Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Anne Rice Writes For The Lord

Vampire novelist extradornairre Anne Rice has written a cult following of book about vampires. Apparently, her focus is about to change.
"For the last six months," she says, "people have been sending e-mails saying, 'What are you doing next?' And I've told them, 'You may not want what I'm doing next'." We'll know soon. In two weeks, Anne Rice, the chronicler of vampires, witches and—under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure—of soft-core S&M encounters, will publish "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt," a novel about the 7-year-old Jesus, narrated by Christ himself. "I promised," she says, "that from now on I would write only for the Lord." It's the most startling public turnaround since Bob Dylan's "Slow Train Coming" announced that he'd been born again.
The novels come after a great deal of research in Christian oriented or themed story telling.
To render such a hero and his world believable, she immersed herself not only in Scripture, but in first-century histories and New Testament scholarship . . . . She also watched every Biblical movie she could find, from "The Robe" to "The Passion of the Christ" ("I loved it"). And she dipped into previous novels, from "Quo Vadis" to Norman Mailer's "The Gospel According to the Son" to Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins's apocalyptic Left Behind series. ("I was intrigued. But their vision is not my vision.")
Rice's vampire novel following is not typically a Christian crowd. Rice knows that.

Rice knows "Out of Egypt" and its projected sequels—three, she thinks—could alienate her following; as she writes in the afterword, "I was ready to do violence to my career." But she sees a continuity with her old books, whose compulsive, conscience-stricken evildoers reflect her long spiritual unease. "I mean, I was in despair." In that afterword she calls Christ "the ultimate supernatural hero ... the ultimate immortal of them all."
Personally, I think Anne Rice found Jesus after yelling his name when she found out Tom Cruise would be playing her primary vampire character.

I have never read an Anne Rice novel or even watched one of her movies all the way through.

I hope she finds as much success in her career change.


At 4:29 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I had a few problems with:

Attacked by a vicious bully, seven-year-old Yeshua employs uncanny powers to drop his assailant onto the sand and then to bring him back to life.

I'm afraid to go into the local Tar-get - I don't think I could bear seeing the Ann Rice(TM) Baby Yeshua action figure, now with 'uncanny powers' and body-slamming action. Just in time for Christmas.... how special.

At 4:32 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Personally, I think Anne Rice found Jesus after yelling his name when she found out Tom Cruise would be playing her primary vampire character.

I hate you. That was really, really cruel - I wasn't expecting it.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

I'm not sure what to say, but for the first time I think I'm afraid of Ann Rice.

Seriously - it's plausible that she could become a Christian, and even incorporate it into a book, but this smacks too much of marketing.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger KJ said...

Could be. I hope not. She can fool us, but she can't fool God.

I wonder about that. If it is marketing, then the motive is presumably to alienate one established market for a chance at a more lucrative but different market.

I know the Left Behind series is a huge success, but do you really think there is more money in the Christian fiction book market than what she was doing? Other than Left Behind, what Christian fiction has the kind of revenue power that Rice had with her existing readers?

[Note: If you say Da Vinci Code, I would reply that I consider Da Vinci Code to be the anti-Christian market, not the Christian market.]

At 5:45 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

I read the Da Vinci Code, I guess to make up for not reading the equally credible Holy Blood, Holy Grail. I'm not sure who would consider its target to be Christians, except those who haven't read it. Feh.

If Rice has written a kajillion blockbusters and has movie rights moola, do you think money is a continuing motivation? Especially when the reflection of her work in her lifestyle has been important to her and to fans, with somewhat of a marketing impact? I think identification marketing seems to be her stock in trade. Why she chose this topic is anyone's guess.

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous GodisrealandhewantsustoknownHimandloveHim said...

If Ann Rice has received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, knowing she cannot save herself from the coming judgment of all mankind for living in rebellion to God our creator, and that only through the shed blood of Jesus could she obtain right standing with God, then I am filled with sheer joy for her salvation. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Cor. 5:17).

"Since Christ lives within you, even though your body may die because of sin, your spirit is alive because you have been made right with God." (Rom. 8:10) We including me are wretched without Him and His cleansing of our hearts. Satan makes us believe that we are our own little gods and he and his demons may have used Ann Rice to inspire millions of people and hold them in bondage and rebellion against God, but he has been defeated and ultimately will perish in the lake of fire.

But if I could talk to her, I would ask her why are her old occultic and pornographic books still on the market? If she were truly walking in the spirit and seeking God's will, she would do everything she could to make them unavailable to the public, so as not to further distort the minds of us hopeless humans, especially those who are choosing to live without God and are headed toward eternal separation from Him, death being only the beginning. These books should be banned and if her mind has been renewed then she has the responsibility to carry that out fully, even at the financial cost. Her submission as God's adopted child requires such an act of obedience although I realize that transformation into Christ's character is a lifelong process. I pray that she takes these steps, if they have not already been taken, and that she continue to grow in the Spirit and influence all who seek to know the truth because it is knowable and He reveals Himself to us if we first seek Him. He loves us and wants all of us in his family but he affords us the dignity to choose who and what we will worship. But worshipping anything but Him leads to ultimate destruction and despair. Ann if you read this, please take full outward responsibility for your prior sins and work to glorify God completely in all that you do. God bless you in your life here and the next.


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