@ ARice BFF # Le­s­tat

Anne Rice’s iconic vamp is mov­ing into the mod­ern age

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The world has changed quite a bit since Anne Rice last wrote about Le­s­tat de Lion­court in Blood Can­ti­cle ( 2003), and the way he and his vam­pire trine is deal­ing with new tech­nol­ogy forms the core of her new book, Prince Le­s­tat. “It’s about vam­pires right now, in 2013 and 2014,” she ex­plains. “It’s about how they’re deal­ing with all of the chal­lenges of this age, just like the rest of us – satel­lite pho­tog­ra­phy, cable TV, iPhones, email… how is it all im­pact­ing their world?”

Rice de­scribes the new novel as a se­quel to ev­ery­thing that went be­fore. “It deals with a lot of the same char­ac­ters. And it deals with the ques­tion of the An­cient Ones; will they help the young mem­bers of the tribe or will they con­tinue to live in a kind of ex­ile?”

Rice is clearly ex­cited about the re­turn of her most en­dur­ing cre­ation and ex­plains the long break was partly due to trauma in her own life. “I was in a pe­riod of grief. I left New Or­leans, my na­tive city, and I left my home of 15 years. I had lost my hus­band of 41 years… that was a lot to di­gest. Le­s­tat just wasn’t with me dur­ing that pe­riod. But he’s back now.

“I’m al­ways think­ing about what he’s do­ing in a way. He’s like a part of me. If I see a movie, I think, ‘ What would he think of this?’ I re­ally be­lieve in writ­ing by in­stinct, in trust­ing and sur­ren­der­ing to it, and he is one of those char­ac­ters who came to life on his own, no ques­tion about it.”

Rice be­gan by re- read­ing the pre­vi­ous books in The Vam­pire Chron­i­cles. “I went back more than any­thing just to hear his voice again. I wanted to see if I could re­late to him again and if he could come alive for me. And he did im­me­di­ately.”

Prince Le­s­tat is pub­lished on Thurs­day 30 Oc­to­ber.

Anne Rice has re­dis­cov­ered her most fa­mous blood­sucker.

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