Interview With a Vampire
by Anne Rice
The scene starts with a boy about to interview the main character, a vampire called Louis. (Anticlimactic title) Without giving away too much about the book, Louis tells the boy every event in his life, starting just before he became a vampire to the present day. He starts as a plantation owner before he had an encounter with any vampires. He describes his human life as rushed, blind and not truly living. His brother was a very religious person, spending much of his time in an observatory to pray. One night something happens in the observatory, killing his brother. And no, the answer is not vampires so read the book and find out!
Around this time Louis does get bitten by a vampire. This vampire named Lestat visits him the next night and makes Louis a vampire, though at the time he was not clear on why he was being made a vampire. After drinking some of Lestat’s blood, Louis learns to feed as a vampire. He learns to use his new and unusual senses to hide in plain sight. This is also the time when he learns what an unhelpful, cruel teacher Lestat will be. He is told to kill and feed on a human as his first “meal.” In the book, Louis explains that he should have started on animals rather than actual people. Furthermore, Lestat only makes Louis a vampire to have the money and finer lifestyle that comes with Louis’ plantation and money saving skill. That is an example of one of many nights having to be guided by Lestat before they must leave the plantation.
After basically losing the plantation, the two end up living in New Orleans. Being in the populated city makes it easier to feed without anybody noticing. It’s also where Louis meets Claudia, the one who spurs Louis into his big adventures. It starts when he passes a window and notices a girl crying beside her dead mother. Normally Louis might just pass by, but he needs to feed so badly that he takes the girl’s blood. Later it is discovered that she survived the feeding. Lestat takes the liberty of taking her to the apartment from the hospital to make her into a vampire. The girl, by the way, is Claudia. Since she is now a vampire, she is stuck being in a child body for the remainder of her existence which causes quite a few complications later on. That’s about half of the story, and certainly not the juicy stuff that you will find after Claudia comes into play. You will just have to see what kinds of trouble she can give to the other vampires.
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