Friday, May 3, 2013

Win a Phone Call with Anne Rice

When I saw this contest on facebook earlier today, I couldn't resist clicking the link to win a phone call with Anne Rice, going against my instincts of never clicking on any ads on facebook. And with all the talk about Anne Rice going around the Interwebs this past week, and how fandom often reacts to negative book reviews of favorite authors like Anne Rice, I figured I would post this because it is unrelated to any of those issues and it shows Rice in a different way. The Internet can be a very cruel place sometimes, and I rarely see anyone willing to balance this out. I'm not part of any fandom, but I do like Anne Rice books. I respect what Anne Rice has done. And the one distinctive thing I can recall about her books was that she introduced emotional homoerotic scenes into mainstream fiction long before anyone else ever dared to do that. At the time, being starved for fiction with gay themes of any kind, I couldn't get enough of her books simply for that reason alone. I know many other gay men who read Anne Rice for this reason, too.  

This contest, Win a Phone Call with Anne Rice, is being offered through a web show called The Dinner Party Show. Although I've done web interviews with blogtalk, I'm not too familiar with web shows like this one, and it reminds me of something Joan and Melissa Rivers did this past season on their reality show when they gave Joan a web show and called it In Bed with Joan.

If you follow this page to facebook you can enter the WaPCwAR contest and not only get the chance to speak with Anne Rice, but also get a signed copy of The Vampire a signed copy of a Christopher Rice book and an Eric Shaw Quinn book as well.

From the way is appears, The Dinner Party Show is a venture with Christopher Rice, Anne Rice's son. He's also an author who writes LGBT books. I've never read his work, but I've seen it around and I remember him always being featured in the InsightOut book of the month club I used to get in the mail each month before I switched to e-books completely. It was a book club for LGBT related material, and a lot of the books I was in back then with gay presses like Alyson Books were featured, too.

The Internet’s first LIVE comedy variety show. Join hosts New York Times bestselling novelists Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn for a weekly buffet of their deranged special correspondents and celebrity guests.

You can get there from here, if you are inclined to watch web TV. The guest list actually looks interesting, and I'm curious about things like this for pop culture reasons, not because I'm part of any fandom at all. TV seems to be a slowly dying medium these days, streaming TV seems to be on the rise, and shows like this one and the Joan Rivers web show I mentioned above might eventually take the place of TV as we've known it in the past. I know a lot of people would say that's an exaggeration, however, the same people would have said that e-books growing in popularity as they have in the past few years would have been an exaggeration ten years ago.

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