Friday, 23 November 2012

Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story

Claudia is just a child when the vampire Lestat turns her, condemning her to an eternity trapped in a child’s body. As her love for Louis strengthens, so does her hatred of Lestat. This is her story.

Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story is a graphic novel adapted from Anne Rice’s novel by Ashley Marie Witter. I would imagine that the target audience for this book are going to be existing fans so I won’t go into the story too much. Claudia’s very nature is contradictory; her childhood is stolen from her yet she will never grow into a woman. Inside she is a predator, but the world still treats her as a child. It really is a heartbreaking tale.

The beautiful sepia artwork has a sketchy feeling but Ashley captures expressions perfectly. The splashes of blood red are vivid and really do make the pages look bloody. I absolutely love this use of colour, it’s so effective. One thing that is a little weak is her representation of hands. Sometimes they look like deformed claws and whilst not the focus of the images, once I noticed them my eyes kept going there.


If you were inclined to pick up this book with no knowledge of Interview with the Vampire, you might find Louis a bit of a wishy washy character. I imprinted what I already knew onto him as I read but I don’t think he is developed at all except for Claudia’s feelings. The emotion in the drawings of Lestat convey a lot more; enough to fill in the gaps.

Claudia's Story is published by Headline and is now available in hardback and ebook formats. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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4 comments:

  1. How interesting. It's been years and years since I've read Interview, and I never got interested enough to read more of Rice's vampire series, but I remember thinking Claudia was such a fascinating little enigma of a character.

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  2. Claudia is the most interesting character in Interview, so this is a good idea. I don't think I would buy this book, but I would definitely borrow it from the library.

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  3. Very bloodthirsty drawings, but I really like them, ELlie.

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  4. wow, i was amazed when i heard of this book, i myself have always had a fascination with vampires, and my name is Claudia....

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