In a perfect story for Halloween, Interview with a Vampire author Anne Rice takes a fanged snap at Stephenie Meyer’s new version of the vampire mythos via Rice’s Facebook page:
Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town —- anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.
After almost 2,000 comments that went back and forth between fans of the different vampire series, Rice attempted to clarify that it was all meant in humor.
In the end, she offered an olive branch:
I very much love the new vampire authors, no doubt of it. I have unqualified praise for the originality of Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer and for their success. This is fun, guys, all these new vampires roaming the fantasy world. And a little humour about it is not out of place.
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