Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Vampire Academy — these are some of the top-rated book series of all time (according to Teen readers). But just because they’re all lumped into the same category of YA novels doesn’t mean they’re easily comparable. And that’s what this article, which was submitted by a Teen reader, aims to prove. If you want to submit your own, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Alright, this is ridiculous. To the people out there who hear the word ‘vampire’ and completely flip out, calm your (INSERT NOUN HERE). No, seriously though, you guys need to chill. What’s even more frustrating is the fact that you guys hear ‘vampire’ and immediately you think it’s Twilight 2.0. Well, it’s not.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is a very well-written, well-researched and spectacular novel and I can honestly say that if you haven’t read it by now, you have missed one of the most brilliant pieces of literature you’ll ever read. The book is being turned into a movie, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, and I’m tired of people comparing it to Twilight and about it being ‘just another vampire movie’ because it’s not just another vampire movie; it’s so much more. Let’s see why that is, shall we?
1. The Characters: The protagonist of the novel, Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway, is not your run-of-the-mill normal vampire. She is a dhamphir, half-human-half-vampire hybrid, who can kick your butt fifty ways without breaking a sweat. She is without doubt the most bad-ass heroine out there — and yes, I’m comparing her to Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior. The Hunger Games fandom and Divergent fandom, please don’t kill me.
2. The World: Unlike Twilight, Richelle Mead researched the vampires she wrote about before she wrote about them. They come from actual myths and legends and are, therefore, infinitely more interesting.
3. The Story: Unlike a lot other YA books, these books don’t revolve around the romance. Sure there is a lot of heat and romance because, let’s face it, when we read a book, we want the steaminess of a good ol’ make-out session, but that is not the focus. The focus is more about ass-kicking, breaking into maximum security prisons and killing the loves of their lives… That might have been a teeny, tiny spoiler.
4. The CAST: HOLY BLOODSHED! This is probably the most perfect cast in the history of casts because they got each and every single person that is perfect for the characters. Hell, they even got a Russian actor for the main guy, who is Russian in the books as well. And to emphasize how much this movie will NOT suck, guess who the director and screenwriter is. GUESS! Don’t know? Well, it’s Mark Waters, who directed Mean Girls, and Daniel Waters, who was the screenwriter for Heathers. Excited? Well, we are!
And if you still have doubts, then actually take the time to read the book because it takes less than 20 pages to suck you into the world and then you don’t want to come out of it. If it’s not on your must-read list for summer, add it and if you are already in the fandom, like me, then we all know that you are getting ready to read the whole series at least five more times before the movie hits theaters.
Sent in by Teen reader Raiyan Rafiq