This was a beautiful, little graphic novel adaptation of Claudia’s life from Interview with the Vampire. The illustrations were beautiful (manga-like, but not too extreme). The splashes of red blood against the sepia artwork was striking. The stained look of the pages, and then the burned look during the fire, really added to the mood. There was so much detail in everything. Louis and Lestat were easy on the eyes ;-) The artwork overall was just lovely.
I can’t say this book added anything to the story or gave me much insight into Claudia that I couldn’t already figure out, but, oddly enough, it did give me a touch more insight into Louis. (Note: I read this after rereading just Interview, so as of the time I’m writing this, I don’t know what gets revealed about characters later in the series.) It was as though seeing through Claudia’s POV allowed me to see things I couldn’t when I was in Louis’s POV, things that Louis either didn’t know or didn’t want to admit about himself, or maybe just things he didn’t quite explain. I also hadn’t realized just how manipulative Armand was. I guess it was easy to overlook and forget the things Claudia said about him and even the things he told Louis himself when I was in Louis’s POV. That just goes to show how well Interview was written, how everything Louis said was tainted by his bias and how I really was in his head while reading.
I also thought Ashley Marie Witter did a wonderful job of adapting the novel though and that the characters were portrayed well. I am especially fond of the face of exasperated resignation Louis makes in this panel here when Lestat won’t stop talking:
And did anyone else happen to think Morgan, the guy at the inn, was particularly attractive? I want a graphic novel about him. Why couldn’t he have been one of the vampires? I’m getting a little off-topic though…
I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read Interview since this is NOT the graphic novel version of that, this is just, well, Claudia’s story. I also wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who’s looking for new stuff or a lot of new insight. But if you’re a fan of the Vampire Chronicles, want to spend some more time with these characters, want to connect to the characters in a new way by seeing them in graphic novel form, and/or like pretty artwork, then I think you’ll enjoy this.
Anyone who likes Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles and graphic novels.