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20th Sep '16 6:40:26 PM Mullon
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TropeCodifier for the modern day interpretation of VampiresAreSexGods. Before ''Interview'' the general public's image of vampires was based on {{Dracula}} via Creator/BelaLugosi and Creator/ChristopherLee, who, while a sex god in his own right, was mysterious, distant, threatening, and a metaphor for rape. Rice's vampires in contrast were modern, petulant, deliciously angsty, incredibly [[{{Camp}} fabulous]], and dripping with bisexual eroticism. These were vampires you were suppose to find attractive. The {{Goth}} scene owes a ton to ''Interview with a Vampire''.

Of course, this led to everlasting animosity from fans of old school vampires who didn't like that their favorite movie monster were "sissified" and no longer threatening. That continued for a years until Anne Rice vampire craze wore off. Eventually ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' came on the scene and provided a much worse example or lame vampires, though really harsh critics will blame the former for setting the stage for the latter to be created. Nowadays the cultural importance of ''The Vampire Chronicles'' has been forgotten by everyone except hardcore vampire fans.
25th May '16 12:02:36 PM Black_Diesel
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9th Dec '15 1:43:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* DevilsJobOffer: Lestat is given a tour of the history of mankind and the afterlife, including Heaven and Hell. In Hell, the Devil (Memnoch, in case you missed it) offers him a job as his "right-hand man/vampire". Lestat declines and runs screaming out of Hell.
17th Sep '15 3:42:22 PM gasolinemonk
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** Which is much of Akasha's [[FatalFlaw Fatal Flaw]]; she's incapable of recognizing that most of her problems are of her own making, and is a textbook case of [[NeverMyFault Never My Fault]].
17th Sep '15 3:03:18 PM gasolinemonk
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** Their bodies are smooth and poreless, giving them a kind of statuesque beauty but grows paler and ever more [[UncannyValley inhuman]] over time. Among other things, substances like water, dirt, and dust do not cling to a vampire's skin the way they would a human's and can be wiped clean the same way one would clean a mirror.

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** Their bodies are smooth and poreless, giving them a kind of statuesque beauty but grows and they grow paler and ever more [[UncannyValley inhuman]] over time. Among other things, substances like water, dirt, and dust do not cling to a vampire's skin the way they would a human's and can be wiped clean the same way one would clean a mirror.mirror.
*** Their bodies seem to become just a hardened, glossy husk filled with blood over time. In Queen of the Damned, Akasha [[spoiler: completely drains her husband Enkil, who is the second vampire created and has been alive for millennia]], and when Marius finds the body, it is described as light and nearly transparent; when Marius knocks it over onto the floor, he says it makes a sound like dry insect husks on the marble.
17th Sep '15 11:02:54 AM gasolinemonk
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** Gabrielle's hair is described as nearly waist-length when she is still mortal, whereas Lestat and most other male characters are described as having shoulder-length hair... thus, when she cuts her hair to look like a boy, likely she's merely cutting it to shoulder-length.



* CreepyCrossdresser: Gabrielle kills a small man for his clothes within days of becoming a vampire.

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* CreepyCrossdresser: Gabrielle kills a small man for his clothes within days hours of becoming a vampire.
3rd Apr '15 2:02:49 AM Ximei
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* TheAloner: Gabrielle is happiest exploring remote regions alone; Louis spends much of the twentieth century alone in his rundown Louisiana home; and Thorne spent centuries living north of the Arctic circle, feeding on (but not speaking with) the local Eskimos.



* TheAloner: Gabrielle is happiest exploring remote regions alone; Louis spends much of the twentieth century alone in his rundown Louisiana home; and Thorne spent centuries living north of the Arctic circle, feeding on (but not speaking with) the local Eskimos.
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent: Averted. Louis thinks that Claudia forgets her human life when she becomes a vampire, but it it doesn't keep her from delighting in tormenting and killing humans. Even Lestat calls her "my merciless Claudia."



** And then there was the Parisian vampire tradition of burying their criminals alive.

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** And then there was the Parisian vampire tradition of burying their criminals and new fledglings alive.



* BreakoutCharacter: ''Interview With The Vampire'' is Louis's story, with Lestat as a villain and supporting character (he's actually absent for a good chunk of the novel midway). But thanks to all the positive feedback he got in ''Interview'', Rice saw fit to not only make the sequel from Lestat's POV, but to pretty much make him the protagonist of the whole damn series.

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* BreakoutCharacter: ''Interview With The Vampire'' is Louis's Louis' story, with Lestat as a villain and supporting character (he's actually absent for a good chunk of the novel midway). But thanks to all the positive feedback he got in ''Interview'', Rice saw fit to not only make the sequel from Lestat's POV, but to pretty much make him the protagonist of the whole damn series.



* [[CantGrowUp Can't Grow Up]]: Claudia.

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* [[CantGrowUp Can't Grow Up]]: Claudia.Claudia, tragically.



* CreepyChild: Claudia

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* CreepyChild: ClaudiaClaudia. What makes her particularly unsettling is not only the fact that she's an adult trapped in a child's body, but that she forgot all her memories of being human. As Louis remarks, she does not remember her humanity - she is pure vampire.
20th Mar '15 10:54:27 PM jormis29
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* TheMusical: {{Main/Lestat}}, a merging of ''The Vampire Lestat'' and ''Interview with the Vampire''.

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* TheMusical: {{Main/Lestat}}, ''{{Theatre/Lestat}}'', a merging of ''The Vampire Lestat'' and ''Interview with the Vampire''.
6th Feb '15 3:24:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** Although it can be debated whether Vampire Chronicles fits this trope at all, as we're not talking about one narrator who is inconsistent, we're talking about two completely different narrators within the series (not counting the multiple points of view of ''[[QueenOfTheDamned The Queen of the Damned]]''). Of course a depiction of Lestat from the perspective of Louis (who resents him) is going to be more harsh and critical, and a depiction of Lestat from his own point of view is going to be more forgiving. No one sees themselves as being "stupid, cruel and petty." Lestat knows and fully understands the motivations behind his own action and Louis doesn't, which would account for any seeming inconsistencies in Lestat's characterization.

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** Although it can be debated whether Vampire Chronicles fits this trope at all, as we're not talking about one narrator who is inconsistent, we're talking about two completely different narrators within the series (not counting the multiple points of view of ''[[QueenOfTheDamned The ''The Queen of the Damned]]'').Damned''). Of course a depiction of Lestat from the perspective of Louis (who resents him) is going to be more harsh and critical, and a depiction of Lestat from his own point of view is going to be more forgiving. No one sees themselves as being "stupid, cruel and petty." Lestat knows and fully understands the motivations behind his own action and Louis doesn't, which would account for any seeming inconsistencies in Lestat's characterization.
4th Feb '15 11:14:02 AM CorporalFail
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* CreepyCrossdresser: Gabrielle kills a small man for his clothes within days of becoming a vampire.* CruelAndUnusualDeath: When cutting off [[spoiler: Akasha's]] head doesn't immediately kill her, Mekare finishes the job by [[spoiler: eating her brain]].

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* CreepyCrossdresser: Gabrielle kills a small man for his clothes within days of becoming a vampire.vampire.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: When cutting off [[spoiler: Akasha's]] head doesn't immediately kill her, Mekare finishes the job by [[spoiler: eating her brain]].
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