So I grew up watching vampires like The Lost Boys, Fright Night, and Near Dark which features, to my mind, the best versions of vampires in fiction. Ruthless, monstrous, dangerous, and powerful. Nothing you would want to tangle with if you were sane. Then a book and a film came around called Interview with the Vampire which was the first real work of fiction to delve into the world of the vampire and try and understand them on a personal, human level. It took the monster and made it into something we could recognize and sympathize with, something that we might almost identify with on a complex level. Since then vampires have taken a slow decent into the realm of the ridiculous with the sexual, gothic aspect of vampires turned way, way up and the bloodthirsty killers part turned way, way down. What we as viewers are left with is still the brooding, moody vampires of yore, but with a little more sparkling and a lot less interesting personalities. I don't fear vampires anymore, and neither does my 5 year old. She told me so. With this in mind I have began to work my way through The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, starting of course, with Interview with the Vampire. I am currently working my way through The Vampire Lestat which so far I find less depressing than the previous novel, and much more fun. Instead of Louis' ever-present attitude of "what vile monster am I become?!" we get Lestat's much more entertaining "Yea I'm a monster, let's fucking party!". What do you think Anne Rice brings to the table with her series? What do you think she has done positively or negatively for vampire fiction? For horror? For historical fiction? Do you think that her work helped steer vampires in the direction we find them today? Or was she the last raspy breath of a dying concept? I am loving her work so far and have no one to talk to about them! I don't know a single person in my life system who has read them so I would love to hear what this beautiful community has to say about the novels.