How Has Anne Rice Influenced You as a Reader?

by | May 3, 2022 | 3 comments

In 1976, before paranormal romance was an officially recognized genre, Interview with the Vampire was released and with it began Anne Rice’s literary journey as one of the most notable writers of supernatural, gothic, and erotic fiction.

When you think of Interview with the Vampire the first thing that comes to mind is more than likely the 1994 film adaption directed by Neil Jordan and starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, and Antonio Banderas. Really though, who could blame you? It is an incredible movie even to those who are not fans of the book series. But it is only a small part of the literary legacy that Anne Rice created.

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Directed by Neil Jordan
Shown: Kirsten Dunst, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise

Anne Rice’s works have inspired writers, artists, and many other creatives over the years. Among those touched by her works, the ones I believe to be influenced the most are her readers. Whether it be through The Vampire Chronicles, The Lives of the Mayfair Witches, The Life of Christ, or Rice’s autobiographical novel, Rice’s impact on her readers is undeniable.

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As we take this time to honor the legacy of Anne Rice, we would like to invite you to share with us how Anne Rice has influenced you as a reader. Did she inspire you to write your own novel? Did her works influence your reading preferences? Or did she have an even deeper influence on your life?

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  1. Christine Church

    As a writer, Anne Rice was my biggest influence. I was young and not sure where to go with my writing, I was in a deep depression, and so I decided to build a dollhouse… a 4ft tall by 4ft wide Victorian. I would sit on the edge of my bed (in my tiny apartment in my parent’s basement), the dollhouse on a huge platform for the base. I’d built the exterior and was working on the interior, gazing at the TV through the small Victorian arched windows when a commercial came on for a new movie; Interview with the Vampire. I was about to look away, back to my work, when I saw this gorgeous long-haired man on the TV. I was hooked. By the time the movie came out, I saw it on opening night and that was it, I had my direction for my writing, and the end to my depression. I have been writing vampire and paranormal since. After that, I read every one of her vampire books, and many of her others. No one has inspired me more.

  2. Tannie Lowe

    I think Anne Rice made think vampires were very cool and scary but also very hot, charming and sneaky, her books made want to read more vampire books.

  3. Kathy Robichaud

    Anne Rice transformed the way readers viewed vampires. She brought them into the modern day and created vampires with a sense of humanity in their passion, while still maintaining their detachment from humans.


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