Vampire Academy Movie Review

Welcome to Vampire Academy . . .

After quitting her teaching profession, Richelle Mead's desire was to be a full-time writer. When her first book became a success she wanted to aim for a younger audience. As an urban fantasy author, she created a book about vampires, but not the typical vampire that people think in their everyday lives. "Vampire Academy" was inspired by the Romanian myth of  vampire species, the power possessing Moroi and their devious enemies, Strigoi. The storyline follows a Dhampir, Rose Hathaway -- an offspring of human and Moroi blood -- who is training to become a guardian for her best friend, Lissa Dragomir. When the two were caught after running away from the academy, they are hauled back to school and have to readjust to the changes that happened during their absences. While Lissa is discovering her unknown power, Rose feels danger lurking within the academy's gates. The best friends find themselves questioning if they are truly safe on the ground that they've grown up on. When the book was published and spun a sequel, it became bigger than what the novelist had imagined. The Vampire Academy Series (Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow-Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice) are international bestsellers and have been translated into thirty languages.  Now, in 2014 after the success of the first novel, director John Waters (Mean Girls and Freaky Friday) devoted his time to make the film.

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Under the direction of Mark Waters and screenplay writer Daniel Waters (Heathers and Batman Returns), the film was an outstanding movie. During production, the Waters brothers kept in touch with Richelle Mead to have a better intake on her ideas. Not only is it rare for filmmakers to acknowledge an author's opinion, but it helped receive the attention and support of the enormous fan base.

"Vampire Academy" was entertaining to watch  because of the phenomenal settings throughout and the enticing acting jobs on the part of the actors. However, the dialogue took quirkiness to an extreme and special effects weren't convincing. Fans of the series know these characters' world more than a movie-goer . Depending on the audience, they might be confused with the variety of vampires. The film doesn't follow the novel word for word, but the filmmakers have purpose for this. Film is it's own form of art so there's a different way of telling the story. Because of this tactic, the film seemed to be moving at a fast pace, overwhelming the mind with information. Some of the actors' performances were consistent and excellent, whereas others fell short of excellency. With the variety of accents in the film, it gives a back story to the characters but it isn't elaborate with an explanation like the novel is. Fight scenes are played throughout the movie which will attract all kinds of people, but there isn't much of it. So the question is; was the film good enough to adapt a sequel? The storyline may not be for everyone, but it's sure to bring a fun and exciting experience to its viewers.