Twilight fan and I have to disagree with her and teens only loving Twilight. MAYBE SHE SHOULD CHECK OUT TWILIGHT MOMS and honestly would teens make 400 million dollars ? I think not. I think Twilight is tame vs. other vampires but IT’S BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND MY FAVORITE LOVE STORY that makes sense to me. I would choose Twilight over Trueblood just because Twilight made me feel something I haven’t felt for a while.

  • shelby

    i love her response as well. I like twilight too But I have to say I Love TRUE BLOOD more!

  • noandthen

    So basically she agrees with Stephen – Edward Cullen is the slim fast and diet Coke of vampires. 🙂

  • Dorothy

    Love her response on both of them. It’s exactly how I’ve always felt about Twilight and True Blood.
    In conclusion- True Blood is waaaaay better 😉