I’m a child of the 80’s and as such, my first Vampire Crush was Lestat de Lioncourt from Anne Rice’s novel, Interview With The Vampire. That enigmatic, a-sexual (hyper-sexual?) predator of men, women, and children. With his marble skin, blue eyes, and pale blond hair, I always pictured Sting as a more fitting Lestat, certainly not Tom Cruise, but whatever. It’s not like Anne Rice asked me her opinion when casting the movie. They should have, by the way. I’m not sure I would’ve picked Brad Pitt for Louis, either. Although, Kirsten Dunst nailed Claudia. I still get chills from her performance.
Louis is a brooding, conflicted vampire, but not Lestat. He relishes his role and embraces his amorality. It’s hard not to be enchanted by him and beguiled by his charm. He knows exactly who and what he is and makes no apologies for being the killer that he is.
I thought it would be cool to travel the world with Louis and Lestat (as long as they didn’t snack on me). Claudia scared the crap out of me, and I sort of hoped she would stay home on our adventures. Think woman in a child’s body and you’ve got Claudia.
If you’ve never read Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire and you like those kinds of books, you should. Seriously. The story is richly drawn and you’ll fall in love as much with the vampires as you will New Orleans.
Whatever you do, read the book before you see the movie. Just trust me on this.
There you have it. Lestat was my first vampire crush. Who was yours? Do you have more than one?