Halloween hijinks! Novelist Ann Rice has trolled all Twihards by posting a controversial message on her Facebook wall:
"Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town — anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful."
The response to those four short sentences has been passionate and overwhelming: At the moment, the post has 8,898 "likes" and 1,886 comments — and counting. Though most folks seem to be team Rice ("Your vampires have alot more going for them then those stupid vampires that sparkle"), many bloodsucker enthusiasts have defended Twilight. One wrote, "Twilight is for children, and the vampire chronicles are adult fiction." Another says, diplomatically: "[Rice's] Vampire Chronicles will always be my first love. That being said, I did enjoy the Twilight Saga and I like the new ideas that Stephanie[sic] Meyer has come up with… I personally like the idea that her vampires sparkle in the sunlight." The again, there's this: "Isn't Mr.Cullen technically a pedophile?"
In the past, Rice has claimed not to have read any of the Twilight books — but has admitted that she likes True Blood. Why is she talking about this now? Maybe she cracked open one of Stephenie Meyer's books? Or perhaps she's anticipating the premiere of Twilight: Breaking Hymen? Whatever the case, it's true that Rice's vampires have more bite than the SparkleVamp. And as one fan wrote:
Lestat and Louie can afford to be merciful... for sure... but come on, don't they have more important things to do?
And doesn't Ms. Rice?
Anne Rice Compares Her Characters to Twilight Vampires [Galleycat]
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