Originally Posted by rockportmama
Leilamus-- I've never read an Anne Rice book, though I've meant to. I was logging on to ask if the Twilight books were anything like hers. So if I liked the Twilight books will I like the Anne Rice books?
They are VERY different from Meyers' books. I wouldn't put them in the same category at all except that they both are centered around vampires. Rice is much, much darker, more detailed and IMO more passionate. I really love reading about Bella & Edward and I'm pulling for them, but it doesn't grip me anyway near the way Rice's novels do. I think it's simply because they are different writers. Also, no offense to Meyers, I'm just stating this as fact, her books are YA and geared for that audience, Rice's are not so there is just a difference there. That's not to say that YA books can't be gripping and amazingly poignant and valid - take the HP series for example - but IMO (again) Meyers' skill level is no where near that of Rowling's. Maybe someday, I truly hope she keeps writing and putting out new stuff I know I'll pick it up.
My "issue" with Meyers and Rice comparisons is that Meyers claims not have read any of "Interview....Vampire Lestat etc" books before writing the Twilight series. That seems very unbelieveable to me (ME I'm just stating what I think) when in there are such parallels.***************SPOILERS*****************
In New Moon:
* They go to the "old city"
* Aro is the head of the Volturi - the royalty of the vampire world - estimated to be over 3,000 years old
* There is a young vampire child (girl) who has extreme powers superior to any of the Cullens'
* They lure a group of tourists into the heart of their underground "lair" to feast on
* Edward refuses to join them twice - And Aro lets him go
I haven't read Interview in about 5 years so some of this is a little foggy but the similarities are very close.
In Rice's Books (also readily obvious in the movie of Interview...):
* There is an old city the main characters travel to (I believe it's Paris)
* Armand is the head of the tribe of vampires there, said to be over 3,000 years old
* There is a child vampire, Claudia - she appears much earlier in the story and isn't part of the same tribe as Armand's but sill plays a big role in the story.
* They do a theater show where they lure in humans and then kill one onstage with the audience believing it's part of the show.
* They trap Louis (The main character ie: Edward) and then Armand lets him go.
AGAIN - I'm not bashing Meyers here, I just had a really strong Deja Vu feeling when reading those chapters in New Moon today and I wondered if anyone else did and what their reaction was?