For Chrissakes

September 26, 2009

Out of Egypt

The moment Anne Rice said she’s no longer going to write about vampires, witches and bitches, and that she would instead be writing about Jesus Christ’s early years, I knew there’s no way I would enjoy any of it even she cuts out all those hefty descriptions of Italian curtains, Greek chairs and Roman marble columns. I think I actually miss her extensive cataloguing of various furniture in her books. And it’s true, I did not fully enjoy Out of Egypt, the first in her Christ the Lord series, a series that couldn’t be more different from the Vampire Chronicles and Witching Hour. However, I’m a little disgusted by myself for openly taunting her decision to write about Jesus. While it’s true that I can’t find a single reason why I should forge and pursue this series (book 2 is already out), I think it’s a little too Satanic to begrudge a writer for writing about something she really likes. I’m not that sorry though. If you’d ever read or had been fascinated by her alternate universes of vampires taking nutrition from menstruating nuns  and ghost granddaddies impregnating granddaughters, then you probably earn the right to be a little miffed that the genius behind such concepts is now satiating the very demographic that her old series’ followers isn’t from. In short, she’s gone Chistian on our asses and there’s no turning back. I’m sorry again, that seems mean. I also realize that it’s not nice to take the effort to say how unenjoyable a book is because it’s mean and frankly, a waste of time. But the thing about Out of Egypt is that it’s a big improvement in her prose. Definitely gone are the aforementioned long descriptions of inanimate and unimportant objects, and trading that for slightly better characterization of the book’s anti-Lestat, Jesus Christ. I was worried that she’d make Jesus speak tons of Egypt’s fine sands, gorgeous Egyptians, silky smooth Egyptian hair, and ornate sandals. That was not to be the case as Jesus in this book is a 7 year old, slightly clueless boy who mysteriously but skillfully heals dead people, just as skillfully and stealthily he kills them. The only people Jesus is killing in this book, I would imagine are the old Rice fans. The goths, if you will. But if you take the time to realize the radical shift in faith it took her to write this, then it might not be too hard to accept that she just had to change and that there are other vampire books to be had anyway, minus Lestat of course. Twilight series, for example. But that would probably suck more. I’m not completely sold though. If I were to be my old spiteful self, I’d probably think that this series is Anne giving the finger to those who maligned her, her faith and her skills as a writer, when the final V-Chronicle book came out and many called her, well, a witch and other unflattering names. I was honestly not too thrilled during the whole day that I sat down and consumed this. And that’s something that could not be said of any Anne Rice book, the proverbial reading in just one sitting. I came to the Author’s Note page and that was all it took for me to have a change of heart, although still  not completely. Say what you will of Anne but her immersion for the things that fascinates her are undeniable and all we could do, the followers or followers-turned hecklers, is to wait to get amazed again, even if it looks like it’s going to take quite a long time.


3 Responses to “For Chrissakes”

  1. Ajeet-X Says:

    Hehe. One of the things that turned me off her was her long-winded descriptions of furniture and people’s hair and the clothes they were wearing, etc., etc. And I would be reading and be like, get on with the story na! So you would recommend Christ the King? My only experience with Anne Rice + Jesus Christ was in Memnoch the Devil where she has Lestat drink His blood (doesn’t he?) I don’t think I could handle a non-sacrilegious Anne LOL

  2. patrick Says:

    It’s a fast read anyway so if you’re DYING to know how she does here, read it. Hehe. It’s not so bad actually. There’s very little description of things but there’s plenty of I love you Lord musings but that’s to be expected naman. Yup, he drank from Jesus in Memnoch. Memnoch the Devil is by far the better book. Hehe.

  3. […] to realize that for example, Blackwood Farm had much more thought and heart put into it than Out of Egypt, and not just because BF is thicker than the two Christ the Lord books combined, but because […]

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