I recently read a review for a movie that was just released and that movie just happens to be based on one of my favorite paranormal young adult books, Vampire Academy. I have to be completely honest and say that when I first began seeing the movie trailers aired on television I was more than a little worried. From what I could see via the movie trailer it just did not seem to be at all what I had pictured it to be like. Anyhow back to the review of the movie. It was written by the author, Richelle Mead and when I was done I thought to myself, I would like to share that with as many people as possible because it really gave me back a sense of confidence about going to see the movie. I will not lie, I had made the decision that I was not going to the theater to see another really great young adult novel be ruined by the big screen! I also read many comments from people that were fans of the book series and had already been to view the movie. For the most part it was all positive feedback. Needless to say I am planning to take my daughter this weekend and because of this review I am very excited about it. So if you are a fan of the Vampire Academy series but are a little weary due to some of the video clips you’ve seen I say go ahead and let’s give it a chance anyway because if it turns out to be anywhere near as incredible as the book then we are going to want to see the rest of this amazing series come to life as well and the only way that can happen is if we go and show our support!! I will definitely be back to share just exactly what my own thoughts and feelings are on the movie next week. For now here is the review from Richelle Mead.
Is the movie a comedy?
How was the cast?
Um, awesome! Seriously. I’ve said from the beginning that I’ve loved the casting, and seeing them act just proved it. Every casting decision was spot on, and they were cast not just on their ability to play the character but also on how they interacted with the others. Chemistry is key in this series! Zoey IS Rose, and you’re going to have a hard time deciding which guy you love most because Danila, Dominic, and Cameron all knock it out of the park as Dimitri, Christian, and Mason. I especially love that everyone in the movie–whether they were the star or a small side role–really “got” their character. Lucy Fry, for example, read the book five times to understand Lissa. Seeing the cast bring the characters I created made me feel so emotional and reminded me why readers love those characters so much. It even made ME remember why I love those characters so much and that…gasp…maybe I want to keep writing stories about them!
Is the movie just the first book or all the books?
I’m so surprised this keeps getting asked. I can’t even fathom putting all six books into one movie. It’s just the first.
What about scenes in the trailer that appear to be radically different from the book?
I stand by my earlier statement that this is very true to the book. There are some flashbacks, dream sequences, and background scenes that were added, and seeing snippets of those is what’s confusing some people. Watch the movie. It’ll all make sense.
Are there werewolves in this?
THEY’RE PSI-HOUNDS, modeled exactly off a drawing I made for director Mark Waters.
Is there going to be a movie of Frostbite?
That depends on the success of this one! If it does well, there’ll be a sequel (and hopefully more). Part of the reason such a young cast was chosen was because everyone hopes there’ll be six more years of movies! But this one needs to do well. VA has a big following, but it’s no Harry Potter or Hunger Games. Half of those series’ fan bases could stay home, and they’d still succeed at the theater. We need our full fan base and new people at the theater to be successful, which is why the marketing team has worked so hard to pull in new viewers who don’t normally go to paranormal films.
What’s the final word?
The final word is that I’m super thrilled with the way the movie turned out, and I think you will be too. I’ve seen jaded people comment that I HAVE to say I like it, but here’s the truth: you can believe what you want, but I have a very hard time lying to you guys about things. For example, when my publishers give me covers I don’t like (yeah, it happens), I can’t bring myself to tell you I think they’re good. So, I’ll find a different positive way to spin it, like, “My publisher worked really hard on this and is so excited about it!” That’s what I’d be doing if I thought this movie was bad. Instead, I can say to you straight on that I really love it and hope you guys will as well. From cast to dialogue to breathtaking visuals, they really outdid themselves. The future of the franchise is in your hands now, so go see it! See it on opening day, and bring a bunch of friends because those opening numbers are critical. And remember, a successful first movie means we could very likely see Adrian and Eddie soon…