Experience Isn't Everything (Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice)

         
 Before I go into my usual philosophical stuff I want to make it very clear that none of the comments damage the work, itself, as a whole. It had depth, it kept coming at a wonderful pace, and the style was superb. The story itself is not lacking in the least.
     It starts out with a young reporter asking questions to a vampire, and as the story progresses it keeps coming back to the boy asking  the questions. The story,the vampire tells him, is about his journey into his new vampire life. In his immersion the question "Am I the devil?" keeps coming up.
The person who turned him becomes his mentor who he begrudges, and hates deeply. Both characters play off of each other: while one tries to preserve his humanity, the other's goal is primarily attempts to reject his passion, used throughout the book to represent humanity.
     Throughout the book, there are allusions to scripture the most striking of which was the mentor vampire saying "For no creature under God are as we are, none so like him as we are." This seems to echo the serpent from Genesis saying, "You will be like God knowing good and evil."
     When we read fiction we bleed our own ideas about what the author is saying, and this can be damaging to ourselves as well. It means not learning from someone's ideas. This can make it so that we get effected by them later. If Christians are to be world changers they have to understand what they're trying to change, and why.
     I wanted to ask the author why she used so many Biblical, and Christian allusions, if she was so against Christianity.  Fortunately for me, modern technology exists, and people like me can ask questions of people like that through the internet. So, I asked her that question, and she answered "I have a life long involvement with it, and obsession with it. I was brought up intensely Catholic." So, there are allusions to Christianity, but they're purpose for being there is based on attacking it.
     The book's main theme has to do with evil, and good. The book does, however make a very unique claim: that experience is the ultimate good, at least for the immortal. "Only a hunger for new experience, for that which was as beautiful, and devastating as the kill." She replaces God with experience. This is plain, and simple existentialism.
     Lets take a look at this philosophy through a purely logical standpoint. Is rape good? No. Are the murders in this book good? No. I do understand that the character is trying to do his best with his urges. However, is his nature on a whole good? No. These are all experiences. Correct? Haven't you been judging them this entire time? If there is something above them judging experience: how can experience be the ultimate?
       Ok, I know I just bashed this pretty hard, but I loved this work. If we want to reach a lost and dying world: we have to understand what a lost and dying world is like. Read the books in the slums because in the slums we find the things that make us stronger.


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