Moviegoers continue feasting this Thanksgiving weekend with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part One taking a bite out of the box office for the second week in a row with an estimated $62.3 million — already howling at the $200 million mark with $223.1 million.
But before there was Edward Cullen, there were Louis and Lestat, the main characters of Interview with the Vampire from Anne Rice, who said on her Facebook page that they would “feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun” and “would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high-school over and over again in a small town”.
These comments caused Twilight fans considering putting a stake in the author, who told The Daily Beast that she “was just joking” and “took it the wrong way”. In the interview, Rice said while watching the original and New Moon, and part of Eclipse on television, she compares the teen vampire romance franchise to Jane Eyre with Bella (Kirsten Stewart) as the female protagonist falling in love with Edward (Robert Pattinson), who is “mysterious”, “menacing”, and “protective” — like Mr. Rochester.
Since Twilight, vampires and werewolves have been hunting and prowling on the small screen with The Vampire Diaries, CW’s highest-rated series for the past two years, and HBO’s True Blood, of which Rice is a fan of it, but even a bigger fan of Joe Manganiello’s werewolf Alcide because “the character’s hot”.
“I think the vampire continues to be associated with beauty, glamour, elegance, great strength, a secret benevolence, and goodness” Rice states. “I think all of that is so appealing to young people.
“[Teens] are entranced with the power of the vampire — that he doesn’t have to play by the rules that are driving them crazy. And he’s a secretly good guy. I think every teen thinks if they could be alone with some powerful vampire, from any of these books, that powerful vampire would fall in love with them and protect them. And that’s exactly what Twilight is about.”
Now, Rice returns to the world of supernatural with The Wolf Gift.
“I wanted a werewolf hero that remained conscious while he was in the wolf state, and retained his personality and his conscience, to some degree, so he could be a coherent hero right through the transformation” she continued. “I sat down and wrote up a treatment for a TV series called The Wolf Gift, and I decided to adapt it into a book. I would be very happy if it would also be developed into a TV show or a film.”
The Wolf Gift comes out Valentine’s Day 2012.