‘Interview With a Vampire’ vs Book ‘The Vampire Chronicles’: Differences

If you are an Anne Rice reader tuning into AMCs Interview with the vampire, you might be shocked to find the premiere opening featuring the immortal vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac posted in a penthouse in Dubai, confessing his life story to an elderly Daniel Molloy. Not quite the interview you remember from Rice’s novel, right? Well this isn’t your grandma Interview with the vampireshowrunner Rolin Jones has made some big imaginative leaps.

Rice’s novel is set in the 1970s, structured as a conversation between Louis and Molloy, a cub reporter. That context exists in the AMC series, with an extra layer: This time, the window story is set when Louis invites a much older Molloy for a renewed interview in Dubai around 2022, determined to correct the record nearly fifty years later. their first conversation. “Daniel is no longer the kid who was a budding journalist who just started making tapes of this vampire interview,” said Eric Bogosian, who plays Molloy in the series. “Now he’s getting a second chance. He’s been very successful, he’s actually at the bottom of his career, and this is his last chance to grab the brass ring. It’s dangerous, but he wants to get that story.”

The story Louis tells Molloy – of his seduction, transformation and tormented romance with the mercurial vampire Lestat de Lioncourt – looks quite different from what readers remember. In the AMC series, that story is not set in Rice’s colonial New Orleans of 1791, but in 1910. In this bustling city, Louis is not a white Creole plantation owner, as in the novel, but a black businessman who runs a saloon. in the red light district, where he struggles with his sexuality and faces countless racist atrocities. The change in Louis’s identity opens up new depths of meaning in Rice’s text and Louis’s character; as Lestat says to Louis, “This primitive land has chosen you fair. It has chained you into permanent exile.”

Jacob Anderson, who plays Louis, told Esquire about the significance of his character’s racial identity. “I think there are certain things that Louis, a black Creole man from New Orleans, really, if not, adds, then opens up other possibilities that feel totally true and right for this world, and for what [Rice] wrote about and where these characters exist,” Anderson said. “Given the time period Rolin chose for this interpretation, it would be strange for him or Claudia not to be people of color in New Orleans.”

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lest you be afraid Interview with the vampire reinvent the novel, don’t worry – Jones promises that the series is “even more reverent” to the book than the 1994 film. Sam Reid, who plays Lestat, confirmed that when speaking to Esquire. “We have all those books to go back to, and Rolin is insanely smart about going back and referencing things,” Reid said. “I have one line that seems like one of those throw-away lines in a scene you wouldn’t even think of. Luckily I knew the deeper meaning. There’s tons of them in each scene – lines that make you think, ‘That wouldn’t mean anything,’ but it all means something, because Lestat is talking about a real life which is a series of books that you can keep drawing from. It’s so much fun. Everything has a place and a meaning.”

Take, for example, a moment in the series premiere when Miss Lily, a sex worker cherished by Louis and Lestat, comments on the beauty of the tune played by Lestat’s music box. “I composed it for a young violinist I once knew – a boy of infinite beauty and sensitivity,” replies Lestat. Lestat is undoubtedly referring to Nicolas de Lenfent, his first human lover, who lived to play the violin. We meet Nicolas in The vampire Lestatthe second part in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Talking about a callback – or would it be a callback?

If you’re an Anne Rice devotee getting ready to chat about Jones’ adaptive changes, may I give you some advice, through Louis? “Let the story seduce you, just as I was seduced.” Stay with us reader, we will continue to update this story as the series’ eternal night progresses.

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