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 Rosalie Cullen on November 3, 2010 at 11:53am
i agree its not just for kids its for all people with imagination im 28 and have 4 kids and im O.C.D and proud of it Ann rice is just jealouse of Stephanies unique and succesful vampire storie.....
Comment by Kit on November 3, 2010 at 11:59am
I'm 44, and love twilight, and proud to say it!

Anne Rice has made a wonderful vampire world, and I do love her stuff.....but there are more interpretations than just hers.

I think that Miss Rice thinks her way, should be the only way. And that is just ridiculous.
Comment by JENNIFER N. on November 3, 2010 at 12:27pm
I'm 34 and clearly NOT a kid. I would consider myself a fan of Anne, but now, I don't know. It's not so much that she can't have her own opinion, she can, but people being so negatively judgmental like that is so arrogant. There is clearly so much more to Twilight then that fact that they go to high school. If that's all she sees, then that's just a reflection of her.
I think there is a line, all be it thin, between voicing an opinion and being so boorish about it. I mean really. A little support for a fellow female writer would of been nice.
But each to their own. Clearly we aren't going anywhere, so I'm torn between saying "whatever" and "suck a lemon". Tisk-Tisk. :) xoxoxoxox
Comment by Eddica on November 3, 2010 at 12:38pm
What she says is so disrespecting to Stephenie and to US, the twilight fans but she can say all she wants, Twilight makes me happy and I'm a mother and wife.
Comment by Melissa Connelly on November 3, 2010 at 12:53pm
The Twilight books were published for Young Adults. I see where she is going with this 'kids' things. But, if the norm of vampires was imaginative, would vampires outside of the box be unimaginative?
No one can say that Anne is jealous at all! She's one of the most successful vampire writers out there, with Stoker and Meyer. Maybe her success was before some of our times, but it's still there. I'm not defending her, but I do say that you can't put blame on her for thinking that. People's opinions will be uneducated and I guess we need to learn to deal with that, huh?
Comment by ClumsyVampireGirl on November 3, 2010 at 12:58pm
She's just hatin' is all...
Comment by luna on November 3, 2010 at 1:00pm
i think that Stephine is a great writer and its a dream of mine to meet her one day!
Comment by dazzledbyrp on November 3, 2010 at 1:10pm
I'm reading my second Anne Rice book right now ("The Vampire Lestat"). Personally, I think she's a much better writer than Stephanie Meyer. But, having said that, her books don't effect me nearly as much as the Twilight saga has. Although they're interesting and thought-provoking, I don't even really I like them very much. Twilight, on the other hand, brought something back to my life that I haven't felt in many years. And, by the way, I also haven''t been a teenager for many, many, MANY moon!
Comment by seekingbecca on November 3, 2010 at 1:21pm
@dazzledbyrp, I agree with you. I also have not been a teenager for many years, and I'm a mother of a 10yrs.old. The LOVE aspect of the story is what kept me around, not them being Vampires, though the immortal aspect is a treat.
Comment by TwiORdiE on November 3, 2010 at 1:57pm
dazzledbyrp, I agree with you. Anne Rice is a better writer, however, Stephenie's books just do something to you...they pull you in and there's just no explanation to it. You get caught in the fantasy of it all (sometimes wish you could live it...ok maybe that's just me?). For her to say its a failure of imagination? I do a lot of imagining..even hanging with my wolf pack, shopping with Alice or knocking some sense into Bella...bottom line, that's just absurd!


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