Sunday 13 January 2013

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE: Claudia's Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Marie Witter

A graphic novel retelling of Anne Rice's classic, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, from the perspective of one of the most captivating characters in vampire fiction, Claudia.
A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. 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... and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs...

I'm a fan of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, so when I found out this book had been released I was very interested in checking it out.

Claudia is just a child when Lestat turns her into a vampire. And even though he saved her life and she spends a great many happy years with both Lestat and Louis--her two fathers--she soon starts asking questions. She wonders about their kind and why they seem to be the only three in existence.

Although Lestat introduces her to an exciting lavish world of blood and endless killing, she soon starts to crave more. Louis helps her weary mind by spending real quality time with her and loving her. But it's still not enough. And soon she starts to argue with Lestat, because her main problem stems from one thing--she continues to age in experience but her body is stuck.

Claudia soon realises she's trapped inside a child's body with many limits, and that frustrates her to the point of committing the ultimate vampire crime. Having no other choice, she convinces Louis to escape to Europe to begin the search for other vampires. But what Claudia finds becomes her undoing...

She might come across as a whiny, bitchy vampire trapped inside a girl's body and is as cruel as Lestat, but I still felt sorry for her. Lestat saves her from mortal death but no one can save her from immortal death. She sets her own fate, and has no choice but to accept the dire consequences of her actions.

Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story is a gorgeous graphic novel. The illustrations are stunning, and the tale told in a lovely format. The book itself is hardback and it's absolutely beautiful. While the story is one that I'm already familiar with, it was still interesting to see things through Claudia's eyes.

If you're an Anne Rice fan, this book is an excellent addition to your collection. I'm delighted to have my very own copy.
Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story, December 2012, ISBN 9781472200686, Headline Fiction/Hardback

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