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Conversations with Anne Rice: An Intimate, Enlightening Portrait of Her Life and Work Paperback – April 16, 1996
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As I was reading I fell into my old college mode of taking notes, jotting down page numbers and designating things to remember. I couldn't underline because.. ah. it isn't MY copy. I'll have to rectify that.
Should you but this book ? Absolutely. ....unless you are not a fan of Anne...in which case why are you even reading this?
I will share one thing I think is significant .. there are so many .....Anne is talking about struggling with "a dark period" ....."because I wanted very much to write that book" ......." I was struggling with all the questions that any writer faces" Then she says, "At one point I remember thinking, go home and just write, just produce, because if you don't do that, every thing is lost." I really needed to hear that. It motives me I am getting my stuff organized.. .. I have ideas that have been sitting, percolating, waiting for the right time... I think now, I need to just get going.
Oh, there is more about the process she uses and her life experiences and how she mines them for realness of emotion in her characters but I will let you discover that for yourself.
Michael Riley was a friend of Stan Rice's, and met Anne Rice at her wedding to Stan; he remained a pal after Anne shot to fame. Yet "I had rarely if ever seen an interview or profile that I thought did justice to her." So the two sat down and discussed many things about Rice: Her youth and her Catholic upbringing, about good and evil, New Orleans, California, her mold-breaking fiction, the immensely popular vampire Lestat, the handling of sex in her books, intellectual pretentions and elitism, the movie adaptation of "Interview With The Vampire," and what in her life inspired aspects of her books.
A less respectful reviewer probably would have descended leering or sneering, given that Rice's works include erotica, S&M fiction, and a Lolita-type novel. But Riley is professional, affectionate yet not gushing, and his questions have brains behind them. (Not the usual "what's your favorite food? Do you have any pets?") His respect for Rice is clear, and it makes the book especially interesting that he has genuine interest in what she says. But of course, the book hinges on Rice and what she has to say to Riley -- whether or not you agree with what she's saying, her warmth and humor are in clear evidence, and she's clearly thought through what she says.
It may not be necessary to know the author to enjoy his/her works, but it definitely can't hurt. Fans of Anne Rice will find this a must-read, and even casual readers of her books should give it a shot.
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This is a fascinating book if you are an Anne Rice fan,which I am. It gives you a window into her mind on why she wrote some of her books and took the path she did. Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by honeybunchspk
I just finished reading this book in one sitting. It seems as if you're in the same room as Anne & Michael Riley. He knows exactly what questions her fans want answered. Read morePublished on September 27, 1997