Anne Rice slams 'sparkly vampires'

2011-11-04 10:19
Cape Town - Gothic author Anne Rice, who wrote Interview with the Vampire, has spoken out against Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's vampire characters who sparkle in the sun.

The 70-year-old Rice had previously praised Meyer's Twilight novels, which tells of a human girl named Bella Swan who falls in love with and marries a vampire named Edward Cullen, but was drawn into a debate about how the vampires in Meyer's novels sparkle when exposed to the sun, instead of burning as they do in most vampire fiction.

Responding to a University of North Dakota article which asks 'Should vampires sparkle?', Rice took to her Facebook page to share her thoughts on Meyer's vampires.

'Made for 12-year-olds'

"Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun," she wrote, referring to her popular characters from Interview with the Vampire, who were portrayed by Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the 1994 movie.

"They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town - anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful," she added.

Back in 2009 Rice stated that the Twilight series was "made for 12-year-olds" and "does not entirely make sense".

Rice isn't the only author to take a stab at Meyer, writes The Guardian. In 2009, acclaimed horror writer Stephen King drew comparisons between Meyer and Harry Potter author JK Rowling but added, "Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good."

The penultimate movie in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, opens in SA cinemas on November 16.


  • Jako - 2011-11-04 10:45

    thank goodness someone said it. twilight just shows how dumb people have become me thinks

  • Jako - 2011-11-04 10:45

    and bieber

  • Ronj - 2011-11-04 10:50

    I'm a big fan of Stephen King, the man's a genius. If he says this Twilight slop is for brainless teens, then he's probably right. I personally won't waste my time reading this slop, life's too short to read rubbish.

      uwe.klopfer - 2011-11-04 14:20

      read it ? no the movies ? once each, and once only. what a load of crap... at least the chick is some eye candy, the vampy dude looks like the greeks out of an asterix book :P. In short Twilight is about a girls choice between necrophilia or beastiality

  • Emile - 2011-11-04 12:50

    i hate twilight for what it did to the whole genre. bring back tom cruise with a huge ass sickle and telekintic neck snapping. also i know blade is tired of his emo shit and will hopefully end the undead @*$% puppet life.

  • Andriette - 2011-11-04 12:54

    It would be cool if Anne Rice brings out a new installment in the Vampire Chronicles series.

      Jako - 2011-11-04 14:21

      they are making the vampire lestat with Robert Downey Jr

  • maryann.hammes - 2011-11-04 15:49

    It is just a movie!

  • Purpl3Pixi3 - 2011-11-04 15:55

    Whilst I agree that the Twilight series is for young girls, its also bears saying the Stephen Kings books are "scary" but totally ruined with the homosexual undertones and as far Anne Rice is concerned well she should to maybe try to make her books a little less long winded. Essentially what I am trying to bring across is the fact that certain books are for a totally different age group and genre and should not be compared all. Besides you have your tastes and others have theirs. Lets not be so judgemental.

  • Robin Dyers - 2011-11-04 17:37

    Please please stop overusing "slam" in headlines.

  • B.I.Esterhuizen - 2011-11-15 12:08

    Sparkly angst-ridden soppy eternal teenagers... If there were real vampires out there, they'd be suing Meyer for defamation of character.

  • gkleingeld - 2011-11-23 14:05

    It's so funny how people flame Meyer for being creative and creating something different about vampires, in itself creating an whole new genre. She has a fan base just like King and Rice have theirs. Each to his/ her own.

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