Read this several years ago, but part of it still stays with me, Claudia's death in the Theatre des Vampires and the person who caused it (which was completely removed from the movie), out of a need to try to keep Lestat all to himself. It made even more sense after reading 'The Vampire Lestat'.
Yes Louis did get on my nerves with his whining and Lestat is a thoroughly unpleasant character. But I really liked this book.
One of these days I'll get round to reading the rest of the series.