I is for I Am Legend & Interview With a Vampire

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iamlegendRobert Neville is the last living man on Earth…but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood.

By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn.

How long can one man survive in a world of vampires? – from Goodreads.com

Guys, vampires are just my favorite.

You may have thought that zombies were my favorite, but you would have been wrong. Not by a long shot, but still, vampires are my favorite. I really wouldn’t mind being one myself someday. And you know, I already plan on living forever. (I’m doing great so far, right?)

I Am Legend was the first vampire story that really scared the shit out of me. Or maybe it was ‘Salem’s Lot. They’re both phenomenal. But I Am Legend’s vampires are scarier than most, because they hold on to their intelligence. They are calling you by name when they are trying to lure you out into the darkness to eat you. They set you up with tricks and traps. Then they make you feel like YOU are the strange, scary one in the world.

I Am Legend is an incredible story – and so far removed and different from the Will Smith “I Am Legend” movie, I can’t believe that they were able to use that title and associate the book with the movie. The movie was good.. but the book is way, way better.

And…. A BONUS BOOK! Also about vampires!

interviewwith“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 comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.

Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires–a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.” – from Anne Rice.com

There’s no way I can write a list of my favorite books without this one being on it. I sought out the long, detailed description of the book from Anne Rice’s own website, hoping to do whatever I can to entice the non-believers to believe me and give this book a try if they have been snubbing their nose at Rice (or vampires) for their whole lives.

You know, I get it. Anne Rice is sort of known for her gay vampire sex, and her retelling of Christ’s life, and her super kinky BDSM series, and whatever happened in Lasher with Rowan and that freaky possessed clone baby.

She’s a freak, I get it. You’re totally scared right now.

But really, Interview With the Vampire CHANGED MY LIFE. 

I distinctly remember it being the book that made me look up from the pages and drag myself out of the story and say to myself “This is what I want to do,” and suddenly my dreams of becoming an astronaut were over. The NASA posters came down. The goth music started pumping through my speakers.

Clearly, I recommend this to everyone.

This year I’m participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge and my theme is: My Favorite Books from A-Z

4 Comments on “I is for I Am Legend & Interview With a Vampire”

  1. That’s funny, “Interview with a Vampire” is my least favorite of Anne Rice’s vampire books. There’s way too much of Louis moping around, trying to pretend he’s not a vampire, and not enough of Lestat!

    But speaking of gay vampire sex, have you ever read anything by Poppy Z. Brite?

    1. Yes! I’ve read Lost Souls and the other novel that came next, and I think 2 of her story collections. Loved her! My favorite of the Chronicles is The Queen of the Damned.

  2. I read I am Legend because of the movie (which left me unsatisfied) and – I agree, the book is SO much better. I have just about lost faith in movies based on books – too many times they are so different, and what made the book was taken out. I realize some changes have to be made due to the differences between movies and books (and the time limitation of a movie). One of the few adaptations to the big screen I’ve been happy with was the Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2).

    1. Agreed, they stayed very close to the book. Stephen King movies are usually good by the book movies too. MOST of the time, but in this case I’m shocked they were even allowed to use try same name as it was a completely different story.

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