Anne Rice, author of Interview with the Vampire and the related stories that follow your favorite bloodsuckers, recently gave an interview in which she spoke about her sexuality and gender identity.
Rice told The Daily Beast: “I’ve always been very much a champion of gay rights, and art produced by gay people. People told me Interview with the Vampire was a gay allegory, and I was very honored by that. I think I have a gay sensibility and I feel like I’m gay, because I’ve always transcended gender, and I’ve always seen love as transcending gender.” She continued, “I get teased a lot by my gay friends because we have a rapport on things we find exciting or interesting. It’s very hard for me to remember that I have a gender…”
Over the years, fans have speculated that the Interview with the Vampire story is really a tale about homosexuality. In particular, it is a metaphor for how an individual leads a lifestyle that is not accepted by society and what it feels like to be alone and unable to identify with others like you. Of course, some just enjoyed watching Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as same sex parents of an eleven-year-old Kirsten Dunst in the film adaptation of Rice’s novel.
As you may be aware, Rice’s son Christopher is gay. And it was recently announced that the mother-son duo would be Executive Producers on a forthcoming television series based on the Vampire Chronicles books.