We now return you to where we left off: Lestat’s impulsive, poor decision making skills. That could be any book at any point, really; the difference is that this is still the time when the benefit of his intent still outweighs the damage he does.
Hey, you ever wanna feel really fucking depressed? Try reading Prince Lestat and then coming back to this book. Nothing like remembering the later books turn Lestat into a remorseless rapist who bends every character in the plot to his whim, thus ensuring that no one will ever ever call him on his bullshit ever again (except Gabrielle, whom the later books like to remind us is just a heartless harpy, y’all).
Let’s pretend we can go back to a time where this sweet boy is still trying his best.
It’s time to talk about Lestat. You remember Lestat, don’t you? The one who came up out of nowhere to take these books in a completely different direction, the one who eventually could do no wrong?
We’ll be covering a slightly shorter segment of actual text this round, since there’s a whole bunch of setup and context we need to discuss before going forward. Also, this book is a good deal longer than Interview (my 1st edition of IWTV clocks in at a little over 300 pages, while my trade copy of TVL runs 550, with thinner pages and smaller typeset), so we’ll probably be riding this train on into the new year. Hopefully it’s an entertaining ride.
….I also better reiterate my fondness for these books right here and now, because the claws are gonna come out for a bit.