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As humans I thought Rice tried to portray them as being kindred spirits. That connection surpassed the mother-son bond because it was. personal information, including your religious or political views, health, racial background, country of origin, sexual identity and/or personal relationships. There was also the uncomfortable relationship that Lestat had with Gabrielle, his first vampire fledgling who also happens to be his mother.
He has a continuously animated face. Lestat's fingernails like those of all vampires in The Vampire Chronicles look like they are made of glass. Personality[ edit ] Because of his boldness, enthusiasm, and defiance, Lestat's seniors refer to him affectionately as "The Brat Prince", a title of which he is very fond.
He is very vain and concerned with fashionand will pause mid- narrative to remind the reader what he is wearing. He enjoys performing on stage, which he does as both a mortal actor in ParisFrance and a vampire in his rock band called The Vampire Lestat, that he forms with a group of humans in the s.
Lestat is also fond of music; he sings and plays the piano and violin. Although he is illiterate as a mortal man, he learns to read and loves literature as a vampire.
In one period of his life, he becomes a hermit and spends every night holed up at home, reading. The first language that Lestat learns is French, although he "writes" his novels in English.
In The Vampire Lestat, he notes that despite his French accent, he speaks English "like a cross between a boatman and Sam Spade " and is fond of slang.
Lestat is portrayed in the books as being bisexual  and has male and female lovers as both a vampire and a mortal. He is attracted to whoever most interests him at the time. Most of his early experiences are with male companions; he himself explains this by saying the women in previous centuries simply were not as interesting as men.
Later in the series, Lestat offhandedly mentions that he is frightened of women and finds them extremely and egregiously distracting. Throughout his long life, Lestat is plagued by common philosophical questions, such as "Are my actions good or bad? For a while, he sees life as "the Savage Garden", filled with beauty and death. Lestat exhibits a strong altruistic nature at several points in the series.
For instance, after he first becomes a vampire, he sends large gifts to his family and friends, purchases the theatre where he once worked, and settles the debts of his old manager, Renaud.
Later, after his brothers and family are killed in the French Revolutionhe steps forward to care for his ailing father, the only survivor, despite their hateful relationship. Lestat also frequently hunts evildoers instead of feeding from innocent victims, although he does not always abide by this rule. As a vampire, Lestat's abilities include telepathymind reading, superhuman physical attributes, and rapid healing.
After receiving blood from several ancient vampires, including MagnusMarius de Romanusand AkashaLestat's strength increases dramatically and allows him to fly, perform feats of telekinesis and pyrokinesisand survive exposure to the sun.
After Lestat ate the brain of Mekare, he was infused with the spirit of Amel and became the Host of the Sacred Core, effectively making himself the most powerful vampire on the planet. Although he is painted as an anti-hero in Interview with the Vampirehe is quick to defend his own behavior.
In The Vampire Lestathe spends much of the book telling people he is hardly the monster previous narrators have made him out to be. In much of the book, and its follow up, Queen of the Damnedhe is instead painted as a fun-loving hero who even leads the charge against Akasha, the vampire queen.
History[ edit ] Lestat was born on November 7,as the seventh son of the marquis d'Auvergne in the Auvergne region of France.
Only two of his brothers survive to adulthood. While they are technically aristocratsthe de Lioncourt family's fortune has been squandered, and they live in relative poverty in their feudal castle. Lestat's mother, Gabrielleis the only literate member of the family.
Lestat's father is blind and spends his days playing chess. Lestat's relationships with his father and brothers are bad - he tells his mother "I dream sometimes that I might kill them all.
I kill my father and my brothers in the dream. I go from room to room slaughtering them as I did the wolves. In both instances, he is returned to his family.
Lestat de Lioncourt
Encouraged by his mother, who sells her family heirloom jewels to purchase horses, guns, and mastiff dogs for him, Lestat takes up huntingand soon becomes the family breadwinner. The townspeople of Lestat's village request his help with a pack of wolves that are terrorizing the town.
He rides into the mountains and kills the entire pack of eight, losing his horse, dogs, and nearly his own life in the process. Although his bravery wins him the respect and admiration of the villagers, who present him with a lush red velvet cloak and boots made from the pelts of the wolves, he goes into a deep depression. Prodded by Gabrielle, he eventually leaves Auvergne with friend and lover Nicolas and heads for Parisintending to become an actor. During performances, he attracts the attention of an ancient vampire named Magnuswho later abducts him and transforms him into a vampire against his will.
Immediately after turning Lestat, Magnus commits suicideleaving Lestat to fend for himself without any kind of guidance. Lestat finds himself heir to a nearly inexhaustible wealth, and begins an adventure that leads him all around the world.
Relationships with other characters[ edit ] Despite his charisma, Lestat is portrayed as a lonesome individual. In his childhood, the only member of his family who he had any connection with was his mother, Gabrielle.
She is the only member of the family who could read, and she often immersed herself in novels, neglecting the mundane life around her. Lestat both admires and hates her for this, yet he is the only person of her family she can confide in; they develop a silent but strong bond.
For this very reason Lestat makes a dying Gabrielle his first vampire companion when she comes to Paris in search of her son, wishing to see him before she succumbs to consumption. Lestat also makes his friend and lover, Nicolas de Lenfenta vampire.
So, wait, Gabrielle was Lestat's mother AND lover in The Vampire Chronicles?
They find work at a small theatre called "Renaud's". It lays groundwork for why Lestat is so drawn to Louis, in spite of their clear differences. The descriptions of the decadent life of pre-Revolutionary France were sumptuous and rich, and Rice took me to every single place that she wanted to.
While her writing can tread into the melodramatic at times, I love how she can really transport the reader into her world.[IWTV] Lestat & Louis » The dark gift
I also like the brass balls that Rice had in writing an openly bisexual character knowing some of his love interests down the line I say bisexual instead of gay to be her protagonist. And that came out in ! If anything the fact that he can love so much and be so cruel and vicious makes him all the more intriguing to me.
But then there are the not as good things.
Gabrielle de Lioncourt & Lestat de Lioncourt - Works | Archive of Our Own
Unfortunately, these backgrounds were shoehorned in, and I found myself skimming those parts, which is too bad because that mythology is definitely interesting. There was also the uncomfortable relationship that Lestat had with Gabrielle, his first vampire fledgling who also happens to be his mother. While nothing was explicit and while Lestat was more preoccupied with Nicky, the weird erotic undertones between these two were a bit off putting.
I want to like Gabrielle, because there is a lot of depth there. She has her place as a woman during the s, so becoming a vampire gives her a new freedom that she never could have experienced when she was alive.