Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Claudia isn't the girl I "knew"

Years ago (five years next month) I watched Interview With a Vampire. As you know, all the Claudia scenes struck a chord within me that I couldn’t identify.

After some probing and finally some writing I discovered it wasn’t Claudia that truly struck me, but the concept of a child vampire. Of course from there we have Annabelle.

But all this time I’ve wondered about the “real” Claudia. Hollywood changes things to better fit the medium and I knew Kristen Dunst couldn’t have been absolutely book accurate.

Well, after all this time I’ve finally bought Anne Rice’s book and come to discover that “book Claudia” is different.

It’s amazing what difference size can make. Claudia was six and much shorter. Louis holds her in his arms as he walks but her power over him is very much like the wrinkled up tiny Voldermort in Wormtail’s arms. She’s more commanding and malevolent.

There are a great deal of similarities. She loves to read, is very smart and enjoys a good “meal”. She is tired of toys and wants to be older.

But the tiny size in my mind is a bigger difference than the hair color (“book Claudia” is blonde, not red). She’s just so wicked. I guess Rice was showing how innocence can look corrupt.

I wonder, if a CGI Claudia was used to show a six year old terror instead of double the age, or if Dunst played her more malevolent, would I have been inspired to create someone as completely different as Annabelle?


TLH said...

I HATE that stupid movie. Brad Pitt is a decent Louis, but other than that the movie massacres all the characters and the plot of the books. Tom Cruise is just abominable as Lestat.

The Queen of the Damned is even worse. Marius as Lestat's maker?! No!! It's just horrible. I will say Stuart Townsend was a MUCH better Lestat.

I strongly encourage you to read the entire series. Lestat is one of the most amazing characters ever created. Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle are two of the best books ever written. The movies do not do her work justice AT ALL, which explains why she never made any others!

But yeah, if you're going to do vampires, you gotta read the work of the master! Since she's the only vampire writer to make it into the literary fiction section at B&N, we have a lot to learn from her!

Jack Roberts, Annabelle's scribe said...

I suppose so. I've got lots on my "To Read" list.

I seem to have this tiny obsession with children vampires. I guess it's my muse. :)

Thanks for the reply!