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Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion On Anne Rice

Edit: It has come about that this post has been shared by Anne Rice herself, leading to a lot of angry comments (though also some very thought provoking ones). Please note that I am a small scale blogger, with less that 100 followers. Whilst I’m sorry to offend the masses of Anne Rice fans now flooding my page, please keep this in mind. My original intention was to buy a beaten up book second hand to turn into craft once reading it. This happened to be Pandora. I’m sorry for not mentioning this from the word go but I can’t believe that Anne Rice has been so affronted to share this to her Facebook Page knowing how biased her fan base would be when reading my post and the result that this would cause. At this time I choose not to remove this post or the comments, the only difference is that a well-known author has singled out a single post from a tiny blog for her followers to demonize. Thank you for your time.

Last night, I took a craft knife to Anne Rice’s Pandora and I took out every page. I was left with the gutted remains of the cover itself and threw that away. It’s the first time I have ever desecrated a book in such a way and I can’t deny that it wasn’t made all the more enjoyable by how much I really and truly loathed that book.

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As you can see…

Pandora is the second Anne Rice novel I have attempted to read and, as with the last time, I really did expect more. Novels such as Interview With a Vampire I’d always heard were excellent. I was a goth in my earlier years and learnt inherently that Anne Rice is an excellent novelist and I’d simply accepted such things without actually reading the novels myself. I’ve never even seen the movie of Interview With A Vampire, vampires simply never interested me when I was younger but I carried around the assumed knowledge that I would enjoy Anne Rice if I ever saw a copy in a charity shop (my main way of coming across the books I read).

So, It Turns Out I Was Wrong About Anne Rice

I don’t want to offend any big fans of Anne Rice but I would be curious to ask… why? I read Pandora, which I’ve heard is certainly one of her weaker novels and that gives me some comfort. The story revolves around the high romanticized reminiscing of an ancient vampire called (funnily enough) Pandora, who was turned during the Roman empire. Of course, it takes a freakin’ long time for this to happen, she isn’t even turned until the latter half of the book. Most of the story seems to be about how freakin’ amazing Pandora is. She’s so cool and we should want to be her because she’s clever and witty and also gorgeous. She has no flaws, I looked, unless you count her later unwavering dedication to the ancient god who helps give her vampirism. And Pandora is followed around (both in her mortal and vampire life) by Marius, who is so transparently going to become her lover that it’s amazing Anne Rice believes herself to be dancing around the subject.

What staggered me the most about this vampire novel was the complete lack of… any vampiric behavior. Not only because Pandora isn’t a vampire for the longest time but she only seems to crave blood when she’s human. The dreams that pursue her thanks to this ancient god are the only time we experience a genuine blood lust that disconcerts her. I suppose this could be natural to her once turned but why would you do that? Blood drinking is quite possibly the MOST NOTABLE ASPECT OF A VAMPIRE! Later on she makes a throwaway comment about drinking from soldiers but that’s essentially it. The only time we really see her as the monster is in our modern day, before her meeting with David, never after. She never seems distressed by her need for blood and the focus isn’t even on her transformation. Why? Because it turns out that Pandora was tempted to this land so that she’d reunite with Marius, giving him a reason to continue his endless, eternal life. This is because they are meant to be, though they seem to do nothing but endlessly bicker once they are both vampires. He mourns her humanity, though Pandora clearly doesn’t care about it. They struggle, talking in ridiculously flowery and contrary language when something straight forward might well end their relationship problems. And really, they’re not presented as vampires, they’re presented as eternal humans who will be able to love from whatever distance for all time.

There’s a word I really want to start throwing around now, Anne Rice fans, and it begins with a T.

Don’t be mad at me, even if Pandora really is one of the worst Anne Rice novels then it’s still better written than Twilight. Just not by as much as you think. Whilst Stephanie Meyer traps us inside a character’s head, dictating to us how this character thinks and that her interactions are good and even normal, Anne Rice traps us in these falsely grand environments that she won’t stop describing in every detail. She forces us to see the world in the way she wants us to, unrelenting in the narrow vision we are seeing. And both Bella and Pandora are too blank and perfect, though Pandora much less so than Bella. Neither one of them is a complete character, she’s a woman who is to be loved/ obsessed with by the leading male and little else. It may have taken a goddess to bring Pandora to Marius’ side but the result is the same: eternal marriage thanks to being vampires. It’s also not interesting. Their relationship is trapped in meaningless bickering and their apparent “devotion” to one another that Anne Rice demands we believe in but we never see any example of. It’s meant to be a great romance but it falls flat for me just as much as Bella and Edward a la Twilight. If all her books are written in such a way then I’d even go so far as to say that Anne Rice was very fortunate that the internet wasn’t widespread when she was this popular.

I also get the feeling that Pandora depends on the other vampire novels that surround it to give it substance. There are endless references in the opening chapter about what’s been happening in the vampire world, which never really seem to matter to Pandora’s own story so they don’t seem relevant. Perhaps Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories but it certainly makes this one the weaker for it. There’s no substance to the relationship between the characters or the world around them and when the book ended, I didn’t care what would happen to them after.

And that’s why I took a scalpel to my copy of Anne Rice’s Pandora and started making decopatch with it instead!

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727 thoughts on “Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion On Anne Rice

  1. HOW DARE YOU EVEN COMPARE SHITTY ASS STEPHANIE MEYER TO THE QUALITY WORK THAT IS ANNE RICE HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU FUCKING HAG, I HOPE YOU GET HERPES

      • I’m an Anne Rice fan and frankly I think the comments are insensitive, rude and uncalled for! There’s just no justification for the downright evilness! Of course the nastiest comments are made by avatars and graphics.

      • It was necessary to say that you took a scalpel and destroy her work? a book? do you really enjoy destroying books? I wouldn’t destroy a book even the ones i didn’t like

      • This was a very well written blog. I love your point of view and the way you state it. The Mary Sue had a little article about your blog and the hell hounds that have been unleashed upon you (too Anne Riceish?). I wanted to drop by and read it and see your work. Glad I did, and looking forward to reading more of your work.

      • You should not destroy books. That’s so not cool, regardless of your opinion of them. You could have made decopatch with a newspaper and it would have looked the same. Destroying books for crafts is totally immature. Seriously, something a child would do.

      • On one thing and one thing only do I agree with your blog, and that is if you only read Pandora then you short changed yourself. It is a book that comes after a lot of other books in the series and relies on the fact you have read some of the other books. Pandora was never meant as a stand alone book, and that’s how you reviewed it. So I don’t agree with your review, based on the fact that you have no real knowledge of the author, series of books, or as you put it and understanding of vampires. Who picks up a book from the middle of a series, and then reviews it as if that persons has any knowledge about the book, or series. Knowledge is power….Unknowledgeable is disrespectful of the author and her fan base. And you are completely unknowledgeable about Anne and her series. Next time you review a book how about you don’t start in the middle to end of the series, and give people a real review.

      • I’d go with “troll” if I were you. If she’s not, then she needs a healthy dose of Xanax for that anxiety/bipolar problem… or perhaps some Lithium would suffice? 😛

      • This writer is entitled to her own opinion on her own blog. If you don’t agree, you could offer your opinion about what was good, btu simply being abusive doesn’t prove your point. Just sayin.’ Can’t we all get along…even IF we don’t agree?

    • Anne Rice fans have too much free time and aren’t very clever in their insults.

      Herpes? Really? At least wish something on this poor woman that goes away after a cycle of antibiotics.

    • Wow, seriously? How rude! I love Anne Rice as much as the next person, but to insult the blogger for having an opinion? How dare YOU.

    • You insolent fool, as if your opinion means anything. Bloggers always have high opinions. How about you become an actual writer, so that we may dissect your work.

      • Oh yeah, no one who’s never published a book is qualified to review books, that’s why ALL book reviewers have such numerous publications, and why ALL movie critics have directed and starred in so many movies, and why ALL art critics are world-famous artists…oh wait. Actually, it seems like having an opinion gives you a right to have an opinion.

      • Ellen, are you seriously suggesting that the only reason a reviewer would dislike a book is out of pure jealousy, and not because the book itself is badly written?

      • Heather: you don’t have to be the president to have an opinion about politics. The assertion that you should write a better book before negatively reviewing one you don’t like is absurd and childish.

        Ellen: that says more about you than about the original poster.

        Miss Articulate: I’d be happy to send you more Anne Rice books for fodder, but I already rid of them via BookMooch. On a related note, I won’t even list her books on BookMooch or other book swap sites because EVERY SINGLE TIME I gave one away, the recipient bitched about how they weren’t in perfect magic condition even if it was noted in the description. Anne Rice and her fans are a world unto themselves. Rock on.

    • Thanks SO much for starting an internet flame war, you stupid twit. You made the author you love look like a total bitch. Nice job. What’s next, pissing on a hero’s grave? Outing a CIA agent? Invading Iraq?

      • Actually, the author made herself look bad. She could have put her big girl pants on and accepted the fact that no matter who you are, no matter how good you are at your craft, someone isn’t going to like your work. Instead Anne chose to take her hostility out on a blogger (probably because she wouldn’t dare attack a ‘real’ critic) and sent her demented minions over here to terrorize the blogger. Nice work Anne. You stay classy.

        And SAJE, you really need to grow up. Guess what? I don’t like Anne Rice’s writing, I’ve never liked it, and I never will. Not everyone likes the same things. That’s life. Deal.

      • My apologies. I thought you were referring to the blogger not the initial comment. You are right to call her out on it.

      • I try to use quotes to try to denote to whom I’m referring but it seems that no matter what methods I use there are just some things that are likely to be misunderstood. My wife is no Anne Rice fan either. Describes her as “too wordy.” (A charge she also levels at Tolkein, as it happens). I like Ann’s turn of phrase and, in general, her politics. In such cases as this, I am allowing myself to think she did not expect this sort of response. She welcomes debate on her page, though she expects civility, and might well have not seen it to its inevitable conclusion.

        People need very little excuse to make asses out of themselves.

    • Really? How ‘original’ can you get?!? I mean, seriously. Would you call your mom a bitch? Would you call your dad an asshole? How about your little brother? Little sister? Cousin? Aunt? I don’t think so, so why are you calling her a bitch?

    • The pattern of gender-slur insults is really bothering me, as a feminist. Why are people calling Miss Articulate the B word and a hag? These are attacks on her gender. So not cool. Yes I am a fan of Anne Rice.

      • I love most Anne Rice’s books, especially the Vampire Chronicles and the New Tales of the Vampires (include Pandora here), but I am so upset about her implicitly sending her hordes of fans against this blogger girl. I find it so incredibly infantile of her to do that. I even left her facebook page. I’m not destroying her books lol but I’m not a fan of her as a human being anymore. Greetings Miss Articulate 🙂 Don’t be sad, you’re famous now and above all: most of us know that our favorite writer is a bully when it comes to criticism. When she read a particular review of Blood Canticle she went frantic about the reviewer and viciously attacked them. You’re not alone, honey – you just upset the Queen of the Damned!!! 😉

      • Sumiko, it’s the nature of the internet. Misogynists are pretty much all over. Not just among Anne Rice’s fans, but I was searching around to find info on her Amazon incident a few years ago, and found a blog calling Ms. Rice the C word. I don’t agree with a lot of things she says and does, but that is absolutely not justified.

  2. I would agree its not her best work, but the novel is written as a separate series that expects you to know the character(she was introduced in Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned). I can accept your opinion as these novels aren’t for everyone and I certainly agree that Anne Rice is better than Stephanie Meyer(although, I’m a guy and those books are clearly written for women). I actually found this article when Anne Rice herself shared it on her facebook. Hope if you do read the rest you go in order as it makes the world more effective

      • I disagree, these particular books are allowed to be in order because the story line is absolutely beautiful, mean’t to capture and lead you on to the next. Sequels leave you hanging around for more, for example dean Koontz the odd Thomas series, seriously a great series and more books with series are the best kind of books in my opinion, i like a story line to flow. There is amazing books that stand alone as well but, these books are suppose to be like this, can’t please everyone.

      • I appreciate that but if these books are so dependent on one another then maybe they should be numbered? Like Vampire Chronicles Number X: Pandora? A single title made an almost-virgin reader like me assume that it would work alone and I don’t think I’m unfair for assuming that. Thanks for the comment 🙂

      • Would you read breaking dawn and not read the first books of the Twilight Series first? And if you read the book would it stand on its own the same way it would if you read the series in order. If you don’t like reading things in order, why would you read a book that is clearly part of a series of books, that requires the reader to read other books in order to fully appreciate the story being told. You are a silly woman for writing a blog like this and not expecting critique.

      • I am totally on your side re: Ms. Rice and her books. There are a few really good ones and a lot of dreck. Clearly the one tou read is the latter. But this? C’mon. Books sometimes have sequels or are written in a series. This is nothing new in the world of publishing. To say that books shouldn’t be that way, that they should all stand alone, is just silly. You don’t always get it the way you want it.

        And if you want a series of books that can stand alone, try the Alex Delaware books by Jonathan Kellerman. Please do try them and let me know how much you love reading the same character introductions in every damn book, being told the same things over and over again. Dull!

      • I’ve read plenty of sequels and close knit series’ but they all had numbers and references about what came before. The Vampire Chronicles seemed like the world it was set in, like discworld rather than a warning that I needed to start from…. Where? Thanks for the comment though, I’ll try to keep in kind that this is my opinion , not a fact if literature

      • No problem, I’m a completest(which is why I was one of the few who didn’t read comics as a kid). I do apologize for all the ignorant and ridiculous comments other Anne Rice fans have been posting. You brought the book, so if you wanna tear it up than go ahead. Its you opinion to compare the two novelist and no one has the right to be cruel to you. Anne Rice does like to post positive and negative reviews, but I think she expects to hear her fans POV on her page, not spamming the reviewer. Have fun with whatever book you may read next and if you don’t like it, craft away

      • It is a series. Many authors have books that follow a series. You should have known this since Anne Rice’s books are well publicized. The author cannot rehash everything that was written in individual books in this series. One that you could read as a stand alone is Tale of the Body Thief even though it is within the series you really don’t have to know about all the characters in detail to understand the storyline. People always have favorites but it is a matter of personal taste and nothing more.

      • (not in reference to Pandora, which I have not read)

        Sadly, series are very, very popular in fantasy and science fiction and quite often the sort where each volume is more an installment in an on-going series rather than a set of closely related stand-alone books.

        For example, I don’t recommend reading George RR Martin’s A Feast for Crows if you’ve only read A Game of Thrones back in 1997. Or Jordan’s Knife of Dreams if you’ve never read any of the other books in the series. You may ask “do publishers make a point of keeping all the parts in print so someone getting into the series late can catch up?” No, not unless it is a best seller.

        There are some publishers that don’t clearly label when a book is part N of X parts, which is even more annoying.

      • I hadn’t considered that but I suppose not numbering Pandora does encourage people to read the book rather than being put off because its so far into a series. Thanks for the comment 🙂

      • I really like vampires, mostly because I started reading Anne Rice when I was 17. I have read A LOT of vampires series and it seems to be the culture to have one book lead to another and often they really don’t stand alone. I tried to read Pandora about 13 years ago and I was not able to finish it. It never grabbed me, and it is one of the few books I have ever started and not finished. One thing you mentioned in your blog which I have often complained about is Anne’s obsession with detail. Sometimes it’s enough to describe a room without also describing the dust on the curtains. BUT what she does is give you such an intense relationship with the room and the characters that you really feel as if you are that character. I am sure this experience has left a bad taste in your mouth but if you are ever curious to try another of her books I would suggest Servant of the Bones. It stands alone, and is incredibly unique. I think to have said anything that would attract the attention of such a famous and accomplished author as Anne Rice must make you kinda proud. There is no such thing as bad publicity for either of you. Congratulations and well done on your craft project.

      • I can’t speak for other writers, but I know that as I am launching myself into writing a novel (my first), I am fighting with the concept of the numbers game. I worry that by numbering something, or even pushing a “series” concept into the titles (i.e. Chronicles of Riddick; Riddick Wears a Tutu) may put off some readers simply because it doesn’t stand alone – that the series idea is played out for all intents and purposes. I like Anne Rice, but some novels are better than others, I love The Mayfair Witches, and Taltos. Wasn’t a huge fan of Servant of the Bones, but it was a damn side better than Fifty Shades… I’ve not had the opportunity to read Pandora as of yet.

      • I disagree with you that all books should be able to stand alone. I enjoy a lot of series. At one point in time, I enjoyed the Vampire Chronicles. That said, Pandora was meandering and repetitive. Even read in context with the rest of the series, it just isn’t very good. I had a crush on Lestat when I was in high school, but I coudn’t even get through some of these later ones. I quit somewhere in the midst of the child porn within The Vampire Armand. Perhaps if she allowed editors to touch her work they’d have been readable.

      • “all books should be able to stand alone.”????? Don’t like reading them in order????? Where did you graduate with your literature degree??? Most novels were published serially until the 20th century. Did you read Great Expectations backward, you rebel? Did you even read Dickens? While much of your criticism of Pandora is understandable, considering it’s widely considered to be one of her weakest, it loses its authority when you reveal that you don’t understand the context in which it was written. To compare Rice with the commercial and juvenile fiction writer of the Twilight series only reveals your shallow approach to literature. That’s like comparing Stephen King and R.L.Stine. I like your approach of only reading what the universe puts in your hands, but the stuff of criticism is a much more scholarly and systematic pursuit. It requires due diligence so that, at least, the critic is stating an informed opinion. So, I’m not criticizing you because I saw your post on Rice’s facebook page and am mindlessly defending her. I’m reviewing your review and it gets an F.

    • Sorry, you don’t need to care about my opinion though. I’m just a chick with a blog and Anne Rice has tons of fans. This was written as a light silly piece and I truly didn’t mean to offend anyone. The copy I had was torn up mostly because it was breaking anyway, not because of my hatred of it.

      • I realize that you think you are just a “chick with a blog” but in this age of Google, you are now probably one of the top (and maybe few or only) reviews of this book that would come up if someone googled “reviews on Pandora by Anne Rice” or something similar. (I haven’t looked to see) So when you write these “silly” blogs that are so completely derogatory about a book (that most of us enjoyed just fine) then you may well influence thousands of potential readers into not even attempting to read it or much less buy it.

        I have never understood the need that some people have to want to be so nasty about books and things that they don’t enjoy. I do book reviews on Amazon all the time, and the only time I’ve ever really said anything negative is when I pay $7-10 and get a book that only has 20 pages. If you don’t like a book, then why bother to write about it at all? Why would you get so very angry-seeming and vindictive over this one small book in the hundred that she has written. Some are excellent, some are good, some are just ok. But why such venom? That is what I would question more than I would why it would upset Ms. Rice that your poison pen is probably all over the search engines for her book.

      • To Jan C, not everyone who reads a book has to enjoy just because others do. A blog is for personal opinion, she shouldn’t have to justify why she made this post. She has freewill to do whatever she likes. If you like the book, good for you, if you don’t then also good for you. Get off your high horse and realize just because you have one view on something doesn’t mean that it the only view possible and acceptable.
        Personally I think what Rice did with this post on her FB was appalling. “Oh a bad review, well I’m famous and have much more fans, Better get them to attack the poster.”
        Dick move Anne, this kind of power play has actually made me rethink my view of her as an author. Was never a huge fan but being an uptight egotistical bully like this is saddening. Does she not have better things to do with her time?

      • “I really and truly loathed that book.” Yes I can see how this was written “as a light silly piece” Might I suggest a career in politics. You seem to have the back pedal down pat.

      • Seriously Jan, the way you describe your reviewing makes it sound like the type that annoy me the most. When I look for reviews, I want honest opinions from people with critical minds, not someone whom cannot/won’t separate trash from quality. Why? To score some imaginary karma points, or what? Yet you have no problem coming here and criticizing someone’s blog. Can you be more hypocritical? Who are you to decide what should or shouldn’t be on the internet, I wonder…

      • “…then you may well influence thousands of potential readers into not even attempting to read it or much less buy it.”

        Spot on: in this time and age anybody can write a book review and be heard and that is a big responsibility! And please don’t forget that every book is the work of a sensitive, devoted human being who spent months and sometimes years of their life to write that book.

        I do sometimes wonder whether readers and consumers appreciate the generosity of writers (and artists in general) enough… or do they take it for granted that there will always be people happy to entertain them, for nothing if the book was bought secondhand?

        So if you buy your books second-hand Miss Articulate, please be extra careful how you influence an author’s on-line ratings and therefor livelihood as a ‘chick with a blog’

        Just a thought…

        WordPress.com / Gravatar.com credentials can be used.

      • Not everyone is going to give a book a good review. Writers are aware of this and are generally prepared for any problems that may occur because of it. Writers also cannot grow if every review is positive. If they don’t have any negative feedback then how else are they going to grow and learn as a writer and as a person?

      • Jan C. – Why would she write it? Because this is HER BLOG. Because this is HER OPINION. This is HER RIGHT. Furthermore, Anne Rice bumped this post up into the stratosphere herself, so you can thank your idol for that. She’s clearly a megalomaniac. I’ve never read any of her books, although I’ve been tempted. However, her treatment of a regular person that had an opinion has turned me off to anything she has, or will, produce. She could be the best author on earth, but she’s a terrible person, obviously.

      • Darla, I mean no offence..but Anne has done nothing wrong, it was a minority of her fans! something which she cannot control.. Anne posts links to reviews of her books , both good and bad..to see if other fans agree with the reviewers..

        She thanks people who review her work in professional, and courteous manners, whether the review is good or bad! She also asks that people treat each other with dignity and respect when discussing thiongs on her page..She in NO WAY asked her fans to come here and comment or condoned people doing so!

        I am a long time fan of Anne’s Mayfair Witches books and her Vampire Chronicles, as well as the two companion books..and a few of her stand alone books..

        Do I like all of her work ? Probably not.. I say that, because I have read the back covers of several of her other books and they didn’t seem like the kind of book that I would enjoy..I have brought them from second hand / thrift stores though when I have seen them for cheap, and will get around to reading them one day..

        Also many of the fans of the from here have behaved in just as an unsightly manner as some of the Anne Rice fans have! Shame on you all!

        Neither this young woman, nor the other young woman who blogs about book reviews are very old..Some might say they are old enough to know better, they may be adults legally, but that doesn’t mean that they are super mature..people keep on maturing as they age, you dont stop when you hit 18!

        Although this blogger is much more mature than the other one who posted some pretty nasty stuff about Anne, and attacked her personally. times are changing as is the way we communicate with one another..Its all too easy to sit behind a monitor and say nasty things, and forget that it could be seen by thousands of people and invoke passsionate feelings and emotions amongst the people reading it…not all of the people who see it will be mature and act adult.. Heck, many “adults’ do not act their age nowadays.. The days of respecting your elders and each other seem to have dissapeared into the annuls of history..:(

        To the young lady who owns this blog, I am sorry that you have recieved so much negativity from a small minority of Annes fans…I hope that you realize that it IS a minority that have behaved badly, and that Anne doesn’t condone it..and nor do a good number of her fans either..(The majority don’t)

        In regards to the Vampire Chronicles, they are best read in order.. although, there is no order perse! lol Basically read them in teh order they were released in.. They are meant to book that you can pick up and read without having read the others in teh series, although they will make much more sense and be more enjoyable if you do read them in order.. Each book is basically ‘one’ of the vampires own version of events, and /or their lifestory.. I didn;t like Interview with a vampire as much as I should have, basically because I had seen the film..before I read the book.. and found it slower going than the movie (Obviously) I have since re read it though and found I enjoyed it a heck of a lot more second time around..

        My fav ones are the 2nd and 3rd books, they are more like two halves of the same book..”The Vampire Lestat”, and “The Queen of The Damned”, they chart the whole of teh history of the vampires and go right back thousands of years.. I love history so found these to be my favorite.. They are all very good imo though..:) Some are wayy better than others though.. .

    • With all due respect, why should you, as a reader or fan, have any need, or right, to get ‘kinda mad’ over a negative review? Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and thoughts. Taste is, after all, subjective, and there are bound to be things that you don’t like that others love. It’s okay to have different opinions, and it’s okay to state those opinions without anyone feeling the need to get arsey about it.

  3. INSANE. To destroy a book like that is honestly the most disrespectful, idiotic thing anyone could ever do. An opinion is an opinion, but to do that… loved the rich descriptive narrative and historical context and character development (the other reason I read them).

      • Yeah, it’s not like MA took an exacto to a mint condition, first edition of David Copperfield or something – quit being so dramatical. There are probably as many Pandora’s in the landfill as there on the bookshelves.

      • I’m not an Anne Rice fan but I really enjoy reading books. Taking a book and creating something else out of it is not, by far, a ridiculous thing at all. People use books for art projects all the time.

        And the fact that you didn’t like the book doesn’t really change this. More power to you for writing an honest review that doesn’t sit with the masses.

        I also saw most of your other comments, and again, more power to you for staying calm. When one of my own articles blew up and I started getting shit left and right, it was a difficult time to bear it.

        Anyways, hope you at least got some decent followers from this craze!

    • Carissa, want to know whats really insane and disrespectful?

      Cutting down a tree to print an Anne Rice book on it.

      oh Snaps!

    • I bought a second copy of my favourite book to use for an art project, and created something I love with the pages. Not disrespectful at all, a homage to the piece. I’ve also used books I bought but didn’t care a hoot for in art works too.

      • Lisa, as you say you did that to something you loved, allowing you to enjoy your favorite thing even more. I personally don’t believe in destroying books but I can see your point of view. You are taking something you love and making it even more a part of your life.

        The thing here is that’s now what the author has done. They have taken a book they didn’t like and destroyed it. The title of the blog entry “Punishing Pandora” really had me thinking that the destruction was spitefully, but since the backlash they have updated to indicate they always planned the craft project. Of course this doesn’t fit with the tone of the article after all the last line is, “And that’s why I took a scalpel to my copy of Anne Rice’s Pandora and started making decopatch with it instead!”

        I think that is a very different thing and obviously so do a lot of other people. Not only is it disrespectful to the ingrained idea that books should be well cared for but its petty, childish and completely out of character for a true critic. I could care less what the author thinks about the book but honestly to give the impression it should be cut up and destroyed because they dislike is really shameful to me. The author gave the audience the impression they destroyed the book out of spite and now they have to man up and take the consequences instead of blaming it on the fans.

    • Seriously? Ripping the pages out of a mass-market paperback and turning them into another peice of art is the “most disrespectful, idiotic thing anyone could ever do?” It’s just paper.

    • It’s her book and she can do with it what she wants. I’d say that making an art project out of it is one of the least offensive things you could do with it. Grow up. This isn’t defacing a holy book or vandalizing someone’s home. Anne got her money for it, and really that’s all she’s entitled to.

    • No. The most disrespectful thing to do, is to harm a human being. Not words on a page that are being recycled. Get ur priorities straight.

  4. WOW! While I agree that Pandora is one of the weaker of the Vampire Chronicles, perhaps you should start reading a series of books with the FIRST book?! It is a good place to start, and allows you to gain perspective on many things you will not understand in these books if not read in order.

    • I just feel that books should always be able to stand alone, look at Terry Pratchett for example. Or Red Dwarf. Those are self contained stories that reference those that came before and I feel that that is a better way of story telling than Anne Rice managed in Pandora.

      • ‘fore I start this comment, just want to support what you did and – without having read Anne Rice or Meyer – I do share your distaste for those types of characters.

        But I just need to nitpick. The vast majority of Discworld books don’t stand-alone too well. Discworld’s a conglomeration of linked series, basically. You don’t have to read each one to understand the others, certainly, but they’re (mostly) too tightly-linked to be truly standalone. If you read, say, Thud!, it wouldn’t make anywhere near as much sense (and as such not be as good a read) as if you’d read the previous City Watch novels.

        In other words, maybe one or two Discworld novels “truly” stand-alone. The rest are so interwoven and linked (directly and arbitrarily) to each other that you can’t really call them stand-alones. You can read them out of order, yes, but they don’t make half as much sense if you do that.

      • I’ve had a think about this and you may be right, certainly I have to accept I happened to read the first of his prominent arcs (going postal, guards guards’) in the right order. I may need to give the first of THIS series a go before I can really compare. Thanks for the comment 🙂

      • In this area I disagree. I like to get wrapped up in a series of books and drawn into them. I think it is part of the wonder of a good series to feel like you know the characters, and have walked with them through their lives. Also, take Stephen King for instance. He has many, many books that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, but he may reference a work he created 20 years ago and you will have absolutely no idea what he is talking about if you have not taken the time to read his books in chronological order. I personally prefer a series of books to a stand alone, and I think that is because it doesn’t feel so final when I finish a book. I know there will be more to come and I can find out more about the characters I have become attached to.

        Also, while I did not agree with many of your comments, I have to apologize for the crazed portion of Anne’s fans out there. Many were just down-right rude (and that is putting it lightly). People can’t stand when an opinion differs from that of their own! Also, while I would never destroy one of my personal books, I can see creating a useful or pretty craft out of a book that will more than likely end up in a dumpster outside of the thrift store because of its state of decomposition. It is actually a great idea and would make an interesting background. I am now thinking about creating some interesting picture matting for some miniature twilight posters my daughter has! Thanks for the idea!

        One final note. Thank you for not stooping to the same level of some of these irate people, and making your replies in a mature and respectful manner, even though some of these people do not deserve it!

      • Yes! I love Terry Pratchett books. They are very well done. Each book can be read alone since the events in each book involve the same place and same people but there is no real time line in which his books must be read and the plots are completely independent from each other. Piers Anthony’s books are great in the same way. Neither of those authors rehash past books every single time. Robert Aspirin’s MythAdventures series is also very well written; each book stands alone and gives just enough information to make the past understandable but not boring. I read some of Anne Rice’s books as a teenager and found some better than others. I liked the Witch books. All of her books were a bit creepy at times when it came to sexual relationships. I read her Sleeping Beauty series as an adult. It was a bit rapey.

  5. My dear:
    Even if you dont like a book i dont get why you have to destroy it, Nazi memories perhaps? What you may dont get it is that a vampire is different from one another and a vampire drink less blood when he or she become more powerfull specially after the fight with Akasha, You even read the entire saga? You say is the second novel so i think no is the answer, anyway an interesting way to ask for atention to you and your blog.

    • The book was dying anyway, it would have been thrown away if I’d given it to a charity shop and I clearly underestimated the offense people would take. Relating it to Nazi’s is incredibly disrespectful to what people went through during WW2, including my own family so please don’t throw that around. Thanks for the comment.

      • It’s merely stating that destroying books is one of the things Nazis did, why get so personal? I respected your apology for offence caused, but that is yet another petty, attention-seeking remark. Did anyone refer to the other horrors the Nazis did? No. Therefore your response is irrelevant.

      • It wasn’t an insult, it was a fact. Also I’ve been reading this whole thread with interest, and the only books you’ve referred to as being good are terry Pratchett and red dwarf, while good books, they don’t take much to read, and you don’t really need any intellect to follow them, which you do need for Anne Rice. Maybe the problem, apart from having started at a middle point is a lack of intellect. Pandora was the first Anne Rice book I ever read, and though starting towards the end can be difficult, it still lured me in. If you’re looking for something that matches up to the red dwarf series why not just stick to the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy?

      • I feel I must reply to the comments here, both regarding Nazi’s and intellect. Calling someone a Nazi, even through the drawing of an inference, is an insult. It’s a go to response to someone you don’t like based on nothing but spite. It’s especially vile because of the very real tragic effect the Nazi’s had on the world and to people. FYI, they burned entire libraries of books, not just destroyed one copy.

        As for needing intellect to ‘get’ Anne Rice, I’m sorry, but no. Just…no. I have read quite a few books by her and whilst I enjoyed the first three vampire novels, I could see they were slowly becoming something trite and without substance. While I think I remember reading Pandora with ease, it was not very memorable. As for the Witches books, please. Intellectual these books are not and again, another thinly veiled insult on another, just because you don’t agree with their opinion. I have read thousands of books of all types. There’s very little that’s intellectual about four page descriptions of flowers.

        Ironically, Hitch-hikers is used in an attempt to throw up a ‘lowbrow’ series. Douglas Adams was highly intellectual man and his novels are filled with interesting ideas and riffs on science, philosophy and sociology. I can assume, therefore, that Lillybeth hasn’t read the books and is forming an opinion based on either the film or her own preconceptions. Bravo.

      • Actually I love hitchhikers 🙂 and also I already apologised to writer of blog for jumping on it like a rabid dog, lmao

      • Fair enough, I simply wanted to point the discrepancies I read in this particular post. My main issue was with the Nazi comment, as anyone with any knowledge of both history and social interactions should know how potentially inflammatory and offensive it can be.

        As for the intellectual side of things, it’s just bringing a discussion low, which frankly, most Anne Rice fans seem happy to do. If you read the blog, there are no personal insults there, just a passionate criticism of the book, and yet she has been accused of something akin to baby murder. Look at the sort of comments she’s receiving from those who accuse her of vitriol. So, she is not entitled to her opinion, yet it’s OK to insult someone personally because of that opinion? Is there no end to the irony?

        I understand the compulsion to defend something you love, but people need to not mistake an opposing opinion for a personal insult.

        Intellectualism isn’t about flowery language and long drawn out passages about flowers and what people are wearing, it’s discussion of ideas, philosophy, science, politics, social concerns, new information etc. (similar to what we’re doing here, without recourse to personal attacks) and I think both Hitch-hikers and the Discworld do this in spades.

        Peace out 🙂

      • How many Christians have held book burning events for things like Harry Potter? A series that I find to be far more entertaining than just about anything Rice has written. You seriously need to get over it.

      • Dear WINOSANDBAR,

        After hearing about the hulabaloo this blog post incited, I decided to distract myself from actual work and read it & its comments. I just wanted to tell you that your contribution has made me actually LOL. Well done!

    • Godwin’s Law. You lose the argument automatically. Take your umbrage and go back to whatever rock you crawled under.

    • Yes, it’s just like the Nazi’s, except its not. My dear, much of my family perished in Nazi concentration camps. Comparing using Anne Rice’s book as an art project to the Nazi’s book burning is vile. In fact, your trying to shut this blogger down is a lot more in line with the repressive nature of the Nazi regime than her expressing an opinion. Maybe you should do a little reading of something other than vampire novels before you make comparisons to history that you know nothing about.

    • False equivalence – turning an already falling apart book into an art project is not an effort to stamp out literature. It’s an Ann Rice book to boot, barely even literature.

  6. “Perhaps Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories”. I’m glad you’ve considered this possibility. I’m not a big fan of Pandora the novel, either, but please don’t give up on the author. The first few chronicles are everything Pandora isn’t- engaging explorations of vampirism, evil, and immortality, with well drawn characters that the reader can not only care about, but love.

    • Thanks for the advice, I really didn’t realise how far into the chronicle it was until I look after I’d finished. I’ll check out some of her earlier works and thanks for the comment 🙂

      • I came upon Miss Rice by happy accident and fell in love with her descriptive style as at the time I needed the escape. I enjoyed her writing so much I went to the library for an accurate list of her intire works; to insure the correct order of consumption. ( I tend to be a binge reader.) This was about 18yrs ago and when waiting on her new novels I discovered her early works and was agin enraptured within whr uncanney ability to transport me beyond so completely. Ther is so much information givin and such thorough maticulate detail that without this prior arsonal of information it is understandable you were left wanting after your read. Do not disparage; for as you have seen, though quick to defend our author you may find if you would but read her in depth from Interview With a Vampire forward , that you too would feel protective. Just “my opinion”. Oh’ I nearly forgot; have you ever read McCafferty and her Dragon Riders of Pern series? Agin though it is more binnificial to go in order just like Edger Rice Burroughs Tarzan series which I also would recommend. Even if not to your taste I guess it takes all kinds. You have just gotten more information out of me with your silliness than I have been compelled to share in a very long time in the defense of Anne. Well done. People must understand your actions have nothing to do with them and stop taking it so personally. Read & write on!

  7. This review is badly written, boring, and insists on a singular view of Anne Rice’s Pandora without citing any example from the book itself to support it. I’d really rather read real writers, like Anne Rice, than boring blogs like these.

    • I appreciate this comment. Dislike of a book does not mean that one should rip it to shreds (figuratively or literally) on the internet. This did not feel like a critique, it felt like a witch-hunt.

      • I think you’re taking this writer’s opinion just a little too personally then. I also really appreciate reviews like the author’s, because it steers me away from things I may not enjoy so I have more time to persue the things I might enjoy. Comparing one vampire series to another vampire series is no blasphemy, it’s good literary cirticism. “I read this, let me compare it to other books in the genre I have read,” is a totally valid and educated approach to reviewing a book.

    • NOTANANNERICEFAN, if Anne Rice is a real author, who are the “fake” ones? Are they on sale at Walmart?

      Anne Rice is a person who doesn’t write literature, she writes “by numbers”.

  8. Yeah reading Pandora before you have read so many of the other books, i can see why you would say all that. The truth is, that if you had read all the books in the order they should be read in, you would see that Pandora is really just fodder for us fans who want more of the universe Anne Rice has created. We as the fan readers already know most of what happens in the story of Marius and Pandora, it’s just a more complete version. Same thing with the book The Vampire Armand. We already know most of everything in it, its just a more complete version of the story of Marius and Armand. I encourage you to start from the beginning and read the books in order. Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, Blood and Gold. I then suggest you take a detour to her “Witch” series at this point as her vampire and her witch series start to converge. Next read The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos. You should then go back to the vampire series with Merrick, then Blackwood Farm (her best book in my opinion) and finally Blood Canticle. Those are the main books and as you have already experienced Pandora, you could also read The Vampire Armand and Vittorio the Vampire, though it is not necessary. I also highly suggest my other two favorites which are stand alone books, The Wolf Gift and Ramses the Damned. I promise that if you read those books you will find a new and wonderful world that i think will surprise and amaze you…DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!…lol

  9. As a “big fan” of Anne Rice, I am not at all offended by your comments and perspective. However, I do wonder which other novel of Ms. Rice’s you read or attempted to read – you talked about Interview with the Vampire but you never specified that it was the other novel of hers that you’d read. As for your question regarding why fans of Ms. Rice enjoy her writing and her work, it many ways, it’s for the exact reasons you state – Anne humanizes the vampires and witches in her novels. Instead of focusing on those things that make them less human in their “other” form(s), she writes about those things which connect her vampires to their human form (or what remains of it), both mentally and physically. This makes perfect sense to me – since all vampires were once human (as Ms. Rice interprets the vampire legend), it makes sense to me that many trappings of their humanity remain in tact, both the positive traits and the negative traits. I like and thoroughly enjoy Anne’s very human vampires – which is why I love her work. Also, just a thought – when reading a novel such as Pandora, it really helps to have known much, if not all, that came before. Marius, for example, has a lot of history that’s worth knowing before you read Pandora.

      • yes, actually. Anne didn’t just write the Vampire Chronicles. She also wrote the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, a very erotic trilogy about the famed Princess’ fate after being woken up. Also, there are the Mayfair Witches Chronicles. Those I consumed one after another like lightning!! Anne Rice is more diverse than you’d believe, and after reading through the thread of comments I’m surprised no one would mention these. Good luck, and best wishes… P.S. I loved the decopatch! What did you use the container for?

      • I’m surprised you didn’t like The Vampire Lestat. If you didn’t then I doubt you will like any of the books in the series. Personally, I loved Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Lestat. After that, I think the series went downhill.

      • If you didn’t like Vampire Lestat, I would say you probably won’t like any of her other work. No matter how many fans tell you to give her a chance, that doesn’t mean you’re going to like her. I loved the book when I read it 17 years or so ago, but I think my tastes have evolved since then and I’m not so sure it would hold up anymore. Really, I wouldn’t bother. Life is too short to read bad books. 🙂

      • The “Sleeping Beauty” series is not good erotica. The characters are one-dimensional; the sex scenes are by the numbers and the descriptions read like a ‘60’s sex manual. Its biggest flaw is it is incredibly misogynistic. Maybe, if you are seriously into BDSM you will like it, otherwise, do not bother.

    • If you don’t like vampire stories (which I see you said is the case) you might try one of her historical dramas, “Cry to Heaven” or “Feast of All Saints”… “Feast of All Saints” was definitely more of a literary fiction and out of the gothic horror genre. I would recommend it.

      • +1 on the “Cry to Heaven” rec. Having read nearly 8 books by Rice, “Cry” is by far my favorite; “Interview” is a close second.

        I may get burned for saying this, but Rice climbed into the “insufferable egotist” category for me when she declared that she no longer needed an editor for her books in her response to the less-than-glowing Amazon reviews of “Blood Canticle.” Her post has disappeared from Amazon, but a web search of “From the Author to the Some of the Negative Voices Here, September 6, 2004” brings up many references to her reply, and several bloggers have copied and pasted her post verbatim to their blogs.

    • I tried reading an Anne Rice book once. I was in college and had this huge crush on this gothic girl down the hall in my dorm. I got to page 45 before I realized the girl couldn’t be awesome enough to warrant me reading such drivel.

  10. I also despised “Pandora”, and I am definitely not fond of Anne Rice’s books, but you could have given that book away or donated it to a library. Someone else would have enjoyed reading it. Destroying a book is disrespectful, uncalled for, extreme and quite distasteful for someone who is an English Literature graduate. As much as I hate her books I am aware that she is an excellent writer. She wouldn’t have such a large fan base if she was a horrible. I enjoy reading your posts on your blog, but this shows your lack of respect for books and the craft, and shows your immaturity.

    • The book was falling apart and I was being overly flippant with my writing. I really didn’t expect people to get so upset as there are so many copies out there and I used to work in a charity book shop so I knew this wasn’t likely to sell. I love book craft and I will happily chop up books I enjoy to make art of them providing I know I can get another copy 🙂 I just like seeing text on things, which is why I made that pot. Thanks for the comment

    • 35% of mass market paperbacks end up in landfills in the US. I really don’t see whats so bad about using one for “found” art….

      Anne Rice fans are wound up far too tight.

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

    • Speaking as a librarian, most library donations end up at the book sale. Those that aren’t sold are often pulped. Since I suspect there’s no shortage of used copies of Pandora for sale, the latter fate was the most likely one.

  11. Interesting. I personally have always been fond of “Pandora” and wasn’t aware of this criticism you’ve heard about it – but, I was familiar with her and Marius from other stories before I read it, so I was already aware that her relationship with Marius did not last. They were constantly bickering and their relationship was doomed – rather than eternal marriage, they had a 200 year marriage followed by eternal divorce. It is true that Marius is obsessed but he also has a bad temper. Pandora left him, fyi.

    • Ah, that actually makes me feel relieved! I’ve not encountered them anywhere else I was wondering how their relationship played out in the other books. I guess the ending was a little dependent of that prior knowledge because I finished it assuming that were bound together for all eternity and kinda feeling bad for both of them! Thanks very much for the comment 🙂

      • You’re welcome. If you read the books in chronological order (of when they came out) first you meet Marius – he isn’t with Pandora and she isn’t even mentioned. He’s Armand’s maker and I think he’s introduced as such in the first book (Interview). Pandora doesn’t show up until later, I believe in Queen of the Damned. When she shows up, Marius is her ex, he seems like he’s totally into her, but she’s basically kind of ignoring him. So – the first books take place long after they already broke up, and all the bickering in “Pandora” shows why they broke up. Also if you read QOTD, you get the impression that Marius was pretty much always a lot more into Pandora than she was into him. “Pandora” was a stand out because Anne Rice rarely wrote any of the Vampire Chronicles from a female protagonist’s POV. They are almost all from male vampires’ viewpoints. I read some of these books 20 years ago so my memory is a little rusty.

  12. Yes, it was one of the bad novels. I am a fan of her books and have some of them in my own library. Rice has a tendency to think that every word is going to be gold, which is what happens to all celebrities at some point but that’s normal. The problem is finding a real passion for the characters like she did in “Interview”. This book didn’t have it and it was pretty terrible. There are other bad pieces in her repertoire. She is a “good” writer, but certainly not a great one. In a hundred years, she will still be around but won’t be nearly as visible. She has a bad habit of falling off right around the climax of her stories with long descriptions that leave the reader having to reread to figure out what happened (Memnoch the Devil for example). She often uses very light characters as the protagonists and stars of novels like this one that leave us really bummed out that we wasted our time. She had taken a lot more care early on with “Interview” and “Queen of the Damned”. Then she started on the Mayfair series the first of which in itself is often a muddle and kind of icky. She’s complletely abandoned the best three characters she has ever had (Lestat, Louie, and Armand). We won’t ever get a really solid series with a satsifying conclusion. The people who can’t divorce themselves from their fandom are left with “fan fiction” which is just bastardized and is of no use to true readers who need the words from the actual author. It’s like “Gone With The Wind”‘s sequel “Scarlett” which was a total failure in so many areas, that it should have killed off fan fiction devotees forever. But Star Trek kept it going and so it goes…

    Overall she has some very entertaining reads. It’s unfortunate that the movies are so bad. “Interview” doesn’t hold up as well with Tom Cruise as the lead mainly because over time people can’t see him as a character and only as Tom dressed up in costume. So his Lestat becomes weak and laughable when compared to the description in the book. It’s lacking in development and one can see how it needed less of the Hollywood blockbuster touch and more gritty realism.

    There are gems of writing. Obviously she wouldn’t have been given all the money for her books had the publishers not thought they wouldn’t be able to cash in on them. But as a study over time, she is inconsistent. Entertaining for a light read but inconsistent nonetheless.

  13. This review is garbage. If you get this emotional then you are not reviewing a book, you are having a mental breakdown. I am left wondering not what is not right about the novel by Anne Rice, but what is mentally wrong with the

    • Jesus Christ, Steven. If you are going to troll some poor woman’s blog at least have the god damn courtesy to speak in complete sentences (yes I see your dumb ass posted another comment finishing your aforementioned comment, just wanted to be the first one to point at you and laugh is all)

  14. To judge Anne Rice as an author without reading her earlier works is, pointless. Anne Rice Fans are that because of her early works. The first three Vampire books and the Witching Hour books are what people got hooked on, and the promise of getting even little glimpses of that level of writing in other books, keeps fans coming back. I can’t even imagine reading one of her later books and looking for the genius that wrangles people into becoming devoted fans – it’s just not there.

    • But then why write the books unless she’s happy for them to stand alone? I just can’t get my head around this. Books need to be able to work in their own right, they can’t just lean on everything that came before. I read a lot of series’ in my time and almost all can work alone or at least intrigue me enough to read those that came before, not with Pandora and I consider that a failing. Thanks for the comment.

      • I understand that this book was not of your liking, and that is okay given that it is one of Anne Rice’s weaker novels, but when you claim that it is necessary for books of series to be able to stand on their own, you also seem to be implying in that it is necessary to hold all authors of book series to this particular standard. From this review, it appears that you have judged the entire collection of literary works of Anne Rice as poorly written and transparent based on your feelings about “Pandora”. This is not the best way to tackle the review of any author who has created a series that seems to hold a large following. Take for example Tolkien, who has been celebrated as one of the greatest writers of all time. There are reviews on the internet of his books “The Children of Hurin” and “The Silmarillion” that condemn the author as a poor user of prose and as an awkward writer. Reviews like these are limited and biased due to minimal knowledge of the author’s other works and the fact that one of the purposes of these specific books (like “Pandora”) is to reward those who are fans of the series and answer specific questions about details or characters of the major books.

        In response to your overall opinion of Rice’s vampires all I can really say is that you need to read her novels. That might clear up a few things, but from what you have mentioned in the review, you also appear to have preconceived notion of what all vampire genre is supposed to include. Generalization of what vampire literature is unfortunate when writing reviews of it because you are not considering the development of vampire literature from Dracula to now and the elements and authors that influence its transformation. In Anne’s case, the vampires are not simple blood-drinkers, they are used to represent complex themes such as love and guilt, religion, redefinition of sensuality, and much more.

        Also, I understand that you did not predict that the reaction or readership of your blog to be very large and thus felt that it would be acceptable to post an amateur review, however since you have gained so much publicity because of this post it might be advisable to compose your next book review with better writing and structure.
        Your review would also be less of a target to Rice followers if you stopped playing the victim card with the edit-statement at the top of the page.

      • I think I’m going to stand by my ‘books standing alone’ opinion but accept that it’s a subjective opinion rather than a truth of literature. You’re very right about this blog post not intended for a huge audience, I’m blushing at how badly it’s structured, thanks for the comment though and the advice 🙂

    • So JLWELL, what you’re saying here and please correct me if I am wrong is all I have to do is write three good books and then I can write poo-poo of the keyboard for my adoring fans?

      • Oh thank god, this is a huge relief! I thought I was going to have to produce a whole CAREER worth of quality literature to support this naughty little writing habit!

  15. Wow talk about tearing a book apart (literally and figuratively)
    You mention that the story overviews previous books, personally that would make me want to read the previous books. I have read many (unfortunately not all) of Anne Rice’s books and what you have done is jumped into the middle of a series without knowing the beginning. To write a review like that without reading the previous books is like walking into the middle of a movie and trashin

  16. LOL I hit the wrong button on my phone before I was finished. What I was trying to say is – it’s like walking into the middle of a movie Ans trashing it because you don’t know the whole story. I never respond to things like this, but the person who wrote that and showed off her “arts and crafts” made from the book needs to hear how disrespectful they are.

    • That’s fair enough, I do see how my tearing it apart could be viewed as disrespectful but I did just get my copy for 20p in a charity shop and there are plenty of other copies 🙂 I do know that Anne Rice’s vampire world is huge and complex but I didn’t feel that there were enough hooks to make me want to read the other books, just dense parts of referencing previous books that were hard to understand, let alone pique my interest. Thanks for the comment 🙂

    • Um, you’re an Idiot. She didn’t read ten pages and go all apeshit tearing apart Anne Rice. She read the book and she shared her opinion and your buddy Anne Rice started acting like a little kid with a skinned knee on her Facebook page.

      Either Anne Rice has self esteem issues or she needs to learn how to have thicker skin.

      When you create something, writing, painting, music, what have you… and share it with the public you have to understand in advance that not everyone is going to love it. I mean, even Babe Ruth Struck out.

      • When you create something, writing, painting, music, what have you… and share it with the public you have to understand in advance that not everyone is going to love it. I mean, even Babe Ruth Struck out.

        As the author of this review should also understand.

  17. I truly appreciate your desire to express your opinion but you realize that you have now removed a book from the world. Some person down the road will not be able to find this at a used book store or thrift shop, you have cost future readers the pleasure of having their own opinion.

    I would also like to suggest that since you are not a vampire fan you try one of the other character types that Anne Rice writes about before you make any judgement about her writing. If you do not appreciate the subject matter it is hard to appreciate the interpretation. Do yourself a favor the next time you wish to review a book don’t start in the middle of the series and wonder why you have no passion for the subject, these characters are more developed that most ever become before the first page of the novel you selected. Would you read Pride and Prejudice from the middle?

    Might I suggest the Sleeping Beauty series if you can handle erotica. My personal favorites are the Mayfair witch series as well as The Mummy.

    • I’ll have a look into that, though I feel my point still stands. Anne Rice shouldn’t depend on my starting at the beginning of her world, all her books should interest me in it. Red Dwarf certainly did that for me and I started at the end! Thanks for the comment 🙂

    • You do realise that, according to the edit, this book was falling apart? No-one wants a book that’s falling apart, unless it’s incredibly rare – which a mass-market paperback isn’t. And anyone who desperately wants to read the book isn’t going to be handicapped by the destruction of this one copy; it’s available for Kindle as well as being available in the dead-tree format.

  18. You really haven’t read enough of her books to make an opinion so harsh. Its not even constructive criticism… from one English Lit’ Grad to another – you clearly did not think this through enough. Anne Rice not only wraps around the environment, which may I add, she knows history, the details of the era are amazing; She has a way of making the reader feel like the character of the story… in depth. So you had a bad experience with a couple of books, not feeling satisfied – understandable! keep in mind it was ‘two’ books you read…there are more out there which are breathtaking, right from the beginning; a person can’t put the book down. To mention a few, ” Vittorio” & “The Vampire Armand” & “Merrick” absolutely deep and beautifully written. I mention the three books in particular because, they were the first 3 I read and was sucked in. I felt what the characters were feeling. From there on, I read all of them. Yes, I too was a little disappointed with Pandora; However, your opinion on two books does not speak of all her books. To give constructive criticism is one thing but to write maliciously is another. You did not only attack the book, you attacked the writer, I quote “So, It Turns Out I Was Wrong About Anne Rice.” It’s a poor ethic to have really, as one who likes to write herself. Stick with constructive criticism of a book if you expect any form of respect at all. I am confident with your style, you can do that. ~Cordially

    • I’m happy to read more, I know I’ve been wrong in the past (my previous blog on Terry Pratchett demonstrates that) so I’ll probably do that. I don’t think Anne Rice knows that much about history, though clearly she has done a level of research. She talks about vomitariums though, which never existed as places to … ahem… empty your stomach to carry on eating. And the Greeks in the story being happy to be slaves? Seems kinda…. rose tinted to say the least. I’m sorry if you felt I was too harsh, I was trying to be lighthearted and I seem to have upset rather a lot of fans! Thanks for the comment

    • I too am an English Lit graduate and I think there is a marked decline in quality in Rice’s work. You can hardly compare the silly, silly book that was Blood Canticle with Interview With the Vampire, for example. Taking ten pages to describe a room does not a great author make.

    • So let me get this straight… before someone can have an opinion on single, stand alone novel… you have to read all the authors others works before forming an opinion of the first novel?

      I think Truman Capote just rolled over in his grave.

  19. I have read the entire vanpire collection, and honestly I don’t even remember pandora. Its been so long that titles are escaping me, but if you do some research I’m sure you can find them : there are a few books that are very interesting, one telks you the story of the beginning of vampires, of how it came about and I loved it, it may have been queen of the damned ( please under no circumstances EVER watch that movie), another tells of Lestat meeting the devil, and him trying to convince Lestat that he is not a bad guy at all, it speaks of his disent from heaven and huminizes him. He is trying to get lestat to take his job, it is actually my favorite and I highly recommend it, I believe it was memnoch the devil b. Please google, ( it’s late and I’m a mother and I’m too tired to think lol) lastly, the vampire armond tells how he became a vampire, and has interesting historical references and uncommon sexual themes that I had never encountered previously without being offend. It really made me more open minded, because in that time period it was exceptable. Granted I was a teenager, so who knows if they would still pull me in like they did then, but I urge you to look those up and keep trying. And honestly interview with the vampire was pretty damn good, its sad. But good. Good luck, I do hope you consider taking my advice and that you
    find one you enjoy

  20. “Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories”

    And because you were too lazy in your ‘goth’ youth to actually dig in to the author that effectively *made* modern vampires, nor start at the beginning at an older age, you desecrate a book. Well done.

    Since it’s still better than Twilight in your opinion though, I’m curious if you desecrated those books as well (which I could care less about actually). If so, then by all means, I’m glad that at least the paper isn’t completely wasted on you.

    • Anne Rice did no such thing! She made her vampires which are not very different from the movie ones. (And when did Goth start having anything to do with vampires? I’m showing my age here, aren’t I?) And if you’ve read her erotica and her porn, you really can see what she’s getting at in the vampire books and it’s not about vampirism as done by anyone else. So if you like BDSM vampires, go for it! Anne Rice is your woman! But I think you may want to start with Interview, as far as I can tell that’s the one non-fans say is actually interesting.

      And in order to desecrate something it has to be sacred. Books are not sacred. Some of us are terribly fond of them and have trouble watching them taken apart, but sacred? No. Also mass market paperbacks have been ‘returned’ to the publisher by stripping them, forever. It’s less done now, I believe, but that’s how it used to be done. Stripping is stripping off the cover, sending the cover back and throwing away the cover-less book. That’s why you get notices to not buy a book without a cover.

  21. Anne’s novels are amazing. She goes to great creative lengths to tell the stories of each of her characters lives. For one, you can’t start reading the Vampire Chronicles with a book in the middle. To understand the story in its entirety you must begin with book one…. Each book is a continuation of the last. The series is the story as a whole. So you bashing her after reading one book, that you couldn’t have understood due to not reading any of the ones that came before it makes your opinion obsolete. Don’t judge an amazing author if you do not have the proof to back it up. As for the defacing of the book, that just shows your immaturity…. You could have donated it to a shelter or even a correctional facility…next time you feel the need to insult a world renowned author….make sure you have read enough of their work to have the right to judge.

    • Jesus, haven’t the homeless suffered enough? Aren’t prisoners supposed to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment?

      Shame on you, have you no heart?

    • The “right to judge” is not earned by reading someone’s entire collective work. For example, you are very comfortable with your “right to judge” the author of this blog, but I would bet you haven’t so much as read one other post on this blog in order to earn that right. You don’t like this blog entry, chances are you won’t read any of the other entries on this blog. The author didn’t like a book by Anne Rice, she reserves the right to not seek out any more Anne Rice books. That is the nature of putting art out into the universe. Clearly, the owner of this blog can handle the consequences while Rice has cry into her stacks of money and sick her fanbase on someone over a withering opinion on one book.

  22. Not liking a book and writing your opinion on it? That’s all good and well. Trashing the author? Not even remotely okay. Keep the criticism of the book objective and pertinent to it. No need to bring in the writer in a personal manner.

    I cannot help but wonder why you read this one if you knew it was part of a larger, encompassing story arc. Yet you seem upset that she made “unexplained” references to things mentioned in other books of the Vampire Chronicles; that is what the other books are for. Most people when embarking on reading a series generally start at the beginning. If you want to know what Anne Rice is referring to, read the other books first! It would be like if someone started reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and was confused by references to Harry’s dead parents and being “The Boy Who Lived.” That is common sense to most people, but what can we expect from someone who ritualistically destroys a book because they lack a not-fully formed opinion of the author and her other works? Methinks that you are merely trying to be contrary to popular opinion, and in Anne Rice’s case she deserves her popularity. The woman is a gifted and successful writer, one who has sold many copies of her work.

    Read a few more of her books to get a fully-matured opinion, then review it.

    P.S. Put away the scalpel knife. I know you did not like the book but that sort of desecration is akin to someone pissing in a baptismal font.

    • Once again, books is series’ don’t get a pass. I have started many book series in the wrong place and still loved them. This was an example where it didn’t and I feel that is a lacking on the author.

      No, tearing up a book to decorate stuff is not akin to pissing in a font in my opinion, unless the book is unique for some reason. Books get tired, that book was falling apart so I made something from it. If I’d given it to charity shop it would have been thrown away, I know because I used to volunteer at one.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

      • Okay so I’m pretty sure someone will think I’m nuts for part, it not all of what I’m going to say….

        You’re right, This is one of the weaker ones in her series and doesn’t work well as a stand-alone…HOWEVER, I will say, if you decide to give her earlier work a go, you will find that because they are stronger, it is not necessary to read them in series – I didn’t. I’m from a country where you came across her books few and far between. Therefore I read them as I got them and though I am an avid fan of Ms Rice, I will not lie and say that all of her books are amazing, the latter books in the new chronicles didn’t have the same spark….maybe it’s a refection of things in her life at that time, I dunno….it just wasn’t the same….but how can we expect every book to be a gem to everyone???

        Also, while I hold books most sacred, I think the fact that you gave it a ‘new life’ is pretty cool. You bought a second-hand book that someone else didn’t want, read it…tired to love it…didn’t, but turned it into something you would at the very least like. kudos to you for doing that. What would they are preferred you do? Chuck it? Burn it? You up-cycled it. I bet if you hadn’t blogged about not liking the book and posted the stuff you made out of the pages on etsy folks would be all “OMG so cool!!” “Shut up! Take my money!”

        All this hate is literally spawned from the fact that you are expressing your own fucking opinion.

        I must say this though – comparing Rice to Meyer….NO! ….just…NO! Vampires don’t sparkle…that was the worst attempt at reinventing the vampire….EVER.

  23. Ahhhhh there is nothing like the irony of the blogger aka wannabe writer criticizing the work of a successful published author… you say that you think that Anne Rice was very fortunate that the internet was not widespread when she was popular? I say that you are very fortunate that the internet exists at all as where else would you get the opportunity to post your thoughts and flawed opinions? Certainly no one would ever pay a cent to read your writings 🙂

      • Anne Rice has a track record of being hypersensitive about criticism of her work – arguing with reviewers etc. For an example of what I mean Google the words “interrogating this text from the wrong perspective”.

        Unleashing the ravening fans on you is unprofessional but, sadly, entirely in character.

        I loved “Interview”, liked the first half of TVL, then dragged myself to the end of QotD before giving up hope that it would improve again. Much the same problem that you identified: it turned into hagiography about Lestat. But if you want something about actual vampires who drink blood and kill people, and you haven’t been completely turned off AR by this incident, I recommend reading “Interview” and telling yourself there were no sequels.

    • So where did you get published, Steve? Oh wait… on a blog. Airing your own flawed opinion on someone else’s flawed opinion. Logic bomb in Aisle Five!

  24. You cant really judge an author by just one book or two. Different books are written in different ways. You cant say she isn’t good at writing just because of one simple book. That would be like saying J.K.Rowling is the best author because of Harry Potter series, that would be judging an author without reading their other works.

    • But the issue is that I didn’t really WANT to read the other books. Even if it’s towards the end of a series then the author still needs to make it able to stand up alone. Look at The Babysitter Club books, I used to hate how every character is introduced in EVERY BOOK but that made it very accessible. I know that it would be dull and tedious to read a lot about the actions and feelings of being a vampire in every book but by leaving that out I kinda feel like it made the story less dynamic and interesting. Red Dwarf is a great example of a series of books where any of them make you want to read more, and I started at the end. Thanks for the comment 🙂

      • To reply in regard to Anne Rice sending her fans here: Yes she posted the blog article location, but she in no way asked anyone to make a comment here whatsoever. I don’t know if she initially found the blog. Many things she posts are originally sent to her by others. All she asked was for people to state how they felt, not here but in FB. At no time did she say make comments one way or another to you directly. Some of us chose to do so. Personally I like the Witching Hour books the best. I didn’t like the way you did your review. No one needs to make a personal attack directed at the author when doing a review. You didn’t like it fine. I am sure she is aware that there will be people who will not like this book. For me it was the way you went about it. I’m sure if I did that in regard to any well known author I would get reactions as well.

      • While I am not happy with your review of Anne Rice’s Pandora, I cannot completely disagree with your point that a book needs to stand alone.

        Being an Anne Rice fan since the age of nine (almost 20 years ago – oh how time flies by!), I have since then fallen in love with her evocative, and at most times, erotic form of writing, whether it was her vampire/witch series, her orphan books, or her Sleeping Beauty series.

        I first read The Vampire Lestat, and it was the story and evolution of Lestat that lured me into the vampire-verse. I liked Interview just as much, and Queen of the Damned and The Vampire Armand just a little bit less.

        I have just read Pandora about a year ago, and I don’t know if it was just the time that passed since my last Rice book or the scarcity of time I have left since taking on a full time job that has led me to finish just less than half of the book. I honestly had to drag myself through the first five chapters by telling myself “This is part of the story, therefore I must like this book.” But I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it still had all the aspects of the other books that I liked: the style of writing, the pacing, the deeply written characters, but to me there was something missing. A spark that I used to have with her other books.

        I can honestly say that if I had been introduced to Pandora before TVL, I might have had second thoughts about the whole series, only because I find Lestat to be a more engaging (and deliciously seductive) character. But my personal taste would have still allowed me to find time to read her other works.

        On a different note, her standalone novel, Belinda, is also good. Nothing to do at all with any of her other books. Violin is another that I really liked.

        In response to people calling Anne Rice “hypersensitive”, it must be known that most of the time, reviews, whether good or bad, are sent to her by other readers. She posts them all and asks for her followers’ opinions. As an author managing a Facebook page, it is important to always keep things interactive to not lose interest (but the discussion of Facebook’s questionable advertising methods should be discussed in a different thread). As most tech-savvy people know, as simple comment or question on the internet can be interpreted into so many things. It just so happened that Ms. Rice has a lot of rabidly loyal readers that take negatives to the extreme. If she had only posted raving reviews on her page, I bet she would be labelled “overly Narcissistic” by now. This goes for any other author on the planet.

        I don’t know if you are a fan of fantasy Miss Articulate, but I would like to point out “The Belgariad” by David and Leigh Eddings (a five book series) as a personal choice for a series that does not exactly have standalone books, but reading them out of order still made me want to read more. Also, I would say The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. While I did not rave over every book, most of them still made me want to finish each and start another if just for closure of certain points.

        This publicity for MA should die down in a week or two. But at least you’ve opened up a whole new number of possible readers (beyond this topic) because of this post. 🙂

  25. I have this book and the whole point of the book is to tell Pandora’s story, the means suprisely all aspects of her life. The boring everyday things. Instead of cutting it up like you did, why didn’t you just give back to the charity store as a donation? Instead of cutting it up like a child who was upset.

    • I wasn’t upset, or rather, that wasn’t the reason I chopped it up. I intend to do this with a lot of books, including ones I enjoy (providing they’re not out of print). Books get tired out and that copy already had pages falling out.

  26. Interview with the Vampire is the first novel in the series. It’s themes and characters have been replicated in countless movies, TV shows, and novels since its publication in 1976, including the Twilight Saga. Pandora is one of the later novels and even fans say it isn’t one of her best. That being said, Anne Rice at her worst is nowhere near as bad as Stephanie Meyer at her best. The Twilight novels are badly written, even for teen fiction. Meyer’s lack of basic detail and overuse of certain metaphors and similes ruins any attempt for the reader to relate to the setting or characters. Not that any one would want to, her characters are flat, lifeless, and unbelievable. Anne Rice, on the other hand, is renowned for her ability to create rich and historically accurate settings for her characters. Rice’s characters are so well developed that you almost believe you could run into one of them if the circumstances were right. I could go on but, I’m sure legions of Rice’s Facebook followers have already had this conversation with you. And, even though I disliked Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and LOATHED Breaking Dawn, I would never destroy the books. It seems like such a waste, when you could have just given it back to a charity bookstore, donated it to local library, or sold it at a yard sale. You paid for it, so you have the right to do with it as you please, but why would you create a work of art you’ll look at every day with words you loathed reading?

    • I’m really surprised at the level of annoyance I’ve created with my craft side to this review. This is not a rare book and I love words in general, so I simply don’t see the harm. I’ve really enjoyed making my new tub and I’d happily use books I really love if I know I can get another copy quickly.

      With regards to Anne Rice vs Stephanie Meyer, Anne Rice is a better writer but I just felt that the two were very similar in the lead characters interactions. In neither case does one really “get to know” the other and the annoying problems with frustrating conversations was just something I really remembered in the interactions between Bella and Edward. The two just seemed very similar to me.

      Thanks for the comment!

      • I’m late to this party, but I have a suggestion for you. You might consider doing a post on altered books or book sculpture with links to appropriate pages. I recall some time ago seeing stories on the web about exquisite book sculptures left anonymously at the Boston Public Library and other locations. I’ve also seen posts on Facebook and on library blogs about creative ways to give life to old books.

        I am a library worker and a book lover, but I have to say that donations to libraries, like charity shops, prisons, hospitals, etc. are the sops people give their consciences when they need to clean the shelves and can’t make the hard decisions themselves. I hate weeding, but it has to be done and if an art school teacher takes the weeds and uses them to nurture her student’s creativity, more power to her. Anyway, that’s my long-winded way of saying that repurposing a mass market paperback is not desecration. So, snip away.

        BTW, I’m not a Rice fan, though I did read Interview & Lestat, and I have to say that your review seems completely legitimate to me. I doubt that reading the early work would improve your opinion of Pandora if the main character reminded you of Bella in any way at all. Nor did I think you attacked the author personally in your review. So please stop apologizing. Just send Ms. Rice a thank you note and get on with your life.

  27. I recommend reading The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned (and the ones that follow if you like). I did not like Interview either and I heard it is perfectly alright to skip ahead and come back to it later if you want. As for Pandora, I think you were right when you said that some things had been left out, probably because Anne didn’t want to go into it again. One thing mentioned in other books is that women for whatever reason seem to be incomprehensible to the male vampires after they are turned. They just don’t get us. lol. There was also a slight lack of depth in Pandora, the book, that, I think, is in the other books, but the way Anne describes a room stays throughout the series. I know you’ve given it two goes, but I recommend a third as those two books are the two that are the least fun in my opinion. 🙂

  28. But why would you start with Pandora?
    You yourself admit that you’ve heard it’s one of the weaker novels. Why start with that and then judge everything from what you read in that book?

    How about this. You mail me your adress and I will mail you my copy of interview with the vampire? : ) Then you won’t have to wait for it to show up in a charity shop and when you are done with it you can chop it up and turn it into a hat!
    And no, I’m not trolling.

    • That’s so sweet! I only found out that Pandora was considered the weakest after I read it when I was trying to gauge if it was a fair look at Anne Rice’s work. Apparently it’s not 🙂 I’m looking out for my own copy of Interview with a Vampire to get a fairer idea. But my point about series’ still stands, I’ve read final books of series’ that I’ve loved so much I’ve had to go back and read more on more than one occasion. I simply assumed I’d find that with Anne Rice.

      • Sadly on the vampire chronicles in general I have to agree with your blog. I have been a Rice fan since discovering the Mayfair Witches many years ago. I really enjoyed them with the exception of Taltos which I felt didn’t quite have the same flow as the other 2 books. I was excited to find the Vampire Chronicles thinking they would be as good as the Mayfair Witches series. But alas it was not to be. I did enjoy Interview with a Vampire, but found the Vampire Lestat tedious and after many months am still struggling through it. It is the sort of book you read a few sentences then get bored and put it down! I have been put off reading the remaining Vampire Chronicles books. I love that you have up-cycled this book into something useful. I am a great lover of books and value my books highly, but I think your re-use of the damaged book was clever! It is certainly not akin to burning a bible or what ever other ridiculous suggestions have been made above! Not all books can be saved as not all people hold them with the same air of respect as others. You have saved this book from becoming just another item in the landfill we are filling our world with. I will not be pursuing the Vampire Chronicles but there are a great many other Anne Rice books out there (I don’t think I will waste my money buying them until I have read them first though!). I will say with regards to the author’s reaction I am most disappointed. There are a great many critics out there and to take such offense to a small blogger is a bit silly – and to sic hordes of fans onto said blogger is disgraceful and embarrassing. I have unliked Anne Rice’s facebook page as I do not wish to be seen as a part of the attacking horde, nor do I wish to be seen to support such childish carry on.

        Best of luck with your future reviews and up-cycling projects! Oh and for the entertainment value provided by the ridiculous little rants and childish “I hope a dragon eats your scissors” HAHAHA!!

  29. Okay I respect your views on the book, but you’ve just made yourself look like a 2 year old having a temper tantrum. I wouldn’t even call this a review, id call it a mix of spite, attention-seeking and PMT. Why cut a book up and post pictures otherwise? Judging by this and the language used, you’ll never be a decent reviewer or writer.
    I actually cringed for you reading this.

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

  30. I think the main problem you’ve encountered is that you’ve built up such hype for an author in your head, without actually reading any of her work, that by the time you’ve picked up one of her books it couldn’t possibly live up to your idealised version of her vampire literature. I do wonder what you were expecting though, to be so disappointed as to resort to vandalism.

    The other problem is that you’ve essentially jumped into the middle of a series with a novella – it’s not a full novel – that is meant as an accompaniment to the Vampire Chronicles. Pandora gives you the back story of one of the lesser known vampires, it is not an account of her vampire years, it’s meant to give us some understanding of her love/hate relationship with Marius. Pandora never had a full novel, I wish she had, but this is just a little bit of background to add to the rest of the Vampire Chronicles.

    If you’ve read any book series, you’ll know that to jump in the middle and randomly pick up a book can greatly diminish the story of that book as there will be assumed knowledge, not to mention giving you spoilers for earlier books. It’s quite common for authors of long series to give us novellas to fill in the gaps that aren’t covered in the main novels. These novellas follow the sequence of the main story and, as such, should also be read in order. Would you do the same with a TV show, watch it out of order and then complain that it didn’t make sense or didn’t explain things enough for you?

    And Twilight? Really? Again, it’s a novella and it’s nothing like Twilight. You’re getting a particular view of the world because it’s Pandora’s story in Pandora’s words, ie a first person account. The destruction of a book like that is deplorable. I briefly thought of destroying Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ but stopped because I couldn’t bring myself to destroy a book in such a way. It’s a book I hated but destroying a book is a symbolic action that I don’t think I could bring myself to do.

      • In a legal sense, yes. But to a writer, their words are their art. This was a public display of someone saying “this is what I think your art is worth”. Just because someone is free to do something that’s perfectly legal doesn’t mean they should. After all, the people aiming insult after insult at the reviewer are free do do this legally, but do you think they should, or should they consider their actions more carefullly?

        If she’d been honest and said the book was falling apart so she decided to be creative with it, I really don’t think the reactions would have been as strong. What people are reacting to (and this does not excuse the bullying in any way) is the reviewer making a post entitled “Punishing Pandora” and starting with this:

        “Last night, I took a craft knife to Anne Rice’s Pandora and I took out every page. I was left with the gutted remains of the cover itself and threw that away. It’s the first time I have ever desecrated a book in such a way and I can’t deny that it wasn’t made all the more enjoyable by how much I really and truly loathed that book.”

        That isn’t someone throwing away an unwanted book, it’s vandalism. Perhaps not in a strict legal sense, but then I don’t judge everything form a ‘legal/not legal; point of view.

    • Ann, the book was hers to do with as she pleased. She didn’t shred it and discard the shreds. She turned it into a work of art she could feel good about. While the comparison to twilight is a bit harsh for an Anne Rice fan to read, she is entitled to her own opinion. If they seem similar to her, then she can certainly share that observation.

      In your reply to BIGBOBBIEK, you quote the sensational opening statements the blogger used in the original post. Although she didn’t expect this large of a response, she certainly wanted to catch the interest of those who might view the post. If you don’t catch the audience’s attention in the first few lines of text, you won’t hold their interest through an entire article. This is especially true of a blog post. A sensational opening statement is actually a good writing strategy. It clearly got your interest. And when it comes right down to it, good reviews/replies or bad, the fact that someone actually read what you wrote is a step in the right direction.

      I will probably be back to see what else Miss Articulate has to say. I never would have known about the blog if it were not for Anne Rice’s facebook page, but anyone who can stir up this much controversy with a single book review is worth reading.

  31. Mama Rice saw what you did to her book and sent all us minions out to defend her honor. Mean mean old blogger. 😡 You should be ashamed acting like a priest destroying the books he doesn’t like shame!

    • This thread has left me with a mental image of Anne Rice obsessively googling her own name twice a day in case anybody out there has failed to appreciate her GENIUS. “o noes! a blogger has disrespected my shiny shiny words! DISPATCH THE MINIONS AT ONCE!”

      I recommend Neil Gaiman as an example of how authors should deal with criticism without looking painfully insecure.

    • She only asked us to read the blog and then start a discussion about how we felt in Facebook and not here. People chose to post as I did, a long time reader of Anne Rice books who knew that you cannot judge an author by one book. Critiquing the book is fine but critiquing the writing ability of the author was only opinion but done in a nasty way. Read Queen of the Damned. I was very impressed by that book and the movie did not do it justice but all the same I knew that before I watched it because of the detail of the book. I liked both.

    • “Mama Rice saw what you did to her book and sent all us minions out to defend her honor.” Really?! You don’t think ‘mama Rice’ can defend her own honor? LOL

  32. I love all of the Anne Rice novels, however, I know a lot of people that don’t enjoy her Vampire Chronicles because they are too different from what they love about OTHER vampire novels. If you truly want to try to read more from her, I would suggest The Witching Hour…. It’s quite long, and very detailed, but it’s the first of The Mayfair series so you don’t need to read anything else for it to come together. I also enjoyed Cry to Heaven and Servant of the Bones a great deal, and those both stand alone as they are not part of a series. I’m sorry that so many people have felt compelled to attack you for your opinion, I love Anne Rice and have a hard time understanding it when people don’t enjoy her novels, but everyone has their own idea about what makes a good book. As for cutting up the book, just remember, most of the nay sayers probably wouldn’t have cared if you had cut up Mein Kampf….

  33. I just wanted to say that I admire your courage to keep this blog up after all the hateful comments. I did get here from Anne Rices fan page and I just wanted you to know not all of us are crazy rabid fans who can’t appreciate someone else’s point of view, even if we don’t totally agree with it. I would like to defend Anne herself though. Not being one of her fans you may not realize that she shares quite a few bad reviews of her book, I could be wrong but I believe she does this not because she wants to have her followers to attack you(although I see they have) but to show that even someone as popular as her has critics and maybe room to grow and change. Thant seems to me to be the way she talks about critics to me anyway. Also I can’t fault you review of Pandora too much except to say I believe if you had read some of the other books you may have enjoyed it a little more. If you do give Anne another chance please don’t read Interview as I believe you will have the same problems with that book. I would suggest The Vampire Lestat It’s a good one and does have quite a bit of the vampire feel that I think you were expecting. Thank you for being honest in your review, that’s the whole point, and the world would be very boring if we all agreed.

  34. I’m honestly a bit surprised by how cruel some of these comments have been. Everyone has their own opinion, and this just happens to be yours. I’m personally kind of an on-again off-again fan of Anne Rice, and haven’t read this book, or a good chunk of her others. What I have read, I enjoyed, though it could be wordy and over-done at times.
    No matter though, as it’s just an opinion! I honestly came to say, don’t think she singled you out, I’ve seen many reviews of her works, both good and bad, that she’s shared. I’ve always thought she did it to get people to take another look, with someone else’s opinion in mind? And to try getting conversations going about what different people think, rather than to cause to poster to feel singled out. Unfortunately, these things happen with such a large fan base. Just keep doing what you’re doing though, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it’s incredibly thoughtless and rude that others are being so forgetful of that.

  35. My goodness, Anne Rice fans! Lighten up. She’s just expressing an opinion and has added a funny twist to the post. The book was FALLING APART! She can do whatever she wants with it. Anne Rice does not need this kind of defence. She’s a talented and successful author and this one blogger doesn’t have the power to take her down.

  36. I just wanted to let you know (not that you care at all) that I think you may have missed the draw of simplicity and beauty in this book. Try another of hers just so you can say you’ve been fair before you form your final opion.
    BUT as a follower of Anne’s (that IS how I found your page).. Rock on! Everyone has their own opinon, you most certainly are entitled to yours! Good for you for keep up your evaluation despite the ignorant, tawdry and down right rude posts that are coming to you. Don’t stop!
    PS… good for you for recycling 🙂

  37. Really, sorry people are flooding you page with extremist comments.
    I’ve read almost all Anne Rice’s books, including Pandora, and I have to say Pandora, even in context, was absolutely horrible.
    I hated it.
    And it was exactly because of what you said, because of how unreal it seemed in the fantasy world. How Pandora as a character didn’t transmit a thing to me.
    Finally, having said that, I did enjoy a lot almost every other novel I read of her. You should give a chance to novels such as Interview With a Vampire, and if you’re not so interested in vampires then novels such as Violin or the witches saga (The WItching Hour is the first).
    Regarding the discussion of wether the book should be able to stand alone or not, I believe it quite an issue. I had read many books of the other series before coming across it and still I didn’t understand many of the references. Anyway I cannot say that books written in “saga” format should not rely on the information given on previous books so as not to repeat themselves.

    I apologize if I made any mistakes, English is not my mother tongue :).

    • For English not being your mother tongue, you are the most articulate and sensible person on here so far with what you write. I agree with this 100%. Interview was great. Lestat was good. Queen of the Damned was ok. Beyond that it just gave me a very ‘meh’ feeling.

  38. You are indeed a “small scale blogger” and for that I will forgive you. Not for you under-informed and inaccurate review. You are entitled to your opinion and the expression of that opinion. However, no true writer would ever physically destroy someone else’s work and then add insult to injury by publicizing they did such a thing. You do not have to like everything you read. In fact, you would be a poor reviewer if you did; but respect the pen! And yes that goes for Mein Kampf too…

    • But the alternative would have been it most likely thrown in a bin. That makes me sad, no matter what the book is. I have kept and tried to save so many books, beautiful vintage books that smell of heaven and contain information that is no longer published. Not comparable to a flimsy paperback from a popular author. Thank you for the comment, though it does come across as a bit condescending, but I’ll forgive you 🙂

    • Do you know how many unsold, unsellable, and ridiculously out-of-date books get chucked by bookstores, secondhand shops, and even charity organizations? I know I’ve personally dumped hundreds of thousands of books into bulk recycling, and I was one employee in one store where pretty much *everyone* was an avid reader to one extent or another. Sometimes books just reach a dead end and it’s better that they get recycled in one way or another than end up in a landfill.

      Would I chuck Mein Kampf just because it was Mein Kampf? No; as abhorrent as the ideas it contains are it’s a key part of understanding that period of history, and learning from it can help prevent other atrocities. Would I chuck Mein Kampf because that copy was missing fifty pages out of the middle/the binding was falling apart/it was covered in mold/it reeked of cat piss/ AND oh look, there are literally a dozen more copies in stock just in this one store alone, with several million copies in worldwide circulation? Of course, and since it it’s fucking HITLER, why not relish it a little as I rip it up to go into recycling?

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

    • “No true writer…” Is that like “No true Scotsman”? So you don’t have to confront the terrible, awful fact that not everyone worships the physical form of the book – instead, you can just dismiss what they’ve got to say? I’m getting close here, aren’t I?

  39. I like Anne Rice. That being said, I also like having the freedom to express myself! Way to go.

    P.S.your craft is cute

  40. Ok, so I am an Anne Rice fan, but as I also was not a big fan of Pandora, do not argue your review. I do think these comments say something sad about fans that everyone is acting like a gang.

    As I also like to craft, I have to compliment you on the lovely decopatch. I have been known to desecrate books in the past, in the name of crafts of course.

    Keep up the good work and don’t let the harsher points of the internet get you down!

  41. I was also directed here by Anne Rice’s FB page. However, she did NOT say “go here and harass this woman”. Anne often posts negative reviews of her books and often asks her fans to give feedback – even negative – on her books. It has always been my impression from what she has said that she welcomes the criticism as well as the compliments. She is the kind of person who thinks about every subject from all sides. I think she would be sad to see some of the vitriol directed at you by her fans. I, admittedly, didn’t read all of the comments here. But I read enough to get the gist and I see many people are under the impression that Pandora is part of the vampire series which it is not. It WAS meant as a companion novella to the series to give a little more back story on a lesser character within the series. I am a long time fan of Anne’s. In fact, I have been a fan so long that I remember going into bookstores looking for her next book and the people in there not knowing who she was. So I guess I’ve been a fan since before it was cool to be so. I’ve been fortunate to meet her many times and have read everything she has written. Honestly, I don’t love all of her books. There are some that are much better than others and a few that are great. I’ve always said that she is the kind of writer that you either love or you hate but can rarely be ambivalent about. It might have drawn less ire if you had mentioned at the beginning that you intended all along to use the pages of the book for an art project but I imagine your initial urge to not do so was that you were employing a bit of dramatic license. I certainly don’t fault you for that. Even if you had though, there are those that would still be up in arms about cutting up a book; any book. These are the same people that show disdain for those of us who use Kindles for reading rather than “real” books. Nevermind that if I owned every book I have read there would be no room for furniture in my house. I’m not imploring you to read more Anne Rice so that you come to the “right” opinion of her. I’m not suggesting that you have no literary taste because she’s not your thing. You have every right to your opinion and Anne would fight for you to have the right to exercise that opinion. That, in essence, is why I am commenting. While I won’t profess to be her best friend or even someone who’s name she would even remember; I have met Anne quite a few times and had some very good conversations with her. She is strident and passionate about those things she believes in but I truly don’t believe she “sicked” her fans on you. When someone in comments on her FB page said they weren’t aware Pandora was a “weak” novel Anne replied, “I didn’t know it was a weak novel either, but the author is some times not the best judge.”. She certainly has a sharp tongue when she wants to and she certainly could have employed it in this circumstance. But as you see, she did not.

    • I concur. Anne did not direct anyone here with the intention of bashing the reviewer. And I do also find it interesting that the people who are very loudly commenting that everyone is entitled to their opinion, are essentially bashing those giving opinion on an opinion. The curse that is the internet.

    • Anne Rice did all but flat-out direct her fans to come here. She posted to Facebook and Tweeted about it, When she posted on Facebook, the first person who disagreed with Rice and said the blogger bought the book, so “she can do whatever the hell she wants with it” received a personal response from Rice, who quoted Miss Articulate’s About page, directly encouraging her fans to personally insult Miss Articulate. A few minutes later, Anne Rice thanked everyone for a “spirited discussion” — i.e. mostly negative, personal attacks on Miss Articulate — then said ” I hope Miss Articulate is pleased with the numbers who have discovered her blog.”

      She could hardly have been more obvious about her intent. She has left comments up on her Facebook account calling Miss Articulate a stalker, a Nazi, mentally ill, and there are even a few threats in there. Many fans claim Miss Articulate just wanted the attention, which, as you know, Anne Rice herself suggested very early on.

      Rice also suggested Miss Articulate was sexist, saying “This is not the first time I’ve seen a reader offended by Pandora’s strength and confidence” but her male characters are “received” differently.

      I do not in the least believe Rice would be sad to see this vitriol. I am firmly convinced this is exactly the reaction she wanted. It’s not as though this is the first time she has flown off the handle about a poor review.

      • Thanks for the comment, I did see her post my bio on her FB which was odd and unnecessary. I want unaware she herself had gotten involved, don’t particularly get how I’m a stalker 😛 thanks for the comment

      • Stacia~
        Wrong, wrong and wrong. You don’t have a clue what you are talking about. Anne has posted more than 100 reviews and links to reviews over the last few months. Good and bad and she always asks people to be decent. She can’t help that so many of her fan are like you – ignorant! Pull your head out and don’t pretend you know what Anne’s intentions are. I have been on her page since day one and know you are DEAD WRONG!

  42. I’m really disappointed in my fellow Anne Rice fans. You have just as much right not to enjoy the book as any one of us has to dislike any other book out there. What upsets me is how immature those who have commented have been. I had assumed we were a little more civilized than some other fan presences on the internet, but I guess I’m wrong. I’m almost disgusted to the point of not wanting to be associated with such a group. I was so inspired by The Vampire Chronicles as a teen and I thought if there was ever a group of people I could always relate to, it was my fellow fans of these books. I’m so sad to realize that isn’t true. This is a damn book review and that’s fine that you didn’t like it, and I’m impressed that instead of throwing the whole book away, you used the pages for crafts. That really is impressive to me, to use words you disagreed with as a tool in a creative outlet of your own. I’m glad I always borrowed these books from my mother. Because now I don’t have to go through the heartbreak of giving them away.

  43. I’m so sorry that Anne’s fans have descended on your blog like a pack of hungry wolves. I’ve read most of the comments on Anne’s Facebook page and they are terrible. I’ve always been a huge fan of hers, but after this stunt, I will not be purchasing any more of her books. I don’t like how Anne has handled this at all and her fans are showing very little class. There are more productive ways of venting about a negative book review. They didn’t need to make this so personal.

    • Anne always posts these reviews and then acts surprised when the blogger is attacked. It’s a vile, nasty trick of hers to manipulate some pretty dim people into being her attack dogs. TIme and time again, decent fans have asked her to stop doing this or at least tell her fans not to come at the reviewers with ad-hominem attacks; she never does.

    • I also unfortunately read the first few pages of comments on the FB post, distressing stuff to be sure. But I don’t mind, it’s just the Internet and I’m getting lots of helpful recommendations and critique from it 🙂

    • This is the reason people posted here. You are blaming Anne Rice for the opinions of others. She had nothing to do with anything anyone chose to write here. The blog article was very personal. That is why others made their comments personal. Why have a comment section if people cannot say what they really think. This person surely did so. I see a double standard. Name calling was not mature but if you read articles in the news some of a certain age do that sort of thing. If you are going to have a blog on the net that is very critical expect that to happen but don’t blame Anne Rice for something she couldn’t control. The discussion was for FB but people got mad. I don’t think they would have if it was merely an ordinary critique but it was very hateful. Sorry but that is how I saw it and I think others as well.

      • She didn’t have to come here. She didn’t have to link this blog on her Facebook page. She could have discussed the contents of this blog without actually naming it. Anne WANTED people to come here and tell this blogger off. She certainly didn’t ask them not to. This is THIS blogger’s blog. Not yours. Not Anne’s. She can do whatever she wants here and frankly, it’s not Anne’s business to “out” people who do not like her books. This isn’t the first time Anne has pulled this kind of stunt on reviewers. She needs to learn to grow a thicker skin. Over 739,000 fans of Anne’s against one reviewer. It’s pathetic. It’s fine not to agree with the reviewer, but some people on here and MANY people on Anne’s page have taken this way too far.

  44. I agree with Dawn’s post above. (I did not bother to read all posts, skimmed the majority which appeard negative.) The Mayfair Witches were my favorite of Anne’s novels and would also suggest you give them a try. I also found this article from Anne’s post on FB and I’m quite disappointed in her fans being so negative in their remarks to you. Regardless of what your personal opinion (& we are all entitled to our opinions!) was of this or any of her novels, did no one see the beautiful craft you made from her words? People, Please! We should be asking for you to post how you made this beautiful thing full of her words and our favorite character names!! For those of you so enamored with Anne’s work, wouldn’t you like a heart shaped pendant with perhaps Anne’s name & Lestat’s that you could wear near your bleeding heart? Or how about a pen cup on your desk emblazoned with the titles of all of your favorite Anne Rice novels? As a crafter and lover of books, I would spare a title page from my paper backs to create a work of art to keep on my desk to remind me of all things I love (& sometimes hate) about Anne’s work. I thank you for your post, your opinion and your craftiness. Please do not assume that all of Anne’s fan are such hateful people. Keep up the good work and never be afraid to share your opinion and your work.

  45. I’m an Anne Rice fan and I even like Pandora. To see all these people getting so worked up about one persons opinion literally made me LOL. Seriously. Comparing not liking a book and using it for a craft to being a nazi is just insane in my mind. This is the Internet. People can have their own opinions. Even if they’re comparing Twilight to an Anne Rice novel. That also made me LOL

  46. Let me start this by saying I am a die hard Anne Rice fan. I’m also a former Pagan and current “born again Christian”. I’m not sure what you know of the author personally, but here works and the story of her life have closely mirrored my own experiences and I feel a close bond to her work and the feeling and soul she has laid bare in them. Having said that, I also understand that her work is not for everyone. When I first started reading her work I couldn’t finish a novel. Her detailed descriptions and immense character development including her “humanization” of monstrous supernatural creatures was a bit over bearing for me at first. What kept me

    • Sorry, I got cut off. What kept me going back was her love of her caracters and her ability to bear her soul through them. I don’t blame you at all for disliking her work. She’s not an easy read. It took me years to really appreciate and love her, but once that connection is made, it’s a lifelong love. As far as destroying the book after reading it goes, what’s wrong with some art made from art? You say you bought the book with tho intention to red it then craft with it. Wether that’s true or a cover up, you did indeed make art with it before posting this blog. I say good for you. Any time art is created through inspiration, wether positive or negative inspiration, it’s an act of self expression. All art is wonderful!!!! Regardless of wether we share the same opinion, you, Anne Rice and myself all have a right to voice it without threat of being accused of equivelancy with murderers and Nazis. You didn’t piss on the torn pages and burn it, you made art with it after all. If there’s any chance some of it may still be around I’d actually be very interested in buying some. Thanks for your time reading my comments. 🙂

  47. Look, you might like one Anne Rice book better than another or not at all. I don’t like Stephen King’s writing much but I do not make the assumption he is not a good writer. Stephanie Meyer has been hyped by those who think vampires and what they are should be always written by Victorian Eastern European standards but that simply is not true. Vampires as far as those most think of, are fictional. The author can make the vampires be any way they so choose and if it is not to your liking then don’t read the book or watch the movie. I’m wondering why people who have blogs continuously put down the Twilight Saga? For some reason, people have it in their heads that only teenagers liked the books and movies which is entirely untrue. It was widely popular yet many love Dracula that barely sold when it came out and was so unpopular that it was never copyrighted in the United States. People should not hold vampire stories up to that standard or any other writer’s version of a vampire.

    I have all the Hunger Games books but haven’t read them all because I don’t like the authors writing style. That is what this is actually all about. Just because some people don’t like a book or even an author does not mean the book is bad or the writer is not a good author. Anne Rice is a very detailed writer. I like her writing and I write that way too. Some cannot read through a book where the author actually has something to say in depth. So you make the choice to not like a particular book for whatever reasons but to generally bash the book is not in good taste because for everyone that doesn’t like something there are many who do. I like many authors and Anne Rice is a good one among the many including Stephanie Meyer. I am not a kid but a senior and I don’t take kindly to people on blogs who grandstand. Most of the time someone else posts on Ms. Rice’s page and she reposts it when she sees it. She doesn’t go around the net looking for trash like this. I see no need for anyone posting such a scathing article unless you are wanting attention. I’m sorry and even though I like Anne Rice and her books I wouldn’t put me on the top of the list of crazy fans. It’s your right to post what you wish but this article is classless and immature in my opinion.

    • I’m sorry you feel that way. I was trying to be flippant and silly and seem to have accidentally slipped over into offensive. I did intend for this post to be about just Pandora but many seem to feel I wrote about the Vampire Chronicles as a whole. Thank you for the comment regardless 🙂

  48. I saw a link on Anne Rice’s Facebook posting and followed it to this blog. I read the original blog post and ALL the replies that followed….

    I like Anne Rice’s work. I started with the vampires, moved on to the witches, then read the mummy. Loved most (though not all) of the Anne Rice books I read. Despite that, I feel that you are entitled to your opinion. I am sorry so many Anne Rice fans were so mean to you about this. Not everyone likes the same things. I do agree that you might like some of Anne’s other works, but it is up to you if you want to try another Anne Rice book. She is not the only author you can choose from.

    As for the craft work using the cut up book, I think it is very clever. If you had planned to cut it up for crafting when you bought it, you probably should have made that very clear. You are right that there are other copies. You are right that a book which is falling apart probably would have been tossed in the trash. You found a clever way to recycle the paper. I think some of those who posted replies here blew that whole thing out of proportion.

    I do think you might want to be less personal in your criticism in the future (never know who might read it, lol) , but don’t stop sharing your unique viewpoint. Your opinion is as valuable as anyone else’s.

    • If id had any idea how many people were to read this, I’d have rephrased everything! 😛 I admit I’m far to flippant and make sweeping statements, ill certainly write with a wide audience in mind in the future. Thanks for the comment 🙂

      • Sometimes flippant is a good thing. Sometimes flippant is fun! Just remember that you never know who might stumble on your humble blog page.

  49. Are u people listening to her?? The book was falling apart!!!!! I am a HUGE fan of Anne Rice. I love her work. But Miss Articulate is creating crafts. If the book was no longer useful to anyone let it be recycled. Also, she has a right to her own opinion, if you don’t like it, agree to disagree. Different opinions are what make us human beings. Be kind to one another.

    • It’s not so much what she did with the book. It was a paperback and if she wants to slice and dice it, that’s her prerogative. It was about the overall way she critiqued everything. It was very ill mannered and not needed. She has the right to dislike the book but having read little of Anne Rice’s books to make the assumption she is a poor writer is not in good taste. It is an uninformed statement that was made in a very caustic manner. I could care less about using the book in a craft. Others might say differently but that would be childish. People throw away books all the time especially paperbacks that get older. I think it was the idea that it was inferred it was worthless due to the lack of writing skill of the author. You write a blog like this and an article in this manner, you take the chance that many people of a popular author will scream foul.

  50. Thank you for your review. This is what being an American (I assume you are) is about. It is your blog. While I don’t agree with the review, you do have some salient points. I too am sorry some of Anne’s fans have attacked you. Please trust the majority of them are respectful, and the few that are not are the ones you are dealing with. IN MY OPINION, Anne is open and encouraging of reviews on her works, and that is why she shared the blog. She likes open dialogue, as do I.

    • I’m actually British but I see your point, i like sharing my opinion and truly didn’t mean to upset people with it. I enjoy debates and discussions as well, so thanks for the comment

  51. Anne Rice posts both good and bad reviews on her Facebook page, she didn’t do it knowing you’d get trashed by her fans. In fact if she knew what they were saying to you she’d tell off everyone.

    • Well, you’re wrong. EVERY SINGLE TIME she posts negative reviews, the thickos go and attack the reviewer. And every single time, people beg her to call off the attack dogs. She never does! She said last time that the reviewer deserved it. Utterly hateful way to behave.

    • Oh please. Anybody with the slightest experience with fandom would have known this would happen. AR has been in the game for decades. If she claims she didn’t expect this reaction she’s being willfully obtuse, IMHO.

      • Oh, believe me. She knows exactly what she’s doing here. I’m honestly amazed at all the people insisting she’s a “good person” who asked her fans to “keep it civil.” If people really believe that, well, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.

        Christ, I’m surprised she didn’t sic her lawyers on this poor reviewer the way she’s done to her own fans.

    • She hasn’t this time. She’s been a passive-aggressive manipulator. She hoped that Miss Articulate enjoyed the extra traffic to her blog – because she knew her rabid fans would spam up the comments section. Has she apologised for her fans making comments like “I hope you get herpes”? Has she hell.

  52. Dear Miss Articulate,

    As a fellow reader, and as a follower of Anne Rice, I would personally like to thank you for the thoughtful review you made of this book.  If all reviews were positive, then the review system would have no meaning.

    I do not in any way speak for Ms. Rice, but I have noted that she regularly posts both positive and negative reviews, and at no time sends the hounds after negative reviewers. She appears to be trying to present a balanced view.

    Also, your use of the books as part of a craft project hardly seems comparable to a political burning in the streets.  Books are destroyed all the time, by libraries, schools, book companies, when they are excess, not sold or reach the end of their useful life.  As the owner of the book it is your choice of how to use a book when you’re done with it. Turning a book into another thing of beauty? Not to be reviled.

    You have been extremely gracious of this intrusion on your blog, and in particular some of the comments that could be described as vicious.

    Good luck to you, and in your efforts here.

    • Thanks very much! I’m learning to be more thoughtful when it comes to book craft and bibliophiles, I can’t expect everyone to feel the same way as me 🙂 especially thanks for complimenting my writing style 🙂

  53. Ok, so I wrote a comment above saying I didn’t agree with your review as a) it was a novella to flesh out a characters back story, not a novel, b) it’s right in the middle of the series and c) I don’t think we should destroy books, even when written by Dan Brown. I subscribed to see if I got any responses and now my inbox is overflowing with contempt aimed right at you. Wow, this is just awful.

    I can understand how it must be incredibly hurtful for an author to read such a review, to see someone both figuratively and literally tear apart their work. But for fans of that author (of which I am one) to then descend on the person who wrote that review and aim insult after insult at you is just disgusting. Obviously, not all fans who’ve commented have done so just to hurl insults, some of us just wanted to explain why it didn’t meet your expectations. I’m really sorry you’ve had to contend with such a deluge of comments today, especially when so many of them are pointless negatiivity.

  54. hi, i’ve read what you just wrote about anne rice sharing this on facebook. you must know that she posts many reviews of her books, good reviews and bad reviews, asking for comments. she didn’t do it because she was offended, and she certainly didn’t ask for her fans to offend you. if some of them did that, it’s not her fault at all. also, you need to understand how it feels to an author to know that someone just tore one of her books into pieces: it’s perfectly natural to share things like that on facebook and ask other readers for comments; hearing our fans opinion is how we gain perpective on our work.

    • She always posts reviews that offend her, and refuses to get her crazier fans to stop when they resort to name-calling.

      • she doesn’t refuse to stop them. I’ve been following her page for a long time, and I always see her acting as a moderator every time that a dicussion gets out of control. not only on reviwes, but also on news she posts about religion, gay marriage, political questions and others. look the comments on posts like that and you will find many comments where she asks people to be polite, and to express their opinions with good arguments instead of offenses. but this discussions normally take place on facebook, and not on the reviewer’s blog, so she probably didn’t realize that some of her fans are being rude and offensive here.

      • That’s a flat-out lie. People messaged her last time, asking her to stop the fans, and she replied that the fan had put himself out there by reviewing her book, so should roll with the punches. She also deleted — several times — comments from people asking her to stop the fans. She never, ever, EVER calls them off, so don’t try that crap: I have screenshots of it!

      • That is interesting, in every discussion I participated in her page she never had that attitude you mentioned. I would like to see those screenshots.

      • For me personally, her posting my home town and my bio for her fans to rip apart on her fb page was genuinely distressing. I know it’s just the Internet but that upset me the most out of all of this.

      • well, I don’t think she did with that intention. it’s not like she had said “hey, this is where she lives. go get her!” she was just saying who the reviwer was; she did that with many other too, because one of the most frequent questions the fans ask on a negative review is “who is this person? what does she knows to say things like that, what are her credentials?” also, it’s not like she had posted anything different then what you posted yourself here, right?

      • Mario, I cannot think of any good intention behind Ms Rice posting the bio and hometown of a critical reviewer on her own fan page. It’s a threatening move specifically designed to intimidate.

      • I agree with ROS. There is no valid reason to post the bio of a reviewer who gave a negative review. To post that information on a public facebook page for fans (some of whom you know will take offense at the negative review) to see it is irresponsible at best.

  55. Geez. Some people are touchy. First, those who resort to profanity and name-calling really need to grow up.

    Second, everyone is entitled to an opinion. When they post it for the public, they can expect the ensuing response although I’m a bit shocked at how vitriolic some of these comments are.

    Third, once someone buys a product, they get to do what they want with it. It’s not “disrespectful” to use a print book for art. It’s more respectful than what publishers do. Ever hear of “pulp fiction”? Where do you think that comes from?

    Anyway. Having been in the one percent of our population that actually served in uniform, I have literally defended your right to free speech. I thought your review was all right. Not sure what the uproar is. I’ve had worse on my own books.

  56. LOL Oh wow these trolls are silly, don’t let them get you down. It was your book and your right to do with it as you choose.

    1)while I don’t totally agree with your review, I’ve also read almost all the other vampire books and will agree that Pandora and the Blood And Gold were huge disappointments to this die-hard anne rice fan.Also, while there aren’t actual series numbers in her vampire books, to get the full scope of the world, they were written to be read in a certain order. And because of that there’s an unwritten understanding that many of the details were gone over in other books.

    2) As an author I find the idea of Anne getting so upset and acting like a troll on a forum to be harmful to her image, and plain unprofessional. One of the big reasons I got rid of my Anne Rice books were because of her grand trainwrecks on the internet and getting her panties in a bunch. I’m sorry you have had to put up with this. As an author, she should have a thicker skin. Rule 1) never ever ever engage negative reviewers. It’s just bad for business and you tend to make an ass of yourself. err the author doing the engaging. 😛

    3) On the art thingy, how did you do that? what steps were taken? It looks cool to me! I now may have figured out what to do with those Warprize books I wallbanged a while ago 😀

  57. This is a well written, thoughtful review with valid criticisms. I can tell it took you quite a while to compose the post. Too bad so many of your commenters took just a mere five seconds to curse. I appreciated your opinion, which may vary from other people’s, but you posted it respectfully and came across sounding like a thoughtful, intelligent, educated person, unlike many of the above commenters who rabidly called you names. .

  58. I will not be as RUDE as the others. Firstly Anne did not single you out…she ALWAYS puts up reviews from others on her page, especially the scathing ones…she likes the critiques, as it actually does have influence on her writings….The reason WHY Pandora was interesting for many of us WAS the transition from , perhaps, a mentally unstable human into her Vampiric Life. Each book was to be the Tale of each Soul …the Being. I feel you have perhaps , and maybe some of your friends as well…an incorrect assumption of her motivations and actions. I wouldn’t never compare the two Authors you have chosen, but it is your Free Will to do as you please…BB

      • I did look at that, hence why would I say I would not be as Rude…Nor did I say anything that was a critique of you. Perhaps you’ve read too many of these comments, because this response seemed a bit terse.and confrontational…Whereas I was simply making an explanatory point..

  59. Really now, you must have expected that Anne Rice fans might actually be fanatic, and that they might be offended by the implication that her book is so terrible it deserves to be chopped into pieces.

    But don’t take it too much to heart; you’re not the first person to use an old book for art. There’s a very talented man that makes old books into beautiful sculptures. And what else is there to do with a ratty book that isn’t very good anyway?

    I agree that Anne Rice’s books should be read in order to be properly appreciated, but some of her books are still hit-and-miss for me. You must have picked a miss. If you were a fan, you probably would have excused it.

  60. If these Anne Rice fans had any idea how many Anne Rice books are destroyed by book stores every day (quite literally), maybe they would be singing a different tune. As is, it appears her personal fanaticism is reflected in many of her fans and should, as such, be dismissed as much as possible, which you seem to have accomplished quite handily. (Rather than being destroyed, I’d say you gave a poorly written book a new lease on life. This is a good thing.)

  61. Keep making whatever kind of craft/art you want. You don’t need to justify it to anyone, especially not to a criticism-phobic bully like Anne Rice or to her rabid fans.

  62. Ugh, I really want to apologise to you on behalf of the sane Anne Rice fans – those like myself, who have even a modicum of grace and sensitivity. I’m sorry for the flood of negative comments you’ve received. I’ve been a Rice fan for years, and even loved Pandora, but what you choose to do with a book is your own business and I’m also a huge fan of cool recycled crafts!

    I have been following Anne Rice’s facebook page for over a year now and it amazes me how she singles out negative fan reviews like this. Each time they are met with a hoard of angry fans who somehow feel they have the author’s blessing to argue with, insult and berate the reviewer. I don’t believe she can possibly be ignorant of this effect and I don’t understand it at all from an author who is otherwise reasonable and relatively graceful. It’s baffling behaviour from someone who should be well above this kind of petty backlash.

    Sorry it has been directed at you!

  63. Hi. I’m just a casual reader who got here via Twitter. Don’t let these people take you down. You gave an honest and thoughtful review of a book (that you read to completion) and these people are treating you as if you spit on the grave of their mothers.

    It is patently ridiculous that an author would unleash a horde of rabid fans on a small-time blogger like yourself and it makes me think she has a an all-encompassing ego that cannot stand even the *thought* of critique on her masterpiece.

    Never censor yourself. If an opinion doesn’t anger *someone* it mustn’t have been very thought-provoking.

    • I don’t think that’s why Anne did it at all. I follow her page and she’s constantly posting reviews both good and bad and opening it up for discussion. I don’t think she ever meant for people to be as rude as they’re being, and honestly I’m very surprised. Most of Anne’s readers are adults, or older teens and I don’t usually see people in the fandom responding by calling someone a bitch and freaking out because it was compared to Twilight. I can’t see Anne meaning for this to happen, and I can’t see why she’d be offended by it. The author of this blog has been very open to reading more of Anne’s work before drawing an opinion of the Anne’s work as a whole, and she didn’t outright insult anyone. She just said she didn’t like something.

      • I was so disappointed when Stephen Fry linked his fans to a negative review, as if he had no clue about exactly what they’d do next. I’m sorry but that gets extended to Ms Rice and I got off easy compared to the example above. Thanks for the comment though 🙂

  64. So I’ve followed this all day and have some points to make.
    1. I’m really sorry, though I don’t agree with your views I respect you for standing with them, even with all the backlash.
    2. I looked through Anne Rove’s fb posts and sure enough it is common for her.

  65. I’m utterly amazed at the amount of people who think they can dictate how others use their private property. Y’all need to pull on your adult pants. If you need to resort to ad hominem attacks, Godwin’s Law and all sorts of other fuckery that demonstrates a lack of debating skills: congratuwelldone.

    Keep up the good work, blogger person, I love the decopatch.

      • I am truly amazed at how long this debate is going I’m getting bored. I have read one of anne rices Mayfair witches books and it was enjoyable, containing many of the concepts I enjoy reading , set in New Orleans, supernatural but I found it was more catered towards young adults the erotic scenes seemed to be censored big build up with no climax. She is so descriptive sometimes too much but when it came to the intimate sexual scenes it was as though it was edited out. I just found it very frustrating that there was so much I liked about her book but it just left me unfulfilled. I found the read to be a bit immature. So I can totally relate to your opinion of pandora as being a bad read. You get angry that you were sucked in and wasted so much time reading a story which sucks you in with so much potential but just doesn’t hit the mark leaving you dissatisfied. I wanted to know from all these anne rice fans or blogger, could they recommend another author who writes on similar themes as the witches in New Orleans, not the vampires, that they would recommend and consider a better writer or at least a more mature read, for someone who is no longer a teen and needs a good summer read.

  66. Honestly I feel kind of bad, this is not how someone should start their way into the Anne Rice universe. I’m a huge fan of The Vampire Chronicles and Anne herself, but this isn’t a strong novel in comparison to Interview with a Vampire. You’re totally right in some aspects, and I think it’s terrible that people would be so rude to you for just stating your opinion. It’s not like you said all of her books were crap or that people who like them are morons. Waiting for Pandora to turn into a vampire was torturous for me. I’d seen her in the other novels and was always curious about her, I thought the fact was was so introverted made her mysterious, but when I found out what she was like I wasn’t so excited. You’re also right about how she shares some traits with Bella on the ‘too perfect’ side. But I do have to contented your argument about blood. Whether or not vampires are obsessed with blood is entirely up to the author so much so that some authors make them ruthless killers unable to see a human without slaughtering them, yet others are more like Twilight. They don’t’ HAVE to be one way or another. Anne falls somewhere in the middle, sort of. For one you’ll never see any character besides Louis (who only struggles for a while) to resist human blood, many of Anne’s books revolve around the philosophy of evil and how taking human life fits in with this. Unfortunately, if you’re in it for the gore there isn’t as much as you’d think. Books like Interview with a Vampire, and Tale of the Body Thief are some of the more blood drenched novels. I’ll stop rambling now, I promise. I highly suggest reading the actually Vampire Chronicles, which Pandora is not truly a part of. Lestat tends to be on the narcissistic side, so his flaws aren’t always said outright, but he is very well rounded, as with most of Anne’s characters. Honestly, Idk what happened with Pandora…..

  67. I respect that you have your own voice as a woman, writer, and a human being. With that being said, I have to wonder if you purposely added the destroying/decoupaging element to the blog with the intention of garnering more views? You don’t insult the mother of the modern vampire genre without getting a little heat from the fans. I’m not nearly as upset about your critique of the book or your using it to make pottery as I am the fact that on one of your other pages linked to the blog it clearly stated “Anne R

    • Oh, shut up. She’s entitled to her opinion and Rice needs to grow a thicker skin instead of posting negative reviews and then sitting back while her stupider fans go and attack someone. Anne Rice is a horrid bully, and when the reviewer here goes to her personal page and posts that she’s an idiot, a twit, a bitch, and threatens violence the way some of the fans have, then you can take the moral high ground.

      • Inflammatory speech only serves to contradict anything meaningful you intended with your reply, but thanks for trying to pull me in with your amateurishly crafted vitriol. Denied.

    • “Mother of the modern vampire genre?”

      Hahahaha! That’s the funniest comment ever. I think there are some authors and creators that probably want a word with you.
      More like mother of the angst-y whiny emo privileged special snowflake vampires that I despise in all Media. These need to die already!
      Signed – Someone who read Interview of a Vampire, which is pure dreck and overrated. If there was ever a novel I wanted to throw against the wall out of pure hate, that was the one.
      My vampire life is SO hard, I need to keep whining about it! I need to keep non-stop whining about my PRIVILEGE as a white male vampire that was a former Southern slave owner! Poor, poor me!

  68. I’m a librarian, and I’m highly amused by the number of people who go OMG YOU RUINED A BOOK! If only they knew how many books end up in the trash for whatever reason. I’m always in favour of good book arts as an alternative!

  69. I agree with your review 100%, especially about the over-describing aspect, and this is coming from someone who has read all the Lestat books and a few others (I kept thinking they might get better…). I donated the series to a library ’cause I knew I’d never read them again ;D

  70. There are several debatable points here, however most of them seem to stem from this novel not living up to your expectations of Anne Rice as a novelist, based on Hear Say about her other novels. Chronologically this was one of the last vampire books in the series – although technically it’s a part of a small two book series aside from the Vampire chronicles; the other being the Vampire Vittorio.

    So it may be the case that reading it as a standalone doesn’t have the same impact as when you know the relevant fictional history, however there are two main points I would contest, the first being that Marius and Pandora’s future together was “transparent” – which it may well have been; but with good reason. Anyone who’s read the Vampire Chronicles would already have seen this relationship a few times from several points of view. Trying to create dramatic tension where their can’t possibly be any (dancing around the will they won’t they question, when everyone already knows they did/have) would be just – irritating.

    The second point that I would (far more strongly) disagree with is how you seem to think that because Pandora isn’t a vampirey enough vampire for you and doesn’t include any of the generic ingredients for vampire books, it is somehow damaging to the novel.

    If you’ve read any of the prior novels or have seen any of the movies or even know much about Anne Rice as a vampire novelist, it would be common knowledge that the reason Anne was so hailed within the field is because she managed to make vampires interesting and charismatic beyond their definition as undead blood sucking fiends. This means not throwing in gratuitous blood and gore for the sake of it (although if that’s what you’re wanting there are several instances of abjection provoking horror peppered throughout the larger series).

    These aren’t just horror books, they’re macabre psychological thrillers and a thousand other genres that you’ll rarely find labelled on a book shelf. There’s none of the Buffy “losing the soul” rubbish (and I say this as a huge Buffy fan, but that explanation is… well, a boring plot device) to explain their evil deeds. It leans far more heavily on the characters psychology; in the first book, Louis personifies the struggle between humanity, ‘the soul’, and his new savage nature – it was done. Then we moved on past that (now) very basic concept (that has since been replicated countless times – see Angelus from Buffy) and into other characters psychologies that were far more interesting and in depth.

    It’s a shame you didn’t like this book as while it wasn’t one of my absolute favorites I certainly enjoyed it when I read it, although perhaps because Pandora (until this book) had been an aloof matriarchal character that was still shrouded in mystery – and who doesn’t love an origin story?!
    One thing that I particularly liked about this novel though (and I’m fuzzy on the details as I last read it a decade ago), was that somewhere, hidden away in a somewhat throwaway explanation, was reference of another supernatural being (possibly a mummy of some form) that had been rumored to exist, but was never explicitly shown or confirmed.

    This brings me to what I believe the strongest point of Anne Rice’s literature as a whole is; it’s not explicit with explanations and the best you’ll ever get is a characters opinions or theories; there are no absolutes. Vampires aren’t “soulless”, they are the person that they were when they died, until such time where significant trauma has warped that character into a twisted monster or a suicidal maniac. In Queen of the Damned (possibly my favorite book for the following reason), we are given the origin of vampires in this world, and despite eye witness accounts of what happened, even the smartest of the characters still cannot say for sure how or why it happened.

    Much like life, Anne Rice’s novels deal with consequences more than explanation.

    • Thanks for the informative comment. I accept your first point but I’m still thinking about your second. Dracula had no gore and plenty of horror, perhaps I just prefer vampires as actual monsters? I guess Anne Rice isn’t for me in that regard? Thanks for the comment though 🙂

      • Interestingly, Dracula was pretty descriptive and also took quite some time to get to the more exciting parts. However, I found in more entertaining as well. My least favorite book in the Harry Potter series is book 5 because of all of the annoying teenage angst though, so perhaps I’m just not an angst kind of person.

  71. I am sickened and appalled…

    By these comments.

    I’m using a smartphone to read, so I didn’t scroll down all the way to read every comment. But c the comparison to Nazis is laughable. Because clearly, the Nazis destroyed books so they could make decopatch.

    And anyone claiming that Anne Rice’s later vampire novels are more intellectual than Terry Pratchett either have never read Terry Pratchett, or if they did, they didn’t understand it.

    I used to be a huge Anne Rice fan, but she started to suck right about the same time that she decided that she was too awesome to require an editor.

    I personally don’t see why you’d use her “work” as decopatch, unless you plan your paint over it, because it’d be embarrassing for someone to recognise it from reading the visible print.

    This blog post is all over Twitter now, so I’ll subscribe to the comments and wait for a flood in my inbox, hopefully from people who aren’t 15-year-olds who blindly follow an author because she’s supposedly so damn gothy, and instead see more people with usable brains leaving intelligent comments.

    I’m going to make popcorn, want some?

  72. Never read Anne Rice, don’t actually want to, so no opinion on that, but I AM laughing myself sick over some of these comments. People are funny. Certain literature may be immortal, but the tangible books themselves are not. I love books, but I also loved book crafts, and I have a old yellowed copy of The Hobbit awaiting a rebirth into Christmas ornaments made from its pages. Nothing wrong with that, folks. And I don’t think Tolkien would take a personal affront to it either.

  73. Oh that looks amazing. And don’t worry about the idiots. Anne Rice basically is a thin-skinned Stephanie Meyers anyway so you nailed that comparison!

  74. Your right is wasn’t the best book, but it’s good reading. I enjoy the details, the history, the dramatic pained characters. To each and their own. Do you have a vampire novelist that you do like? And if so who and and why?

    • You know, other than the original Dracula everything else I enjoy from vampires is from Japan. Hell sing, Lament of the Lamb and a novel which name escapes me. The latter two focus on the victim being drained or the emotional trauma of a vampire. I also play a LARP vampire game and love the different clans and powers 🙂

  75. i’m just a little sad that you didn’t just pass the book on to another used book store, even if it was already falling apart :-/

  76. It’s really upsetting that so many of Anne Rice’s fans are denouncing your perfectly well reasoned and well written thoughts, Miss Articulate. I think I read a few of her novels back in the day (and I liked them), but I’m personally appalled by the behavior of some of her fans here as well as the author herself. It’s not making me inclined to spend any of my hard earned money on anything else she writes. Thank you for writing this, and don’t let any of the harsh words get you down. You have every right to your opinion, and it made for a great read.

  77. Hi, just wanted to say that although I may not agree with you regarding Rices books, I do respect you for speaking your mind, Rice is actually complementing you in singling you out since there are many others who have not liked her books either and I have never seen her do this before. Sometimes the highest complement one can ever recieve is to be singled out in this way. Continue to speak your mind, just don’t cut up any more books ok? You can buy paper much more cheaply for that purpose.

  78. I respect your opinion Miss Articulate, well it’s freedom of speech but sometimes you need to be sensitive to other people’s feelings. Insulting Anne Rice and taking a photo of her torn-out book is just extreme.

      • You know, I did ask her, if she was using her fanbase to squash someone who didn’t like her novel. I hope she responds to that.

    • I am going through this thread and getting weary of the “cutting up/desecrating books = immaturity” argument. Not all bibliophiles worship the physical object of a book. You can get a large number of Anne Rice books in digital format nowadays, actually, and read from a large library wherever you go. There is no social code that requires a respect for books as a physical object, there is no norm to be violated, and honestly, the fact that she read the book before using it for the purpose she bought it for shows an amount of respect for the author that frankly, the author has not returned in her response to this review. Crafting is not immature, cutting up objects that you value is not immature, recycling is not immature. Commenting on someone’s blog attacking them personally for crafting, well, an argument could be made that that is very immature.

  79. Holy hell, I am on team you all the way. Sorry you got deluged by a bunch of jerkasses. Also, you bought the book, it is yours to do with as you will. I mean, I am a book loving bibliophile of the highest order, but re-purposing a shitty paperback (not talking about the quality of the prose as I have not read it, but come on if you think a paperback is going to last forever) for artistic endeavors is hardly equal to making a kitten stew and eating it in front of starving orphans while dancing on their parents’ graves.

  80. I just wanted to speak up and say I’m sorry for all the trolls and mindless fanzombies that are spamming your comments with hate just because you have a negative opinion of this one book. I personally am a fan but I totally get what you’ve said and think you shouldn’t be harassed for saying so. I love that you pick up books at charity shops. While I don’t like the idea of destroying books (donate!), it’s not like you have taken a delicate vintage find and burned it. You used a paperback (one of thousands) and made a craft with it. Hardly the crime people are making it out to be!

  81. Hmmm… you got what you wanted, right? Post something outrageous online and get a lot of people to go to your blog. Well, your opinion is your opinion and I won’t make any comments. But, your marketing strategy may come back and bite you, poor child.

    • Actually she didn’t ask for this attention. She didn’t expect Anne Rice to post it on her own facebook page. She said that in the addendum at the beginning of this post. It wasn’t her marketing strategy. Perhaps it was Anne Rice’s.

    • Excuse me sir/mam but I’m 25 and dislike marketing ploys. I certainly didn’t write my abrasive post about the Walking Dead last month to get them to hopefully repost and I didn’t do it here. Thanks for the comment though 🙂

    • Are you serious with your faux ‘so above it all’ tone? Post something outrageous? It’s a friggin book review and pictures of a bit of crafty art that came from it.

  82. Someone linked this on twitter as an example of people dog piling at the behest of someone much more powerful than the person who is being attacked.

    I’d just like to say you handled this in such a polite, awesome way. No one writes a tiny blog post and expects an author to direct her rabid fans to attack.

    You’re amazing in the way you handled this and haven’t deserved the (missing the point/rude) comments you’ve received.

    PS I think your craft looks pretty cool too:)

  83. You have a million comments, so I’ll be brief: you did nothing wrong, and I am particularly impressed–seriously, earnestly impressed–at how well you are handling yourself under the deluge of dickery.

  84. Hey, hang in there! Anne Rice is a generally shitty person, and the fans who are dogpiling you and treating you horrifically are also shitty people. There is nothing wrong with not liking a book, and there is nothing wrong with making art from a MASS-PRODUCED PAPERBACK. This was not some priceless novel. It was a paperback. There are a million more out there. Anne Rice and her flying monkeys need to calm down. You, darling, should stay wonderful.

  85. I liked this blog entry. I have a lot of “stuff” in my home that just sits there. Maybe I can take a page from your book, hehe, and make something out of it. I love creative people, and especially love how you’ve handled this whole situation. I think the best way to handle the negative is just to thank them for their time like you are doing. Just know that you have one more person to add to the list of people who think you did nothing wrong. Good luck to you. (:

  86. Oh my gosh, it’s terrible to say, but I’m laughing so hard at the outrage. It’s just a book, and rather a poor one at that, it seems- so why not turn it into something more useful? If the book isn’t good literature than it’s not really serving its purpose and might as go somewhere where it could do something good. Like crafts 🙂

    Also, Anne Rice is a jackass and a bully for doing this in my book. She has to be aware of how unfair it is to pull something like this on a smalltime blogger…

  87. Anne Rice & her fans are out of control, but honestly, that’s old news. I’m just commenting to let you know that some of us also thought Pandora was a shitty book, and even if it hadn’t been, it’s a paperback. You didn’t burn it, you recycled it. Seems legit to me.

    Haters gonna hate, go on with your bad self.

  88. You know, it’s entirely your right not to like a book. Any book. And it’s your right to tell people you don’t like it and to repurpose the book -otherwise known as your property once it passes over the counter at the bookstore – into whatever you choose. It’s mass-market glue and paper, not a holy vessel. The comments zeroing in on “YOU DESTROYED A BOOK!” are basically people who know they have a weak argument throwing elbows to justify the unjustifiable: attacking someone for a harmless opinion.

    It would have been a classier move on Anne Rice’s part to ask you to make her a keepsake from the remaining pages.

    The decoupage is cute, btw. 🙂

  89. Anne Rice fiction is generally an over-written, under-edited snorefest. And if you bought a book, you can do any damn thing you please with it.

    Also, Rice should be ashamed of herself for her behavior. Truly ashamed. For someone who’s been through what she’s been through, her immaturity is shocking.

  90. I neither agree nor disagree with your review because I have not read this author. But the ONLY point I want to make is WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU OR ANYONE EXPRESSION THEIR OPINION??? yes, many do not agree with you, SO WHAT??? I went through the list of comments above & OMG!!! people are throwing slurs at you, cussing, blaming you. not to mention, the author HERSELF maligned you on her FB page & let her FANS loose on you like wolves to shred you apart……THIS IS NUTS!!!!
    why is such an established, well, known author taking out her grudge of diminishing sales or personal life frustrations on a BLOGGER????
    I say stick to your guns…do not transgress but do NOT remove this post either. its your right to free speech & you should be able to exercise it in a safe, legal & non-retributive way!!!! good luck

  91. Amazon.com’s policy of allowing readers to post reviews of books might be a helpful feature for consumers, but for bestselling vampire author Anne Rice, it’s been a pain in the neck. Rice was so outraged over the vitriolic response to her latest book, Blood Canticle—apparently the final installment in her bestselling Vampire Chronicle series—that she posted a 1200-word response that requested that unsatisfied readers mail her back the book for a refund. Baring her own fangs, Rice blasted the readers, saying “your stupid arrogant assumptions about me and what I am doing are slander…you have used this site as if it were a public urinal to publish falsehoods and lies.” While admitting she reads Amazon.com’s reviews for other author’s works, she criticized the site’s “willingness to publish just about anything.” Some posters found the book so unlike its predecessors they doubted Rice wrote it, while others carped about her needing an editor. The author countered saying she wrote “every word of it” and has “no intention of allowing any editor ever to distort, cut, or otherwise mutilate” her sentences. “I fought a great battle to achieve a status where I did not have to put up with editors making demands on me, and I will never relinquish that status,” she said, adding “every word is in perfect place.” Rice further asserts that the Chronicles, which began in 1976 with Interview with the Vampire, is an “unrivalled series of books.” She, however, praised the positive reviews.ust found this, thought it was quite relevant..

  92. I am impressed with your calm attitude as you deal with these douche canoes. You are entitled to your own opinion and you bought the book, you can do whatever you want with it. Please ignore the asshats and keep doing what you want to do with YOUR blog.

  93. Your review was informative and full of your own personality which is what I look for in book reviews – emotion and feelings of the reviewer, not an objective polite critique. Also, I feel that you are allowed to do whatever you want with a book once you own it. Cut it up, wear it as a hat, store it away so no one ever sees it again, sell it, donate it, whatever. It’s your book, and your craft project is inspiring. I have been wanting to do a craft project using Harry Potter books and I think you have helped me decide to do it!

    You’ve got a new follower 🙂

  94. Brava, Miss Articulate. Your demonstration of grace under fire here is inspiring – unlike the behaviour of your fanatical critics.

    Someone needs to teach them that the recycling of an old, worn out and unwanted mass produced paperback is not remotely the same of wanton destruction of books for ideological reasons. They also need to look into just how many books are deliberately pulped every year by the ‘Nazi’ book industry because of overprinting and lack of sales.

      • The Witching Hour is probably her thickest book and it is the start of her Mayfair Witch Chronices(which is later combined with her Vampire Chronicles). That book was ok and it took me the longest to read. If it were made into a TV Movie, either a lot would be cut out or it be an 8 hour film(with commercials)

  95. Hello,

    I am a big Anne Rice fan, but I agree this novel is not very good. If you ever get a hankering to try another book by her, I recommend “Cry to Heaven”, or the “Witching Hour”. My best, and keep your chin up.

  96. You are well badass, my friend. I am so impressed by how cool and even-keeled you’ve stayed under pressure. Also, are people really that unfamiliar with book crafts? When people are losing control of their bodily functions in ABJECT HORROR that you might take a book at the end of its life and repurpose it into art, have they seriously never seen literary decoupage or book flowers (like these: http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2011/07/22/diy-storybook-paper-roses/ ) or any other kind of upcycling? You’re like the opposite of a book-burner. You give these books beauty and purpose way past their expected lifespan.
    Also: I happen to agree with you vis-a-vis the whole Anne Rice thing, but it’s fine. We can all like different stuff. Be chill, everyone.

  97. This was a pretty interesting read. Usually people would state how the book just ‘sucked’ yet you took the time to back up what you believed. I like Anne Rice books, yet I still liked reading your blog about this book. It was the only one of her books that didn’t do it for me. I’ve tried reading the whole book numerous times, yet I can’t keep myself interested in it. Nice job on the crafty portion as well 🙂

  98. Don’t feel too bad, there were quite a few Anne Rice books that I didn’t like either. And if you are, in fact, using the dissected book for a craft project, I think that’s totally cool. I have a copy of McCarthy’s ‘The Road’ that is so beaten that I had to keep it together with twine and rubber bands. Let’s face it, with mass market publishing, there are tons of copies of ‘Pandora’ left to read. I think people are going a little overboard with the hate. It’s not like you set fire to it.

  99. Please keep it up. While I am not surprised at the fans comnig at you, the fact that Ann Rice herself stooped to send them your way is a bit much. I teach literature for a living and come across books I don’t like. I tried Interview with a Vampire years ago and dropped it half way through (Steven King, too. Bleh, boring). I know people who love Ann Rice but you (and I) get to disagree without being awful, evil, uneducated bastards. Criticism should be welcomed by any writer; it makes your next effort stronger. Oh and regarding your project-you’d think in this age of moral recycling re-using some paper would get you some kudos from the hippies. I worked in a bookstore years ago. Mass paperbacks are too cheap to return. We’d strip the covers and send them to the publisher to get return credit. The rest of the books went in the trash. Every one on Miss Rice’s books published in paperback form has suffered this fate by the thousands or tens of thousands. It’s not the books that are sacred it’s the ideas. Oh and regarding the Nazi reference: Hitler ad absurdum. That just means they lose the argument.

  100. IMPORTANT INFO: I am in no way going to call you names, insult you, recommend Anne books to you seeing as I have never read one myself. In no way way do I plan on being a butthead to you. I honestly just wanted to tell you that I am sorry that you have had to deal with this crap because of your own opinion. I think it is crap the way you have been treated, and I couldn’t leave your page without telling you that I am sorry. I liked your review. I do not in any way think you lack intelligence or that you are a Nazi wannabe. And I wanted to also give you some serious praise for being able to keep your cool with all of the people who have treated you so badly, and telling them thank you for commenting you. I commend you. And I do not in any way see a problem with taking an old, beaten up, worn out, falling apart book and using it in a new and creative way. Even books that you love. It is just another honor for the greatness that a book! So, you have a new follower in me, and again, you have my respect!

  101. I just had to post because I am so outraged over the comments you initially received on this review. I can’t believe that these people could be so blindly, ignorantly hateful. And I see from one of your comments that the author posted your hometown and bio on her Facebook page?? That is NOT OKAY. She has GOT to know what her rabid fans would do. She’s been at this far too long to be unaware of the backlash she creates.

    Also? Having never read Anne Rice and having no particular opinion about her, I thought your review was funny and honest. It was your opinion on the book and your reasons for disliking it seemed perfectly justified to me. Also, since there is no Objective Measure of the Quality of Books, you are not obligated to believe that this or any Anne Rice book is a good piece of writing. I will strongly defend your right to think whatever you darn well please about it, and to write your opinions however you like.

    Also-also, those people who are like “OMG YOU DESTROYED A BOOOOOOOK!” are nuts. What would it matter even if you went to the bookstore and bought a new, pricey, hardcover edition of some very excellent and well-respected piece of writing and then went home and cut it up for crafts? Without *gasp* reading it even? The only book-crafting I might get upset about is if it was a rare edition or hard to find out of print or something. But a mass-market paperback? Pssht. You keep doing what you want to do.

  102. I can only compliment you to your crafty way to deal with Anne Rice writings. I just flung it into the garbage bin. At least you created something of value out of them 😛

    (I have read Interview With The Vampire. It’s the first book ever where the movie adaption was better. And it had Tom Cruise in it.)

  103. I have tried to read Anne Rice’s books (in order) and both I and my sister haven’t been able to get past page 10. I’ve also been given her erotic Sleeping Beauty series which was a stinker too.

    Anne Rice’s ego has obviously overcome her common sense to start this witch hunt.

  104. Thank you, Kayleigh, for speaking the truth about Anne Rice. Obviously you’re smarter than me because I plugged through five vampire novels, stupidly hoping that one of them might actually have a story instead of endless pages of description or whining. When I read The Witching Hour and determined it was a 1038-page prologue to the next book, I swore I’d never read any of her shit again. And I haven’t.

    I do, however, point to Anne Rice as what NOT to do when writing when I teach my Creative Writing class. I’ve been using Rice as an example of horrid writing for 13 years.

    So, hey, don’t worry about the blind Rice morons who vilify you. Look at this way: your blog went viral. Good for you.

  105. I was sent here from a link at “Dear Author.” They’re a classy bunch and it looks like you are too. Keep up the great reviews!
    Also, I have to add my voice to that of the other librarians (yes, I *do* think it makes me more qualified to comment on your decoupage project ;-). Thank you for saving this book. As you and others have commented, it was headed for the trash/recycling anyway, so why not do something constructive with it?
    Am now going to scroll back up through the massive number of comments to check and see if the Mills and Boon project has been posted yet. Scoured the sales bin for these when I was studying abroad. Really loved a quarter of the ones I read, hated another quarter, and was flat-out bemused by the other half.

  106. Well, I won’t judge you for your opinions and I won’t try to explain the book, people have already done that.. It is just weird that you did that to a book you loathed.. I hated Sookie Stackhouse series too but I just gave them away, there is no need to do such a disrespectful thing..

    Still, thank you for sharing your opinions, it’s a very courageous thing to do, even though I don’t agree with you ^^

  107. I am a followed of Anne Rice’s FB page, and although I understand your initial reaction to this…viral bombardment…I think you have misjudged Ms. Rice’s intentions in sharing your blog entry. She regularly shares critiques on her books, whether they are positive or negative. She also shares articles on other random, historical, controversial etc topics, and initiates thought-provoking, self-searching and intelligent conservation with her readers. Albeit, there are a number of people who may not be able to see her usually unbiased motives, and they may express themselves in a manner unbecoming to Ms. Rice. I hope you take that into consideration. 🙂 I am sure she meant no offense to you, and surely didn’t anticipate these people condemning you in her name. She has been on the receiving end of such things.

  108. The funny part about all this is that if you had turned this book in to a used bookstore, it probably would have been trashed. I worked at a used bookstore while I was in college and if we ran into an Anne Rice book with a cracked spine (like your copy) it would have its jacket stripped and be thrown in the bin. We did this with all authors who had an overflow (James Patterson, V.C. Andrews, Danielle Steel, Tom Clancy, etc.). Anything less than pristine was tossed. And yes, there were moments when I was tearing books up (I won’t tell you which author/authors inspired this) that I thought “ha! good riddance!”
    Before I worked at a bookstore, I never would have dreamed of shredding a book but it makes sense. Mass Market Paperbacks are not designed to last forever. The cheap pulpy paper would make that difficult anyhow.
    I know that people treasure their books, I certainly do. However, getting this emotional about one battered mass market paperback that was repurposed by an unhappy reader strikes me as overkill.
    (Oh, and I guess I should confess I made a collage about objectification and gender using romance novel covers and slices of the inner pages. Shhh, don’t tell anyone!)

  109. People need to calm down. Do you respond like this every time someone criticizes a book or author you like? If you do, you need to realize one of the most important truths you can ever learn in life: Not everyone likes the same things you do.

    What’s more, we are all entitled to review whatever work of art we so choose in essentially any manner we so choose. That’s everything from paintings to sculptures, and yes, to books. Go look at Goodreads, it’s a whole site dedicated to reviewing books and sharing those reviews. It’s an essential part of reading for pleasure: discussing strengths and weaknesses, sharing your opinions, and discussing those opinions with others like intelligent human beings.

    If this is how you respond to one blogger’s opinion, What do you do to every other person who writes an unfavorable review of a book you like? Or a piece of art you like?. By all means, express your disagreement with the blogger about her review, maybe point out why you disagree with her, maybe suggest further reading that could improve her opinion of the work in question. But to insult, demonize, and threaten? This is uncalled for in every situation.

    Finally, I have had an interest in Ann Rice for some time now. I have seen several movie adaptations of her works, and read one of her books, and have always intended to get deeper into it. However, seeing Rice act in this manner: to pick out a single, small time blogger and demonize her among Rice’s fan base has completely turned me off to her and all of her work. It is a petty, vindictive, cruel, and highly insecure move for a world renown author to deliberately pick on a single person whose opinion would otherwise have been read by very few people. ANY author who is incapable of taking criticism from their readers without turning it into a personal attack on the reader is not worth reading in my opinion. It tells me that such an author finds themselves above critique, which is not the case for ANY author. From Tolkien, Adams, Twain, Everest, to Hemmingway and more, no author is above critique. To act like you are is extremely arrogant and making everything about yourself as opposed to being about the reader or the story itself. You allow yourself no room for growth, and that’s just not an author I’m willing to read.

    • Thanks for the comment and I agree with your points about criticisms. No author is above critique, so perfect that they don’t need help and editing. Not to suggest I was good enough to offer that, I’m just amazed about what I’ve learned about this author since writing this blog

    • You forgot to address the main fact that has us all upset. Its not the review, it is the ripping that has us upset! Duh!

      • Jennifer, are you simple? I work in a bookstore. Do you know that Anne Rice’s later books didn’t sell anywhere near as well as the older ones? Do you have any idea whatsoever of how many covers I ~personally ripped off those crappy books to send back to the publisher? Do you? Will you picket all the bookstores now because they’re desecrating your bible?

      • Jennifer, why are you, or why is anyone for that matter, upset over what she does with her own property? Are we talking about a priceless, rare book? Was it a Gutenberg Bible she callously destroyed for an arts and crafts project? Was it the Voynich Manuscript? The original writings of Nostradamus? A Dead Sea Scroll? No? Well, is there some secret to life that could have been divined from it? Were the contents of the book of such great sociological value that the destruction of this specific book is a great loss to all humankind? No?

        Would you be upset at me if I took apart an old chair to make something new out of the materials? Or If I used an old computer to make something else out of it? It’s her property, she paid for it, she’s free to do whatever she wishes with it.

        It’s not like she destroyed this book in order to suppress the knowledge contained therein, in order to keep the masses stupid and uneducated and aware of nothing but her own agenda and her version of events. There was no malicious intent in what she did. She took something of no particular value that was old, damaged, and belonged to her and used it to make something else. This, honestly, is none of your business. I do not remember reading anywhere that “All books regardless of nature and content are sacrosanct”. If you’re upset about books of no particular value being destroyed, go protest at your local library or second hand book store. It happens all the time.

  110. I’m an English Literature graduate who loves reading, writing, blogging and finding interesting things to share with others. A nerdfighter and giant geek, I think long and hard about my opinions and love to share them with others. I also like to write fiction and working on business blogs.

    I am assuming you forgot the long and hard thinking before you ripped her book to shreds…

    • She can do whatever the Hell she pleases….it’s just a book..and it’s hers. She payed for it…if she wants to rip it apart..she can. Also…she can have an opinion.

    • … how can you get through an English Lit degree and still have the opinion that every single copy of every single book is sacred?? This was a cheap mass-market paperback, already falling apart. What possible harm to the universe could have come from her using it for her craft project?

      I am also a nerdfighter. I really think what she did was completely okay.

    • Jennifer, many times books are destroyed or thrown away. Did you ever read that little blurb in many paperbacks that says “if you bought this without the cover, it’s a stolen book”? When a book doesn’t sell, a bookstore often rips of the cover to send back to the publisher to get credit back for the book. The book is then thrown away. If that book is “resold” it’s considered stolen because the bookstore already received credit for it and that means they attempted to sell it twice. Also, libraries discard old, worn copies of books all the time. Sometimes they can be recycled; many times they cannot. At the library where I work, I personally have dealt with many books that were too damaged or soiled from all kinds of material (water/liquid damage, urine, feces, roaches, dog-eaten, mold) that have to be tossed in the trash (and those responsible for the damage are charged for the cost to replace the book). Also many times, people buy used books from library book sales or thrift stores for the sole purpose of craft projects, anything from decoupage to altered books to using the pages to make paper flowers (as a friend did for her wedding bouquet). I have done craft projects with books that were otherwise going to be recycled or trashed. I also have a love and respect for literature and have way more books in my home for reading pleasure than for crafting purposes.

  111. Miss Articulate, I have to say first that your decopatch looks lovely and I think that it is a wonderful way to salvage a beaten and torn book. Nicely done!

    Second, I too am one of those “long-time Anne Rice fans” that has been flooding your page. Unlike many of them, I’m not here to curse you (or to curse at you) and find it fascinating how defensive some of my fellow fans get when reading a simple, well written critique. Anne has always welcomed criticism and when she finds reviews that are unique or thought-provoking she posts them for others to see, whether good or bad.

    My opinion of her writing is clearly different from yours but I understand and respect your observations. Lengthy detail and description is Anne’s bread and butter and for myself the joy of reading one of her books is often much more about the world she depicts than the story itself. Character development happens slowly in this series, with hints of Pandora’s mythology scattered over several books before this one arrived to pull the pieces into a more cohesive story. For anyone who has led you to believe this book is uncharacteristic of the Vampire Chronicles series, I would strongly disagree. It is shorter than others, and meant to be more removed from the overall story line, but the differences end there. This is Anne’s style and Pandora takes the same basic format as most of the other novels in the Vampire Chronicles series: a brief explanation of previous events, long and winding origin story of a particular character, then late in the story comes the turning into a vampire and an integration into the overarching storylines.

    It sounds like this isn’t what you want from a vampire series… in my opinion, the Vampire Chronicles is very little about vampires at all and much more about history and morality. It is also very much a series, demanding its readers to read the story in order to understand the progression. Not an easy commitment to ask of a reader, but it’s one that has paid off for those of us who really appreciate the style. Perhaps that’s where the fierce loyalty comes from, the amount of time and energy spent getting to know and understand these characters and the worlds they inhabit.

    I’m glad you gave this book a chance, even if it didn’t speak to you. I’m glad you have the courage to face the assault that has come your way after speaking out and having your voice so unexpectedly heard. Anne has definitely faced her share of harsh criticsm over the years, often from her own overzealous fans (ever heard of her Christ the Lord series?) and I truly believe that standing firm in the face of opposition while being open to the discussion will strengthen your voice and expand your reach.

    All the best to you,
    Matt

  112. I may get stoned for this, but…I don’t like Anne Rice. I’ve never liked Anne Rice. I’ve read the first three Vampire Chronicles, I read the Sleeping Beauty porn, I read something else I can’t bring to mind…and I’ve never liked any of it except for Sleeping Beauty when I was about twelve. I think what you did is a brilliant use of a bad (and damaged and falling apart) book, and I’m really sorry you’re getting so much grief over it. Hang in there.

  113. I’m not sure my first comment went through , so trying again:

    I may get stoned for this…but I don’t like Anne Rice. I’ve never liked Anne Rice. I’ve read a lot of her books, always hoping I’d like *this* one…and they all pretty much suck, IMO. I think what you did with Pandora was an excellent use of a badly written, falling-apart anyway paperback, and I’m really, really sorry you’re getting so much crap from crazy people over it. I think the author is badly in need of a good editor (or was; I haven’t read her books in years so I can’t speak to current works) so why shouldn’t the book itself get edited? 😛

    Hang in there. I really admire your grace under fire. And yes, I’m with you in that books should stand alone, somewhat. I think that books in a series should grow from the one before it, so those who read the series all along should be able to follow and see character and plot development, but if I were to, say, pick up book 5 in a series i’d also expect to see a bit of retelling of books 1-4, just little bits here and there so I wouldn’t be completely lost upon reading book 5, and enough to interest me in finding books 1-4 and reading them. Am I making sense? The best example I have is possibly Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden files – each book stands alone, but you have a much greater appreciation for Harry and his world if you read the whole series. *And* the books are numbered so you know where you are and where to start. (They’re also fun books, IMO.)

  114. I haven’t liked anything recent from Anne Rice. I was a really big fan at one time. The vampire series just seemed to blend into each other after awhile. I *think* I read this one, but since I can’t remember any of it I guess I wasn’t impressed with it.

    I’m a serious reader, a book blogger, a book lover, and I too have crafted things from books. I’ve made Christmas ornaments and garlands. I’m dying to make a wreath that I’ve pinned on Pinterest. I have the perfect book, I just need the time. Paperbacks are made to fall apart anyway. If it’s not a rare book, I don’t see any harm in it. I like what you did. Keep crafting!

    Sorry about the drama but at least you’re getting lots of traffic!

  115. Anne post reviews ALL of the time on her facebook, good and bad and then asks people for comments and their thoughts and opinions. Obviously throttles leads to you getting attacked by some of her more eccentric fans…. I think you’ve taken all of the criticism, advice and down right rudeness vary well. I love Anne Rice, but I was r eading those books as an early teen. Starting them as an adult, and towards the end of the series would be confusing at best. While books should be able to stand on their own, generally speaking when it comes to series, you miss a lot of character development and background that is essential to understanding this character, and the changes they are going through and gone through. If you get glimpses of this woman in earlier books, you crave to learn more about her and that’s what series do. If you start in the middle, you don’t love or even hate the character the way you are meant to.

  116. Hi. First, you’re awesome. You have the right to post your opinion on your own blog. Shame on Ms. Rice for sending her fanatics to bother you. Tsk, tsk, Ms. Anne.

    Anyway, I *am* an Anne Rice fan. I say ‘fan’ vs ‘fanatic’. I find that fanatics will continue liking something just for the sake of liking/obsessing over it and they can respond like extremists at times. Fans, in my opinion, truly like something, but still have the ability to weigh it’s good and bad points instead of just giving it blind devotion.

    Anne’s earlier novels are definitely her best. Her works have taken a dip in quality over the years ,especially when she decided she no longer needed an editor (if *anyone* ever needed an editor, it’s Anne Rice). Her descriptions can sometimes get too heavy handed, and yet I love the history she injects into a story. The Queen of the Damned, The Mummy, Servant of the Bones, those novels I have a fondness for because of the history, both true and created, that’s in them.

    Her novels are far from perfect though, especially the later vampire novels, which became extremely formulaic (there’s someone telling someone else their entire history, then flash back to present times, a little bit of action, someone dies omg, the end). It’s kind of a shame that you started with Pandora, I think, perhaps, if you’d started with one of her earlier works you might have a bit of a different opinion on that.

    Or perhaps not, to each their own. 🙂

    Also, it saddens me to see any book destroyed, but I understand they do fall apart after a while, so what better way to recycle it? Otherwise it probably would have just ended up in the bin.

    Anywho, don’t let the crazies get to you. Happy blogging~!

  117. Hello! Well, it must be quite an experience reading all of these comments. She really didn’t post a call to come and bother you, it was just letting everyone know that there was a critique written. I am a new freelance writer. While it would absolutely terrify me if this happened to me, at least you got a lot more visitors to your blog. I read through and like your other posts… So, even though I am an Anne Rice fan (I love heavy description) I’m going to visit you again, and I never would have found you without her sharing this post. 🙂 I hope all those meanies choke on their cheerios.

  118. Holy CATS. What a bunch of ridiculous butt hurt. I’d like to say I’ve never seen such a wad of over-reaction, but I certainly can say it ranks in the top ten. Some of these people need to take a breath and get their panties out of a wad. I thought the art project was pretty cool, and considering the fact that used mass-market paperbacks usually end up in landfills, you’ve actually done something better with it than what would have happened. And really, comparing it to Nazis? Seriously? How absurd.

    And I have no doubt that the author knew EXACTLY what her little fan poodles were going to do when she posted up this link. On the bright side, those of us rolling our eyes at the whole thing have found a really cool new blog to follow.

  119. Ms. Rice (and I use that respectful term loosely) knew exactly what she was doing. Being passive aggressive isn’t anything new or hard to spot. The ridiculousness unleashed here is because a grown woman who is also a famous author thought it appropriate to “sick” her fans on someone for disliking a book. At this point, I can say with all sincerity that I will follow Miss Articulate’s blog and will never buy another Anne Rice novel.

    I especially love her reply later in the thread where she takes credit for sending so many people this way and hopes that the blog owner is happy – she knows very well that the “publicity” received here isn’t what any blog owner would look forward to.

  120. Wow, holy attack of the trolls, Batman. Anyway, your little box is awesome. Any chance of a tutorial? I’ve saved some discard copies of a few favorites that would be perfect for such a project.

  121. Wow, thanks for this review. I enjoyed it. And I’m really sorry the hoi polloi are now ripping you down because of it. I don’t have an axe in this race… I’m happy to avoid vampire novels forever and ever. I’m actually writing to say hurray, it’s your blog and you wan write what you want. Oh, and… Please post your decoupage (or however one spells it where you are) when you’re finished with it. I’ll be watching your RSS feed to make sure you do. 😉

  122. What if you had posted pictures of your decoupage, and said that you had made it out of a unsalvageable copy of one of your favorite paperback novels Pandora. And what if you had said that you had made sure that pages containing your favorite passages were the most visible in your pieces as a tribute. I wonder how many of these people currently giving you grief would be posting in favor of your project.

  123. First off, let me start by saying that I’m a big Anne Rice Fan but I agree that this is not her best work and may even fall under the category of EPIC FAIL. However, I find it odd and ridiculous that she (the blogger on this page) keeps insisting that books on a series should be numbered, any person who can read and comprehend would probably be able to figure out which comes first. To me, that completely takes away the credibility of this review, simply because she didn’t have any appreciation of the characters, previous plots, their history etc. I think it was big of Anne to post this on her page, considering the fact that the author who claims to be a small blogger who doesn’t crave attention (why blog in the first place?) thinks that reading 23 books maker her adequate and “articulate” enough to make a review of a book in a series without reading the first 5.

    And that part about all books should stand alone, is just… pardon me for the language: STUPID.

  124. I commend you for having the high self-esteem it takes to post your own opinions, despite the book being from a big name such as Anne Rice. While I also share your opinion (Pandora was a bit lacking in many ways) I must say that I could not in my wildest dreams keep my composure and reply to every disrespectful comment or “flame” to that opinion as you have.

    High praises to you, for thanking those individuals who insult and degrade you for your opinion. They are only bringing your review much more publicity than it would normally recieve.

  125. Pick up Anne’s “The Witching Hour”.. it was my personal favorite of all her books. Sorry people treated you poorly.

  126. You mentioned that you had no interest I. Vampires from the beginning. In my opinion, you had already judged any of Anne Rice’s work without actually delving into it. Also, if by chance you had started from the beginning of the trilogy, you might have been more enlightened. I, like you, did not read the novels in order, but I DID have some interest involved. I have read many novels that were praised by others that I did not care for myself. I did NOT rip it to shreds as you did. I kept an open mind and realized that maybe others got something out of it that I did not. You however, seem unable to comprehend that. In that case I believe that you have a right to your opinion, but that is just it. Your opinion is your opinion, however misguided or uninformed it might be.

  127. I used to like Anne Rice, but after seeing all this passive aggressive crap she’s been doing I don’t think I’ll be buying another of her books. I hope if I’m ever a published author I’ll be able to accept criticism with a bit more grace than she’s shown.

  128. Hello! I am an Anne Rice fan…while I love her books I respect that other people don’t and would NEVER go to someone’s blog and bash them just for not liking a book I didn’t like or not liking an author I like. I’m a book blogger myself (really small book blog) and I feel awful that so many people left you hate comments on here!! It’s YOUR blog, that’s so crazy!!

  129. Wow! Some of the commenters have been awful! Well, I’ve been a long time fan of Anne’s work but I’m quite capable of allowing others to dislike it without wishing horrible diseases on them, calling them filthy names, or comparing them to a political party that committed wide spread genocide. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with repurposing an old book. Way to recycle! 🙂

  130. What the heck? I have been a fan of Anne Rice on facebook and a lot of people I know love her novels. I have been disgusted by her behavior over there in the past several weeks. First, I found she was extremely closed minded and rude to even her own fans when it came to a topic she was choosing to post about…circumcision. Now, she is directing people to leave “comments” on a blog that negatively reviews her book. What did she think would happen? I don’t get it. Maybe this woman is senile? Obviously, she is lacking some common sense as are many of her fans. Sorry you are being cyber bullied for your opinions! Geesh. While I am here, I will take a look around though. 🙂

  131. I came back here to apologize because I do enjoy reading your posts and I do enjoy your blog. I was so shocked that someone would do that to a book because personally I just find it difficult to rip apart a book even if I didn’t like it. On the plus side though, you were able to use the pages into something useful and artsy! So it’s not like you threw the book out.

    What I wasn’t expecting is how heinous some of the comments are, and I wish you wouldn’t get so much backlash from it! I was unaware until one of my friends “shared” Anne’s link to your page on facebook and was appalled by Anne’s passive aggressive behavior, AND MOST DEFINITELY HER FANS. They need to grow up, and Anne needs to get a reality check. Not everyone is going to enjoy reading her books, but to in a way to sic her fans at you is uncalled for.

    True, I admit she writes well, but… this is not classy behavior. Really disappointed in her.

  132. I read through all this mostly because I am a fan of us fickle humans. Your replies to peoples comments–like the glitch about being stand alone book–I kept wanting to do a reboot bop like the V-8 commercials. If you do an thorough deconstruction of most writers body of work–they are going to have hails and fobs. The author wrote the books how she saw fit and people purchased, or not, her books as they saw fit.

    I think the premise to pluck one book out of the air–especially one that is potentially considered one of her ‘fobs’ and then deconstruct it is trying to have an intelligent conversation w/misinformation, or incomplete information.

    I hate liver and I can guarantee I am never going to write a recipe book about liver. Like my mentor used to say, “Don’t you be the map for the territory.”

    If you had done any of the usual wikipedia, google, read amazon reviews (lol), as a minimal jumping off point, then maybe you could have learned, offered something novel, insightful, or beneficial?

    Sometimes you buy authors books because they are like dessert, or that bag of microwave popcorn at night when you are in your jammies, all snug in, and just want to go for a ride. Again–I don’t like liver, so I can not going to snuggle up w/liver.

    To the clueless, classless jerks without any respect–sorry about that. I call us beautifully fickle human beings ‘free entertainment’. Most of the time you don’t have to do anything but sit back and watch.

  133. Good lord, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, you don’t have to bash someone because their opinion differs from yours. Grow up, people. If you liked the book, go write your own blog about why you liked it.

  134. -It’s cool you don’t like the book. It’s not one of my favorites either. When did we stop respecting each other’s opinions?
    -Your paper boxes came out really neat! I have plenty of books I’d like to turn into adorable boxes.

    -Clearly Anne Rice knows the reaction her linkage will get, but on the flipside because she posts absolutely every single mention of her name on the entire internet, I don’t see this action as exactly passive aggressive.

    P.S. Can you post a link or a craft book so I can make some too?

  135. I read through all this mostly because I am a fan of us fickle humans. Your replies to peoples comments–like the glitch about being stand alone book–I kept wanting to do a reboot bop like the V-8 commercials. If you do an thorough deconstruction of most writers body of work–they are going to have hails and fobs. The author wrote the books how she saw fit and people purchased, or not, her books as they saw fit.

    I think the premise to pluck one book out of the air–especially one that is potentially considered one of her ‘fobs’ and then deconstruct it is trying to have an intelligent conversation w/misinformation, or incomplete information.

    I hate liver and I can guarantee I am never going to write a recipe book about liver. Like my mentor used to say, “Don’t you be the map for the territory.”

    If you had done any of the usual wikipedia, google, read amazon reviews (lol), as a minimal jumping off point, then maybe you could have learned, offered something novel, insightful, or beneficial?

    Sometimes you buy authors books because they are like dessert, or that bag of microwave popcorn at night when you are in your jammies, all snug in, and just want to go for a ride. Again–I don’t like liver, so I can not going to snuggle up w/liver.

    To the clueless, classless jerks without any respect–sorry about that. I call us beautifully fickle human beings ‘free entertainment’. Most of the time you don’t have to do anything but sit back and watch.

  136. Hi there,

    After reading some of the comments on Facebook the other day and just now reading
    Another bloggers opinion on Anne linking such reviews I have read yours and it has helped me put into words how I see her books.

    They are not about drinking blood as you have pointed out, they are about the human side of the characters. Cursed with immortality and a need to kill in order to survive we are witness to their struggle to hold onto their humanity whilst living with the knowledge that they have become quite simply a killing machine.

    That’s my take on it at least.

    Svlad.

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  138. I loved reading (and in some cases re-reading) Anne Rice’s novels – granted, some are definitely better than others…however, I’m also an artist and can understand why you changed a “found object” into something else of use, interest & beauty (although, I would have kept the cover – out of all the novels, I think Pandora’s cover has one of the most beautiful images!)
    I think using used books to create art is an interesting medium, and if the book was falling apart anyway, what does it matter…it’s better that it gets used as something new rather than become landfill!
    Good on you, and well done for putting up with a lot of harsh criticism on the way – you must have very tough skin!

  139. I have to say your review was pretty fair. I might not have come against it as strongly, but then perhaps the other books she’s written which I’ve actually liked might have led me to sugarcoat a review on this one. I’m terribly sorry, both that Ms. Rice has decided to use her Facebook page as a bully pulpit and that some of her fans are so blindly adoring that they cannot stand a word said against any of her work. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  140. While I disagree with you about Pandora, I appreciate your right to your opinion. I’m sorry you’re being attacked.

  141. I am absolutely sickened that Anne Rice posted your review knowing that her fans would jump over here and attack. she knew exactly what she was doing. how disrespectful, and unprofessional. bravo on your review, I am a new follower on your blog 🙂 I love that you have been positive in every response to negative comments, that takes a very big person. don’t let Anne’s obsessed stalkers get to you!

  142. It is ok to recycle a book. Good for you!!! People… what is the big deal? It is a book! It’s not like she murdered Anne Rice. So she didn’t like it. As Americans we are entitled to our opinions… remember? Sheesh!

  143. I have followed Anne Rice for years, have enjoyed many of her books, others-not as much, but have still looked forward to each new book. Your reading of Pandora without reading many of the others that are interwoven with it is akin to reading part three of a 5 book series. Inasmuch as you have your right to your opinion, so do others. As a writer, you should know that it is personal…to not care for it is one thing, to say that ” I took a scalpel to my copy of Anne Rice’s Pandora and started making decopatch with it instead!” is an attack, not an opinion, not a thoughtful critique. Your original intention in your edit is too little too late. I believe that the personal attacks to you were uncalled for, unnecessary and distasteful-to say the least. That said, I also believe that you knew what you were getting into when you chose Anne Rice (with the large fan base that you yourself admitted to) to debase, so I’m sorry, but no sympathy there.

  144. Kayleigh, you have responded to this dogpile of crazy with grace and good manners. I survived one a couple of years ago–maybe without quite so much class.

    I’m going to be blogging about this and “Gangs of New Media” and their “twitchforks” next Sunday.

    Lovely decoupage work, by the way. I know writers who have had their books mailed to them after being put in the shredder, and one who was mailed a photograph of the reviewer’s dog eating his book. You made art out of a falling-apart book. If you ever want to make something out of one of mine, let me know. 🙂

  145. I just wanted to say to the author of the blog, I’m sorry I misjudged you at the beginning of the article. I’m not a huge Anne rice fan but I was led here by the other blogger posting a letter on your behalf to never say anything nice about her ( Anne) again. I read your review and quite frankly at first glance you did seem like you were trolling for an adverse reaction from fans. Text doesn’t really carry sarcasm unless you truly are as good as Adams or Pratchett . Not to insult your writing. But after reading your calm comebacks to horrid people and getting a better feel for your sly tongue in cheek commentary . I realize your initial blog was just a playfull romp, as you combined your entertainment with books with your lack of being entertained by this one. After getting to know your style a little better I actually kinda liked the review. Kinda like reading a series. I hope you don’t have to deal with much more. P.S. no one should be compared to the twilight books or nazis

  146. Man I’m sorry for all the hate. Alright- yes I’m an anne rice fan. But we all have opinions. I agree sometimes things can take a turn for the worst in her novels…haven’t read Pandora- mainly because I never liked the character to begin with. 😛 Any way- i appreciate your opinion and I”m sorry for all the hate from other fans its really silly to get so upset about this.
    Only thing i can be mad at is tearing up a book…i wish you’d not of done THAT part but thats only because i have an unhealthy respect for books and think they should be cherished and honored;especially with all the kindle and ipooed or what-the-hell-ever e-craps people use now.

  147. Hi!! I admit, I came here because of the post on Anne Rice’s Facebook page BUT I have to say I really enjoyed reading your review of the book. Pandora is not one of my favourite books written by Anne and in all seriousness I really don’t like the character Marius. I tend to find any book that revolves around him is a bit tedious. You expressed your opinion eloquently and I found it easy to relate to! If you are interested in the vampire chronicles at all, I would suggest the second book. Thanks for the entertainment! Also I like your Decopatching skills 😛

  148. After reading through 95% of the comments, I applaud your badassery and ability to stay cool despite the enormous flames engulfing the page. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more recycled book crafts (and maybe get some inspiration for my more… uh… well-loved paperbacks that I should probably replace).

    From one English grad to another, rock on! Consider me your newest fan.

  149. I’m in awe that you took the time to respond to some of these overly not polite commentors, most of who probably don’t understand the point of a bookblog. I am an Anne Rice fan, I do enjoy these books, but we are all intitled to our own opinions. Personally, everytime I try reading Jane Austen, I fall asleep. She bores me to tears.

    From one book blogger to another, good job.

  150. You know, you say that you bought a book intending to make a craft project out of it all along but you choose to specifically name this post “Punishing Pandora”. That title sort of insinuates that you destroyed the book because you disliked it and I’m sorry but I will never think that’s okay. If you didn’t want to leave people with that impression you could have picked a less aggressive title. You are certainly allowed to dislike the book. As much as I disagree with the act, you are even allowed to destroy books, however I doubt you will have a future in book reviews after this. Most of the book readers I know are people who appreciate books and who believe they should be respected and well cared for. The backlash to this post isn’t all about Anne Rice and your opinions about her work, its about your disgraceful disrespect for all books.

  151. I just want to comment on what everyone starts getting upset about in the beginning of the comments — the fact that Pandora should either be a “stand alone” book or that it’s okay to assume you know the characters and the surrounding story. Some make the argument that it’s silly to expect us to read the same character introductions over and over again. Everyone is comparing it to Twilight which is in and of itself a failed argument.

    So I propose to you this: read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Each book is CLEARLY part of a series and yes, in order to fully understand every nuance of it you should read them in order. However, reading them as individual books still gives you a delightful story without incredibly long, dreary introductions. While you do receive some of the same information in each book, it is succinct and to the point, where a virgin to the series can understand it and veterans won’t be bogged down and feel the need to skip over it. Old information is also peppered throughout the book so we aren’t inundated with facts. We just get to enjoy the story as it goes along.

    I think what Miss Articulate may have been saying is not that she expects every book in a series to have dramatic introductions and to develop the entire world, but rather that they would consider a reader who is new to the series that may be jumping in at this particular point. Especially since these books are not labeled, are not numbered and some of us Anne Rice “fans” aren’t even sure what books to read in order, then it is reasonable that a new reader would have no clue this is not a “starting point”.

    So before attacking her about these silly things and getting upset that she doesn’t like the book, try to view it from a newcomer’s standpoint. We were all noobs once.

    • Because they are NOT ordered perse! That is why! There is no number 1,2,3,4 5, etc.. There is no specific order in which they have to read! Although, it does of course help if you do read them in the order they were released – although Anne has stated before that isn’t really the order in which they’re to be read..so to speak.. They are individual books written by several Vampires.. Lestat wrote some, Marius wrote one(maybe 2 I cannot remember now). David Talbot Wrote several, as he was a member of teh Talamasca before being turned.. so it was his job to chronicle the supernatural, which includes the Mayfair witches and the various Vampires.. Each book is written from the perspective of one of the Vampires, his experiences and sometimes telling stories that they were told by other vampires.. I think there may even be a couple that are combined efforts of more than one vampire.. I do not recall exactly..

      Merrick and Pandora were not part of the Chronicles proper.. they were companion books..

  152. I sorry that you find negative feelings for Anne. She is a wonderful woman. Freedom of speech allows all of us to say anything. Your writing shows me you are a strong person. Personally and an excellent writer . i am thrilled Anne
    is my Facebook friend that’s pretty incredible she takes the time every day to write to us and inner acts with everyone. You expressed how you feel. I hope it has enlightened you. It is sad. That you felt you needed to attempt to hang a veil over a beloved author. I wish you well,

    • LMFAO @ “freedom of speech.” You’re delusional. If good ol’ Mater really welcomed discourse and fans interacting with one another, perhaps she wouldn’t have begun suing said fans over fanfiction and roleplay websites – harmless endeavors, never once meant for profit – 15 years ago?

      She is NOT a “wonderful woman.” She’s petty and hateful and feeds on attention like a lamprey. She must be thrilled to death that so many of her Facebook “friends” stirred up the pot in her name because it means she’s relevant for an extra ten minutes.

    • Wonderful people actively encourage harassment of others, eh?

      Interesting definition of “wonderful”.

  153. Your decoupage looks awesome, though! I often find torn books / outdated reference books and recycle them into craft. Text and books are beautiful and should totally be turned into pretty things if they’re not going to be read again. 🙂

    I wasn’t able to bring myself to decoupage with a damaged bible, because I was worried someone might be deeply offended, but I NEVER would considered that with a modern fiction paperback. Book deconstruction is not equal to book burning. You’re not damaging it to make a political statement or prevent other people from reading the work [unless they were really dead-set on reading your particular copy, I guess?].

    Uh, anyway, glad I found your blog. [and now I want to go decoupage an empty ice cream pint container, brb.]

  154. I actually quite liked Pandora, though I had read all the preceding books first and it definitely does assume you already know the characters. I think mostly I just liked the setting. I’m sorry you got so many rabid fans flipping out on your blog, though!

  155. Having read all of Anne Rice’s works, and being one of her biggest fans, I must admit I agree that this novel was quite hard for me to get through. It is by far, one of my least favorite of her novels. I would donate it if I did not own the entire series, but having an incomplete set would kill me.I do feel that if you had started with the “original” vampire chronicles, you may have enjoyed Pandora just a little bit more, maybe. The Vampire Armand has been, and will always be, my absolute favorite. It is a true work of art.

    That being said, I do think it was rather distasteful to take someone’s hard work, cut it up, use it for an origami project, and display it. Whether it be Anne Rice, or any other author/book. That person spent months/years pouring themselves into their art just to entertain others. It is one thing to give it a bad review ” which I did for this book on amazon”, but another to deface someone’s work. If you disliked the book to that extent, why not donate it to goodwill, or some other thrift shop or used book store? You may not have enjoyed it, but someone else might have.

    I do also want to apologize for all the ignorance and abuse that has been brought about by this. Although I disagree with your method, I do not feel you deserve some of the response that you have gotten.

  156. You may do what you wish with your property, of course. I turn old books into craft all the time, and not always because I hate them.

    What concerns me about your review and your update is that you criticize and then get quite offended when you receive criticism. It’s easy to write whatever you want on a tiny corner of the internet. You can tear apart someone’s work (literally and figuratively) without them ever knowing. The difference here is that the author found out.

    There’s nothing wrong with what you did, and you do not deserve the ridiculous threats and harsh words. Where you went wrong, imo, is suggesting that Anne Rice did something wrong by linking to your blog post on her Facebook page. You chose to put your opinion out into the big wide world of the internet. This does not excuse rude and unreasonable people, but it does mean that you are responsible for what you posted. You made Anne Rice the subject of your post, and I don’t see where she did anything unreasonable in linking to what you already put out into the public sphere. You do not deserve abuse for this, but it is ridiculous to blame the author for it. Blame the idiots who can’t disagree in a civil manner.

    • Considering Anne Rice’s…er…passive aggressive behavior in the past, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was her exact intention to cause controversy and harassment. She hasn’t been kind to people who’ve disliked her books in the past.

  157. I happen to enjoy Anne Rice’s novels, in fact she is one of my favorite writers but she may not be for everyone. That is the beauty of being human….we are all different. If we all thought the same we would be awfully bored! Keep your head up and don’t let people who act like they are two get to you! After all this is YOUR blog and they don’t have to read it and hey wait….this is America….right?! You are allowed to have your OWN thoughts.

  158. Here via a post on the “fandom_wank” community, and… Wow… so glad I didn’t use an Anne Rice novel when I découpaged a trash can for an art class (though it sounds like it’d have been as appropriate for the task as the hilariously horrible Feng Shui book I used instead)…

    Keep on rockin’ the art!

  159. If you want to ever give Anne Rice another go I suggest you read The Vampire Lestat. I found it to be the best one of all the series. I think it’s sad that people would go to such lengths to online bully a fellow human being for having a rather (imo: just) way of saying how she sees things. I think it’s a shame that you read Pandora, instead of earlier mentioned book.

    I’ve come to ignore most posts by Anne Rice on FB, since they are mostly (from observation) based in religion or opinions on her characters. I liked her books, but that is it. I hope that people will cool off and leave you to your very interesting decoupage project(s) 🙂

    OBS: Pandora, like The Vampire Armand, is sort of side stories about characters from the main book series so you can dive into more knowledge about those characters. Pandora first showed up as one of the elder Vampires in “Queen of the Damned”, which again wasn’t as good as the 2nd in the series. 😉

  160. Whew!! that was a trip and a half all the way to the bottom of the page. Well what can I say that has not been said before, yes, no, maybe?
    I used to drive night shift taxis in Sydney Australia and the number of people who would get into my taxi stinking of alcohol and make all kind of threats and hurl all kinds of abuse would make a biker cry.
    I’ve read the vampire chronicles and found them OK. Nothing to write home about, but my wife loved them, so we have them all on the shelf. We also have over a thousand other books on those shelves as well, not all of them are fiction and one or two are worth quite a bit of money. As far as other vampire stories are concerned, where is a vampire slayer named Buffy when you need her?
    Yes the TV series’ Buffy and Angel are in our DVD library beside the Twilight series and I have been writing my own story that I’ve shockingly found contains Vampires. Wasn’t expecting it and it has suddenly changed how I look at my characters. they’re not as nice as I thought they were.
    And isn’t it this what all these stories we read and the ones we tell ourselves are all about?
    Either reading a story or watching a film, changes how we view that genre as the “what if” hits in and suddenly a character in our mind story drops effortlessly onto a page. We look at them and wonder where they came from, how they became the person who they are now and what those events have to do with how they will deal with the events that are about to be put in front of them. A very good reason to try and read a story from beginning to end.
    I won’t bore you with going on forever about this subject as that is something I can do all too well. Come to think of it, I can go on and on about just about any subject really. Just ask me. I’ll wake you when I’m done.

  161. Wow, this is an insane thread… I read about 100 comments before I gave up!

    Let me just say upfront that I have not read a single book of Anne Rice. I saw Interview With a Vampire, that’s pretty much it.

    What I really came here to do is maybe balance out this useless Anne Rice meanness with my support for you. For both what you did with your book and for your stand on standalone v/s series books.

    Once you have paid money for something, it is yours and yours alone. Even Anne Rice has no rights over that book which you have purchased. So I am flabbergasted at this outpouring of meanness. People, she bought the goddam thing with her money! It’s as if random strangers came into your house and started yelling at you for the sofa or the curtains you bought. So so very weird.

    The other thing I wanted to say is that if a book is a part of an ongoing series then it HAS be numbered, no two ways about it. I read so many authors who write series (it’s my fav kind to read) and every series writer I’ve read makes their absolute best effort to make each book a standalone. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t. The underlying reason being how else can an author hook a new reader. However, these very same authors also ensure that their books clearly mention what series and what number the book is a part of, if not on the cover then on the inside. It’s just plain logical.

    I personally don’t like this book art business (I’m a book hoarder, I guess). However I absolutely 100% support your right to do what you want with books that you’ve bought. Don’t let these high school mean kids get you down, Ms. Articulate. Keep doing what you’re doing. Cuz haters will hate… (God, I loathe that phrase) 😉

    Anyway, I’ve said my piece. Sorry didn’t mean to write an essay. Cheers!!!

    • Look, I don’t agree with either this review (it’s misinformed) or the cyber bullying by fans of the series but I really do have to respond to your comment. Like the initial review, it’s the misinformation that bothers me.

      1. No author “HAS” to number their books just because they’re in a series. In fact, most authors don’t do this. The numbers usually get attached informally as fans of a series come to know them as “Book 7”, etc. If you look at the books themselves, there is usually little or no indication that they’re part of a series, unless you know the author or read the blurb.

      2. Pandora is a novella, not a novel. Whilst being more indepth than a short story, it’s meant purely as a companion to the Vampire Chronicles, giving background information on a minor character in the series. As a stand alone book it just doesn’t work well as you’re presumed to have some previous knowledge of this character and her relationship to others.

      This third point is just my opinion and I’m sure many would disagree with me: I’m not entirely comfortable with the whole “if I buy it , I can do what I want with it” concept. Yes, legally speaking you are indeed correct. And yes, many books are destroyed by libraries and book stores. But I think the point some people are making is that this was a very public display of “this is what I think your art is worth”, kind of like buying a painting and then trashing that painting on the internet because you didn’t like it. I know the analogy doesn’t quite stand up, but to a writer their words are their art. I honestly think if the reviewer had just been honest and said that the book was falling apart so she decided to do something creative with it there wouldn’t have been such a strong reaction. So yeah, in a legal sense any paper book you buy is yours but, to me, sometimes the consideration of others is a little more valuable and important that making a statement. Not that any of this excuses the bullying, of course. That’s just a plain nasty part of human nature.

      • Perhaps you’re right that authors don’t “have” to number their series, but take a random look around you, most successful authors DO number their series. Or list the reading order of a series which is tantamount to numbering anyway. Certainly ALL the authors I read do this – Nora Roberts, Nalini Singh, Jeaniene Frost, Jim Dresden, Kresley Cole, Robert Jordan to name a few off the top of my head. If not the author, then certainly the team that works with them does. Perhaps it offends the idea of “artististic” sensibilities, but realistically, if you want to sell books, then you have to list them.

        These same authors provide the same courtesy to novellas as well. Their novellas are treated with as much importance as their full-length novels. And I am always told at what point in the series arc does any particular novella belong. Or if it belongs to the series world but not in any specific arc. Maybe the point here is that with the kind of reach Ms. Rice already has, she does not think she needs to bother with such courtesies. It’s her prerogative of course, but then she runs the risk of a negative review such as this one.

        As to your final point of “consideration of others is a little more valuable and important that making a statement”, how about this? You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. And if you read my comment again, you’ll see that I don’t agree with what she has done with the book either. However what I support is her RIGHT to do what she wishes with her personal property.

        People who don’t read books (I’ve been told such creatures do exist 😉 ), or worse can’t read, would not care about who does what with books. For them, this controversy would be like a storm in a teacup. For few other people, what Ms. Articulate has created is art and they would never have gotten this art in their lives if she had just quietly thrown the book away. You gotta be true to yourself, and THAT is what I’m supporting here.

        Thanks for you point of view, cheers!

  162. Look y’all, yeah I’m from the south. What has gotten you so mad. Not everyone likes Ann Rice and that includes me. Y’all sound like a bunch of monkeys going at it. Leave it be and do something else.

  163. I completely agree with your opinion on Pandora. I started reading Anne at the tender age of 12, wondering the shelves of Walmart no less looking for any Anne Rice book I could find. I’m now 30. I gobbled up the first four vampire novels, ventured into Sleepy Beauty series (not at Walmart), and each time some thing new came out I bought each book, knowing I would love it like the last. I read Pandora and thought, “We’ll it was alright.” Marius was such a fav of mine, I didn’t mind how boring the storyline was. I guess it was a different road we had to travel to read Anne’s story. I like Armand’s story better, and I thought his relationship with Marius was much more intimate.
    With that being said, I’ve only had the urge to year up one series of book. 50 Shades of Grey. I could think of 100 ways to shred that POS that people have the nerve to call literature. That’s another conversation, but that’s my comparison. So even though I don’t agree Pandora makes me even close to the the I feel for the latter, I understand your pain!

  164. “I’m sorry for not mentioning this from the word go but I can’t believe that Anne Rice has been so affronted to share this to her Facebook Page knowing how biased her fan base would be when reading my post and the result that this would cause. ”

    This is a two-part assumption –that Anne Rice was “affronted” and that she knew her fan base would react this way. Many people tend to passively assume that the folks “around them” are like them or at least similar. It’s a psychological mechanism that gives us comfort in a chaotic world. Anne would not likely leave vitriol on anyone’s blog, so it likely didn’t occur to her that “her” fans would either. I doubt she intended to sick her dogs on you. Rather than assuming the worst of her as a person (which doesn’t help anyone or your case) and just generates more negative energy– address the action she took and let her know why it was wrong.

    If the negative attention is too much, ask her to remove her link to your blog. Or, be creative and parlay it to your benefit. You now have the attention of hundreds of people who never knew you existed before.

    • Have you seen Anne Rice’s antics in the past? This is the woman who has attempted to sue people for writing fanfiction, verbally abused a reviewer who gave her a negative review on Amazon, harassed a cafe owner for opening his “gaudy” cafe on her favorite street, and wrote a two-page spread in her local newspaper decrying why Tom Cruise would make an awful Lestat. She’s as passive aggressive and nasty as they come. I’m just surprised more fans don’t see it. People knew about her bizarre behavior waaay back in the 90s.

  165. First: It’s decoupage, not decopatch.

    Second: I’m an altered book artist. I regularly cut up books to turn them into art objects. I take this practice VERY seriously. Never in my life have I cut up a book as some sort of childish revenge against an author whose work I don’t appreciate. I find what you’ve done here offensive—not because you used a book to create some little crafty items, but because you cut up a book to show your disrespect to the author. Shame on you.

    Third: You’ve posted this article publicly. That means the public can read it, and because you’ve allowed commenting, comment upon it. To hide behind “I am a small scale blogger” doesn’t fly—because regardless of whether you have one follower or one million, you’ve opted to post this for the entire Internet to view. When you post something online, you are accountable for what you write. Not just to a few regular readers, but to everyone. Let this be a lesson to you: you never know when what you write might get picked up by someone who has a massive following who disagree with you.

    • If you read her edit to the original entry (the bold text at the top), she mentions that she bought the book with the purpose of using it for a craft, but read it first. She was joking when she said she did it as “revenge” – she did hate the book, but was planning to rip it up and decoupage it no matter what she thought of it.

      Also, even if she had a habit of buying books and only slicing up ones she hated, even if she posted blog posts about how she enjoyed destroying books that she thought were bad writing EVERY DAY, I don’t think there is SHAME in that. If she made a themed blog of “these are books I hate watch me rip them up” I think it would be a bit childish and in bad taste, but they are HER PROPERTY to do with as she likes.

      In actuality, any disrespect she had towards Anne Rice was explained quite clearly (I thought) in her review, and she stated her reasons for it like a reasonable adult. I also thought she made it quite clear that her opinions of the book and her crafting of it were two different things. Sure, she commented that the cutting up was “made all the more enjoyable by how much I really and truly loathed that book,” but notice how that sentence means that she was going to cut it up regardless.

      • Her attempt to backpedal and say the book was intended as a craft all along is a transparent lie. She states the book was in bad shape. But look at the picture there is nothing wrong with the book. And she states this after she is called a book mutilator and told that to destroy a book because she did not personally like it is small minded. Frankly I could care less if she wears the book as an asshat. And I think she has every right to post anything she damn well pleases. But I do think she is a little embarrassed. And I do not think Anne Rice is responsible for what her minions do or say on the Internet. I can see this for what it is. The author of this blog wanted a creative stunt to make her opinion more than what it supposed to be, and that is just a negative review of a book. Had she stuck to simply reviewing the book without the added drama she would have succeeded better than she has. Yet, she would not have attracted all this free publicity and added so many new followers either. I think she wrote a poor review about a poorly written book. And suddenly everyone’s panties are in a twist. Yawn. In the meantime 75 children died of starvation, thirst and neglect in the time it took me to write this paragraph. There are real issues still waging in this world. I think I will turn my attention to something more worthy. I wish others would as well.

  166. I can’t believe that there are people who think it’s ok to attack you like this. Some people have no home training. It would be one thing if those commenting in a negative way had done so on Anne’s FB page, or if they had remained civil. It’s an entirely different thing when they “come into your home” and spout these terrible things. I didn’t like Pandora either, and I love most of Anne’s work. But like any author, she has published what some would consider “dreck” I for one would like to thank you for being honest about how you felt. It’s quite refreshing to read someone who actually say’s aloud what so many are thinking!

  167. Good lord, this is the silliest thing I have ever seen. Not your blog, of course but these crazy ass comments.
    I wonder if they realize that they’re acting exactly like the Twilight fans when someone takes a prod at Stephanie Meyer. If you bought the book and didn’t like it, more power to you to turn it into something you can enjoy. I’m sure there are thousands of Anne rice books that were torn up and trashed when walmart got tired of looking at them on their shelves. Anne Rice is acting like a child. Grow up, all of you.

  168. I’ve never been a fan of Anne Rice’s writing style but really, this response reflects so badly on her and much of her fan base. There’s a certain level of maturity and dignity that ANYONE who has published work needs to maintain in the face of negative reviews. Stand by your work, but understand that not everyone is going to like it (this review, for example) and maybe even have enough self-awareness to think about the more constructive points.

    To some of her fan base: Really, guys? Anne Rice isn’t your friend to white-knight, she’s a grown woman who should be able to handle herself with more dignity than this. I’m sure the author of the review would welcome differing opinions and polite discussion on your point of view, though.

    All that said, I also go to used bookstores and have used a few for crafts. Sorry. I’ve even used – wait for it – hardbacks to make purse clutches. Just think of it as an extended form of respect – instead of letting them get thrown out and take up space in a landfill, they’re being repurposed into something beautiful and usable.

  169. Wow you won the blogging lottery. A scandalous post generating tons of traffic. You better put some google ads or something on here. Anyway… props for not taking it down. I think Anne Rice has completely embarrassed herself on this one.

  170. More author recommendations, if you’re up for it. 😉

    Neil Gaiman’s novels are good, but I adore his short stories. Horror and fantasy and stuff that makes you think. And all are stand alone. ;P

    Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden books are good for a light read – I’ve noticed on a second reading some issues with the the character’s “Nice Guy Who Gets Girls” status, but they’re fun to rip through and while they’re a series, you get enough introduction in each book to know what’s going on.

    Dan Simmons has some great stuff for literature-types – fantasy/sci-fi melded with the classics. They’re hard to describe but very good to read.

    Tad Williams’ “War of the Flowers” is another fun fantasy, about an unsuccessful rock musician getting sucked into Fairyland and a civil war.

    And all are available in second hand bookshops, many in suitably dilapidated condition to warrant conversion into art when you’re done if you don’t want to read them again. 🙂

  171. Kudos for you for posting your opinion on a book you disliked and sticking to your guns. I agree with you that a book in a series should stand alone and, at the very least, make you curious about the previous book(s) in the series. I’m saddened that instead of engaging you in a serious debate about the merits of the book, my fellow bibliophiles are attacking you personally. Negative reviews are just as important as positive reviews. Everyone’s literary tastes are not the same.

    And as for cutting up an old, worn out book for crafts? What a wonderful way to pay homage to the written word! I frequently save my son’s worn story books or buy books that are falling apart for craft purposes. There is something beautiful about seeing the words preserved long after the book itself has persished.

  172. I liked your blog post. Sorry for the crazy fans and the nutso author sending hate traffic your way. I don’t think I’d be able to descrate even this terrible a book but your crafts look fun.

  173. Some people seem to forget that it’s ok that not everybody likes the same thing. Differences are what make the world exciting, but for some reason this seems to send some of the people here into a red misty frothing rage. Of course you are perfectly entitled to say you didn’t enjoy a book, and why, regardless of how large or small your blog following is. And of course you can cut the book up if you paid for it.

    I suppose people are entitled to respond as they like too, although I can’t see how some of the commenters have the energy to get through the day if they’re so enraged they’re wishing herpes on you and calling you a bitch because you don’t like the same books they do. What do they do when they’re in a restaurant and somebody doesn’t like the same food? Leap over the tables and stab them in the hand with a fork? And if they go outside, there must be whole streets full of people with different clothing styles that need vitriolic insults thrown at them. It’s got to be exhausting.

    I hope you have a wonderful, inspired time crafting, and are not put off expressing your considered opinion in the future by some of the ridiculous things said in the comments.

  174. [insert comment wishing harm on a real, actual person in defense of an inanimate paperback book, followed by paragraph long refuting of your opinion, followed by shaming of you for picking on a poor, struggling writer like Anne Rice] Just kidding. Do what you want. It’s not like you staged a book burning or shredded a library copy. People need to get themselves under some kind of control.

  175. I came to your blog through an article on The Mary Sue about Anne Rice linking your article to all of her fans. But, I read it, and I have to say I’ll be back to check out more. You hit the nail on the head for me. Every time I’ve tried to read Anne Rice I find myself confounded that she’s so hailed. I am always left bored and barely caring about the characters. Also, kudoos on how you’ve handled the comments.

  176. I’m in awe of how much class you’ve had while handling this situation!

    Also, thank you for discussing using books in art. I’ve always been the type to cringe when they’re cut up and re-purposed, but I never considered that they would be thrown away after being donated. Now that I know that, I’m ready to try my hand at some crafting!

    Keep being awesome!

  177. It’s sad how childish some people can be, isn’t it. I, for one, think your review was spot on. I’ve read a few of Rice’s books, and I assure you they are all as badly written as this one. How she managed to amass the following she did is beyond me, and this behavior only shows that she does not, in fact, deserve it. The Internet can be both a great and terrible place, but I’m sure you will now have more followers and readers of your blog who will enjoy what you have to say.

  178. I just found this via The Mary Sue. I’m an English Lit grad, librarian, and book lover. Books do get damaged, thrown away, recycled, made into art projects. Big deal. I know several people, book lovers at that, that do use books for craft projects. I once went to book-themed wedding in a bookstore where the bouquet was made out of book page roses and the flower petals tossed by the flower girl were made from book pages as well. Not one person at the wedding was offended by the fact that books had to be destroyed to create those elements of the wedding. There is a HUGE difference between using a mass-produced book in this manner and the erradication of all literature in the form of book burnings. You are not a destroyer of literature. You didn’t defile a sacred, holy text. You didn’t flip the publishing industry the figurate middle finger. So, yes, once the book is yours and you paid for it, so what if you use it for a craft? Better to do something with it than let it sit gathering dust on a shelf or in a box in the attic.

    I’ve never been much into vampire lit so I haven’t read much of Anne Rice’s work. Generally, I’d label her higher than Stephanie Meyer, but then again Stephanie Meyer is pretty much bottom-of-the-barrel writing, so that’s not saying much. In the past Anne Rice has had several instances of not being able to handle criticism and bad reviews so I am skeptical of any to-do she makes over anything. Did she handle this situation appropriately? No. She’s well-enough aquainted with social media and should understand mob mentality enough to know better than set her followers and fans on one person who has no major affliations to anything that could hurt Ms. Rice’s career in the slightest. What prompted her to post it on her Facebook in the first place–the bad review or the destruction of her book? If it was the book destruction, then she should have emphasized that and created a discussion around that aspect. But she included the fact you gave it a bad review, thus it encited her followers to “defend” her work, and “defend” her. That, and her past history with reviewers, does suggest she either knew exactly what she was doing or that she doesn’t learn from her mistakes.

    • Duchess,
      Anne Rice did with this review what she has with hundreds before – good, bad or indifferent she holds them up to the light. One of her Facebook followers found the blog and called it to Anne’s attention. Anne posted the link, invited debate and asked her fans to be civil. She use this word several times a week. If you were a member of her Facebook page you would know your post is dead wrong and you are weighing in when your opinion is anything but informed. She asked no one to defend her work. I know Anne and several other authors and don’t know many who enjoy getting a bad review. That’s called being human. It’s certainly not Anne’s fault that this particular reviewer should probably return her literature degree. Even though multiple people have explained that Pandora is a Novella meant to be a companion to the Vampire Chronicles she insist that this story should stand on its own. I have news for the blogger. She didn’t write Pandora for you. She wrote it for us! How would one of her teachers have reacted if she reviewed Professor Tolkien’s Return of the King without having read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings or The Two Towers? I would think she would be told to go back to the drawing board. I would politely suggest you do the same.

      • I have long been a follower of Anne’s on Facebook and it’s presumptuous of you to I’m “anything but informed”. Anne does have accountability towards the blogger and no where did I see her even remotely offer any other than offhandedly saying the blogger should be grateful for the number of hits her blog has received without even acknowledging any of the negativity, vitriol or hardship the blogger has faced since the review was linked. Perhaps she has reached out the blogger privately to express an ounce of sympathy or understanding since Anne has face the same type of vitriolic response before? I’ve seen no indication of that. But publicly, her lack of response to address the attacks speaks volumes. I never said “she” asked them to defend her; I said the post and what was contained in it (identifying it as a negative review, the “loathing it so much she cut it up”) upset the people enough to respond as intense fans sometimes do, with the “You’re WRONG because you don’t like something that I LOVE with a passion” mentality. They reacted like they were PERSONALLY offended by a stranger’s opinion. Anne didn’t ask them to comment on the blog; but it’s a reasonable assumption they would. Why do you think the blogger should return her degree? What she expressed were preferences about what she likes/doesn’t like about books in a series. I guess I missed the day in my lit class that said we couldn’t have preferences and that we must all conform to one line of thought. I have worked in libraries for over 15 years so I’m well acquainted with many genres of literature . Many people come in having NO CLUE that Anne Rice’s books are even part of a series or set in the same “world” and involve the same characters. Many people have to have assistance in figuring that out; part of my job is to provide that assistance. Finding a random paperback in a thrift store offers none of that clarity or assistance when it isn’t labeled as anything other than a stand-alone book. Yes, reading a book in mid-series without knowledge of the other books can cause reader confusion; but it’s no cause to renounce any type of advanced degree nor is it a reason to degrade the blogger’s ability to critique the book. As for the “drawing board”, there is no reason for me to go back to it, although I wonder why exactly you thought I needed to go there in the first place. The “she wrote it for us” included who? The readers, old and new. It’s not some exclusive club with you as the bouncer. Also, comparing Anne Rice’s work to Tolkien? When making comparisons, it’s best to stick with contemporaries.

  179. I’m glad you have the courage to express your opinion. Just because the rest of the world likes something it doesn’t mean we have to like it. Although I believe Pandora is not one of Anne Rice’s best works, I think it’s not entirely bad. However I would definitely throw away Memnoch the Devil … If I had bought it. I could not even finish reading it. I I think… after the tale of the body thief Anne’s books lost some originality and boldness… I don’t know. Whatever.

  180. Your article was interesting, but you really blew me away with your calm and kind responses to the comments. I just had to subscribe. As an artist and an avid reader I think it’s perfectly acceptable to use other works as materials. Keep up the good work!

  181. Its funny how something that has become so big with bloggers blogging about a blog that talks about this blog. I actually didn’t find it that offensive. I don’t think it took courage to write this in the first place but I do think that you have had courage to keep it up.

    The little addition at the top is interesting considering you closing line which is like a flourish to your review. Though I do understand your desire to temper the responses.

    I haven’t read the book personally. I have read many other Anne Rice novels and I love looking at the world through her eyes, I love her description and her depth and how the stories tend to roll out in front of you rather than punch you in the face but taste is subjective. The idea that people think you are a terrible human being for expressing an opinion are not really people, no one can be that angry. I am sure that they feel that they are fighting Anne’s battles and proving their loyalty in some strange way, I am also sure that the safety of the computer makes these things easy to write.

    I am really sorry that you have had so much abuse. However you made the drama of this the destruction of the book, there is a line ‘when people burn books they will ultimately burn people’ the destruction of literature is a controversial topic. You knew that surely when you wrote this. I am all for people saying what they believe I really am but dismissing Anne’s inclusion of your comments on her page as almost petulance seems a little unfair to me. You did something for a reaction and you got one. Whilst I may not agree with what people have said to you but I do think you need to own your opinions. I think that you have by keeping this post up, but I also think your caveat is not something that you need. It belies the talent of your writing that comes so clearly in your review (genuinely I may not agree but I do think you are exceptionally eloquent)

    One positive is that people may stick around, and surely the reason for starting a blog is with the hope that people will read it?

  182. I can only say how amazing you’ve been through this, and well you handled yourself under the barrage of insane abuse. Keep being your awesome, classy self and don’t let anyone make you feel as though you aren’t allowed to have your own opinions.

  183. I do enjoy Anne Rice’s books, primarily those that circle around the vampire Lestat, but I agree with your assessment. I’m not a fan of “Pandora” and never have been. It was hard for me to read though I did read it all of the way in the hopes of it getting better. Anyway, I do agree with your review and I do like how you presented it.

  184. What I got out of your post was mainly in your sidebar… Holy cow! You have a goal of 150 books this year??? And you’ve already read 23?! I set mine at 25 and now feel inferior. Haha! =)

  185. People are entitled to their own opinions. If you didn’t like the book and wanted to write a review, there is nothing wrong with doing that. I’m not sure why people are being so critical of your review. We don’t have to like the same things. Good for you for speaking your mind. It’s a shame that in this day and age people have to be so nasty. People need to learn how to calm down.

  186. You certainly are a better person than some of these people commenting. They should be ashamed. They are … I’m not even sure what they are as comparing them to anything would be an insult to the compared object.

  187. Hello there ! I am too a big fan of Anne Rice books (well…some of them…well actually three of them) and I can’t understant why fans are so upset. C’mon people, it’s just paper ! No one will go in your rooms to tear YOUR copies appart, and no one stops you from loving Anne Rice’s books ! I think it is great to create things with books you won’t read anymore, it’s very creative and better than just throw them away ! Personally, I will always be greatful to Anne Rice to introduce me to vampire litterature and I often re-read The Vampire Lestat and the Queen of the Damned. To me, these are great books and I read them at a time where they really helped me going through a lot of nasty things, but people are allowed to have an opinion and dislike them, I won’t be mad at all. I think that it is important to separate the work of an author to the author him/herself. You can enjoy a book without enjoying the personality of the author at all, and I just wanted to say that even if Anne Rice had clearly over-reacted, her books are still very enjoyable to read and I still encourage people to read them.
    Miss Articulate : I think you’re being very brave to endure all of this and still taking the time to answer to angry nerds. And it allowed me to discover your blog, which is great !
    You rule ! (and sorry for the dreadful english)

  188. I’m an Anne Rice fan; however, I have nothing against your views of this novel or how you turned her novel into an art project! Some novels of Anne’s I liked, whilst others–not so much. Nobody’s perfect. Some novels are better than others. Not all Anne Rice fans are hateful and disrespectful of differing opinions 🙂 .

  189. Woah. Some the replies are beyond awful. On her Facebook page Anne Rice didn’t tell her fans to attack you like this and i’m sorry they have. Yes i am a fan of some of her work but can understand the points you made about the book as you did explain the reasoning. The review did make me laugh as sounds like me when i’m going on about things and my sense of humor. I liked this post and will defiantly be reading your other bits 🙂 Ps love the artwork you did with the book 😀

  190. You have every right to your opinion. No one can ever take that away from you. You should not back down from your point of view because of what other people think. Nothing or no one can change that. Not saying you shouldn’t try to see things from another perspective.

    With that being said, you originally came off as being overly negative. You made it seem that the reason you cut up the book was because you hated it so much. I understand it was for a project from the added edit, but the review itself says otherwise. This is also on the internet. You can’t play victim when you put out an opinion to the public and they don’t give the response you were hoping for.

  191. Dear Miss Articulate,
    Kudos on your review and sympathies on the attacks you’ve had to endure. You read a book that’s towards the end of a long series on its own, and reported what you saw. That’s 100% fine. That’s what your blog is for, you saying what you think and feel.

    Anne Rice has some incredibly well-written books, but she also has some real stinkers. And not everyone agree on which are which. “Pandora” isn’t her worse, in my opinion.

    She writes with an older-fashioned style, but this is neither good nor bad. You caught onto this more prosaic style and objected to it. That’s OK. Personally, as much as I worship J.R.R. Tolkein as the father of modern fantasy, I can’t read his stuff because of the language/style. Believe you me, this isn’t popular in many circles. LOL

    I’m just here to say howdy and to encourage you do continue being you. Don’t let the trolls get you down.

  192. Hello!

    First off, I want to start off by saying that I think it is very rude and disrespectful that people are harassing you over your opinion on a book.Everyone has their own opinions and whether or not you disagree, you should respect the person’s opinion and kindly move on.

    I have been an Anne Rice fan since high school, (I also use to be goth and I knew Anne was the go to novelist) and I read Pandora after reading Blood and Gold by Anne Rice. As a more mature reader, I understand your complaints about Pandora as a story. In the entirety of the Vampire Chronicles, Pandora seems to be a stagnant character and I guess by writing her into her own story, Anne was trying to round her out but fell a little short. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a strong female lead but I also feel that there was a lack of vulnerability. And I also share the same complaint about Anne’s vivid descriptions of places and things (and yet at the same time I envy her for being able to do so). Still, when I read the book way back when, I did enjoy it but I’m not sure how I would feel about it now.

    Anyway, sorry that other Anne Rice fans couldn’t engage with you in a civil manner. Best of luck to you, and you have gained a new follower!

  193. Having been a rabid fan of Anne Rice’s books and having read most if not all of her books several times I’m going to have to say I generally have to agree with what you have to say about Pandora. I ‘d say Rice’s later masterbatory tomes like Pandora and getting a glimpse of her fanbase were what drove me away from her work. I’d say that it was decidedly Twighlight like fandom and it almost makes me ashamed toto have liked her work in the first place. Awesome comments from people who like Anne Rice and were respectful and pleasantly communicative. That’s the Rice Fandom I grew up with and was shattered by when I found the greater fandom inclduing Anne Rice herself seems shallow silly and unbearable.
    It’s too bad most of the ill adviced comments came from people who can’t read themselves or they would have realised you intended to make art out of the book to begin with. Being as that was the case, good on you for reading the book and taking a chance on it. It could have been a great new literary love for you. I hope the storm of nitwits blows over quickly and I look forward to checking out more of your blog.

  194. Bad press is still good press right?
    I have been an Anne Rice fan for years, but I haven’t read this book. Thanks for posting your true opinion and getting to make a nice creation out of the book when you were done. I appreciate people who take the time to blog/write/talk about their opinion of a book after they have finished it. After I finish a book I “rate it” and move on to the next one. Also I have cut up TONS of books (without even reading them first!) in the name of arts and crafts, so good for you on that one too.
    Going to follow your blog in case you post any other “crazy” reviews. 🙂
    –Jillian CA, USA
    HappyScrappyHeart.blogspot.com

  195. I really don’t think Anne Rice sincerely meant to just sic all her fans on you. She shares links to reviews and articles all the time and she almost always says, “Comments Welcome” before posting the links, so I think this is just probably a situation that got a little bit out of control. From what I can gather as being one of her fans (and I’m constantly on her page), she just enjoys a good discussion.

    Writers love to hear what people think about their work. Reviews help us to learn how to grow in our craft and how to improve ourselves. That’s why reviews are important to us. I think, if anything, she just wanted to know what you thought and wanted to see if her other fans felt the same way about the book. I sincerely hope that the rude comments here from others will not hinder you from sharing your reviews in the future for other books (by Anne Rice and other authors as well).

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Also, it takes a lot of guts to share your views of things with the world. Sometimes people do not like what you have to say. Believe me, I’ve stepped on some toes before, too.

    I also want to add that a negative review is not going to stop me from continuing to read Anne Rice novels and I doubt very seriously it will stop many others from reading other Anne Rice novels. For those of you bashing this lady for her opinions, SHAME ON YOU! If you don’t like her opinion, just say that you do not agree and be done with it. Pick up your dinosaurs and move to another sandbox. No need for nastiness.

  196. A couple of things to say: I’m a fan of Anne Rice’s book and still… I couldn’t agree more with you. The real thing is that the only really good books in the Chronicles are the first three. There are some good things in the others, but none is great. They are, of course, better than others (like Twilight), but not perfect.
    Pandora is not a great story. I don’t even think it’s a good one. It’s just a story she owed her fans. Anyway, if you think this one was bad, try reading Vittorio the vampire… That was a boring thing!!
    I guess that was all I wanted to say. Interesting blog!
    And, oh! I loved how that decopatch thing looks!! If I happen to find some dreadfull book i don’t want to see or read anymore I’ll do it myself!

  197. I will say that I have been a fan of Anne Rice for many years, but that only started after I read the entirety of the chronicles. I can see where you come from on this if you have only read one or two of the books. They really do play out much better when all combined. That being said I believe in the end it is your property to do with as you wish and your opinion that you have very right to post. Some of how you worded your review seems slightly angry that it didn’t live up to the hype in your mind to me.While that can be understandable it makes it seem a little bit more like a personal attack then an honest review. Now onto your main purpose of the post which was the reuse of old materials to make new art, it looks good. If people could separate the two things and realize that the destruction of the book was not based on how you enjoyed it primarily, then maybe they could look at the art and say “Wow that isn’t too bad at all”. Lastly, hey your somewhat famous now, it may suck to an extent but soak it in and enjoy it for what it is. Have a good day

  198. I just came over here to see photos of what you do with the books after you tear them up. I was quite interested in the result. I’m an Anne Rice fan, but I think everyone deserves their opinion. Chin up!

  199. I hate to tell all you people this, but literature, like music, is a matter of personal taste. She has every right to dislike the book. I’ve never read Pandora myself, having grown bored of the series somewhere after Memnoch. But I can understand some of the issues this blogger seems to had. And this despite the fact that I find Anne’s prose simply sublime. But she’s one of my literary influences (don’t worry, my vampires are too damn busy doing other things to sit around and talk incessantly about drinking blood as this person seems to expect) and your behavior has made Anne look AWFUL. Do you speak to each other like this on HER page? No. She wouldn’t put up with that. But you can go out and “defend” her and make her look bad. Now people are attacking HER because of YOUR actions. It’s ignorant and stupid.

    Way to go, fans. Hope you’re happy. I got into a fight with one of MY friends over this. Thanks loads. Really.

  200. Hi. I am amazed how much you disliked the book. Either you emphasized it to much or you really detest it. But that`s highly individual matter anyway. I admire your will to read and write about it, but I am amazed this post is a work of literature student. It has no objectivity, comparison is lacking in facts. But, OK, this is an individual blog and this is just one post and maybe your focus is not on literature criticism. I am sorry to state the obvious but this is a malicious post, however you look on it.
    And I would like to add something I read the other day, that actually is very fitting to the subject and the people involved. This is from the individual A_Competent_Fool, on reddit.com
    “I think the problem (as far as book bashing goes) is that people think that their taste is improved by not liking something that is either popular or generally viewed to be bad. Honestly, I think that a person’s taste in books comes from the books that they enjoy and is in no way enhanced or retarded by the books they don’t like. If a person doesn’t like Twilight, it doesn’t mean that they have super deep tastes in literature, just like if a person doesn’t like The Great Gatsby they are not automatically a knuckle-dragging philistine whose presence is not appreciated among us learned elite *adjusts monocle while kicking a poor person. What I want to see from this community is a place that ignores taste altogether (unless that person is asking for book recommendations, and even then that person’s taste ought to be respected). If a person wants to be critical of a book let them, but they should be either respectful or informed, preferably both.“

    Hope you are not offended and you will continue reading, writing, improving your skills in literature criticism and doing this creative stuff you do with paper.

    • I completely disagree with this analysis of this review. This review is written in a style very common to modern reviews, which understands that the reader is automatically biased and that there is no true objectivity in literature. It’s also a fairly good example of new-critical approaches in the way that it expects each book written by this author to stand on its own rather than believe she needs to read the author’s entire work or know the author personally to understand the book itself.

      Your claim of maliciousness in this post makes me feel that the only person who is lacking the neccesary objectivity is you. The author of this post puts up a very common approach to analyzing a peice of art, which is to compare it to another peice of art they are familiar with within the same genre. She has entirely suceeded in doing that, and if you were looking for direct and attributed citations from the text, well, to be blunt, you probably shouldn’t have wandered away from JSTOR. She is not disagreeing with the crowd to disagree, she even says she fully expected to enjoy this book, and was dissapointed when she didn’t. She was even respectful enough to articulate the various reasons why she might not have enjoyed this book, and cast doubt on her own opinion by explaining her lack of perspective on the series.

    • I do agree with part of that quote you post about taste in books coming from what you enjoy and not what you detest. But in my experience, it’s not really what they like or don’t like that matters; it’s the why that matters. What makes something appealing or not? What makes you turn the page or makes you quit reading before the end? The blogger shared her why. She was respectful, mentioned something that she later received clarity on (the fact it was in a series, the fact the series isn’t numbered and possible reasons for and against numbering books in a series). But critiquing her critiquing style on a personal blog and only-slightly-indirectly questioning her education? That makes you sound pompous.

  201. I just wanted to drop in to let you know that your professionalism through this and the grace with which you are dealing with the overwhelming response to this review has inspired me to start reviewing books again. I forgot what a completely radical act it can be to give a dissenting opinion, and I really admire your backbone!

    • Very nice! It is a very sticky spot to be in,not liking an authors work but yet wanting to be constructive in explaining the WHY. I completely agree with you on how she has been handling this.

      Carolyn Seiver

  202. Miss Articulate,
    Oh hun,you have had the hornets nest dumped on you,havent you? *smiles* I am a long time devoted fan of Anne’s work and Im also a book reviewer/manuscript editor. You left a very open and honest review of Anne’s book and kudos to you for that. You didnt slice Anne up personally,you simply didnt like the book. So be it. Dont worry about the people that dump on you.If you have had any contact with Anne,and Im sure she would love it if you left her a message on her FB page,you will know that she leaves posts of reviews on her page all the time. Good and bad,fan based or professionally written.She invites comments from everyone.Please do not think that she ‘sicced’ her fans on you.You seem a good sort of person,thanking people for their comments and suggestions.Not every author is for every reader.And while,as one person here commented,you can be a great fan of someone’s work and not be able to read,or even like,everything they write. Dont let this stop you from leaving reviews please.Reviews are a great help for others in their decision to buy,or not buy,a book.Happy reading!

    Carolyn Seiver
    Bell,Book & Candle Reviews
    YA Book Addict reviewer
    Hot Tree Editing

  203. Bravo, Miss Articulate!

    Considering Ms. Rice hasn’t written a relevant book since last century (circa 1993), I highly commend you for taking scissors to paper and making craft out of crap. “Memnoch the Devil” put a wooden stake through the heart of Rice’s vampire series, just as “Taltos” conjured a curse upon the Mayfair witches. That she continues belaboring the pulp fiction world with vampiric potboilers borders on narcissistic obsession. But not knowing when to quit is a hallmark of Ms. Rice’s pedantic affectations. Ms. Rice will bury a promising story beneath confounding layers of muddled plotting faster and deeper than a continuous-flight hollow stem auger can dig a well.

    What’s even more amusing is Ms. Rice has an apparently hyper-fragile ego. But all it takes is one word of command from the Queen of the Damned to her mongrel minions, and she lets slip the dogs of war upon an unwary victim merely voicing an opinion contrary to Rice’s perceived value of her lit-rah-chah.

    Keep up the good work, Kayleigh, and look at the bright side: toying with Ms. Rice’s shaky self-esteem and her utterly tasteless incitement of reprisals against you has sent your site into the heady reaches of the blogosphere!

  204. I would like to take this time to apologize for the horrible treatment you have received on your page. It is inexcusable. Some people obviously have no understanding of civil debate, and resort to personal degradation when they become passionate about something. This is unfair to you.
    I am an Anne Rice fan. I would like to like to try and convey their message a little better. Pandora is one of only several books in a series of a magical world that Anne created, and I invite you to become familiar with this world. This world contains very human situations, love, anger, sacrifice, uncertainty. Theses vampires are given very human aspects; this is why we cling to them. Lestat’s snobbish and spoiled nature, Louie’s loss of his wife and child as a human and his unwillingness to lose his humanity. Claudia’s child body, but her thirst of ten vampires, her vicious betrayal and her fierce love. The heartbreak of Louis when she is destroyed. Lestat’s selfish fame putting the entire vampire world in danger. The waking of the Mother of all vampires, asleep for centuries in a tomb listening to the destruction men have caused to the world, and yes Pandora’s high opinion of herself. The eternal love and bond each vampire experiences for their makers. The eternal bond, even though they may despise, all the vampires have for each other. It’s a world not so different from our own. Anne’s detailed descriptions of places and traditions of the time help us see places we never will. I have never been to New Orleans, but every time I see a picture of a place Anne has described, it looks exactly how I imagined it. I feel I could walk the streets there and be familiar and never get lost. Her description of ancient traditions are very accurate, you can tell she researched very well. It is a world all of her fans crave.
    As for a book standing on its own, you cannot expect that of a series as extensive as this one. You could not read Return of the King and understand what was going on and why. You couldn’t read the Half Blood Prince and know who professor Mcgonagall is or how important she is to the story line. Series such as these are for the people that fall in love with a world. It is our escape from the craziness of our real life. Sometimes after the series has come to an end the author does us a favor by doing individual books and back stories on specific characters, assuming we have already read the information that is out there. I can see where you would be confused and disinterested in a half of a story. Had I not read the first in the series, Interview with a Vampire, I would be lost and disinterested as well..I hope I have given you a little insight to this amazing world and do hope you give it another chance from the beginning. Once again, I apologize for your horrid treatment here.
    Carol Kellison

  205. Having read about your review in an article about Anne Rice deciding to encourage her fans to ‘attack’ you, I thought it would be a good idea to come and read the review in full. It is an excellently written review, I have often tried to write book reviews and I just can’t seem to do it so I admire your ability to do this. Frankly I am disgusted with Anne Rice and some of her fans, everyone has the right to have and express a personal opinion on pretty much everything. Nobody has the right to attack them for doing so, and Ms Rice should be more accepting of readers opinions. I class myself as an Anne Rice fan, I am also a fan of many other authors, do I think every book they’ve written is super wonderful? Hell no, some are fantastic, some are good, some are kind of ok and others are bad (in my opinion). As for cutting up the book, personally it is something I wouldn’t do to a book, but the writer of the blog paid for the book therefore it was hers to do with whatever she wished.

    • For the hundreth time. No one on the Anne Rice Facebook page was directed to attack the blogger. Anne Rice did with this review what she has with hundreds before – good, bad or indifferent she holds them up to the light. She posted the link, invited debate and asked her fans to be civ