Re: Anne Rice is FURIOUS!!!
Well, just to be sure I knew what it was we were all talking about here, I went and read all of the negative Amazon reviews that were written before Ms. Rice's response, just to see what it was that they actually said that was so ugly and slanderous. (I also must admit that I was intrigued to find out what someone like Anne Rice would consider offensive, considering the subject matter of some of her books.)
Either Amazon has removed the worst of the reviews (which seems unlikely, if they allowed them in the first place, and when the controversy must certainly be fueling sales) or Ms. Rice is being incredibly thin-skinned. The most slanderous remarks that I could find were to the effect that the book read like a half-hearted attempt by an author who had lost interest in the characters and the subject matter, or that the story reflected a new conservativism on Rice's part.
Not pleasant for Anne Rice to read, clearly, but by no means the vicious attacks she seems to think they are.
Interestingly, every single one of those negative reviews was written by a disappointed FAN. Not by the people who never liked or understood her work in the first place, who have been denigrating her writing all along, while she soldiered on to achieve her dreams and goals, etc. etc. -- no, by some of the very same people who, collectively, have supported and aided those dreams and goals.
Just my opinion, but there is something particularly ugly in the sight of an author as successful as Anne Rice stomping all over her own longtime devoted readers just because they don't like the way she's been writing her books of late. It's arrogant and cruel.