It seems a natural progression; Anne Rice supporting Hillary Clinton for President and throwing out the possibility of writing one final Lestat novel (from a Christian point-of-view). Now I’ve been a major fan of Anne’s novels ever since I picked up that introduction to her Vampire Chronicle series, Interview With A Vampire. I managed to read every one of that series seeing in each a probing mind attempting to have her renegade protagonist, Lestat de Lioncourt redeem himself in a lush, erotic New Orleans setting. There is no doubt that Lestat has redemptive qualities as he struggles with the nature of being a vampire. Depending on your personal views of the author, there is no doubt that the character of Lestat is defiant to both the humans that he feeds off of and the vampires which he admires. Lestat is a non-conformist; refusing to give in completely to the inhuman nature that his new status grants him. He manages to piss everybody off (vamps and humans alike). So it seems that Anne underwent her own struggle with mortality: inventing characters that, like her, were coping with the eternal questions that plague our very existence. But still, even then there were Christian slants. Lestat wanted to believe in something. Paganism was rooted in faith; faith was rooted in very Christian ideals that perhaps, unbeknownst to Anne, came to a head in her novel, Memnoch The Devil. The Christian view was unmistakable, even as Lestat strived to prove the reader that he was nothing more than a monster, how could the reader forget where he lay in stasis…the cold marble of a church floor?
Anne appears to forever have an inquisitive mind. Her depiction of the mighty Angels and their majesty show an undeniable curiosity as to what lies beyond this mortal coil. Even as she vehemently attempted to prove that both God and The Devil were two sides of the same coin, constantly bartering for souls, she failed in her mission. Despite her mission to prove the contrary, I kept getting the sense that there was a hopeful, faithful view underneath it all. Why else would she begin in Egypt, divert our attentions to Asia Minor, then Ancient Rome, and finally to London and New Orleans if not to ultimately come to the conclusion that only now she willingly accepts: that she is a devout Christian devoted to writing only Christian novels from now on? She sought it all along. Now, Lestat must journey there to meet Anne halfway at the edge of the world right back to the very beginning. Circle Eternal. Alpha and Omega. Man and Monster.
I just hope that it is a worthy end.