For individuals who have not found it but, AMC’s Interview with the Vampire is the most recent vampire collection to hit our screens.
Starring Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid as gothic immortals, the collection follows two males via their lives as vampires in early twentieth century New Orleans.
The collection carefully follows the guide on which it was written by Anne Rice. Nevertheless, some key components had been modified to make the collection adaptation look higher within the present’s format. We listed the 8 greatest variations between the collection and the novel.
Maybe probably the most vital distinction between the books and the collection is the setting of the plot itself.
Rice’s unique guide targeted primarily on the 18th century, when Reid’s character Lestat operates as a plantation proprietor in Louisiana. Nevertheless, the collection takes place roughly 100 years later.
Sequence writer Rolin Jones is credited with explaining the change as a solution to protect the thrill of the guide’s unique aesthetic, with out having to incorporate slavery as a part of the present’s narrative. One thing they felt was now not wanted or needed within the story.
Brilliantly performed by Jacob Anderson, Louis de Pointe du Lac is without doubt one of the present’s central characters as a rich black vampire from New Orleans. His backstory suits properly with the present’s new setting, the proprietor of a number of brothels within the Storyville Historic District.
Nevertheless, the portrayal of Louis is sort of completely different from how he’s described in Rice’s novel; white man with shoulder-length lengthy hair.
Louis’ race change inside the collection was extra acceptable for each the present’s new plot and a narrative replace for current audiences. Claudia, performed by Bailey Bass, additionally doesn’t replicate the light-skinned, golden-haired Claudia from the guide. Nevertheless, this isn’t probably the most vital distinction between the 2 variations of this character.
Claudia is far older
Enjoying Bailey Bass as Claudia is a implausible and vital a part of the plot of the brand new collection. A young person who joins Louis and Lestat as a vampire turns into the couple’s surrogate daughter. Nevertheless, Claudia’s age within the collection is far older than her meant age within the guide; which was initially written as simply 5 years outdated. Struggling to outlive as an immortal baby, her character struggles with the belief that she is going to by no means attain maturity.
The present’s model of Claudia shouldn’t be totally completely different, other than being 14 as a substitute, she nonetheless struggles to come back to phrases along with her existence as a everlasting teenager. Changing her struggling as an emotional baby with the hardships of perpetual maturation virtually for the present was a smart choice for the character as properly.
With out figuring out how lengthy the present would possibly run, will probably be a lot simpler to painting the young-looking Bass as a youngster for longer than any baby actor would possibly have a look at 5 years outdated.
Rashid’s true id
One of many extra shocking variations from the books features a plot twist revealed on the finish of the ultimate episode of the season – you won’t wish to proceed studying if you wish to keep away from a spoiler. The character of Rashid (performed by Assad Zaman) was initially portrayed as Louis’ servant all through the season. Nevertheless, throughout a heated second of competition throughout Daniel’s interview with Louis, he really reveals himself to be Armand, a 514-year-old vampire. Whereas the character Armand exists within the books, he’s by no means current through the interview. And his backstory to date appears fairly far faraway from the character’s unique narrative.
Lestat’s demise is totally completely different
Whereas Lestat’s demise remains to be a giant a part of the guide, Claudia and Louis’ plan to kill him shouldn’t be as developed as it’s portrayed within the collection.
Lestat is poisoned with “unhealthy” blood. However the act of the Mardi Gras ball that was presupposed to get him to drink blood by no means appeared within the unique novel. Opposite to the guide, the couple’s plan really succeeds, however Louis is just too compassionate to refuse to burn his physique for good.
As an alternative, within the novel, Lestat returns after they attempt to poison him. Alternatively, Louis would not hesitate to go away as the home burns down in a fireplace with him inside.
Creation of Lestat as a vampire
By the point Lestat is reunited with Louis and Claudia after practically killing Louis in a rage years earlier, they eagerly ask about his creation as a vampire. Curiously, the guide by no means reveals Lestat’s backstory so early within the collection.
However the collection provides a glimpse into Lestat’s previous. He tells them about his creator Magnus and the unlucky torture wherein he himself was turned. This, together with the main points of his old flame, Nicki, are by no means shared in Rice’s first guide. It is fascinating that the present determined to disclose these particulars so early.
Creation of Claudia as a vampire
In contrast to Lestat, Claudia’s portrayal as a vampire shouldn’t be solely revealed in each the guide and the collection, however comprises a big a part of the narrative. The principle distinction between the 2 is how and why Claudia turns into a vampire within the first place.
Within the collection, it reveals her trapped in a fireplace that began through the New Orleans riots. She is nearly saved by Louis, who then begs Lestat to avoid wasting her, turning her round as he did for him. Not solely does this distinction with the guide, as Louis by no means saved her, however as a substitute feeds on her after discovering her along with her lifeless mom’s corpse.
Lestat modifications Claudia not solely with out Louis’ request or blessing, but additionally as a solution to tease him for his discretion.
Antoinette’s very existence
Antoinette is a recurring character all through the season, portrayed as a lounge singer with whom Lestat has a momentary crush.
Nevertheless, the character is nearly non-existent within the books, described within the novel merely as a musician Lestat meets, and presumably turns round after Louis and Claudia’s tried homicide. Thereafter, there’s little point out of him transferring ahead.
Nevertheless, within the collection, Antoinette is a outstanding character who is basically utilized by Lestat to bother Louis. And when Louis calls for he eliminate her, Lestat as a substitute helps to faux her demise. Just for Lestat to make use of her once more to keep watch over his associates. Her function in Lestat’s demise is rarely current within the guide, and most of her involvement within the collection is commonly portrayed round scenes that additionally by no means seem within the unique story.