A Vampire Child
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I’m going to show you some interessant things today. I’ll talk about baby bats, ooor… Vampire Children.
Claudia is one of the main characters in Interview with the Vampire (book and movie), the first and most successful novel in the Anne Rice’s series, and makes appearances in five of the subsequent novels; specifically, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, The Vampire Armand, and finally Merrick.
Claudia (her last name is never given) was a young girl who lived in the poor, plague-ravaged quarters of 18th century New Orleans. She lost both of her parents to the plague, and is first introduced as a crying child around five years old in her house, next to her mother’s dead body. She is small and delicately shaped, with golden ringlets for hair and pale skin. She is found by Louis de Pointe du Lac, the protagonist of Interview with the Vampire, and begs him to “wake” her mother. Louis instead feeds on her, much to his self-disgust, and her life is temporarily saved by Lestat de Lioncourt.
Claudia is taken to the vampires’ townhouse in the heart of New Orleans, and there she is turned into a vampire by Lestat. Lestat tells her that she is his and Louis’ “daughter” and that now that she is in their family, Louis will not leave them. Though Louis is at first horrified at the thought of a vampire child (and indeed he accuses Lestat of condemning Claudia to hell), he and Claudia become very attached, and the three form a vampiric “family” for decades.
In the 1994 film adaptation of Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Claudia is portrayed by Kirsten Dunst. Dunst was ten years old at the time of filming, so that the producers could have an actress that could actually play the five-year-old immortal. Makeup and film tricks were used to make Dunst look younger for the role. The screenplay was written by Anne Rice, so there were no major differences between Claudia’s role in the novel and the film.
In the short-lived Broadway show Lestat: The Musical, Claudia was portrayed by Allison Fischer. She was given two solos: “I Want More,” her plea to Lestat and Louis that she is sick of being a sweet little girl, unmasking her dormant desire to hunt, and “I’ll Never Have That Chance,” a somber lament sung when she realizes she will never grow up and will remain trapped within a child’s body for eternity.
Louis, Lestat and Claudia all have non-speaking cameo appearances in Innovation Comics adaptation of Rice’s vampire short story “The Master of Rampling Gate,” illustrated by Colleen Doran.
In other ways, “Vampire Children” in the medicine, means “children with xeroderma pigmentosum”. This is a genetic disease with such extraordinary sensitivity to sunlight that ordinary sun exposure results in the development of skin cancer at a very early age. Children with xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) can only play outdoors safely after nightfall.
Another vampire children are Ralphie and Danny Glick from Salem’s Lot. They were brothers and Ralphie was the first victim of the vampire Kurt Barlow and his human sentinel Richard Straker. When Ralphie and Danny were returning home from their friend‘s house the boys are separated and Ralphie goes missing. Shortly afterwards Danny becomes sick and doctors fear he might have tuberculous. What’s happening to Danny is much worse than tuberculous, Danny is being visited by his little brother who is now a member of the recently undead. It’s not long before Ralphie finishes Danny off and he becomes a vampire as well. Ralphie and Danny Glick were first played by Ronnie Scribner and Brad Savage in the 1979 version and Zac Richmond and Andre de Vanny in the 2004 remake.
Eli from Let the Right One In. Eli is a child vampire who befriends a lonely misfit boy named Oskar when she and her ‘guardian’ move into his apartment complex. At first Eli tells Oskar that they cannot be friends but Eli feels drawn to the boy and eventually tells him that she is a vampire. Oskar doesn’t mind that his new friend is a vampire and as the two become close Eli encourages Oskar to stand up for himself against the bullies that torment him. Eli relies on her guardian Hakan to obtain blood for her but when he fails he disfigures himself in order to not be identified and traced back to Eli. Eli has a difficult time obtaining blood for herself and when Oskar attacks one of his tormenters and the rest of the bullies go after him in retaliation Eli and Oskar skip town hoping to start a new life together. Eli is played by Lina Leandersson.
Saya and Diva are also vampire children from the anime Blood +. They were “born” in 1833 from one of two cocoon-like objects taken from the belly of a vampire-mummy named chiropteran, the other cocoon containing her sister Diva. Both are kept at the “Zoo” by Joel Goldschmidt, where Saya is treated as his daughter and Diva, who is left nameless, is confined to a tower. Saya does not learn about Diva’s existence until 1863, when she hears Diva singing and finds her locked in a room at the top of the tower. Saya then names her Diva. In 1870, Amshel purchases a twelve-year old boy named Hagi from his parents to become Saya’s companion and friend. During a birthday party for Joel, Saya releases Diva so that she can sing for Joel. Diva, however, slaughters everyone in the Goldschmidt house while Saya and Hagi are out looking for Joel’s favorite flower. Recognizing that Diva is a monster, Saya spends her periods of activity hunting Diva to try to kill her, her chevaliers, and any chiropterans they have created.
Renesmee Carlie Cullen is a half vampire born on September 10, 2006. Conceived and carried by Bella Swan in the Twilight Series, she is an hybrid, and a member of the Olympic Coven. She is the daughter of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, and the imprintee of Jacob Black. Renesmee’s paternal grandparents are Edward and Elizabeth Masen. She is the granddaughter of Charlie Swan and Renee Dwyer, as well as the adoptive granddaughter of Carlisle and Esme Cullen. She is also the adoptive niece of Jasper and Rosalie Hale and Alice and Emmett Cullen.
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