Anne Rice Says Stephenie Meyer “Dumbed Down” Vampires
Long before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga became the world‘s obsession, Anne Rice ruled the world of vampires. Since then, Rice’s magnificent vampires have been pushed aside by the teen-friendly vegetarian vamps. In a recent interview with New Jersey Star-Ledger, Rice revealed how she really feels about Meyer’s new vampires.
“It’s based on a really silly premise: that immortals would go to high school,” Rice said. “It’s a failure of imagination, but at the same time, that silly premise has provided Stephenie Meyer with huge success. It’s almost like a stroke of genius to put vampires in high school. They just graduate over and over again.”
“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,” Rice continued. “But it’s worked. It’s successful. It makes kids really happy.”
Anyone that has followed my writing knows that I adore Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles and that I think Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight is absolute garbage. So obviously, I LOVE this interview with Anne! The woman speaks her mind, but does so in a polite and intelligent way.
I agree with her completely, Twilight isn’t an adults series like The Vampire Chronicle are, it’s directed at teens and has been dumbed down for them. Which honestly is a bit depressing considering that I first started reading The Vampire Chronicles when I was around 14. Teens nowadays make me sad in their choice of reading, but hey, to each their own, there’s nothing wrong with teens reading teen books – obviously.
As for Twilight being “a failure of imagination,” well yes, it totally is. I have read the comments you guys have left on the site and you are repeatedly saying things like “Stephenie Meyer stole her ideas from this author and that person” and on an on. Most of you feel that Meyer steals other’s ideas and the thing is, she isn’t directly stealing from anyone, her books are just incredibly uncreative and unoriginal. They’re simple and blah – nothing special. That’s why it seems like she is stealing, when really she simply can’t come up with anything innovative.
What do you guys think about Anne’s comments on Stephenie Meyer? Do you agree with her or disagree?
For Anne Rice’s full interview with New Jersey Star-Ledger go HERE.
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).