Anne Rice Should Stop Picking On 'Twilight'

kristen stewart robert pattinsonI'm rather disappointed by the recent vampire author smackdown between Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer. Or perhaps I should say by the very sour grapes-ish comments Rice made about Meyer and her sparkly undead characters. Because Meyer hasn't actually launched any counterattacks as far as I know. (Like she even has the time, what with all those royalty checks to sign!)

Anyway, since I'm not actually a tween (did all those RPattz and Taylor Lautner posts mislead you?), I remember what it was like to be vampire-obsessed long before Twilight redefined immortality in pop culture. Back in those days, Anne Rice was Queen of the Vamps. Before there was Edward, there was Lestat. Before Carlisle, Louis. So I guess she's feeling a bit threatened by Meyer and her unprecedented success.

That's a shame, because if that's the case, Rice is missing the point entirely ...

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There's room for everybody in the land of the sexy undead! Rice should be welcoming Meyer with open arms as a symbol of her family's undying (ha!) legacy. Just like Bram Stoker would have welcomed Rice if he were still alive when Interview With a Vampire came out.

It especially bothers me that the comments Rice made about Meyer's work were so ... petty.

Lestat and Louis feel sorry for vampires who sparkle in the sun .... They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend an eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town -- anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.

Okay, it's true that Lestat and Louis are definitely edgier than Edward and Jasper, but one must remember that the Twilight series was written for YA audiences. Even though those of us in the OA category (old adult) love them, too. Of course young adult readers would rather have their vampires dealing with high school than, say, the Black Death.

If Rice were thinking clearly, she'd see the Twilight explosion as a marketing opportunity and partner up with Meyer somehow. Maybe somehow the two sets of vampires could meet. Like on the original episodes of Scooby-Doo, when Josie and the Pussycats would come on as guest stars and it was like, Whoa, my two favorite shows combined!

Or maybe not.

Do you think Anne Rice should stop talking smack about Stephenie Meyer?

 

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