Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has millions of fans (and millions of dollars) thanks to the success of her vampire tales, but some of her fellow authors aren't convinced. Among them is vampire mistress Anne Rice, who says her own vampires would "feel sorry" for Meyer's characters and their sparkly ways.
In a post on her Facebook page, Rice spoke about her own most famous vampire characters—Louis and Lestat, introduced in her debut novel Interview With the Vampire in 1976—and how they might react to Twilight-style bloodsuckers:
"Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town—anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful."
The post seems to be a follow-up to a post earlier the same day on the issue of whether or not vampires should sparkle. In that post, Rice simply linked to an article on the subject and said that her own vampires would likely "refuse to discuss this," but it's the second post that drew the most attention.
As of Tuesday the post had more than 9,000 likes and more than 2,000 comments, and though many of them sided with Rice, a few took her to task for her criticism of Meyer's characters.
"Ms Rice really shouldn't throw stones, after she allowed her masterpiece novels to be turned into the most God awful vampire movies in history," said Scott Astley.
While Rachel Dehlinger wrote, "It must be hard to see someone else excelling in an area where your popularity is beginning to fade".
Rice later clarified her comment, saying, "There's plenty of room for a little humor in talking about the various interpretations," and in a post the following day she went on to say that she has "unqualified praise" for Meyer's "originality."
It's not the first time Rice has bashed the series. In 2009 she called it a story "made for 12-year-olds" that "does not entirely make sense." She's also not the only best-selling supernatural author to criticize Meyer. Stephen King, also in 2009, said Meyer "can't write worth a darn" and drew the ire of more than a few militant Twi-hards.
It seems like the debate over whether Twilight can contend with other vampire franchises will never die, but when authors like Rice and King weigh in, does it count as jealous rage against the Twi-hard horde, or a legitimate interest in the genre's present and future?