While promoting her new novel Of Love and Evil, Anne Rice voiced her opinion about the ‘new-age’ vampire persona, particularly those in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga.
Concerning the Twilight Saga the infamous Interview With A Vampire author had this to say: Twilight’s based on a really silly premise: that immortals would go to high school. It’s a failure of imagination, but at the same time, that silly premise has provided Stephenie Meyer with huge success,” Anne said. “The idea that if you are immortal you would go to high school instead of Katmandu or Paris or Venice, it’s the vampire dumbed down for kids. But it’s worked. It’s successful. It makes kids really happy.”
With Interview With A Vampire, Rice basically opened the door to the vampire genre – which she portrayed as a sophisticated cultural metaphor. Since then, Twilight and other new-aged vampire series has turned the genre into a hot supernatural property that is now widely accepted openly.
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MAN OF MANY GENRES
Author Robert Collins, Andover, is versatile, to say the least, turning out books on Kansas and railroad history, then switching to science fiction set on distant planets.
He will present a reading from his second novel, “Lisa’s Way,” at 7 p.m. Friday in the Pittsburg Hastings Store.
“I decided to do a reading instead of just a signing this time because a signing just seems a little flat,” Collins said in a telephone interview.
He described “Lisa’s Way” as a science fiction story suitable for people who don’t like science fiction.
“It’s science fiction, but there’s not a lot of technology in it,” Collins said. “In many science fiction works you need to have some acquaintance with science or be able to imagine technology, but I don’t think ‘Lisa’s Way’ will turn off people who don’t like science fiction.”
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