Vrai Writes Essays: Dear Lestat

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It’s been a while since I wrote a piece for Popularium. Regardless, I poured quite a bit of blood and guts into this one, so I hope you’ll enjoy. 

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The Consulting Analyst – Interview With the Vampire (Part 4)

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Part Four: Love Triangles Always Seem to Start With a Redhead

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When last we left off, the apartments on the Rue Royale were in flame (which is an alarmingly frequent outcome when Louis is involved with domestic disputes) and Louis and Claudia had fled for their lives. We pick up with the pair of them safely on the deck of the ship, Louis keeping watch and half-expecting Lestat to come chasing after them. He can’t seem to shake the image of Lestat’s twisted, post-murder attempt form, fearing that they themselves are horrific monsters under their beautiful facades.

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The Consulting Analyst – Interview with the Vampire (Part 3)

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Part Three: We Have to Name a New Complex for This Level of Dysfunction 

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When last we left our deeply dysfunctional vampires, Lestat had dramatically told Louis that he simply couldn’t leave – what about their child? The little five year old near-plague victim that Lestat turned an hour ago? You can’t leave now, Louis! Your family needs you!

This can only end well.

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The Consulting Analyst – Interview with the Vampire (Part 2)

Part Two: The Big Damn Vampire Soap Opera

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We return once more to the house of the moping, beautiful dead. If you’ll recall, last time our narrator Louis spent a great deal of time talking about how his maker (and ex) Lestat was SUCH A CALLOW, STUPID JERK AND WE SHOULD ALL HATE HIS ROTTEN GUTS, NO REALLY, and then he burned down the plantation where they were living in order to escape a scene chock full of such side-eye worthy lowkey racism that my skin wants to crawl directly off and hide in a corner.

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The Consulting Analyst – Interview with the Vampire (Part 1)

Part One: Achievements in Unreliable Narration

As promised, this week we begin our (currently) monthly journey through the Vampire Chronicles, that crucial stepping stone in the modern conception of vampirism and bestselling bastion for young queer kids throughout the end of the 20th century. I’d originally planned on spending four posts on this first book in the series, but it’s beginning to look like it’ll be more in the realm of six. In technicality the book is divided into four “parts,” but that would frontload almost half the book in one post, so we’re just making a guess of it. Buckle in, dear readers. We’re going back to 1976.

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