Sitting here, pondering my next sentence for my fanfic, I was struck with the thought of how much I miss Lestat. I do adore Edward. But he has not been as well written nor as well thought out as Lestat.
For Stephenie Meyer fans please do not feel offended. I obviously adore Meyer's writing (The Host being her best novel to date and I hope she is bringing the new maturity of her writing to Breaking Dawn and Edward). But Anne Rice is a goddess amongst novelists. The detail in her books is heartbreaking and breathtaking.
I have been in love with Lestat from the moment I first read his name in Interview with the Vampire. I know it seems odd. To fall in love with the villain (but I seem to do that a lot, don't I?).. but I instantly hated Louis and _KNEW_ Lestat was being wronged.
At the tender age of... what 13? No, it was 14 I fell in love with a specific vampire. From the age of 9 to 14 I was just in love with vampires in general.
I thought I was like to die when Rice published Memnoch the Devil and the bastard devil stole my precious Lestat's EYE! I was sick for days. I feel sick now.
I have been waiting quite patiently for Anne Rice to continue with her Vampire Chronicles. She left us last in 2003 with Blood Canticle and Lestat had fallen in love with that horrid bitch Rowan (a Mayfair witch no less). I have been heartbroken since. He deserves better. With Anne's loss of her husband and explorations of religion I did not expect a novel soon.
She released the odd "Christ the Lord" novel which I own. Which was okay. Just odd - not in context of her earlier works because I have always considered her vampire chronicles to be very much a statement and search for the religious and Memnoch the Devil greatly shaped my outlook on good and evil - but it was simply odd. not the masterpiece I was expecting.
but this evening I thought I should just give myself something to look forward to. I went to her website to find ANYTHING about a new vampire chronicle release date.
Imagine my horror at her statement that she had committed her writing to Jesus Christ and, as far as I can tell, does not intend to re-visit her earlier realm of work.
Does that mean what I think it means? No more lestat? But she has already proven in her work (again, PLEASE read Memnoch the Devil) how much Jesus loves Lestat. How could he not. How could anyONE not love LESTAT!
My first literary love has just been cut off in the prime of his life. I feel I would gladly throw myself into Van Helsing's path and beg for mercy.. just a simple stake through the heart is all I ask.
ANYTHING WOULD BE BETTER THAN JUST NOT WRITING MORE! SHE LEFT SO MUCH UNSAID, SO MUCH PROMISED AND NOT REVELLED!
I feel utterly idiotic at what I am sure is old news to so many of her fans, but I never questioned her. I trusted her without a second thought. The goddess who could create Lestat could do no less than to fall in love with him, or else he would not be as he is. How could she abandon him?!
I think I'll leave off now, as I feel I am going to be sick.