Anne Rice on the Vampires of True Blood
Anyone that follows legendary vampire author Anne Rice on Facebook knows that she is quite the fan of True Blood and often voices her opinions on the show. Not too long ago she asked her fans a question on the vampires of True Blood, a question that got me thinking.
âTrue Blood fans: Do you think the ancient immortals really demonstrate enough wisdom to be credible? We have yet to meet a philosophical vampire, am I right?â
Itâs a great question, one that definitely makes you think on the actions and personalities of True Bloodâs vampires, or any vampire in anything. An ancient being should have incredible wisdom and intelligence, they should have a certain level of maturity. Anne Rice nailed this in her novels, her vampires acted their age, which made them very real and believable. Take Marius for example, he was highly intelligent, perceptive and wise – the perfect mentor for a younger and more childish Lestat.
Vampires, like humans, grow and develop over the years – so after thousands of years they shouldnât be acting like children (unless time has driven them insane of course). I mean, I have read a book where a 6000-year-old vampire acted like a 16-year-old high schooler, it wasnât believable at all, a vampire THAT old should be somewhat knowledgeable and regal. Having a vampire that ridiculous in the story kind of ruined the whole book for me.
But back to Anneâs question, personally I donât think the vampires of True Blood are believable – at least not all of them. Take Russell Edgington for example, he is 3000-years-old right? But does he act like a wise ancient being? No, he acts like a giant sack of crazy. Even before his beloved died, when he wasnât so crazy, he still didnât come off as 3000-years-old, he is too illogical and hotheaded. Eric on the other hand is believable to me. He wasnât in the beginning, but in the most recent episodes he has shown his age, shown how time has affected him.
So overall, itâs a yes and no for me. Some of vampires pull it off, while others donât. It depends on the characterâs story and the actors portraying them.
But what do you guys think?
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).