Anne Rice is very much not my cup of tea. I find her writing to be purple and the themes and plots of the books come across to me as the author indulging her personal fantasies. But that's mainly just a matter of taste ...
If I was to be asked what my favourite novel
was, I would reply 'Pride and Prejudice, or possibly Emma'. Jane Austen wrote beautiful novels and was incredibly talented. Pride and Prejudice is a masterpiece of characterisation and storytelling, whereas Emma is a fascinating display of how one can skillfully and subtly use literary technique. And both are very funny!
Now, why is it that I adore the Regency equivalent of chicklit but absolutely cannot stand anything connected to the modern form?
Hrrm, perhaps because Regency chicklit had to be of very good quality to get published, whereas the modern stuff is recycled overdone pap. And yes, I have read chicklit! Apologies if you enjoy it, but I feel that while it may be fair to call it a guilty pleasure, there are very few chicklit books that can actually be classed as good quality writing or story-telling.
Oh, and if anyone ever told me that I read too much, I'd probably be moved towards classifying them as illiterate and ignorant xD You can never read too much, especially if you read a good variety of books and enjoy it.