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?

Comment please :)


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Comment by Tornado on November 3, 2010 at 2:12pm
Well, as she said herself, vampires are fictional. Who says they can't go to high school? They can do anything that someone with an imagination decrees!
Comment by Carmen Rohde on November 3, 2010 at 3:23pm
Amen, Tornado!
Comment by Alissa on November 3, 2010 at 3:26pm
HAHAHA! Is she jealous much??? Who cares what she has to say, as the sheer sucess of the saga speaks for its self-simple as that!!!
Who said vampires can't go to school? Isnt that was fictional stories are about? There are no limits and authors can write and create characters as they please. Funnily enough, the fact that the twilight vampires go to school,I think has been a major influence in sucking us all in -poeple can relate a bit more, regardless if they are in school or not. Im 27 and love the twilight saga, so does my mother who is 56! Kids...pft!
Comment by TeamEdwardForever<333!!=) on November 3, 2010 at 5:22pm
I think Anne Rice attacked her because she is jealous of Stephenie's work and wishes she could have thought of something like that. plus, twilight is not for kids. have you even read the books?
Comment by Shaunta Adams on November 3, 2010 at 7:54pm
She is of course entitled to her opinion, but lacks imagination?? Twilight is the most original story I have seen about vampires. Of course you can do what everyone else does and make vampires evil blood suckers but how original is that lol. These are the first books I touched that had anything to do with vampires. As far as the making kids happy I am 29 going on 30 I dont think but any stretch of the imagination that I am a kid!
Comment by wig4rob on November 3, 2010 at 11:19pm
I've read many of Anne Rice's books, she has a totally different slant in her books. I think her comments sound resentful of SM's success, though. While Anne has had her own success, to say someone else's imagination is "silly" is pretty narrow-minded. I thought Twilight addressed that, mentioned Edward going to college, earning, degrees, it talks about the others traveling, its not like they've spend centuries in HS. Has Anne even read the books???? It doesn't sound like it. Maybe she should stick to promoting her own rather than slamming someone else's.
Comment by Pennybug Cullen on November 3, 2010 at 11:24pm
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but obviously I disagree w/her. It's not just a vampire story. I love the romance in the story, the characters that SM has created & the themes through out it. The fact it's a vampire story is actually what first made me leary about it. And it's not just for kids I'm in my late 20's & am obsessed & love the saga. She doesn't know understand what Twilights about. Not imaginative? SM created her OWN mythology! Ugh! She sounds like smeone who has no idea what the stories really about & just a hater.

Well I've NEVER read any of her books & never will!
Comment by Eclipse on November 4, 2010 at 5:33am
Double thumbs up @dazzlebyrp to almost everything you wrote. I have read all of Anne's books once upon a time and her characters got to me...they were amazing characters, very multi-layered...especially the r/ship between Lestat and Louis..(although Louis was my favourite character......he felt so much and had so much compassion for humans...reminds me of Carlisle and Esme)...however...and a big HOWEVER...Twilight made me feel (and my apologies for almost plagarising you dazzlebyrp)...something's a love story...the fact that there are vampires and werewolves is almost secondary to the story....sorry, but it's hard for me to explain; whereas in Anne's world the stories are very vampire-centric, Twilight is relationship-centric...The Vampire Chronicles were written from the vampires' perspective. I love both writers (although Anne is more wordy, if I can call it that) and I love both stories but for very different reasons. They have both taken my very limited mind to unimaginable places and I thank them both for that.
PS: I also have not been a teenager for many moons... :)
Comment by Li Ting on November 4, 2010 at 6:14am
Dear Anne Rice, vampires have always been fictional. At least nobody has proven their existence in reality just yet. So while you can have your own perspective of vampires, so can Steph Meyer. What is wrong with you??


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