In Interview with the Vampire (1994), the present day action is that Louis gives the interview about his whole life as a vampire, but at the end he leaves for good without taking the blood or something else.

What was the motivation for Louis to give the interview?


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Louis is a troubled vampire whose humanity didn't die when his body went through its "mortal death". He wanted to tell his life story, which the interview is.

Had he wanted blood, he would have gotten it in a manner much easier than luring the interviewer for the whole night.

These are his comments from the book, right after the boy (the interviewer) asks to be turned into a vampire:

"This is what you want?", he whispered, his pale lips manifesting only the barest trace of movement. "This... after all I've told you... is what you ask for?"

He also adds:

He looked again at the boy. "I've failed", he sighed, smiling still. "I have completely failed."

If I recall right, he refuses to feed on humans, or does so only on the really bad ones (i.e., criminals that hurt other people). He's also quite broken by the earlier events in his life (Claudia's death, Lestat's fate,...).

Where the interviewer (and, presumably, many of the readers) sees romance and passion, Louis sees desperation, suffering, and torture/guilt by his vampire killer nature that makes him a monster in the eyes of his own humanity. This is the message he wants to send. He's not there for the food.

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    Louis refused for a while to feed on humans, sustaining himself on rats and animals. He returns to feeding on humans after Claudia is "born", and even tells her that he no longer recommends feeding on rats. Jan 13, 2015 at 0:24
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    @SystemDown Thank you. Do you remember if he chooses his victims in any particular way? And the guilt... it stays with him, right? Jan 13, 2015 at 0:55
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    It's been a while since I've read the book, but I don't recall if he ever expanded on how he picks his victims. But I remember him making peace with the fact that he's a vampire in latter books. Jan 13, 2015 at 1:13
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    No, I do not believe that Louis has any method for choosing victims. Lestat, on the other hand, does. In interview it's sort of haphazard appearing (in fact, in the movie he states that they, as God, kill indiscriminately), however in the Vampire Lestat it's mentioned that he picks bad people. He reads their minds and determines whether they are good or bad. Aug 23, 2019 at 19:08

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