People who love to read know it’s very rare to, not only, enjoy the work of a single writer, but to, consistently, enjoy almost everything they have ever written.
However, in the case of Anne Rice, author of over 20 novels, the exception seems to be the rule.
One has to just visit her Facebook page, where, on a daily basis, she can be found interacting regularly with her fans and encouraging discussions on such varied topics as abortion, clergy abuse and the state of publishing in the new era of electronic reading devices, to realize this is an author who cares as much for her fans, as she does the characters that they adore.
With the publication of her first novel, “Interview With the Vampire” in 1976, readers knew, at once, they had found a writer who was different and special. It is the consensus of most of her fans, that the descriptive nature of her words, along with her new take on very old subjects, brought her characters to life in a way that was different from other authors of the same genre.
Most of her fans would, also, agree that no one else has given them a complete sense of a location as Anne has done with New Orleans, the place she still considers home. From Lestat and Louis’s French Quarter apartment to the famous Lafayette cemetery, Mrs. Rice has captured her love for this quaint, old city, as no other writer has done before or since.
And, her fans weren’t the only ones who thought so. Some of her original reviews include:
“A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller. . . . Anne Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.”
“If you surrender, you will find that you have surrender to enchantment, as if in a voluptuous dream.”
But, it doesn’t stop there. Most of her fans are as interested in her personal life, as they are her fictional work.
Unlike a lot of famous authors, most of Anne’s fans and fanatics, know intimate details of her life that she has, willingly, shared with them through the years. From her New Orleans home, to her alcoholic Mother, to her struggle with diabetes, and her son’s sexual orientation, Anne holds nothing back and we love her for it.
Not a day goes by, that the platitudes of her more that 400,000 “People of the Page” ring out in abundance with gratitude for her openness and honesty regarding her personal opinions on such subjects as the church, and why she left, to a woman’s right to choose.
All her answers, and posts, give us an exclusive peek into the mind of Anne Rice and we are left with a sense of talking with a best friend, rather than a famous author.
There are a few detractors, and try as they might to voice their opposing opinions, they are quickly drowned out by the multitudes.
In the end, one fact remains, Anne Rice is one “helluva” writer and one “helluva” human being. And, take her or leave her, as is everyone’s choice, she makes the world a much more interesting place to live in, while also making it a much smaller place by bringing people together in a spirit of unity and peace. And, in the end, isn’t that what really matters and why, despite all our vast and varied differences, we love Anne Rice.
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