by Lorie Lewis Ham
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I have had a love for Vampires ever since I was a child–my mom blames herself for it because we watched Dark Shadows together. So when I see a new vampire movie coming out I want to check it out, so I headed out to see Vampire Academy recently.
There are all sorts of different types of vampire movies, but I tend to go for the ones that are more intelligent, not just filled with crazy amounts of blood and gore–and Vampire Academy fit that bill. This movie feels like a cross between Harry Potter, Mean Girls, and Vampire Diaries. It is based on the book series by Richelle Mead.
The story features Rose Hathaway (played by Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dromir (played by Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa – a royal vampire Princess – have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St.Vladamir’s Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy.
Thrust back into this high school, Lissa wants to reclaim her popular status, and Rose trains with her mentor Dimitri, so she can be a better guardian to Lissa. Rose would sacrifice anything to protect Lissa, but finds it’s not only the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who are after Lissa, but there seem to be even worse threats within the supposedly safe walls of St. Vladimir’s as someone begins tormenting Lissa with threats, vandalism and gossip.
I have to say I enjoyed this movie, though I wouldn’t say it was great. They focused a little too much on the teen angst and teen love, and not enough on the very interesting world of vampires that the story is set in. However, keep in mind that I haven’t read the books. From what I have heard, fans of the books are not all that pleased with the movie. I think the best thing I can say about this movie is that it really made me want to read the books–so what more could an author ask for. If you love vampires like me, why not give Vampire Academy a try too.
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