Remember Lestat? He’s Back. Vampire Chronicles Going “Game Of Thrones” On Your TV

The “Fiction Earth” has been ruled by vampires over the past decade. It’s hard to think of any species that’s been more dominant than vampires. But it’s almost always Drakula. That guy runs a mock. And other vampires, like Angel and that creepy Edward Cullen guy; they struggle to keep up.

Some vampires have actually made it out of Drakula’s shadow, though; and of them all, Lestat from Vampire Chronicles is one of the best.

Thanks to Anne Rice’s amazing imagination, Vampire Chronicles became one of the most popular vampire series of all time with its combination of sexiness and throat-munching thrills. Vampire Chronicles gave us a unique look at vamps. But then, that’s no surprise, Anne Rice has always been a unique author. Who else writes a combination of  Christian, gothic and erotica? No one? Seriously, leave a comment below if you can think of anyone.

Thanks to Anne Rice’s unique take on vamps, Vampire Chronicles shot to fame and sold more than 80 million copies. And it gave the Fiction Earth one of its best vampire characters in Lestat, whose story is told as an autobiography in the second book in the series, The Vampire Lestat.

The story follows Lestat’s exploits from his youth in the Auvergne region of France to his early years as a vampire fledgling. Many of the other books in the series also follow his story, such as The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and also Blood Canticle.

 

What makes Lestat such an amazing vampire? It’s personal.

Authors are at their absolute best when they’re inspired by people in their real life. One of my own protagonists, for example, was inspired by a childhood friend who was an artistic rebel. As kids we’d leave school to go on imaginary journeys in the woods near my old house. He became the protagonist of a book I’m currently working on. And honestly he may well be the strongest character I’ve written simply because he is so closely based on a real life friend.

Personal inspiration makes good characters. And that’s true of Lestat. Anne Rice has said that Lestat was inspired by her husband, poet and artist Stan Rice. Lestat and Stan Rice both have blonde hair and share the same birthday. But more importantly, Anne Rice tells us that Lestat also shares some of her husband’s personality.  “Stan was Lestat; he was the inspiration. Perhaps it is best to say Lestat was Stan and me. He was Stan and what Stan taught me. Lestat was inspired by Stan, and then I became Lestat.” Whenever you read and or watch a great character like Lestar they are probably based on a real life person the author’s close to.

And now, Lestat is about to continue his journey in the Fiction Earth. Because Anne Rice has acquired the rights to bring The Vampire Chronicles to the small screen.

Writing on Facebook, Anne Rice said, “In this the new Golden Age of television, such a series is the way to let the entire story of the vampires unfold.”

She makes a good point. We are in a golden age of television. Shows like Game Of Thrones, Westworld, and The Walking Dead have made 2016 one of the best years in TV (agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below).

Anne Rice wants to bring the Vampire Chronicles to the small screen. But she also realises that she needs to revamp it for today’s audiences. So she’s turned to her son, and fellow author, Christopher Rice, to help her out. Christopher Rice, author of A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, Light Before Day, Blind Fall, The Moonlit Earth, and The Heavens Rise, will help Anne Rice develop the script for the TV show.

 

 

With her son’s help, Anne Rice will be taking a new direction on the Vampire Chronicles TV series.

Anne Rice has clearly been inspired by the epic style of Game Of Thrones and wants to bring that same style to Vampire Chronicles ’ TV show. That would make it decidedly different to 1994’s Interview With A Vampire and 2002’s Queen Of The Damned. But it’s an understandable decision.

Game Of Throne’s is one of the best written TV series of all time. With characters dying suddenly and new relationships being formed at the drop of a hat, it has viewers hooked. There’s a lesson there for writers. Anyone working on a series (and lots of our readers are) would do well to know hhow to make readers addicted to stories (a fascinating subject, actually; and one I’m working on myself in my writing at the moment).

Game Of Thrones is one of the most addictive TV shows of all time. By throwing in the random deaths of major characters and, of course, throwing in random sex scenes, viewers get hooked as badly as the worst Candy Crush addict. And while Ian McShane might call Game Of Thrones “Only tits and dragons” there’s a hell of a lot more to Game of Thrones than that.

But will a new Vampire Chronicles TV show work in today’s market?

Amazingly, 2016 has been a year in which Drakula and his band of merry vampires have not ruled the Fiction Earth. Zombies have actually been more popular by far this year. So it is definitely time for the vampires to bite back. Is Vampire Chronicles the show in which to do it? Leave a comment below.

Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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