A graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire told in Claudia’s point of view – it’s almost too good to be true! But it is indeed real and at long last I have my very own copy of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Marie Witter. While this stunning graphic novel wasn’t actually written by Anne Rice, she has given it her stamp of approval multiple times on her Facebook page. I have been waiting so long to read this one and I finally have…
"A richly-illustrated graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man...and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs..."
Artwork: 5 out of 5
Ashley Marie Witter’s artwork is beautiful. Every page captured the depth and richness of Anne Rice’s world. With splashes of color here and there, adding a sense of power and emotion through art, this book is truly visually captivating. I loved every lavish page, every panel. The artwork is phenomenal.
Story: 4 out of 5
This graphic novel is the retelling of a dark and tragic story every Anne Rice fan knows and knows well. The story of a woman eternally trapped in the body of a child. Her lost innocence, her corruption and her restlessness. Parts of Rice’s original novel can be found in this adaptation word for word. Lines directly from the original placed in a sea of gorgeous imagery. Ashley Marie Witter taking on Claudia’s point of view was quite a task, but she did decently enough. As an avid Anne Rice fan, I can’t help but think that only the author herself can speak for Claudia. But overall, I feel that Witter captured Claudia well.
In the end, I loved this graphic novel. The artwork was elegant and gorgeous and the story was heartbreaking , yet captivating. This is a book I recommend both Rice fans and those who have never read her novels.