Anne Rice has a lot to answer for. Those damn sycophantic useless Cullen vampires probably wouldn't exist without her dynamic duo of Lestat and Louis. That said Interview with the Vampire
is a great book, so great Sting wrote a song about it
. The next book The Vampire Lestat
is equally good then it's downhill all the way!
Way back then the idea of romantic melancholy vampires looking for redemption was a novel one. Nowadays they have devolved into unbearable well-coiffed whiners. Any way, this is a wonderful book, atmospheric, gothic, sad, exciting and riveting (poor Claudia). Forget the sequels, just read this one (OK, and the next one).