A flurry of excitement has taken over the book community as the mostly inactive Official Vampire Academy Movie Facebook page has suddenly come back to life. Fans of the series have seen a new profile picture, cover photo, and a couple of cryptic posts.
When I saw all of this start happening, I was instantly excited. I mean, I know what it’s like to have something you love reach the end of it’s era only to surprise you with a comeback several years later (I’ve mentioned how much I love the Jonas Brothers, right?). But, it’s confession time: I’ve never read the series or seen the movie. Which has me asking myself, is it finally time? To come up with an answer I turned to Twitter, expecting to be met with a dozen replies insisting I stop wasting time and read it right this second; instead the results were grey toned, leaving me even more unsure.
There are some very passionate fans of the series that shared their insight with me, and one of the things that really grabbed my attention was how they talked about the character Rose. Sarah from The YA Book Traveler said “Rose is one of the best female characters in YA. Badass, funny, and the biggest heart.” I don’t know about y’all, but that is definitely the kind of female representation I want filling my reading time.
Most everybody I talked to has stuck with the series since it first started coming out, but Caitlin from Caitlin Althea didn’t begin reading it until about three years ago. She said “overall the books [she’s read] are so action packed. The characters aren’t intolerable and the magic system can be interesting.” I loved that Caitlin provided her take on the series because it helps show how well the series has aged, which isn’t always the case.
Just like with anything though, Vampire Academy doesn’t come away being completely unproblematic, or without trigger warnings. Both Savvy from Savvy The Book Royal and Kennedy from KensCustomCorner mentioned that the main relationship is between a teenage student and an adult teacher. This content understandably made Amber from Book Stacks Amber “so uncomfortable” that they were unwilling to read past the first book. It’s also incredibly important to know going into the series that there are trigger warnings for the following: depression, mental illness, self-harm, PTSD related to a car accident, torture/abuse from a parental figure, slut-shaming, unhealthy romantic relationships, and gaslighting.
As far as diversity goes, this series unfortunately gets a failing grade. Rose and her dad appear to be the only diverse characters while everybody else is assumed white. There is also a severe lack of queer representation. It’s disappointing, but I’m going to chalk the lack of diversity up to the fact that this series was started in the late 2000s when diversity was virtually non existent in the world of young adult literature. I’m really hoping that in whatever adaptation may be coming, those working on it see that this is an area where major improvements are needed.
It’s not clear yet if the new content that may be coming will be a sequel to the first movie or a complete reboot. Luc is hoping for a television series “so there will be more space to address the story”, Mary from Mary Had a Little Book Blog hopes Netflix will have something to do with it, while Marissa with Angry Hare is going to be happy with anything as long as Zoey Deutch plays Rose.
So what’s my final decision? Well, I’ve already checked out the first book of the series from my library. I loved the passion and excitement I saw across my timeline from people finding out that one of their favorite series might be transferred to the screen once again. If you’ve read the series or seen the movie would you recommend it to a newcomer? Or, if you are new to the series like I am, do you plan on giving it a try or is this a set of books you’ll be leaving on the shelf?
A huge ginormous thank you to every single person that replied to my tweets with thoughts, opinions, and information. This post wouldn’t have been possible without you!
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