Anne Rice Bashes Stephenie Meyer and 'Twilight'

Oh snap! The grand dame of vampire literature, Anne Rice, had some not-so-nice things to say about Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" universe in a recent interview with New Jersey's The Star-Ledger while promoting her new novel "Of Love and Evil." We're wondering if this will spark a verbal smack-down in the bloodsucking book world!

"['Twilight']’s based on a really silly premise: that immortals would go to high school. It's a failure of imagination, (is she DELUSIONAL??!?!?) but at the same time, that silly premise has provided Stephenie Meyer with huge success," Anne said. "The idea that if you are immortal you would go to high school instead of Katmandu or Paris or Venice, it’s the vampire dumbed down for kids. But it's worked. It's successful. It makes kids really happy."

It's not too surprising that Anne had less-than-sweet nothings to whisper about the series that has made vampires the hottest supernatural property around and virtually diluted a genre that had been a sophisticated cultural metaphor. Still, wow, those are some pretty harsh words towards Stephenie! Anne did add that "it's almost like a stroke of genius to put vampires in high school," but that still sounds a bit derogatory to us.

When speaking about how she always viewed the vampire, Anne said, "I always thought of the vampire as being a metaphor for the outsider in each of us, the criminal, the predator. I was writing about a mythical being that represented our own dark sides." She added, "Part of the mystery of being a human being is that mixture of the spiritual and the animalian. We have the capacity to murder, but also the capacity to love and respond and be tender to those in need."

Anne was sure to emphasize that, despite the range of vampires presented in pop culture since she released "Interview With the Vampire" in 1976—from "The Twilight Saga" to "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries"—they are still fictional characters. "They’re fantasy characters, and we have to keep reminding ourselves of this. They don’t exist," she said. "I get e-mails from people who are outraged that I watch 'True Blood.' They say, 'How can you condone the evil of "True Blood."' I say, 'Are you kidding? Vampires aren’t real. Keep that in mind.'"

Are you surprised Anne Rice attacked Stephenie Meyer so harshly? Do you agree with what she said about the vampire genre?

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Comment by ß.Gomez on November 3, 2010 at 10:23am
How can she say it makes kids happy? Im a 24 year old wife and mother who loves twilight. It makes ME happy.
Comment by TwiORdiE on November 3, 2010 at 10:30am
LOL!! me too!
Comment by Ana on November 3, 2010 at 10:40am
it's really funny how each author critique's each other's "vampire" stories, IT"S ALL MAKE BELIEVE lol. I dont think we all fell in love with the "vampire" story, we fell in love with the "love story of edward & bella".
Comment by POTO on November 3, 2010 at 10:46am
Ana I agree with you - the saga isn't as much as a vampire story as it is a love story! And, by the way Ms. Rice, I'm 55 years old! The Twilight Saga isn't just for kids!
Comment by Twilighter76 on November 3, 2010 at 10:56am
I'm so tired of this lady ! Not imaginary enough ? STEPHENIE'S BOOKS TOUCH MILLIONS AND TO SAY THAT IS ridiculous !
Comment by Mayra on November 3, 2010 at 10:59am
whats so wrong about Vampires going to HS?!?! It's not like the whole saga revolves around that.. Mrs. Rice, you need to buy a forest and get lost!
Comment by sarah cullen on November 3, 2010 at 11:02am is not just for kids...iam 21 years old and iam soooooooooo obesesssed with twilight saga
Comment by Chris Cullen on November 3, 2010 at 11:04am
wow she's just made cuz she didnt think of the idea first and no matter how many books she comes out with none of them will ever be as major as twilight
Comment by Carmen Rohde on November 3, 2010 at 11:15am
The Twilight Saga is not just for kids. Lin, you said it, if everything was written from the same perspective, life would be very boring. I agree with Ana. We didn't fall with the Vampires as much as we fell in love with the love story. We fell with the Lion and the Lamb. Anne Rice has the right to view vampires from her perspective, and Stephanie from hers...that what make thing interesting.
Comment by JoS on November 3, 2010 at 11:26am
that's ridiculous, i'm 19 and i love and i'm obsessed with twilight....twilight is for everyone your age doesn't matter, what really matters is your love for the saga!


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