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Dear Anne Rice; [Nov. 20th, 2010|10:57 pm]
In the course of rereading the first trilogy of The Vampire Chronicles, I've decided to read some of your other vampire stories that I'd never read before. I know that you're busy writing about Jesus and not being a Christian, but I really felt like I had to get this off of my chest.
First I read Blood and Gold. Just so the viewers at home know, since I'm sure you're familiar with your own work, this is a book about Marius. Marius is the 2,000 year-old vampire who made Armand. I enjoyed it a lot, this character always interested me in the Lestat-centric books and was one of my faves so I was glad to see a whole book devoted to him. This book got me interested in Armand.
I never really cared for him in the other Vampire Chronicles. He was way too cold for me and didn't act like he had any feelings at all. But after Blood and Gold I picked up The Vampire Armand. (I skipped Tale of the Body Thief and Memnoch the Devil because they are my least favorites in the series. Is this when you started to get really religious? I think so. Sorry.)
Anyway, The Vampire Armand is fine and gives insight into a character whose motivations I always felt were difficult to understand. But, you added these two characters, children named Sybelle and Benji. Kind of, I think Sybelle is in her late teens. Dear lord, I hate them. These two characters are the literary equivalent of five cousin Olivers punching you in the groin. I kept reading onward, hoping that Armand would eat them. Or, knowing that Lestat was all crazed after retrieving Veronica's Veil from "heaven," maybe he could eat them. Barring that, one of the more badass vampires could eat them. Mael or Santino could be up to the challenge. Mekare might be up to it and I don't think that Pandora would mind eating them. Bring Akasha back! She would eat them in a heartbeat.
The worst part, though, was Marius turning them into vampires. Now they'll never die!
Please ensure that these characters are removed in all future editions of this otherwise fine book. I even know how to fix the plot hole removing them causes, since they help Armand convalesce after he tries to immolate himself. What could happen is a freak snow storm could occur and block out the sun, just like in that one episode of Buffy. And then Sarah Michelle Gellar could show up and tell Armand how much she loves him and everything would be ok. Until the next time Armand has sex and loses his soul, anyway.
Anyway, thank you for your time. I hope that you'll consider my ideas.