Why ‘Vampire Academy’ Will Not Be Just Another Vamp-y Movie

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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 staff@teen.com!

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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

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  • Uzma Parveen

    This makes feel so sad. We were so full of hope two years ago…

    • i know what you mean. I watched the movie as soon as it came out pretty much (brought my now ex boyfriend along, but beside the point). When the movie ended i practically could see a sequel being made, then just recently due to complaints from fans about Zoey Dutch playing as Rose they refused to support it and vote for the Vampire Academy Frostbite Movie. Now i am on Book 4 Blood Promise, praying that they will try again to make the movie. I mean they had a few thoughts on the movie sure they were going to introduce Eddie till later on in the movie but seriously, they should write the movie script and try to shoot the movie. In my mind the fans may have wreck a great movie series before it even began. I am however still holding on hope for them to make the Frostbite movie as i am trying my all to get people to give them a second chance as i believe they deserve one. 1 thing fans have got to learn is not every movie follows the book exactly and not every person can do something that we read in a book. Please if those who voted against Vampire Academy Frostbite being made into a movie see this, please give them a second chance? Look at the Harry Potter Movies (sure its not vampires) then look at the books, compare them. Are they the same, not they aren’t. They miss details, make minor changes on characters and why do you all think that is? i’ll explain why, cause no way anyone can pull off a perfect character exactly the way the author put it in their book or on paper. Yes i am ranting, but i think Vampire Academy deserves a second chance is all.

  • Ari

    The movie kind of sucked. But the book are amazing.


  • Fatima

    I do love the way you have framed this spcifeic concern and it really does supply me a lot of fodder for consideration. On the other hand, coming from everything that I have seen, I only wish when other feed-back pack on that people remain on issue and in no way get started on a tirade of some other news of the day. Yet, thank you for this exceptional piece and whilst I can not really agree with this in totality, I value the standpoint.

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  • Deedee

    When my cousin told me to read VA I didn’t want to. Before reading VA, I never even thought to compare it to Twilight. What I thought was it was a rip off of Vampire Knight. A half human/half vampire, training hard, different types of vampires and they happen to be living in an academy? Yup Vampire Knight. I was ready to crucify Richelle Mead for ripping off one of my fave mangas.

    Then my cousin FORCED me to read it.She BLACKMAILED me! So I did. And I was so wrong about it. It isn’t a rip off of anything. It is unique. It introduced to a different kind of vampire lore, It’s filled with characters that anyone can identify with. It is narrated by a strong female character who doesn’t need anyone to save her (Unlike VK where Yuki as strong as she is needs Kaname and Zero to rescue her every single time) and a story so engaging that I still read them even though I’ve read them countless times.

    I love Vampire Academy. It shouldn’t be compared to Twilight, Vampire Knight or any other YA books out there.

  • sonali dandotiya

    I love VA series

  • ILoveVampiaries

    I hate it that people hate on Twilight so much and therefore hate every other vampire related thing. Twilight is a nice summer read (for teens), and people take it way too serious. It’s nice if you don’t expect too much and it’s nice if you just want something romantic for the summer. (I don’t like the movies, except for the wolves, the acting is horrible and the only thing next to the wolves is Alice Cullen)

    So, when people hate on Twilight, they hate on other YA, like you said. And honestly? When someone (my best online friend) recommended me VA and I read the summary? It sounded weird. I mean, half-human, half-vampire? Dhampirs? Okay…..
    But I started it anyway, even though it – I admit – sounded kind of lame to me. The results?

    One of the best decisions in my life. VA is absolutely by far my favorite series. I’m rereading the series for I think the 5th time now and I’m currently on Spirit Bound. My feelings are still ALL OVER THE PLACE and I haven’t felt like that with a book since Harry Potter (which I read in Dutch like 20+ times). With other books it’s just like “oh well, yeah this happened and then I remember that happened, oh that part is boring”. I admit, I feel like Blood Promise is a bit long and stretched out and that’s my least favorite book of the VA series, but I still love it and my feelings are still messed up while reading. That is what makes a book great.

    So at first I was a little held-back with this series but I’ve loved it since the first chapter of VA and realized my friend had been right: It really IS the best series ever and it’s SO well written. It’s highly underrated.
    I hope more of my friends will read the books after seeing the movie. Now I’m like the only one being so excited. I want them to see the movie, read the books and go to the cinema with me as fangirls when Frostbite and the rest are made into movies!!

    For everyone who hasn’t read it: you should. Even I thought it was a little strange in the beginning when I read the summary/cover, but it’s great.
    And for everyone who has read VA but didn’t read Bloodlines: you should. It’s different from Rose, but I can relate to Sydney more and it’s absolutely worth your time. It’s not the same, but it shouldn’t be. It’s a whole other character, Sydney, and a whole other world (with the Alchemists and everything). Still, it’s amazing. :)

  • Jennifer

    I’m 31 years old and i started reading VA 4 years ago.It was suppose to be a inbetween book to read when i wasn’t reading HON. But i got hook the first chapter and actually finished the whole series and am reading the Bloodlines now. I couldn’t even get into the twilight series. I love VA and can’t wait for the movie.

    • Vikie

      Well, glad to know I’m not the only one our age reading this! And it’s funny because I picked them up to read in between reading my HON books and became utterly hooked. I’m currently reading the Bloodlines series too and I couldn’t love this more if I tried. Twilight is just… I won’t even go there, but VA is just so interesting and captivating.

      Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone! XD

      • Kelli

        I’m even older than you and VA is my favorite series. The only thing I don’t agree with is, I think that first trailer makes the movie look like crap. I’ve seen the Divergent trailer (I love those books, too) and, IMO it makes VA movie look a middle school project instead of a Hollywood movie…

  • Izabela

    I can’t wait! Vampire Academy *.* The book is the best than I have ever read! I hope the movie will be the same! greetings from Poland!

  • jessica

    i think that the vampire academy books are addicting and amazing! i have faith that the movie will be super great!

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  • Jthrine

    I super love VA series..

    i’ll be reading it again for the 3rd time now.. i just can’t help it.. and i kept on comparing other YA series with VA..that’s why i find it hard to read other novels other than VA..

    and the movie? well.. i’m just super excited knowing all the casts fits the characters in the novel so well… it should be.. after all Richelle Mead approves them all…