I had a crush on Tom Cruise because of this movie.
(Unfortunate decisions by tall brunettes! I feel you Katie Holmes.)
But look, I couldn’t help it. Lestat wasn’t just a snarky blond bisexual vampire who treated sacred vampire laws as skittles in the bowling alley of his life.
(VAMPIRE ELDERS: We claw our way from the grave promptly at—
LESTAT: What up, just out of my bed of silk and velvet. LADIES, THINK ABOUT SHOWERS.
VAMPIRE ELDERS: Here is the throne room of the king and queen of all vampires, preserved in silent immortality. Gaze upon them from a reverent distance.
LESTAT: I just made out with the vampire queen’s face.
VAMPIRE ELDERS: All vampires must be anonymous. Keep us secret, keep us safe.
LESTAT: I’ve become a rock star!!!)
He was also, as we see in this very gif set, an astute critic of the problem of vampire literature.
Lestat is, in many ways, basically an eternal teenager* (he’s like 20 but he totally was.)
Vampire Elders: DO NOT DO THIS ONE THING ABOVE ALL.
Lestat: *does it* *DOES IT BIGGER*
Louis: Don’t you think maybe you shouldn’t do that….
LESTAT: *DOES IT IN YOUR FACE ON MTV* *DOES IT AND MAKES IT COOL*
These books were my childhood. In retrospect, that probably explains a lot about me.
*I mean that in the best way. Teenagers are awesome and trying to figure out themselves and the world, and Lestat was the same way.
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