Prince Lestat

“Prince Lestat” – A study on literary symbolism, and literature as a symbol for the author’s public personality: Tenders, Roses, and other Flowers in the Savage Garden.

Anne Rice, the author of Prince Lestat

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It can be stated, simply enough, that the latest Anne Rice novel “Prince Lestat” – sitting at, according to the author and critics, number eleven in The Vampire Chronicles – is a definite departure from the previous ten novels in this series. Of course, some readers will choose to include The New Tales of the Vampires in any study of The Vampire Chronicles as a whole, thus, incorporating the stories of Pandora and Vittorio. It is so wholly unlike the other stories that it even opts not to speak of two novels that preceded it at all. Both “Blackwood Farm” and “Blood Canticle” have almost been erased from this novel’s purview. An intriguing choice, as the story of Lestat seemed, almost, completed, by the last reckoning pages of the final chapter in the series.

The hero of the tale, had finally learned the meaning of selflessness, sending his lover, Rowan Mayfair, back to her family, to defend her from the darkness he felt within himself. In the spirit of studying the “goodness” of the Lestat-character, versus his supposedly inherint evil (being that he is a thing of darkness, as many of the pivotal characters believe vampires to be) the last puzzle piece, that is the ending of Blood Canticle, proffered an element of extreme selflessness, altruism, if you will, in that, for the first time notably, Lestat did something that, in no way, benefited himself.

At the close of Blood Canticle, Lestat is a broken man, regretting not only his past decisions, the choices that led him to, once more, be alone, at the choice of his children, who all seem to leave him like dust to the wind, in order to escape the metaphysical shackles he sets them in. To liberate themselves and become their very own blood drinkers, with stories of their own to tell in large glowing volumes. He also regrets those most recent decisions which have left him alone. He almost regrets the Goodness within him, yet, he caves to its demands. He allows himself to be alone, a trait, which, does not seem to suit him. Not the dashing prince, before he was ever crowned, forever pulling one or another consort with him through eternity.

It seems fitting that, at the beginning of Prince Lestat, our hero is still a broken man, following the logic set out above. Then, it also does not. The novel’s predecessor, while ending darkly, also ended with a promise of a bold return. A return of the Brat Prince as the star, once more, of his own literary drama, unfolding with him moving across it like a raging catalyst. However, that story’s inclusion in this new novel, is absent. It is as if the altered Lestat, a young blood drinker, impassioned, yet, chained by the passions of his conscience, has been replaced by one much older. He has experienced more, he has done things, that, his devoted scores of fans have been kept in the dark with regards to.

It is, as if, Lestat, has been leading a secret life, off the page, one that the reader did not expect, could never have seen coming. He is not the brazen, laughing, strident manipulator of the night the reader might recognise. Rather, he is a broken man. He pines the loss of his humanity. He pines, as if, he does not know where to place himself, what to do, how to comfort his own sense of loneliness, in spite of so many calling for his company, in comfort of their own misery. He is, the image of his own fandom, prior to the release of this very story – lost, alone, desperate for some reminder that it has not all fallen to ashes and bone, dust of the ages.

This Lestat de Lioncourt, is at once, stronger of character, and, more sorrowful, than the reader has, as of yet, seen him. He is a symbol of how, the audience, barely knows him at all, envisioned as he is, perfect flawless, by the end of Blood Canticle, in Prince Lestat, he reveals aspects of his personality heretofore unseen. And, indeed, he reveals, through the plot of the pages, a secret life, that, vocal as he may be, on all his dealings with the mortal world, he has not yet unveiled, to his avid fans.

Rose, Gardener, and the pruning of weeds in the Savage Garden

It has been said, recently, that the character of Rose is a Mary Sue; the ideal representation of the person the author wishes to be. But, considering the unkind ramifications of the term, is it entirely fair to use in this regard? Can a hapless heroine like Rose, also in dire need of saving, ever be a Mary Sue? And, that being said, does this invalidate the notion that, yes, Rose is the literary symbol for the author herself?

Marius and the Flowers

The fascination behind this chapter title cannot possibly evade the reader. Any reader. What are the flowers? Their significance? Is it fair to presume that they refer to the beauties Marius has collected through his long life, painted and cared for, and, ultimately, left behind him, like roses in a vase – however immortalised they may be on canvas? And, what then was the explanation for his stunned sadness?

The Beauty of the Savage Garden

The phrase first coined in the novel The Vampire Lestat, this pairing of words sparked an intense debate and discussion that subtly traversed every novel in the series, and now, finds its way back to the reader, rife through a story that speaks of jungles and flowers with all the reverence anticipated by an audience already well-versed in this charming motif.

The Tribe On Air

Benji speaks to the masses, the community, the people, calling for Lestat, beckoning to him, musing on where he might be, what he is thinking, offering aid in the darkness, and promising a brighter future for the populace of blood drinkers. If it seems comfortingly familiar to those People of the Page, who frequent the author’s page on Facebook, perhaps there is reason for it.

The Garden of Love

The discussion of the goodness of love pitted against the inherit, supposed evil of the monstrous vampire is age-old, and unanswered, though, these traveled characters, spanning books and millennia, must offer some answer, some reprieve from the argument.

“The People of the Moon and the Stars”

The viability of vampirism, the devotion of the readers to characters that have grown alongside their audience, been loved from afar, feared, and, desired like no living man or woman.

Amel and the Sexless Hero

Blood drinkers are sexist. The oldest are stuck in the loop of their age, the reasoning of the time during which they lived, and, therefore, many suffer the inability to divine the gradually dissipating line between the genders. How then, do they slip so effortlessly into one another’s roles?

Losing Lestat

“The spotlight doesn’t just light them up. It makes us disappear.”

Rock of Ages

Princes are never emotionally available.

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22 Comments

  • Reply The Light's Bane January 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    This is great!

    • Reply Carmen Dominique January 13, 2015 at 2:53 am

      I am glad you approve, I will keep it updated as much as I can, and, remember, commentary always welcome

  • Reply The Light's Bane January 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I love “The People of the Moon and Stars” but it’s similar to “Children of the Moon” which is already taken by werewolves.

    • Reply Carmen Dominique January 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

      I have a very low opinion of werewolves.

      • Reply The Light's Bane February 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

        Why?

      • Reply The Light's Bane February 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

        So did you not like The Wolf Gift and what do you think of faeries?

        • Reply Carmen Dominique February 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm

          My whole life I’ve been a vampire fan. I guess my preference as far as literature is pretty set, and, my ability to tolerate werewolves/mages/faeries has grown smaller and smaller. Although, I do sort of enjoy faeries. And, I read Wolf Gift. Because it is Anne, and, therefore, I felt it deserved reading.

          • The Light's Bane February 19, 2015 at 7:06 pm

            What did you think of the book Blood and Chocolate that is so critically acclaimed? I didn’t like how her vampires could turn into bats.

          • Carmen Dominique February 27, 2015 at 7:07 am

            I haven’t read it, but, the name puts me off, perhaps, yes, that sounds like something I would not appreciate, the turning into bats. However, in White Wolf’s Vampire: The Requiem, vampires can turn into bats, depending on their capabilities, so……. I suppose the lore supports it, running back to Dracula.

  • Reply Claudia January 25, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Love vampire? You have already nice guy and I know you want me then message new movie role

    • Reply Carmen Dominique January 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      …..what are you trying to say?

  • Reply The Light's Bane February 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Why did Lestat allow Rhosh to live?

    • Reply Carmen Dominique February 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Good question. I have been wondering that myself, however, it would also be terribly hypocritical to kill Roshe, but, not, say, Allesandra. As she is equally guilty of reckless abandonment to the voice of Amel

  • Reply Willow March 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Lovely. Site thus far _<

  • Reply Mikey June 3, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Can you spoil an event from this book? I haven’t been able to get my hands on it and I want to know if a certain character “dies”

    • Reply Carmen Dominique June 3, 2015 at 6:23 am

      I can, if you like, but, if you do not like spoilers, I must warn you, these pages do contain quite a few of them.

  • Reply A. June 4, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Can Rose fairly be termed a Mary Sue even though she is helpless? Yes. She is what I term the “Waif” Mary Sue, and having run an online roleplaying group for the X-Men series for several years oh so long ago, I can say without hesitation that this is exactly that. However, whether it is handled rightly in the story can make a huge difference between being interesting and annoying. Anne Rice is a favorite author of mine, and I will give her that though I was annoyed by Rose, I can see the symbolism she represents for not just Anne Rice, but any little girl wishing to be rescued and swept away into a magical world. I’d go on but I think…” ’nuff said.”

    • Reply Carmen Dominique June 4, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      I feel that she is a symbol of the weakness that leads to many fangirls craving the “vampire rescue,” yes, but, I fear that, her terming as a Mary Sue has more to do with her connection with Lestat than any real ties to Anne herself. Anne is a strong, independent, feministically bent woman. And Rose is…. Not.

      • Reply A. June 4, 2015 at 8:46 pm

        That does not mean she won’t have a fantasy of being the waif in need of rescue. A lot of people choose to be powerless in their fantasy while still leading powerful real lives.

        • Reply Carmen Dominique June 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

          ….which is generally what leads to a Mary Sue in most writers’ writing.

  • Reply Ralph December 28, 2015 at 1:42 am

    By “inherit” do you mean “inherent”?

    • Reply Carmen Dominique December 28, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Yes, thank you for spotting that.

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