In Memoriam – Anne Rice, 1941-2021

“I loved words.  I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.”

Anne Rice

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5 responses to “In Memoriam – Anne Rice, 1941-2021

  1. It’s sad when an avid wordsmith departs and can no longer weave their magic; but at least they leave some of their conjurings behind for us to continue to enjoy.

    • Yes, it is. But all those great writers live on eternally in their printed words. I’ve read the works of Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Allan Poe several times, but I still enjoy them. I first read “Interview with the Vampire” about a year after it came out. A woman who worked with my mother knew of my penchant for gothic literature and also how precocious I was at the time.

      She asked my mother if it would be alright to give me the book, and my mother said she wanted to read it first. You know….mothers. She didn’t like it and stopped reading it about halfway before giving it to me. I loved it immediately; recognizing it for its true novelty with its presentation. I hated the movie version though. Hollywood often doesn’t get it right when translating a novel into film or television format.

      • Ah, you’re not wrong about that… I blame the egos: I feel pretty sure they say to themselves, “This is my creation, I can improve on the original…”.

        One of my favourite stories of all time is Niven & Pournelle’s ‘The Mote in God’s Eye’. I’d love to see that novel converted to a movie (but at the same time dread that the adaptation would be atrocious).

      • I’ve never heard of that particular story, but I’ve read so many books that I know would make for great movies or TV series. One, for example, is Erik Larson’s 2000 “Isaac’s Storm”, which details the facts and events surrounding the 1900 hurricane that ravaged Galveston Island, Texas; a calamity that remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. I know that would make an incredible disaster movie. But it seems the American entertainment industry feels content with reproducing action movie franchises. I mean, have we not had enough “Batman” and “Transformers” films?!

        Several years ago I was part of a writing group on Linked In where this very topic arose. I pointed out that there were enough stories within that one group for a century’s worth of film and TV entertainment.

      • It certainly seems to me that the hovie industry has got itself stuck in a franchise rut.

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