Why Anne Rice’s writings shouldn’t be considered fantasy

Recently a guy asked me if I read fantasy novels but he made a comment that made me think, even if he probably wasn’t. He asked me if I read fantasy novels but not the “vampire Anne Rice fantasy ones because those are for 14yolds”. It made me angry to say at least so I had to blog about it 🙂 #rant

To be here and clear once and for all, Anne Rice doesn’t write for 14yolds, her books are about vampires yes, but are on the smart side of vampire books and tbh there aren’t a lot  of books that anyone could compare to hers. She is witty, genuine, has a strong approach on the english dictionary and man she writes magic.

Her books aren’t easy to read or to understand. From a first view there are ancient vampires who sleep with themselves (erotically) and love themselves deeply but that’s if you read between the lines. When I read her books (vampires,werewolves,witches,etc.) I feel empowered by all the knowledge I grasp with every breathe I take inside of me. Her vampires are smart, sensual and deeply rooted into the nature of feelings. They may be beasts but they are completely human, the human that we forgot to own/be. Her witches are charismatic and smart and bloody hot and they are completely lustful and magical in a sense that they are iconic. Anne Rice writes with passion, you can feel it in every word she puts to paper, you can hear her voice tremble when Lestat appears amongs your pages or when Marius starts talking or when Julien makes himself come back from the grave. She doesn’t write that kind of fantasy. She writes about a love that is hard to find, with words pouring from the warm gold of ancient Egypt. She writes about history in a manner that not even historians could write, it’s like she was there, it’s like she is truly immortal, because SHE IS.

Anne Rice is a phenomenon, a masterpiece of a woman and writer. She is God, the Goddess of the vampire world.

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Tell no one by Harlan Coben | spoiler-free review

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For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.
Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible- that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.
Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.
But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret- and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

Review

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This book man, was killing it, literaly. Dr. Beck lost his wife 8 years ago, she was abducted on the night of their 13th anniversary and she undoubtedly was the love of his life and his twin soulmate, if you don’t believe in soulmates you should read this book it’s amazing, has the perfect doze of romance. One night his dead wife emails him a link to a cam website and leaves him a lot of inside traces to prove that she is living and that she didn’t forgot him at all. When Dr. Beck opens the link at “kiss time” a webcam of a street opens and there she is: his wife, 8 years older looking at him and wispering gently “I’m sorry”. From this episode he has to prove that he isn’t the one who killed his wife and to prove that she is still alive whilst her own father recognized her body 8 years ago at the local morgue.

It’s obviously a thriller with a little bit of mystery here and there, it’s perfect actually if you like crime novels with a twist. The beginning was familiar to Guillaume Musso’s writing, well the idea of the book was similar, and although I’ve read both and I love Musso, I think this book is better. What stroke me the most was the fact that a lot of “evidence” about his wife surfaced like she being unfaithful or a killer or even a drug addict but he stuck with the memory of her, he was convinced to the core of his heart that that’s not his wife, she was loyal and good, kind and his. If your faith in humanity is weak this book can restore it, because what Beck and his wife had was real, was love. He never let her down, he was always searching for her, he was indeed her bestfriend, all the things he did, a normal guy wouldn’t but he was a normal guy, a nice guy so maybe a love like theirs can exist outside of the books. It is not romantic like in your face, it’s thrilling and chilling and adventurous and I’ve loved it.

 

In cold blood by Truman Capote | spoiler-free book review

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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
Five years, four months and twenty-nine days later, on April 14, 1965, Richard Eugene Hickock, aged thirty-three, and Perry Edward Smith, aged thirty-six, were hanged from the crime on a gallows in a warehouse in the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas.
In Cold Blood is the story of the lives and deaths of these six people. It has already been hailed as a masterpiece.

Review

Before starting reading In cold blood, I did expect it to be wild, gruesome and hard to swallow but today as I’m finishing my coffee I feel contempt – the family had it’s justice but did they? Did a family of four (six) had to be burried because some guys decided one night that easy money could be made? This crime was like any other – unnecesary, but like any other crime ever commited it was faint-hearted.

Truman Capote stated facts but in a manner that paints the whole picture, I can easily see why is it considered to be a masterpiece. The book was chilling, graphic to the point that he explained how Smith (one of the killers) washed his boots in water that lately become red. It was hard to grasp to say at least but it was described amazingly in the sense that you understand everything, besides their motive. They killed the family in cold blood for 45-50$ and a chance to a new life in wealth…

The book has inside quotes of the police men, the detectives, the neighbours and some of the words Nancy had written in her diary in the night of her death. It also had letters to and from the killers from their family members, the own letters they left behind before hanging them, it described the trial, the murders, the death penalty in a way that only a true crime author can. Chilling to the bone but a good read for many reasons, one would be to see that the evil that lurks amongst us is so real.

I could post a picture of the book but let’s not forget the Clutter family

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or their killers

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writer [ˈrʌɪtə]

  1. a person who has written something or who writes in a particular way.

Writers, those magical creatures who can bring beauty with every word they type, high consumers of cold coffee because the ideas steal the hotness of it, steals the time and makes them ultimately productive. Writers can make you run away from a perfect life, their words can make you laugh, die, live and die again, they can hurt you because their words are born in their soul before being written in their mind. Writers, we all want to become one but few of us truly commit to cold coffee.

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How do you write?

How do you plan to write? Everywhere? Anytime? At night? In the sweet daylight? Next to someone you love? Alone? In a crowded place? Do you write with your pen? Or on your highly overrated Macbook Air? Do you smash the keys on your keyboard because you remember of a lost love or a lost friend? Do you panic when you write? Do you constantly feel the need to run away? To live? To die? And to live again? Do you write in the sun next to a highway or in the mountains in a cozy log cabin? How do you write? For who? And… WHY?

 

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How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh | spoiler-free book review

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From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.
Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.
WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.

Review

I don’t enjoy youtubers books… Just going to throw that out there. I don’t like them because I vision books as pieces of complicated, beautiful and interesting art. I see them on another level, where a person lets you intrude into their mind and their bare soul artistically. It’s a pure experience and a great one but the youtubers write shallow books. It’s so strange to me to see X youtuber becoming a New York Times Bestselling AUTHOR when his book is probably written by a ghost writer and not even a good one. I have mixed feelings when people call them authors. That being said, I wanted to read Lilly Singh’s book because of the high motivational factor that increased the selling of this book.

I like Lilly, her youtube videos are great, a small dose of amusement, positivity and she cares to put quality over quantity and I’ll take that anytime. The book was good, but slightly boring because she doesn’t talk much about a lot of things, she starts a subject and two pages later she’s done with it. The book is pretty long anyway but the advice she gives is slightly touched. It’s advice people give to each other for decades and basically she didn’t bring anything new to the table. She talks about a lot of her experiences which is great especially if you are a huge fan and all you see on YouTube is her, then this book is so for you. I just wanted to like it, I gaved 4/5 stars but it’s mostly 3… Actually a 2.

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ENDLESS NIGHT by Agatha Christie | spoiler-free review

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Strapped by a chauffeur’s wages, Michael Rogers’ want of a better life seems out of reach. Especially elusive is a magnificent piece of property in Kingston Bishop–unil a chance meeting with a beautiful heiress makes his dreams possible. Marrying her is the first step. Building the perfect home is the next. Unfortunately, Michael ignored the local warnings about the deadly curse buried in the tract of land, and living out his dreams may exact a higher price than he ever imagined. Praised as one of Agatha Christie’s most unusual forays into gothic, psychological suspense, this novel of fate, chance, and the nature of evil was a personal favorite of the author’s as well.

Review

The story is told by it’s own “hero” Michael Rogers, who is a working class man who wants to be rich but more so, falls in love with a cursed land and dreams of having a house there with any cost. When a local gypsy reads his fortune she tells him to go as far as he can from that land because death will be cast upon him, Michael says it’s stupid and unnecesary. He then randomly falls in love with a 21yo girl who can swim in her own money and not long after meeting her they get secretly married, hire an architect Santhonix to built their own house on the cursed land that the girl bought as a wedding present for Michael.

Not long after small eerie things start to happen, rocks are flying through the new windows and everybody starts to warn Ellie that this land will only bring her misfortune. She gets scared but refuses to move and Michael does the same. Until one morning when their world is shattered to pieces that can no longer be put together.

A spin off novel, mystery and gothic novel by the queen of murder itself, lady Agatha Christie. A gripping tale told by … well you will find out and it will ruin your hope. 5/5

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THE GIRLS by Emma Cline | spoiler-free review

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Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

Review

Evie is the lucky one because she didn’t participated to the murders, was 14yo at the time and she wasn’t really into the whole cult thing, but she did appear on some photos with the members… again, super lucky because in the photos you could only see her from the back plus, she didn’t do anything bad tbh.

The book is written as a relaxation, chilled mood, Evie is a girl who joined the Charles Manson cult exactly at it’s “peak”, in 1969 when they were just shoplifting, listening to music and smoking a lot of weed but everything went down pretty fast. She is a normal teenager, easily impressed by the whole hippie bohemian lifestyle that The Girls live. I’ve thought this book will immensly disappoint me because the murders were talked about at the end of the book and I’ve thought that it’s just a book about hippies smoking weed and dealing with their frustrations and not talking about the killers. Of course I knew about Charles Manson and some of the killings… But I wasn’t expecting to affect me this much. This book will indeed break your heart.

At the end of the book some facts are coming to the surface, details about the Sharon Tate murder, famous actress at the time, considered to be the most beautiful woman on Earth and the wife of Roman Polanski (not a big fan of him…), which I believe it’s the most publicized murder of the cult. Gaved it 4 stars in the end, it’s gripping and macabre but very interesting.

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Best TV Series out there

I have a passion for the fine things in life and sometimes you feel the need to be entertained. When people fail to do that for you or you are bored out of your mind, tv series are the way to go but only if you are watching the good ones. Seen a lot of stupid shows in my lifetime but I never find them anymore, I’ve gained a sense of what is good, bad and fucking amazing. The tv series that I will recommend to you right now are fucking amazing.

The Alienist (2018) – drama, mystery

Crime reporter John Moore meets with psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.

“In the 19th Century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures.  Experts who studied them were therefore known as alienists.”

The story is as mysterious as it gets – in the late 1800 young boys were prostituting themselves, dressed like girls but more willing to do things girls wouldn’t, they would keep old, young and rich men entertained until the morning sun would rise. And if that doesn’t turn your stomach upside down, this will: In the midst of all, a man was killing the boys, cutting parts of their body, eating them, pulling out the heart and keeping their eyes as a trophy.

John Moore wants to investigate the murders with his friend to be Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who is an alienist. The Dr. was studying the killers mind and thought process to discover why they kill so easily. The serie is a success, has two nominations already, the actors are amazing and the tale is made known from the 1994 novel The alienist, written by Caleb Carr. Couldn’t get any better but it will. Loved the show so much, still hoping it will never end.

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Downton Abbey (2010) – drama, romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Downton Abbey is as dramatic as a show can be… The chronicle of the life of a rich family accustomed to luxurious experiences in the fabulous era of change. The show starts with the family’s life from 1912 and takes you to an amazing Christmas party in the late 1920. I’ve absolutely loved it, the English accents, the actors were amazing, the costumes and the story itself is mesmerizing. It’s pretentious but simple… At the end of it I promise to you that you will take the tea at 5’o clock sharp.

Oh did I mentioned Maddi Smith is playing? HELL YES.

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F is for family (2015-) – animation, comedy, drama

Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely and nothing came between a man and his TV.

On a more positive note, here’s a tv serie anyone would love: funny, a little bit dramatic and awesome for all the teens out there and for the adult teens that refuse to grow up, F is for family is a comedy show where the parents are rebellious, loving, caring, a little bitchy and fucking all day long whilst the teen child wants to become a rockstar, the middle one becomes as bad as it can get and the smallest little girl is an IT genius.

If you are sick as I am of The Simpsons and you’re sad that Futurama doesn’t want to continue it’s serie, this is the show to go with!

 

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Blockers (2018) – comedy

Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

The last recommendation is a movie, it’s funny and good especially if you are a parent but mostly relaxing as a 20yo who just moved from his parents house. Hands up!

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