For the next few weeks I will be featuring a guest post series called ‘My Favourite Literary Character’ I have really enjoyed reading about other peoples favourites and I hope that you do too starting from Monday 14th May. Thank you to all who have been involved.
To introduce this Favourite Literary Character series I’d like to introduce you to my favourite character:
Lestat de Lioncourt
I was introduced to Lestat in the movie Interview With The Vampire starring Tom Cruise (who I thought was a great Lestat) after watching that film (early teens possibly I was in secondary school) I had to read the book. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice was the start of a series of books called The Vampire Chronicles. The first book was really Louis’s story and we learn much more about Lestat in the second book: The Vampire Lestat.The Vampire Lestat, is written in his viewpoint and you really get into his head.
I like Lestat because is charming and funny and despite his flaws you know deep down that he is a caring person and as good a person as a vampire can be. He is entertaining and I can’t help but like him. (Or maybe love is blind?) A loveable rogue, a “brat prince”.
Not all The Vampire Chronicles books feature Lestat and I didn’t realise there’s actually two I haven’t read: Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle (I have a copy of Blackwood Farm so it’s all good).
The Vampire Chronicles Books by Anne Rice:
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
THE VAMPIRE LESTAT
QUEEN OF THE DAMNED
THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF
MEMNOCH THE DEVIL
THE VAMPIRE ARMAND
BLOOD AND GOLD
PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS
To be released in October: BLOOD COMMUNION A TALE OF PRINCE LESTAT
What does he look like?
That has to be when he becomes Prince Lestat in the book of that name!
He didn’t really behave very well in The Tale Of The Body Thief, thanks to Kirsten for reminding me of this recently, you can see her thoughts in her blog post here: http://blog.kristenburns.com/why-readers-like-characters-who-have-done-awful-things/)
Besides the film Interview With The Vampire there was also the film: Queen Of The Damned. Lestat was played by Stuart Townsend who was also great at playing Lestat (not blond!) The film was good, the music great, sadly it wasn’t faithful to the book but they rarely are. They are going to be making a tv series soon and I can’t wait to see who they pick to play Lestat, I hope he’s perfect!!!
I haven’t read the books in a while, except for the latest ones so I’ve had to have a search for my favourite quotes:
“Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds — justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can’t go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”
― Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“I’m Gentleman Death in silk and lace, come to put out the candles. The canker in the heart of the rose.”
― Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
“Come on, say it again. I’m a perfect devil. Tell me how bad I am. It makes me feel so good!”
― Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned
“Evil is a point of view. We are immortal. And what we have before us are the rich feasts that conscience cannot appreciate and mortal men cannot know without regret. God kills, and so shall we; indiscriminately He takes the richest and the poorest, and so shall we; for no creatures under God are as we are, none so like Him as ourselves, dark angels not confined to the stinking limits of hell but wandering His earth and all its kingdoms.”
― Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
Lestat has his own fan club http://www.arvlfc.com/ they meet every year in New Orleans in a vampire ball!!! Envious!
I’ve read a lot of books and there’s many characters I could choose but I can never ever change my mind, Lestat is always the best! Thank you Anne Rice!!! Come back on Monday to see the first post in my guest series.