Fangs God It’s Friday: Claudia

Interview with the Vampire is one of the best vampire novels ever written. I can give you a lot of reasons why, but for tonight, I’m going to focus on the vampire Claudia. Anne Rice blew me away with the idea of a vampire trapped as a child forever. At the time I read the book, I’d never considered that possibility, and seeing how Rice handled it was fascinating.

Kirsten Dunst as Claudia in Interview with the Vampire

In the novel, Claudia is turned into a vampire at the age of five. The film version wisely aged Claudia to be eleven-years-old when it cast Kirsten Dunst in the role, and she nailed the part. One of my favorite moments in the film involves Claudia, when she approaches Lestat playing the piano, just before she tries to kill him. That moment gave me chills, because it was exactly the way I’d always imagined it. A lot of that had to do with Dunst’s performance.

The concept of the child vampire hasn’t gone unexplored by other books and films. I even mentioned one of these earlier this year, Eli from the film Let the Right One In. The quality of the performance in that foreign film might outdo Dunst’s, but I’ll always have a soft spot for her Claudia.

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About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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