Anne Rice Gives Stephenie Meyer a "Backhanded Compliment"

File this one under, “She Likes Me, She Really Doesn’t Like Me.” Thanks to i09 for linking a great article by the University of North Dakota on the history of vampires in literature. Apparently, on her Facebook, New York Times bestseller Anne Rice discussed the article and gave her opinion on Stephenie Meyer’s fabulously successful Twilight series, and how certain “sparkling vampires” would be viewed by her own undead protagonists, saying:

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.”

Then, of course, there’s this video of Rice (from 2010) “analyzing” Twilight:

What do you think, LitStackers? Is Rice way off base? We want to hear from you!

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