a real favorite for this more modern and queer series, exceeding our expectations

a real favorite for this more modern and queer series, exceeding our expectations
a real favorite for this more modern and queer series, exceeding our expectations

New blood for the work of Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice! If I loved the author’s book Interview with a Vampire, released in 1976, and the Neil Jordan film with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, released in 1994, I felt conflicting feelings at the announcement of a series adapted from the latter. Torn between enthusiasm, excitement and apprehension at the idea of ​​seeing this story come to life once again, I ultimately chose not to bare my fangs and give it a chance. It must be said that I love vampire stories and fantasy! While the series Interview with a Vampire started in 2022 on the AMC channel in the United States, it finally arrives in France on the Paramount+ streaming platform on May 10, 2024. Favorite or disappointment?

Interview with a Vampire exceeds expectations and makes smart changes

The series focuses on the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson). In 2022, he lives in Dubai and wants to tell the story of his life, or his afterlife, to the famous journalist Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian). Beginning in early 20th century New Orleans, Louis’s tale follows his relationship with the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid) and the family they formed with Claudia, a young teenager. As the interview continues in Dubai, Daniel Molloy uncovers the truths behind Louis’ memoir. Sensual and much more explicit than other versions, this adaptation of Anne Rice’s gothic novel brings new flavors, nuances and relevance to the story. The fiction aims to be more modern and offers radical changes which may surprise. But to my great surprise, everything fits together wonderfully and serves the plot intelligently.

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Interview with a Vampire : a more modern and queer series

Louis goes from a former plantation owner in 18th century Louisiana in the film to a brothel owner in 1910 New Orleans in the series. As for the interview between the vampire and the journalist, there is also a change of decade there. Exit the 1990s and San Francisco because the two protagonists find themselves in the 2020s in Dubai. This allows you to change the context and highlight other historical details and technological developments. Louis’ ethnicity is also changed from that of the film. The fiction Interview with a Vampire paints the portrait of an African-American and not a white person (he was played by Brad Pitt on screen). He is thus confronted with racism and fights against this racial injustice. The series also embraces the queer side of the work by showing that Louis is plagued by doubt about his sexuality. He will finally accept his homosexuality and fully live his carnal, toxic and violent relationship with Lestat. Changes which ultimately prove to be more in line with the book.

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Interview with a Vampire : forget Brad Pitt, Jacob Anderson replaces him hands down

In addition to racism and homosexuality, the fiction also addresses themes of parenthood, fascination, immortality, domestic violence as well as murder. The latter is obviously evoked through the vampire genre. While Lestat and Claudia (Bailey Bass) take pleasure in killing without remorse, Louis is tortured between his morals and his need to feed. The writing of the scenario and the modifications made do not disappoint me at all. I dive intensely into this magnificent and bloody story throughout the episodes and nothing spoils the experience I get from this otherwise very aesthetic series. If I had a hard time imagining actors other than Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in the roles of Louis and Lestat, I have to admit that Jacob Anderson, as well as Sam Reid, are incredible. The former’s performance continues to resonate with me. Known for playing Ver Gris in Game Of Thrones, Jacob Anderson reveals all his talent here. The duality of feelings and the morality of his character, as well as his love for Lestat and Claudia are palpable and well transcribed.

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Series Interview with a Vampire will it have a season 2?

Full of bite, the series kept its promise to honor the original novel and even exceeded my expectations. Those who do not know the work will undoubtedly appreciate this new adaptation, more modern, more committed and darker. As for book or film purists, if they are like me, if they give this fiction a chance, they will not be disappointed. The first season ofInterview with a Vampire even ends with a big surprise. A boldness which, I hope, will pay off during the second season, scheduled for May 12, 2024 in the United States.

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