When I was in 4th grade I was obsessed with vampires so my brother decided to take me to see the movie “Interview with the Vampire when I was 11. After watching it in theaters I became so much MORE vampire crazy. So much so that I had a journal and wrote my own vampire book. It was pages and pages of vampires living in the woods and everything in the woods was magically. I vaguely remember I had a unicorn in it and a deer but I cannot place what exactly they did in my story.
My brother being fully aware of my vampire crazed decided to buy me all of Anne Rice’s Vampire chronicles for Christmas the same year the movie came out. He gave me the first four books that came out so far and they were Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned and The Tale of the Body Thief.
I didn’t even bother opening any other presents that year after I opened that one and they remained unopened until way past New Years. I took the stack of hardcover books to my read and it took my about ten minutes to figure out what order I should read them in. I decided to go with Interview with the Vampire first. I read and took that book EVERYWHERE during that holiday break. I would wake up and immediately start reading it, I would take with me if I had to go with my mom to do errands. When it was time for me to go to bed I would wait ten minutes to only get out of bed and run into my closet where I would had a flashlight covers and pillows on the closet floor and I would read until I fell asleep. I read all the of the novels I got in two weeks which was a little impressive for a fourth grader. The only assignment I had to do over the holiday break was write a book report of a book of our choice. So naturally I picked ” Interview with the Vampire.”
I remember when I came back to school and turned in my paper. A week later my teacher was passing our reports back out and I didn’t get mine. I was worried because I loved writing about the book so much that I thought I did my paper wrong. I asked my teacher for my paper and he looked at me and said well we have to have a talk about it later. I remember at the end of the day my teacher told me that I had to go to the principals office. I was really confused because I was the kind of kid that never gets in trouble so I walked slowly down the hall to the office. I went inside the principal office and saw my parents both sitting there! My mom told me to sit down and so I did. The principal told my parents that I was an extremely bright child and could read and grasp mature content and read at a high school level however doing a book report on this kind of material isn’t suitable for an elementary school.
I never got back my report and I still wonder what happened to it……
Until next time!