nodorothyparker October 7, 2022 Share October 7, 2022 20 hours ago, Glade said: I don't think it can be denied that homophobia on the part of society, the publishing industry in 1976 and Hollywood in 1994 had an influence on whether or not vampires could be depicted as having gay sex. Anne herself admitted that she was rejected by many publishers and that she was the one who wrote Louis' fake dead wife into the screenplay for the 1994 film and even suggested turning Louis into a woman played by Cher during it's development hell all to make it less gay/ more palatable to straight movie audiences. So it is progress to show them having some sex, that they don't have to be chaste and sexless. I know over the years I've read interviews where it fell somewhere between hinting at and all but saying outright that in writing these books in the '70s and '80s and trying to find a market for them in that same era when the news was terrifying the public with stories about "gay cancer" that Rice pretty much had to give herself some degree of plausible deniability if she didn't want to be stuffed into some tiny niche corner if she could sell the books at all before she ever had a chance to find an audience. Were the vampires gay? Weeeeeell ... That's been one of the more interesting things for me going back and rereading bits now, just how much was implied but was still written so it could be open to interpretation by '80s sensibilities. I also remember when she rebooted the boys for the last couple of books just how much more overt it all seemed and how some people seemed to be so taken aback by that. But those last three books came out between 2014 and 2018, which was a very very different world than 1985 or especially 1976 when IWtV came out. This subject is particularly interesting to me because so many of us found these books in our teens as they were being released and I know similarly aged fans of the series who really didn't pick up on how queer coded the series was, to the point that I've been in an ongoing argument with someone who refuses to give the show a shot. I knew it was going to be a hard sell because he tends to be a pain in the ass canon purist on most things anyway, but one of his objections was "now that everybody's gay." Okay. You really didn't pick up on that before? No, he really didn't. The vampires were written as being physically incapable of sex so in his mind they weren't. 1 8 Link to comment
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.