Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Bloody Monday - The Vampire Lestat
I know, it's almost Tuesday. My bad.
I do not know why I find blog schedules so hard to keep. I think it's more that I forget what day of the week it is than being lazy about posting. This weekend I played with my family on Sunday instead of posting Serial Sunday, so last night when I should have been posting Bloody Monday, I was posting Serial Sunday. Then this morning I actually had to go to work (I know, sad, isn't it?)
Okay, so how about we get on with it and talk about Anne Rice's Lestat?
Possibly one of the coolest vampires ever, and I suspect the literary character that most influenced my own vampire Roderick. A charming scamp, a daring imp. Irrepressible. Selfish. And yet... seeks redemption.
Lestat is comic, and he is tragic. He's been a rock star. He'd gone to ground. He's tried to follow the rules, but he's ultimately broken most of them. He is deliciously naughty. And so, so joyful.
My favorite Lestat relationship is the one he has with David Talbot. He toys with David, let's David get to know him, and all while breaking who knows how many rules? Proving for David the existence of the vampires, aye, letting David KNOW for sure about the existence of vampires. And all without Lestat ever stopping to consider if the relationship is harmful to David - at least not until the end of Tale of the Body Thief. Where again Lestat more or less breaks the rules - he promises that he will never turn David against David's will - but as is the way with Lestat, the thing he cannot have is the thing he wants above all others - and so he almost can't stop himself from changing David. Which, of course, gives David exactly what he wants - the life of a vampire without the immorality of having chosen it for himself.
Interesting, hmm? And I think one of the most complicated and intense relationships in Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
So readers, tell me: Do you have a favorite Lestat, or a favorite Lestat moment?