|Vampire Books and Movies|
|A story for all vampire lovers. I read the book after I had seen the movie by Francis Ford Coppola, which I adore. Of course like all movies based on books the book is usually better. "Usually" being the key word there. In this case I thought both were really good. In the case of the book it was really well done in terms of characters and setting.in terms of characters, I noticed the biggest difference in the terms of Dr. Seward's part in the story. In the movie he played a more minor role whereas in the book he ws the one that took us through Lucy's "illness" and the correspondence between the characters. This was also seen with Mina's journals, which played a bigger role.
One thing that I missed the most when comparing the movie and the book was the romance between Mina and Dracula. It was so beautiful in the movie that I thought it must have come from the book. Obviously if you have read the orginal Dracula you know that it was only hinted on by Mina's empathy towards the hunting of Dracula.
A final criticism I have for the book is that the death of Dracula was so quick that you did not have the drama you would have liked to have seen for the title character. However, Coppla gives us that in his movie.
|The Night Inside|
|Having read this after series of Anne Rice novels I tend to compare Baker's writing to the style of Rice's. If you like your vampires more on the human side then you will like this book. It deals with the relationship between a vampire who has awaken in present day Toronto after about a centuary sleep only to be captured. Ardeth the main female character in the story finds herself in a life and death situation where she is the "food" for the captured vampire.|
|They form a special bond that leads to her becoming a vampire. The story ends off leaving Baker room for a follow up, Blood and Crysanthiums. The story has alot of good action and vampiric romance. There is also good use of flashbacks that give you a unique view on the plot of the story.|
|The books that started it all for me I would say. Having read everyone of the chronicles up to Mnenoch the Devil ( which I have yet to finish ), I can safely say these are the books that I use to measure everything else that I read. The reason being that I love that sense of understanding Rice can create in the reader so that you feel you are in the story itself. The character Lestat is so intriguing that you learn to love him as you divirge yourself into his "savage garden".|
|The Chronicles start with Interview with the Vampire, which was made into a movie by by Neil Jordan. Here you are introduced to the characters Louis, a vampire made by Lestat, Lestat, Claudia, a child vampire, and Armand, a 400 year-old vampire. The story is basicallyt the title, an interview with the vampire Louis and his perspective ont eh events of his birth into "darkness".|
|The second novel, The Vampire Lestat, deals with the history of Lestat from the time before he was a vampire till he was and on to the period where Interview takes place. I find that this novel gives you a good perspective on Lestat's reasoning in the first novel. You also get a chance to find out the unique development of Lestat's life of a vampire compared to other vampires.|
|The third novel, Queen of the Damned, brings on an idea developed in the second novel of how vampirism started. The setup of this novel reminds me of Rice's Witching Hour, as she uses the perspective's of many people which eventually come together as one. Here we are introduced to variety of older and younger vampires as well as an organization called the Talamasca which gathers information on phenomina such as vampires and witches. I found that this more heavier reading material when compared to the previous two. Nonetheless, this novel is very intriguin and brings up some very creative ideas along with a mixture of history.|
|The fourth novel, The Tale of the Body Theif, really is a novel on its own as it really dose not connect to the others as first three wound around each other. In this novel Lestat is once again the main character. He is joined by David from the Talamasca. Here we have Lestat faced with the chance to be human again by using another body. The predicament is that he has to give up his body and powers. The problem becomes what if the guy dose not give Lestat his body back? Is being mortal again what Lestat really wants?|
|Finally we come to the supposed "last" edition to the chronicles, Mnemnoch the Devil. Well I finally read it and I loved it... though there a few things that made me a little isappointed...( don't worry it sdosen't have to do with the book per sekjust kind of what happens...but I guess you'll have to read it to find out...=)) anyways... In this Chronicle we have Lestat once again faced with a challenge, only this time it could determine whether his soul could be saved or damned. In the the novel we first get to know who "this Devil" is and what connection he has to Lestat and his latest kill. Then Rice as she usually does , gives us some interesting insight as to where we as humans came from . And to put the Cherry on the top we get the Devils point of view at Gods creation. Very intriguing and a must read.|
|If YOU have any books you've read involving vampires and loved it please let me know so I can read them/ it!!!! =)|
|NB:All of the reviews here were done by myself, Victoria Moonsteel.|