The Secret Passage
She tends to do this a lot doesn’t she?

"Giving ‘The Wiching Hour’ one-star is too generous" (title of the review in question)

…in other words Anne , once again, sics her mopst rabid of fans the “People of the Page” (stupid, idiotic name that it is)= on another person who DARES give their pwecious Annie-poo (or Howard as I sometimes call her) a bad review. Grow up and grow a pair Anne. Not everybody is going to LOVE every one of your books! Except for your brainwashed PotP that is. *massive eyeroll at the sheer amount of bootlickers and brownnosers*

What Howard is slyly, or so she thinks, trying to say is “Wahhhhhhh! Someone is being mean to me! Go get ‘em fans!!!!!!”

Don’t deny it Louis you know it’s true!

Don’t deny it Louis you know it’s true!

And then we have this:

The People Have Spoken, and Rice Takes Offense
By Sarah Lyall

October 11, 2004

Lestat, the vampire narrator of Anne Rice’s most recent book, “Blood Canticle,” begins the novel with a harangue against its readers. “What the hell happened when I gave you ‘Memnoch the Devil?’ ” he asks crossly, referring to an earlier novel by Ms. Rice that some readers, to put it mildly, did not like. “You complained!”

Many people did not care much for “Blood Canticle” (Knopf) either, as Ms. Rice found to her mounting horror when she began scrolling through dozens of virulently negative reviews of the book on Amazon.com.

"I cannot stress to you how bad this book is, and I have been waiting for it for so long!” wrote a reviewer from California.

Wrote another reviewer, “I have read almost every one of Anne Rice’s novels, and I have to say this is the worst one.”

A third was more specific. ” ‘Blood Canticle’s’ biggest problem,” that reviewer said, “is that it is seriously lacking in creative writing, sense of continuity and character development.”

Ms. Rice, the best-selling author of 25 books, including the lush and original “Interview With the Vampire,” has a passionate following and an unusually intimate relationship with her audience. She reacted to the criticism with shock and horror, although when the positive and negative reviews were averaged, Amazon gave “Blood Canticle” three stars out of five.

Many authors are upset by the snide tone of some Amazon reviews; Ms. Rice decided to do something about it. She posted a blistering 1,200-word defense of her book on the site, laying in to those critics who, she said, were “interrogating this text from the wrong perspective.”

"Your stupid, arrogant assumptions about me and what I am doing are slander,” she wrote. "You have used the site as if it were a public urinal to publish falsehood and lies.”

Ms. Rice seemed particularly incensed by reviewers who implied that she had not worked hard on the book, the 10th in her “Vampire Chronicles” series, or that she had written it merely to fulfill a “contractual obligation,” as one reviewer said.

Nor was she thrilled by the suggestion - often made by people who adored earlier books in the series but said they felt that the quality had deteriorated - that “Blood Canticle” might have benefited from some tough love. “Anne, you really should have an editor, or at least someone that would read your book before you send it off to print,” one reviewer wrote.

No way, Ms. Rice replied.

"I have no intention of allowing any editor ever to distort, cut or otherwise mutilate sentences that I have edited and re-edited, and organized and polished myself,” she wrote. "I fought a great battle to achieve a status where I did not have to put up with editors making demands on me.”

In a telephone interview, Ms. Rice elaborated on the point.

"People who find fault and problems with my books tend to say, ‘She needs an editor,’ ” Ms. Rice said. "When a person writes with such care and goes over and over a manuscript and wants every word to be perfect, it’s very frustrating.”

She added: “When you take home a CD of Pavarotti or Marilyn Horne, you don’t want to hear another voice blended in. I feel the same way about Hemingway. If I read it, I don’t want to read a new edited version.”

Writers like Ms. Rice, who produce many books and consistently bring in a great deal of money for their publishers, are often given far wider editorial latitude than other authors. Ms. Rice has been a best seller for Knopf since 1976, when it published “Interview With the Vampire.”

Later Rice books have not done as well as “Interview,” but they still sell about a half-million copies apiece in hardcover, said Paul Bogaards, a Knopf spokesman. He said that “Blood Canticle” had sold about 375,000 hardcover copies and that Ms. Rice always “has a built-in audience waiting for her next novel.”

An executive at a rival publishing house, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said publishers often took a hands-off editorial approach with stars like Ms. Rice and Stephen King, another prolific, best-selling author, particularly as their careers matured. “Ultimately it’s the author’s book,” the executive said. “With an author of a certain stature, they’re the artist; we’re the amanuensis.”

Ms. Rice said that she had been moved to respond to the Amazon postings because many of them included personal attacks on her health; on her state of mind since the death in 2002 of her husband, Stan; and on her writing ability. She said that she received hundreds of e-mail messages of support, many from writers with their own stories of being “savaged and trashed” on Amazon.

Although reviews of “Blood Canticle” were not universally glowing, Ms. Rice said she was pleased with the book, and a number of readers gave it lavish praise on Amazon.

"She has such a built-in fan base; that’s why controversy ensued,” said Sessalee Hensley, the fiction buyer at Barnes & Noble, where, Ms. Hensley said, "Blood Canticle" had sold 20 percent more copies than Ms. Rice’s previous vampire book, "Blackwood Farm."

"Everyone is so passionately involved that if, for instance, it’s not the way they thought Lestat would act, they are going to say ‘It’s the worst book I ever read,’ ” Ms. Hensley said.

Ms. Rice said that her work was headed in a new direction and that “Blood Canticle” was definitely the end of the vampire series. “Yes, the ‘Chronicles’ are no more!” she wrote in her Amazon posting. “Thank God!”

What else is new, Anne? You’ve gone downhill ever since you started siccing lawyers on fanfic writers well over a decade ago. Nothing you have done or said has ever made up for the downhill slide and most times you just dig yourself in even deeper. God forbid anyone ever have a critical but honest opinion that even remotely criticizes you. And that little facebook thing you got going? I’ve never seen a bigger pile of bootlickers and brownnosers in my life. Yes I am still a fan to a very minor extent (Because you wrote the first three VC and really it should have stopped after TotBT, in all honesty. I haven’t really taken you seriously since the great fanfic writer hunt from over a decade ago.

-PS: I am sorry if I offended anyone reading this (other than Anne because I couldn’t really give a crap what she thinks of me.)

PPS: Done Anne ranting now. I feel like I have to do that every so often just to keep myself sane.

prettybooksutopia:

That Anne Rice Amazon rant I mentioned a little while back. I don’t think it exists on Amazon anymore but this is the internet nothing batshit is gone forever. This is how she wrote it I changed nothing about it *no she didn’t write it with paragraphs. It’s obvious by reading this why the VC went…

Eyeroll Central

Anne Rice’s confirmation, that yes, that was her review on Amazon and not someone pretending to be her.  Edited minor-ly to remove out-of-date info.

"Dear Ones,

I must confess: I can not answer any more Emails sent to AnneOBrienRice@mac.com. There are nearly 200 Emails on the site right now, and I’ve been answering for days. I’ve caught them out of order, I fear, and I’ve sent long answers to some and short answers to others, and deleted many that did not require an answer, and saved some.

Thank you for writing to me. Thank you for responding to the rebuttal which I posted on the Amazon.com site for reviews of Blood Canticle. I deeply appreciate the time and the generosity that went into your letters. Truly, I didn’t expect people to notice the rebuttal. Years ago I posted some remarks on the site for Memnoch the Devil, and I don’t recall much of any response at all. It never occurred to me that people would copy the rebuttal and put it on other sites. I had never heard of flame wars. And I was staggered by the outpouring of both support and venom that came in. I don’t exaggerate when I say that positive letters outnumbered negative ones something like 20 to 1. And perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of the few negative letters I received was that some of the writers hadn’t really read my rebuttal; or at least they raised questions in their Emails that I’d already fully addressed.

Whatever the case, my rebuttal disappeared from the Amazon site. And so did months of reviews of Blood Canticle. And I have absolutely no idea how or why. I have never spoken to anyone at Amazon personally, and I don’t know how to reach anyone there. Perhaps the site realized that some sort of “flame war”(?) was going on, and took action???? I don’t know. All I know is: the rebuttal and many many reviews are gone. I don’t have a copy of the rebuttal. I didn’t save it. And though I know the words have been imported to other places, as far as I’m concerned, the rebuttal is gone.

I’m going back to work. I’ve enjoyed your letters. As I said, I’m grateful for them. And the whole experience has been amazing. I leave it with the hope that the Amazon site is going through some sort of natural development with regard to its purpose and freedom for positive and negative anonymous reviews. I leave it with the hope that the site will become stronger and better, but how this is to be worked out, I know not.

Of course I stand by the rebuttal wherever it may appear (as long as no one has tampered with the contents). And let me tell you all again how much I love you and how much I appreciate you. I’ve been given a magnificent gift in that I have seen the faces of my readers; I’ve heard their voices; I’ve read their words. What author could ask for more?

Be assured, no matter how you rate my books, or why you read them, of my serious purpose. As a writer I want it all: to delight you, to entrance you, to make you remember my characters forever, to make you cherish what I’ve written and pass it on to others, to make you thrill to the style, the story, the song. 

Forgive me that I have left so many letters unanswered. You take care.

Anne Rice
September 26, 2004

Post Script: If anyone wants to send back a book for refund, by all means do it. We’ll be glad to send you your refund, and we’ll put the book into the next package to be shipped to the soldiers overseas. We get plenty of letters from them. All blessings, Anne.”

The Roberts Family - (Sidney Prescott, Roman Bridger, and Jill Roberts) There must be in something in Maureen’s family’s bloodline that makes them homicidal maniacs or survivors or/and victims (Sadly for Kate she was one of the victim’s along with her sister Maureen. It also goes to show that you sure can’t pick your family (Dewey and Gale Riley, though not blood-related, is the only family Sid has left)

What was missing from the Kindle version

Because Amazon was a dunderhead and didn’t include this in the Kindle version. I type it out for my own use on my own kindle paperwhite but I though I’d share with those other who only own the book on Kindle (like me). Needless to say I do not own the following (there’s your disclaimer):

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"I assume I need no introduction."

"I assume I need no introduction."

Louis’ discovering just how sucky immortality can be.

Louis’ discovering just how sucky immortality can be.

Christian Slater as Daniel Molloy (but he’s unnamed in the film)

Christian Slater as Daniel Molloy (but he’s unnamed in the film)

Louis’ revenge for Claudia.

Louis’ revenge for Claudia.

Akasha at the Admiral’s Arms

Akasha at the Admiral’s Arms

Lestat and Akasha enjoy their bath.

Lestat and Akasha enjoy their bath.

Antonio Banderas as Armand (who seems to have picked up Marius’ love of red velvet)

Antonio Banderas as Armand (who seems to have picked up Marius’ love of red velvet)

That poor girl no one in the audience believes that she’s not acting!! (except for Louis and Claudia!)

That poor girl no one in the audience believes that she’s not acting!! (except for Louis and Claudia!)