Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfor...

Details Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

TitleInterview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
Release DateAug 31st, 2004
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires

Reviews Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

  • Kat Kennedy
    If you would kindly look at my shelves, you might notice that I've read a good chunk of vampire novels written in the past two decades. It seemed strange to me, though, that I still hadn't read one of the more important ones. Now, I don't think it's because this book is particularly brilliant or a masterpiece. Yet it does represent an important paradigm shift in the representation of vampires in modern literature. Whilst Vampires are still unacco...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don’t know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.” It’s been ages I first saw the movie but I still remember how much I enjoyed it. How sorry I felt for Louis when he told his story and how much I loved Lestat for being the evil manipulator that he is. *lol* By now I even have “Interview with the...
  • C.
    You begin.It seems like it might be fun. A little bit trashy, but fun. Not so well written. Disappointing.Already, you know it won't be up to much.You keep reading.Why this way?You read, wondering why. It seems pointless.You are bored, your mind wanders.You keep reading.You cannot stop.It is dark.So dark.The atmosphere.Dark. Macabre. Gothic. Haunting.Erotic.You are trapped.Trapped in someone's twisted fantasy.Kinky.Until pain and suffering and an...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I have to say I liked the movie better. I mean eye candy! I have wanted to read this series forever and since one of my groups is doing a challenge for a badge I thought now would be perfect. BUT, if they don't get better I'm not going to waste my time. Too many books to waste time any more 😊Happy Reading! Mel ❤️ I have to say I liked the movie better. I mean eye candy! I have wanted to read this series forever and since one of my groups...
  • Leo .
    I really enjoyed this book. Read it a while ago. Thought the film was very good. Not sure whether it was as good as the book or not. It is very similar to The Picture Of Dorian Grey. In both books the main character had a wealth of knowledge and experience. They rub shoulders with the more, privileged people.Is vampirism real? I once watched a documentary video; fake news? And in the film a lab scientist had a series of clear tanks containing mic...
  • Madeline
    Damn you straight to hell, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, for what you made me do. You made me read a goddamn vampire book. Not only that, you made me read a vampire book with a cover made entirely of shiny ostentatious material that shouted to everyone in the library as I checked this out, "Look everyone! Madeline is reading a book about vampires! SHINY SHINY SHINY LOOK AT ME! I CONTAIN SEXY BROODING VAMPIRES AND I AM SO EFFING SHINY."...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1), Anne RiceThis is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exq...
  • Vessey
    I admit that I couldn't get through the rest of "The Vampire Chronicles", but this one stays a favourite.Why do you like it so, oh, vampire crazy Vessey? Really, I do like vampires. Even though I'm not a "Twilight" fan. I even have my own set of teeth. A real goth girl inhabits my body and she hungers for dark adventures. I'm a sinister person, I know. :)First, I really like Anne Rice's prose. It is so beautiful and enchanting. The whole story co...
  • Ren
    I first read this book in High School and my sad gothic self immediately fell in love with its beautiful, damaged characters. For years this book haunted me. The rest of the Vampires books were pulpy fun but this book really had something. She captured something here and her almost baroque prose really carries the story. Later in life, I came to realize that Interview is a kind of Catcher In The Rye for goths. Louis is turned into a vampire and c...
  • Paul Bryant
    Oh God, I'm going to have to do this. Oh well, here I go. Hmm – he looks a bit fierce. "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."Silence… erm – now what am I supposed to say ? oh yes…"I confess to God almighty, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to all the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned very much in thought, word, deed and omission, by my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault. Especially since my last confession which was ..........
  • Gaijinmama
    I am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, but Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a surprisingly good Tom Cruise really got my attention. Now I'm a bona fide fan. I'm working toward reading everything Rice has written, and now I enjoy many other authors who write about vampires. It wasn't just that the vampire dudes were soooo totally hot in the...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    Poor vampires. Such a bad press over the years what with all the blood sucking, neck snapping and general ravaging of virgins, maidens and anyone with a taste for Gothic-style bedroom furniture and an open window. Still, now that Edward Cullen and his pan-faced fan base of moody teens have infiltrated popular culture, replacing the stereotypical images of pale, foppish young men in lacy cuffs and brocaded velvet jackets with a utilitarian Gap-Sty...
  • Bonnie Shores
    "Wow, I didn't see that coming as this book is some kinda Vampire Bible and Lestat is well known." — Orient's response to my lack of enthusiasm for IWTV which can be summed up in three words...OH. MY. GOSH. So, you've been whining about your life as a vampire for how many hundreds of years now, Louis? We get it. You weren't given much of a choice and Lestat wasn't a good "daddy". Please get over it already, you undead baby! 😱 To be fair, I m...
  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    3 Stars I hereby dub Louis “Sir Broods-A lot”!*snores* My biggest problems with this story stem from timing – mine! Had I read Interview with the Vampire back when it first came out, or in some close approximation thereafter, I would probably have truly enjoyed it. As it stands I have been exposed to far too many broody, I-am-a-monster-look-at-me-punish-myself vampires to feel much of anything for Louis. This breed of vampire is overdone fo...
  • Joelle
    I thought it was slow, difficult to read. I finished it only by sheer determination, not out of pleasure.
  • Anne
    It's hard to admit that a movie with Tom Cruise in it could actually be less boring than a book.But there you go.I read this when I was a teen, and I had a much higher tolerance for meandering bullshit plots than I do now, so my review was originally 3 stars. However, on reflection...Yeah. This was pretty much crap.Sorry if this offends any Rice fanatics.Hmmm. No, on reflection I really don't care who it offends.
  • Jason Pettus
    Okay, I confess, I've actually read the first three of the novels in this fantastical series; but that they declined in quality so rapidly and profoundly that I just couldn't continue after that. Still, though, this first book of the series continues to be surprisingly strong, even if it single-handedly brought about an entire "goth industry" that threatens to turn all of Rice's original material into parodies of itself. A sprawling epic that is ...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Halfway through reading this one, it occurred to me that I read Interview with a Vampire in high school, but it left so little impression that I promptly forgot about it until 16 or so years later when, as I was reading it again, I began to recall some of it as I went along. This is a cerebral treatment of the vampire genre, an examination of good vs evil, what immortality really means, the first of its kind in "vampire books" and an allegory of ...
  • Sean Barrs
    I really regret seeing the movie version of this prior to reading it because it spoiled the ending of the book. Anne Rice has Louis tell his entire life story to some idiot journalist that reflects the reader's supposed ignorance to the world of the vampire. This device worked to an extent, but I just knew how it was going to end so a lot of the magic was wasted on me. I sincerely regret watching the movie because it hindered my enjoyment of the ...
  • JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
    *** 4.5 'Shut Up,Louis' Stars *** . .. . . Okay, okay, I haven't actually read the twilight series but you have to admit Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt make a much hotter couple than Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. . . Or not. ** liars!**To those who haven't read Interview with the Vampire ( 'the' ?.. . all this time I thought it was "Interview with a Vampire") because you've already watched the film---> READ IT. While Hollywood managed to captu...
  • Brad
    Twenty winters ago I read Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire for the first time. I read it again just before Neil Jordan's film version came out, and then I let it slip into the recesses of my personal mythology, only letting the memory of it pop out once in a while for some wistful nostalgia and a vow to read it again. This year's glut of filmed Vampire adaptations -- HBO's True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, and...
  • Becky
    Oy... Can a book be disappointing if I expected not to like it? Or, rather, can I be disappointed in it? Yep. This was seriously boring. And repetitive. And boringly repetitive. And unexciting and also it rehashed the same things over and over. And over. Did I mention it was boring? Because it was. Even more than I expected. At about 100 pages in, I was like "OK, this isn't terrible, that's good." And then... It just stayed right there. At "Not T...
  • Jody
    The writing in this book is beautiful. Ms. Rice can describe a scene with alluring clarity. The story itself is unlike any other I have read in the vampire genre. I will absolutely be continuing with this series, but not right away. Too many reading obligations at the moment. I am looking forward to the next chapter in this story. 3.75 stars
  • Ashley Daviau
    This is one of those books that I’ve wanted to read for ages but always put off because I’m scared it won’t meet my expectations. I’m really glad I finally read it because it absolutely surpassed my expectations and I loved it! What I loved most about this book is how it started with a slow burn and it felt like my body was slowly being drawn into a dreamlike state. And it was such a magnificent feeling! This is definitely one of THE best...
  • Sh3lly
    Anne Rice's vampire chronicles made me love reading books. I mean, it didn't exactly start there. I can go back further in my childhood to other books, but as a "young adult" in my late teens, this series nailed it for me. I was captivated. They stayed with me and I thought about them for DAYS, weeks even. In retrospect, it was probably my first experience of "book depression." I wanted Lestat to turn me into a vampire. I think he was my first bo...
  • Fran
    So, before vampires became the dream catch of teen girls, there was Lestat the magnificent creation of Anne Rice. It was this take on vampires that—arguably—pulled them out from the horror genre and into the romance main stream. And how did Rice do that? By letting the vampire be the protagonist. The idea of letting the monster speak was hardly a new concept when Interview with the Vampire hit the shelves. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein monste...
  • Daniel Marcos
    I really wanted lo like this book, my hopes where high, because I LOVE vampire books and this is one of the most important, and it is without a doubt, the most boring one.I hate Anne Rice's writing, it makes me want to cut my veins.Let me give you an example:My keyboard is very beatiful, I like how the "Q" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "Q" I also like how the "E" feels underneath my finger when I press the ...
  • C.T. Phipps
    5/5INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and its sequel THE VAMPIRE LESTAT remain the two best vampire novels ever made, IMHO. I know the series continues on for a dozen books afterward but, I'll be honest, with the exception of MEMNOCH THE DEVIL I don't think any of them ever rises above "good" while the first two will always be great. Far be it me to criticize one of my all time favorite authors but at some point, Anne Rice forgot that being a vampire was...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    “The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.”Louis approaches a young reporter and begins to tell the boy his tale - how he became a vampire, back in the 18th century by the hands of Lestat, his growing love for Claudia, a vampire woman stuck in a 5 year old body, and his desire to learn more about the beast he had become.This is one of those modern classic vampire tales, one that I've been meaning to read ever since I...
  • Mike (the distracted librarian)
    Wow. Just wow. A work of art. Me writing a review would be like graffitiing the Parthenon. Sometimes all the description slowed the story while the flowery language got in the way of its flow, but just like any work of art, it comes down to personal preference. I now know how to live (and progenate) as a vampire. I pray I'll never have to.