May. 9th, 2005

silversolitaire: (d'oh!)
Anne Rice has officially snapped... again.
Dear Reader,

For over ten years I've wanted to do this book- Jesus in his own words. For five years I've been obsessed with how to do it, and for the last three years I've been consumed with nothing else. The ultimate questions, the ones distilled from a thousand others, were so obvious as to be frightening. What does it feel like to be Jesus? What did it feel like to be God and Man as a child?... In all my career, I don't think I've ever faced such a daunting task. And there were moments when I came near to giving up. I prayed. I asked
for guidance. I scrapped hundreds of pages. At moments, I was on the verge of accepting that perhaps I couldn't do what had to be done here...

I'm not a priest. I can't be one. I'll never be able to go to the altar of the Lord and say the words of consecration at Mass, "This is my body. This is my blood." No, I can't work that magnificient Eucharistic miracle. But in humility, I have attempted something transformative which we writers dare to call a miracle in the imperfect human idiom we possess. It's to bring Him here in the form of a story, and that story is Christ the Lord.

Sincerely,
Anne Rice
... I feel like I can't possibly begin to rant about everything that annoys me here. It feels like she's doing everything her critics have accused her of doing with her Vampire Chronicles, but this time WITH A VENGEANCE! Wasn't that the very reason why so many die-hard fans have turned their backs on the Chronicles? Because they've suddenly turned from a neo-pagan manifesto into a Catholic propaganda piece?

And now she's even writing as Jesus himself. So, she's no longer channelling Lestat (who's her own creation, yo, and who's actually as good as Jesus in many aspects!), but our Lord Jesus! Talk about taking a step up on the ladder!

I'll never cease to be amazed at how readily this person pushes herself into the limelight to make a complete laughing stock out of herself. She's still feeding off her Interview with the Vampire fame and doesn't realize by now she's become a parody of herself and her series which she's trying to protect so viciously.

I think the thing that annoys me the most about this little letter here is that she actually sounds like she's approving of all these nonsense rules of the Catholic church. "I'm not a priest. I can't be one. I'll never be able to go to the altar of the Lord and say the words of consecration at Mass, "This is my body. This is my blood." No, I can't work that magnificient Eucharistic miracle." ... and that's good? Really, if you feel so strongly about it, shouldn't it annoy you that it is denied to you for NO APPARENT REASON? It... just baffles me. It feels like this author we used to know (and love) has transformed into a total Beast of Catholizism in front of our very eyes. It's scary...

But of course, that's just one tiny aspect of it all. If you've been reading my LJ for a while now you will have noticed the Anne Rice rants that pop up occasionally. She's just yanking my chain, I guess. First, it were the errors and inconsistencies in her novels that ticked me off. But okay, I could deal with that... if she had been humble about them! But no, she spared to breath declaring to the world just how awesome she is. She used her website as a disgusting mouthpiece for her neo-fascist liberal views (and it takes a lot for me to say that, being a stern liberal myself), writing glorious praises on Bill Clinton and condemning everyone who said something against him (I've got nothing against Bill and the witch hunt he was subjected to was ridiculous, but this entire thing she did was ridiculous and most importantly hypocritical when seen in context). Until recently she's sold even the most hilarious pieces of merchandise on her website such as Lestat perfume and bagged hairs of her dog Mojo (who really is Lestat's dog as we all know since she's channeling him and all) and tried everything to milk her fading fame. And not to mention her uberbitch stance on fanfiction which outraged her oh so much since she should be the only one allowed to inflict damage beyond upon her precious characters. Which she did... copiously.

Anyway, this is just a brief summary of the qualm I have with her. For explanation. If you want to know more, read the latest Anne Rice rant of mine.

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