Why should my son have all the fun this Halloween? Since I shouldn’t eat all the Snickers bars, I think I’ll grab one of [Laurell K.] Hamilton’s [kick-butt vampire] books instead! ~ Massachusetts paralegal Elizabeth Wegner discusses vampire fiction with Nancy Harris in "Weymouth mom falls under the spell of vampire tales" (Boston.com)
I've spoken at a number of paralegal CLEs this year, and inevitably the talk at lunch turns to the latest vampire novels. No joke. I should do a national paralegal survey, "Who are your favorite vampires?" Not one single adult woman was ashamed to admit that she's read all of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. Well, I was sort of ashamed to admit I've read them, but speed-reading is one of my few super-powers, and I wanted to see what the heck my teenage daughters are talking about, and why they want to date Edward Cullen, like he's real and might actually be available for prom.
At the last CLE luncheon, I tried to turn my table mates onto the greatest vampire fiction writer of all time, Anne Rice. I got blank looks, and a few people who remember the miscast Tom Cruise as the Vampire Lestat (unlike gorgeous Stuart Townsend who played Lestat in the rather awful Queen of the Damned) in the 1994 movie Interview with the Vampire. So I was thrilled to see Harris remind us that Rice was writing great fiction about extraordinarily complex, enthralling vampire characters long before the rather insipid, albeit very polite, Edward, and that whiny (I'm not sorry to admit that I mostly wanted to slap her in books two and three) Bella considerably fattened Meyers' bank accounts.
I'm the vampire Lestat. Remember me? The vampire who became a super rock star, the one who wrote the autobiography? The one with the blond hair and the grey, and the insatiable desire for visibility and fame? You remember... ~ Lestat
I remember you, Lestat, and Edward will never replace you in my heart (although I am two-timing you via emotional affairs with TrueBlood's Bill and Eric.)