How Interview with the Vampire’s Lestat Views Vampirism

The Vampire ChroniclesLestat de Lioncourt is a tragic and misunderstood figure in literature. In the media, at best, we’ve seen him as jealous, sadistic, and disobedient. In the film adaptations, Lestat is portrayed as either a selfish antihero or an unjustified antagonist. To really understand Lestat’s motivations, one cannot watch theatrical adaptations alone, as his film, which would provide background information on his actions, was never made. It’s a shame because its backstory as depicted in The vampire Lestatjustifies many of the actions in its totally unholy existence.


With the release of AMCs Interview with the vampire With Sam Reid As Lestat, fans of the series can hope that their hero will gain the defense he has lost in his previous media portrayals, without losing the allure of his perceived emotional indifference. It is important to see how he sees the Dark Gift as he only sees it as one Gift. As it stands in Episode 2, “…After the Phantoms of Your Former Self,” it’s safe to say that while we’re seeing more vulnerability than ever before, we may need to hold a collective breath to more sensitively explore the depth of Lestat’s to really experience nature. However, we also get glimpses of how he has always viewed the Dark Gift, that can offer our favorite vampire the redemption he deserves.

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Lestat’s backstory (coming soon)

Inside Anne Rice‘s second installment of The Vampire Chronicles, readers can see that his story is one of perpetual loneliness, which is key to understanding Lestat’s motivations. Lestat is one of six children, although only two of his older brothers survived infancy. He grew up in Auvergne, France, and later moved to Paris.

From the beginning, Lestat’s passions were stifled by his father and older brothers, who disagreed with his artistic nature and interest in education. The only person who encouraged professional training was his mother, Gabrielle. Lestat adored Gabrielle as they shared common interests such as literature and bonded in their reflected disdain for her life. Gabrielle was cultured, but due to lack of patience and financial resources, she did not teach any of her children to read or write.

For Lestat, she offers valuable family heirlooms, giving him the opportunity to start a new life in Paris with his partner Nicolas de Lenfent. Lestat approaches Paris with the same greed as any small-town kid approaches a new city. He lives modestly but is just happy to be there. He lives harmoniously with Nicolas in his fever dream until he is captured and imprisoned by Magnus, who decides to turn him into a vampire as his only “chick”. Magnus teaches Lestat everything he knows in a very short time, then commits suicide, leaving Lestat alone but with Magnus’ fortune, thus beginning his vampire life.

Lestat’s loneliness

Lestat would later transform both Gabrielle and Nicolas, but it turns out badly. Nicolas, who had always been cynical, became depressed in Lestat’s absence while being held captive by Magnus. When Nicolas finds out about his transformation, he asks Lestat to transform him. Lestat initially refuses, but after Nicolas’ entreaties, he decides to give in. Nicola’s vampiric transformation only increases his depression, leading to hatred for Lestat. He would later commit suicide.

Gabrielle and Lestat would live happily together for a while as she shares a passion for the Dark Gift. But after a disagreement, they would split up in Egypt, once again leaving Lestat alone. Gabrielle would not be back in Lestat’s life until the events of Queen of the Damned.

As his backstory shows, Lestat has to adjust to being alone. Although he has adventures during his time with Gabrielle and Louis, he never has a companion. He lives an endless life for the foreseeable future being lonely indefinitely, which brings us back to AMC Interview with the vampire.

The Dark Gift

In between Neil Jordans Interview with the vampire and AMCs we see Lestat’s obvious take on The Dark Gift. What’s not to like? Vampires are super strong, super fast, and hypnotically seductive. They are generally wealthy and why shouldn’t they be? They have nothing but time to carry out their plans and the power to eliminate anyone who stands in the way of those plans. Lestat, presented by Tom cruiseSam Reid and Stuart Townsende in Queen of the DamnedHe revels in this time as he reflects on his passions. His love for music knows no bounds and no preferred genre. When it comes to killing for food, he has no qualms and enjoys the thrill Hunt. His murderous vampiric instinct allows him to impose a distorted sense of justice on anything that disgusts him. like a crooked tenor.

In all three depictions, however, Lestat shows a recklessness that raises questions about his happiness. In a beautifully acted and particularly chilling moment, Sam Reid gives us the most candid moment Lestat has seen on screen to date. Lestat betrays Louis (Jacob Anderson) that his greatest fear as a vampire, is loneliness. While the Dark Gift allows him anything his human heart desires, his vampiric heart fears the possibility of decades alone, a fear deeply felt because he has already experienced it.

Overall, Lestat considers vampirism to be both a blessing and a curse given the gifts given. Despite possessing these extraordinary abilities, eternal life and beauty, he cannot escape the human sense of loneliness. The Dark Gift can amplify loneliness by making it last for decades instead of just years. What Interview with the vampire does so good, gives us a tragic but foolish character. While Lestat has years of wisdom, he believes he is above people and our everyday concerns. In a way, that’s true. Ultimately, however, it reminds us that no amount of power, supernatural ability, or length of time can help us escape the loneliness or demons of our past. Lestat’s greatest stupidity is that he sees his transformation into a vampire as one that sheds the pain of his human life. It doesn’t. It only reinforces it. While he truly regards the Dark Gift as one gift, he fails to face the inevitable truth that comes with it. In the end, whenever that’s the case, the Dark Gift is just an endless distraction for unresolved human pain.

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