Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man Anne's life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work. She has written over thirty novels and one autobiography. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive.
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It's disgusting. This is exactly the kind of stuff that packs the shelves, leaving little room for the new and good stuff, and it's difficult not to feel disillusioned. Hoping to I'm creating a new shelf for this book, the 'do-not-want-to-read' shelf. Hoping to cash in on some of Ms Meyers success, Ms Rice?
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I think so. View all 16 comments. Oct 18, Auroralumi marked it as to-read Shelves: finish-later. Hey everyone! You can get the 1st 32 pages free for the nook and nook app! Anne Rice just sent it out! View all 4 comments. Dec 04, Jeannie Zelos rated it really liked it.
Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story. I was supplied with this copy by publisher but as always on the basis that my opinion is honestly held and not influenced by whether the book was free or paid for. Integrity of reviewers is important to me, and false reviews do no favours to authors or readers. This is my first ever graphic novel so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've reviewed how to do the artwork for graphic novels as part of my arts book reviews but never actually seen a Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story. I've reviewed how to do the artwork for graphic novels as part of my arts book reviews but never actually seen a complete book so its was something I was looking forward to.
On to the book itself — well I don't know why people want graphic novels but if its for the beautiful illustrations then this one is just right. The storyline is covered in other reviews and the preview so I'll focus on this aspect mainly. The paper is a heavy glossy type and feels good to the hand. The images are in a beautiful monotone of sepia and cream mainly, with of course, highlights of rich, dark, Alizarin red for the blood.
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This means is really stands out and lends a touch of drama suitable to the storyline. I felt for poor Claudia in that she was condemned to remain a child when turned by Lestat even though mentally she became over time an adult. I'm sure that didn't help her mental state although we see that she took to the blood and violence right from the start, she was still childlike in many ways and it wasn't until after several decades that she became discontented. The way she is drawn is reminiscent to me of the Japanese Manga style with huge emotive eyes and dainty features.
It works well I think, and adds to the doll-like feeling of her, where the contrast is between her beautiful appearance and horrific bloodthirsty nature. She runs rings around poor Louis convincing him that what he wants is what she wants and he's despair at times is very evident in the way he is drawn, clearly dejected and depressed compared to Claudia's domineering ways and Lestat's arrogance. The clothing they all wear is typically historical in appearance with flamboyant frills and flounces on Claudia's dresses with extravagant shirts and tight breeches and boots for the men.
The rooms and buildings are also clearly depicted from the past with vast rooms, blazing open fires and chaise lounge type sofas. When outside the buildings seem overshadowed by gloom except when brightness is needed, such as the theatre in Paris where even through using monotone we can imagine the blazing lights shining out of the windows.
The story takes very little time to read and for a quick reader such as myself it doesn't offer much by way of storyline entertainment but the value in these books I assume is the exquisite illustrations which must have taken unimaginable time to do. Each page is constructed a bit like a comic with between mostly 3 and 6 separate illustrations on each page, with the characters speaking via traditional balloon text. Here I do have a criticism as I found the text a little too small and also very faint to be able to read it easily. I know the value is in the drawings but I would have liked clearer text too.
I can't say how this is for value as its not a field I have experience in. If you've a reluctant reader in the family or you love graphic novels, vampires and gorgeously illustrated books then this is one worth buying.
Apr 30, Sud rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , comics. Claudia, is the little girl that was turned into a vampire by Lestat. Ashley Marie Witter takes words right off the pages of Interview with a Vampire, adds some "Her lips were red Ashley Marie Witter takes words right off the pages of Interview with a Vampire, adds some exposition on Claudia's part and ,finally, tops it all off with lavish illustrations. The writing is excellent, in that the prose is a pleasure to read and I savored every bit.
The look inside Claudia's mind ,as her mental faculties develop from a child to an adult, is a dark mirror of Lestat and Louis. Claudia's desire to be an adult and enjoy some measure of equality is palpable. Ashely Witter does a commendable job of finding that which motivates Claudia. Through her we ask ourselves- "What would we have done, in her position? Though, I must admit, by the end of the story I did not like nor care for Claudia. However, she does engender a measure of sympathy on my part due to the rather unfair nature of her being trapped for eternity in the body of a child.
THAT has to have an effect on her, especially as the decades go on and she remains the same. I shall not go over the rest of the plot. It should be well known to anyone. This is for those who want deeper insight into Claudia and her mental conflicts. It also shows another side of Louis and Lestat-as seen from her viewpoint. The writing style is excellent and it flows exceedingly well. But the true genius of this GN is the absolutely beautiful almost pencil art quality of the work. Subtly shaded in monochrome colors the only time color is introduced is when there is blood. Absolutely gorgeous artwork.
I took time to often just sit and appreciate some truly beautiful drawings. Even peiople with NO background in the Anne Rice novels will enjoy this dark, grim and gorgeously illustrated Graphic Novel. But, bear in mind, that without knowing the original story you'd miss much of the nuance behind Claudia's motivations and intentions. Well written, lavishly illustrated and a joy for any Anne Rice fan or vampire fan. Highly recommended! Nov 18, Kitty rated it really liked it. How long have Anne Rice fans suffered on the comic front?
I'm still scrubbing my brain clean of the Liberace front band and flying naked Lestat pics. But this is just pure cream. The art work is gorgeous. I couldn't believe my eyes when my copy arrived today - if you have the cash for the hardcover edition, please rest assured that it is anything but a waste of money. It's a slap in the face of Witter's art to dismiss this on such childish notions. The comic is beautiful, enough said.
Nov 04, erin marked it as to-read. I would've thought that Anne Rice had mined as much gold as possible from this genre, but apparently I was wrong.
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I'm curious if this is going to be an impetus to release the first few Vampire stories as graphic novels, which could be really neat seeing how the movies weren't exactly good. Recently, I purchased an illustrated adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" - which could have been called a graphic novel back in the early s when I bought it as an elementary-aged reader.
I've bee Hmmmm. I've been looking for my copy in the boxes that came out of my parents' house because I remember loving the story and the illustrations. Jun 13, Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing. May 17, Brandy marked it as to-read Shelves: most-wanted-to-reads , anne-rice. Dec 27, Mandilyn rated it liked it Shelves: depressing. While the sepia tone illustrations are breathtaking, I do not feel like this novel did anything other than lift a few chapters of a book I already read and pasted pretty pictures on the page. I could buy a used paperback of 'Interview' for two dollars less than what I paid for this digital download and do roughly the same thing with my box of oil pastels, only the whole story would have pictures and you would have to identify the crudely drawn characters by hair color or if one is wearing a dres While the sepia tone illustrations are breathtaking, I do not feel like this novel did anything other than lift a few chapters of a book I already read and pasted pretty pictures on the page.
I could buy a used paperback of 'Interview' for two dollars less than what I paid for this digital download and do roughly the same thing with my box of oil pastels, only the whole story would have pictures and you would have to identify the crudely drawn characters by hair color or if one is wearing a dress or not. In this case, I choose to identify Claudia by her bow. See how easy this could be for me?
Also, I am contemplating taking another star down for the fact that it did not answer the ultimate question.
The ultimate question being how vampires in romantic tales manage an erection. Any theories can be sent to me via: mandilynm gmail. Don't let the scientific title frighten you. I assure you there will be fucking. As her love for Louis strengthens, so does her hatred of Lestat.