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Anne Rice Gives Her Opinion On Twilight

Author Anne Rice recently did an interview with nj.com.  One of the things she discussed is Twilight:

Q. It is complicated, which is why I have such mixed feelings about “Twilight.” It’s so sanitized.

A. It’s based on a really silly premise: that immortals would go to high school. 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.

Q. I hated high school.

A. Doesn’t everyone? 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. But it’s worked. It’s successful. It makes kids really happy.

Q. It seems those books are sanitized whereas in the rest of pop culture, you’ll see very young girls dressed in an overtly sexual manner. The vampires are wholesome compared with the rest of what’s out there.

A. I don’t think vampires are very wholesome. They’re fantasy characters, and we have to keep reminding ourselves of this. They don’t exist. I get e-mails from people who are outraged that I watch “True Blood.” They say, “How can you condone the evil of ‘True Blood.’” I say, “Are you kidding? Vampires aren’t real. Keep that in mind.”

Hmmm… thoughts? One thing she’s does make a good point off is… Vampires aren’t real so I think no matter the author, they have creative license to write what they please ;)

[Source: nj.com]

Category: Breaking Dawn Interview, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

  • IndiesR

    LOL. Well, if you ever finish one, i’ll read it. hahaha

  • http://www.fanfiction.com/~youroasis MCNutters [Team Renesmee]

    it also shows that sex does sell….LOL ;)

  • http://www.fanfiction.com/~youroasis MCNutters [Team Renesmee]

    i didnt say he invented it. i just meant without him there wouldn’t be a vampire genre as it is considered today and as popular.

  • IndiesR

    LMAO!

  • Anniejane_b

    Sounds like she is just jealous of SM’s success with vampires. Anne Rice isn’t the only one allowed to write about them.

  • Team Rob,Edward,Tyler,Jacob J

    i do too – the vampire thing is too only spice ig up a bit

  • RangersofDiscord

    I agree with Miss Rice. A lot.

  • Anonymous

    I really could care less what Rice thinks. I almost didn’t even read the article. I’ve always been a vampire fan and after watching ‘interview with a vampire’ I tried reading some of her stuff. It was honestly the only time in my 31 years I ever fell asleep reading.
    If Anne Rice thinks good writing is blabbing on for 3 pages about the ruffle on a shirt then she can keep it. SM has captivated readers of all ages, Rice is jealous!

  • Anonymous

    I “like” what you said 100%.

  • EAD_TwistAArmpitHair

    They don’t care. They are ready to rip apart the saga and anything else the cast does. They don’t want anyone to succeed. Build it all up, and then tear it down! It’s ridiculous.

  • EAD_TwistAArmpitHair

    Cool. I think once I get settled into my new house, I can finally feel at peace and start again.

  • IndiesR

    Did you find a new house already? If so, congrats!!!!

  • EAD_TwistAArmpitHair

    Yes… the inspection is actually happening right now. My hubby is taking pictures, taking measurements while he is there…. I’m beginning to forget what it looks like! lol

  • IndiesR

    Awesome!!! Congrats again! Don’t forget once you are settled you have a lot of VD episodes to catch up on. LOL

  • Anonymous

    I agree, but I also think critics victimise the fact that Twilight has become successful purely because of the concept and storyline. I must admit that it’s not the best written story in the world – SM has a tendency to overexaggerate things and descriptions a little – but it’s the premise/difference of the entire story that’s captured imagination. Other writers and critics in the literate world bag on her just because of this…pity because I think it has popularised reading again among young folk, and that can’t argue with =)

  • edwardlover

    All these authors “weighing in” negatively on Stephenie Meyer’s novels sound like egotistical whiners. Twilight is different, and creative. If she had written a regular vampire novel, would we still be discussing it today? No. It attracted a whole new audience that Anne Rice or Stephen King never did. Why? Because it spoke to people in a way that that regular horror writers never could. She made stay at home moms in their 30′s and 40′s remember what it felt like to fall in love–through a vampire relationship. It is crazy! Say what you want about the technical elements of her writing, but her success speaks for itself. The phenomenon of Twilight has been responsible for a huge boost in sales of horror and science fiction sales across the board. I know many people who had never read anything from this genre, myself included, before Twilight and now are huge horror and sci-fi fans. Stephen King and Anne Rice should swallow their sour grapes and thank Stephenie Meyer.

  • EAD_TwistAArmpitHair

    Oh, I totally agree that SM’s descriptions were too much to take at some points. Edward’s perfect and beautiful features in every paragraph was alittle much.. lol I think I had too much of Bella’s “GAH’s” as well. But hey, she created fun characters that we love and that is what is important. And if any book gets kids reading again.. what is the harm in that?

  • ROBPATTZ_WIFEY

    True. I agree with you. Umm the name of the doc is “This Film is Not Yet Rated”

  • ROBPATTZ_WIFEY

    It’s a point system and it’s also a politics game as well. Language, sexuality/sensuality, and gore/blood all comes into play when final rating gets made. If there is a combination of all three that surpasses the “appropriate” numbers for the MPAA they will be more difficult with the rating. Also, depending on the studio behind the films, there are favoritism and politics that play into what rating a movie gets. Watch the doc “This Film is Not Yet Rated” it’s eye opening.

  • Shyloe

    I think she is forgetting a very important issue….. Alot of the readers, and lovers of the Twilight Saga, are not in high school, nor have they been for years… it may be a lot more ‘wholesome’ than other Vampire novels, but its also not boring and fluffy…I am a 27 year old Mother, and I absolutely love these novels… Stephenie is brilliant, and she is an amazing writer… it is unfortunate that miss Anne Rice, has to look down upon someone elses writing style, shame on her for summing it up as silly and a lack of imagination!!!

    And since Vampires are not real, who is she, or anyone else for that matter to decide how they act… its fantasy!! I hope she takes a look back and realizes judging other writers is not the way to go…. Its one of those ‘If you don’t like it, don’t look’ sort of situations…

  • Rebecca

    Seeing the fact she knows vampires aren’t real, and everyone has a right to write the way they please, her complaint is that they go to high school? Really? Is she serious? In the world Stephenie Meyer has created with her novels, they are supposed to fit in as much as possible, doesn’t that involve going to school? They’re teenagers, and they look like teenagers, too. Shouldn’t they be in school, after all, Miss. Rice? What would people think for a doctor’s son — being a teen — not in school learning, along with his brothers and sisters? And let’s not forget other students.

    There’s nothing “silly” whatsoever going to school. Don’t the vampires in “The Vampire Diaries” attend school? I think Miss. Rice here didn’t fully understand her own words she spoke. So it is now silly to attend school, even if they are an immortal? So immortals have to venture off to other countries? I think even in Anne Rice’s world vampires have to be that “certain way”. You know what I mean by that, too. Fanged, monsters, evil, nightstalkers, and people who are “bad to the bone”. Hey, I’m a fifteen-year-old girl who absolutly loves reading! Reading is the best thing in the world to do, next to writing, in my world.

    My main point is, that immortal or not, fantasy or not, if they are trying to fit in and happen to be teens, school should be included. You also don’t need gore or blood or sexiness to have a good vampire movie/novel. Looks like “Twilight” has once again become to target of everyone. Traditional vampires almost bore me, but it’s refreshing not to watch a sex-filled, gore-fest that involves vampires and humans. Thank you, Stephenie Meyer. Looks like you were bold enough to bring something new to the vampire table. Dumbed down for kids, huh? Are you implying that children are a little bit too “dumb” to read something? Because it souns an awful lot like it. Take me for example: A fifteen-year-old high school girl who has read novels that has 800-900 pages.

    Lots of teens today would’t take the time to read that. Ha, most teens usually would rather read a magazine than an actual novel. Looks like people still feel that if you like anything “Twilight”, you’re stupid and have to have things “dumbed down”. How pitiful some think that way.:(

  • Miranda the wolfgirl

    fuck her.

  • millie

    i THINK THAT WHAT ANNE SAYS IS THE REAL TRUTH, VAMPIRES ARE FICTION CHARACTERS, AND YOU CAN WRITE ABOUT THEM WHICH EVER WAY YOU WANT TO GO. YOU CAN MAKE THEM GOOD AND HOLSUM, OR YOU CAN MAKE THEM EVIL AND BAD. AS FOR THIS MOVIE, WELL, LETS SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH THE LAST PART OF THE BOOK AND YOU NEVER KNOW, IT MIGHT WORK, IF THEY DO ENOUGH SCI-FI AND CGI, MIGHT WORK. AS FOR THE ROMANTIC SCENES, THERE IS ALSO A WAY TO GET AROUND IT, WITHOUT ACTUALLY SEEING ANYTHING YOU SHOULDN’T SEE IF YOU ARE UNDER AGED, THIS IS BASICALLY A TEEN MOVIE FOR THE MOST PART, AND THEY SHOULD BE THE ONES TO ENJOY IT.

  • Pamelaellison62

    lol thats nice vamps are amazing

  • Digi12

    I mean no disrespect by this, but Anne Rice, in this article, didn’t not say that they weren’t ‘supposed to’ go to high school. She implied that it would be a little unideal.
    Granted, yes, some of the Cullens are eternally underage. But if I recall, Rosalie and Jasper and Edward could, in fact, pass for a little older. They could go to college. They could travel more. They could do a lot of things. Anne Rice has a point when she says this, not to be critical, but because there’s so much more than they can do _now_ in comparison to what they could do previously. Rosalie comes from a time where women were to be subdued and inferior to men and it’s been established that she’s a strong woman, so why isn’t she embracing this newfound freedom more? Why is she doing calculus and hating Bella when she could be studying advanced physics in college?
    Fun fact: High school sucks. The people who don’t want to be there make it suck, and so do the people who make it their job to be there for the sake of being noticed. Honestly, I think she has a point in saying that the Cullens don’t take full advantage of the freedom that comes with eternal life.

  • EAD_TwistAArmpitHair

    But we don’t know what they have all done throughout all of these years, if they have attended college. I agree with you, though. I can see them all in so many cool fields, but once again…. there are only a few years in which they could actually work, as well, without “aging” in the workforce. But I would definitely be traveling all over the world, well, at least, wherever they could go without the sunlight, but I like to think they did alot of that already.

  • Themochashow

    I think it’s funny how all these little broads are on here crying because Anne Rice stated her opinion. I am a huge fan of Anne Rice, and I DO enjoy the Twilight Saga, but let’s be real…the idea of Twilight is silly. The entire Saga is created for little girls whereas Anne Rice’s vampires are created for adults. Had Twilight actually been based on how teens really are, then Bella would have fucked Edward a LONG time ago, and when he left her, she may have even fucked Jake. Let’s be real. Twilight is laughable and not that well written. Bella is a weak-ass bitch who needs a back bone.

  • Andrea Papke

    I like Stephen King and some folks have told me he is demented.  I do watch his movies- but have not read him yet.
    I wrote a book called “Poems of her Youth” based on “The Wave & Corpuscle Theory.”  Carrie comforts me because though my book is a SCI/FI their is good and evil in it.  Portland Oregon is know for a unique kind of Art and at that time while attending college I wrote a Poem that is posted by contributor.yahoo.  It is called “The Tree.” 
    It took a year for my Poem to come true.  Maybe one book is not right for some folks.  But here on earth their is demons and angels.
    I just sent my book to Ms Jodi Reamer as she just did Twilight and Paranoid Park.  The difference between Twilight and my book is that mine is true and it dates back to the ancient greek philosophers.  Free Association writing and telepathy is hard to prove- but in my case it’s backed by facts.

  • Andrea Papke

    I mean my demise took 10 years to materialize until it climaxed.  Any how we all grow up in different generations so Twilight I’m sure is different than Interview with a Vampire.  A Different voice is the hallmark of a different generation.

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