Anne Rice Weighs In On The Debate Of Our Times: Should Vampires Sparkle?

Sparkly vampires earn the ire of real vampires

Recently, there's been quite a bit of discussion about vampires on Anne Rice's Facebook page. No surprise there, right? Well, this time it's personal. Permit me to pose the impertinent pertinent question in question: should vampires sparkle in the sun, like the ones in Twilight?  

It reportedly stems from the above photo, which has been making the rounds on Facebook, and was supposedly posted to Rice's page. 

On Friday, Rice posted this on her wall: 

And then there is this other really pressing issue: should vampires sparkle? Think before you speak! This is probably the most important issue facing our time!!! (I have a suspicion that Louis, Lestat and Armand will refuse to discuss this. But then you know how contrary and difficult they can be.)

The comment linked to an article from the student newspaper at The University of North Dakota which offers a very truncated literary history of the vampire mythos, from terrifying monster to sparkly pretty-boy. The debate began in the comments, and later in the day Ms. Rice posted: 

Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town ---- anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.

That one started a feeding frenzy. As of this morning, the post had 8,888 likes and 1,886 comments. They ranged from haters of Stephenie Meyers vampire series to... people who were sort of indifferent to Stephenie Meyer's vampire series? There are some people who like Twilight as well, defending the odd little Mormon parable, because this is American and people are allowed to have opinions. 

And, yea, at first blush, the latter comment here sort of makes it seem like Rice is taking a shot at Meyer, but she followed up with this comment a short time later: 

I think this is a new golden age for lovers of fantasy fiction, so many new and talented writers offering their vampires, werewolves and other supernatural heroes. There's plenty of room for a little humor in talking about the various interpretations. It's all there for our enjoyment, and it always has been. I like the new authors, as well as the old.

Isn't this fun? The Facebook comments that stem from this debate are definitely worth reading, if you've got a lot of spare time and you hate yourself. 

Also, Rice-lovers take note: She's got a new book, The Wolf Gift, coming out February 14, 2012, which is great, because maybe those werewolves will be compared to the werewolves in Twilight and we can do this all over again. 

So, readers, tell us: Should vampires sparkle?

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine October 31, 2011 - 11:14am

I personally find Anne's comments to be quite humorous, and not the least bit mean spirited. I know she's had her crazy moments, but I interviewed her once (right after I trashed her memoir, which caused a minor religious uproar), and she turned out to be super nice, so I felt bad.

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derekberry from South Carolina is reading Eating Animals October 31, 2011 - 1:39pm

Yeah, the comments are just funny, honestly.

The thing is, Rice's vampires are classy as Hell. Sure, looking back, they'd seem a bit cliched set in a melodramtic plot. But damn... they had CLASS! None of this hoodie-wearing or Prom-going. It was all about seducing women to kill and going to lavish parties with frilly ascots.

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Izzy Parker from Georgia is reading Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World October 31, 2011 - 2:04pm

That picture cracked me up. I have a special place in my heart and on my bookshelves for Anne Rice's vampires. I met her a few times during signings and she was always gracious, and it seems she hasn't lost that quality even when poking a little bit of fun.

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Sarah Metts from Rock Hill, SC is reading A Game of Thrones November 1, 2011 - 6:50am

Anne Rice knows her characters. They are complex, deep and she honestly portrays them even in her comments. I haven't read Twilight. I have seen the movie. Ultimately, it is one of those series that if I am forced to read it on a plane because for some reason I have forgotten to bring my own book and the teenager beside me won't stop talking about it- I'll read it. But with my list of "To Read" growing, it isn't there.

Should they sparkle? Um...I just keep thinking glitter (the herpes of the craft world)...and strippers. So supernatural they shouldn't sparkle in my opinion. Or rather, if I were to write a story about a vampire, it would not sparkle. It doesn't fit my definition of a vampire. I remember pretending to be one when I was little, a combination of Lost Boys punk and Dracula mysterious. Young me would crinkle its forehead if I asked if we could pretend to sparkle. And then young me would kick me in the shins.