#814: Claudia’s Story by Anne Rice

Claudia's StoryA richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice’s interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat.

Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man …and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs…

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Review

Oh Claudia, why can’t anyone ever understand you?

I spent that impressionable time of my teenage years, when you first really discover the intricacies of stories and character relationships, devouring Anne Rice’s work. I fell in love with Lestat, developed a fondness for Louis, and an aching to nurture Claudia.

In both Interview with the Vampire and Lestat, the impression I received of Claudia was a misunderstood, trapped, soul that could never receive relief. I was always so sad when Claudia would ’meet the sun’.

In, Interview With A Vampire: Claudia’s Story, illustrated by Ashley Marie Witter, Claudia’s journey in graphic guise is just as heart wrenching. The changes she goes through as she discoveries her origin and her inability to grow is poignant. I felt the changes and her personality was shown greatly through the artist’s rendition of Claudia’s form.

I would love to know more of Claudia’s story. I always have. She’s a great character, but unfortunately her life is always too short and this is where it is more heartbreaking, knowing Claudia is inspired by Anne Rice’s own daughter.

I think this graphic novel is a great adaptation and complimentary piece of work to add to the story of Anne Rice’s Vampires. It’s perfect to read on a lazy afternoon and makes me want to read the vampire chronicles again even though the feeling it will afford me is bittersweet.

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