The author of Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat took to her Facebook page to unleash the dozens on Stephenie Meyers' Twilight vamps - something she's done in the past. I like this particular put-down quite a bit, though:
Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town —— anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.
I'm interested in this on a number of levels. In many ways Rice was the original Meyer; if you were around when Rice's books were big many people bemoaned the way Rice 'fagged up' vampires. Here's the rub: her vampires are legit gay! Or at least bi. Lestat is pretty strongly modeled on David Bowie, and the whole world of Rice's vampires is strongly set in a pansexual goth and glam world. In fact, when it comes to sparkling I wouldn't be surprised if Lestat wore quite a bit of glitter in his rock star phase.
There wouldn't be a Twilight without The Vampire Lestat, in my mind. While Meyer's direct ancestor is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was the stories of Anne Rice that truly reintroduced vampires as sexual, romantic heroes. Mind you - her vampires are way, way more sexual than the abstinence bores of Meyer's fiction.
I actually think that Rice's original vampire trilogy - Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned - is great. It's ironic that Lestat is the biggest (and best) book of the three, but it's the one that didn't get an adaptation. If you've never read the books, there's no time like the present.
By the way, last I heard Rice had become a pretty strong Christian. Is this how Jesus would have treated His rivals, Anne?