Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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I've been meaning to remind everyone of the beautiful jewelry that Psynde makes, inspired by Vampire Academy, and I thought today would be a good day to do that since it's the last day she's offering free shipping in her Etsy shop. WORLDWIDE!

I know it's a little late to mention that fact, but whether you have the opportunity of free shipping or not, Cemetery Cat Jewelry is well worth the visit.

Here is a bit of what Psynde writes about this necklace, "In the Eye of the Dream Variations":

"I rarely wore jewelry in my daily duties, but it always showed up in these
dreams." No matter what's happening in the real world, Rose's simple nazar
follows her into Adrian's dreams, offering constant watchfulness and protection

Click here to see more of Psynde's beautiful jewelry and to place an order.

Monday, August 30, 2010

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I read a tweet by AnnaSophiaFan11 which alerted me to the fact that there is a page for Vampire Academy on IMDb. This is standard practice when a movie is in development. It doesn't necessarily mean that there is going to be a movie (even though I'd say there's a big chance when it comes to Vampire Academy, partly because of the ongoing vampire trend, but mainly because the books are so amazing).

If you want to see the IMDb page that's been created for Vampire Academy, you can go here. Most of it is not available unless you have an IMDb pro account, which I don't, so I can't tell you what the details about the movie are.

If anyone happens to have an IMDb Pro membership and is able to see the details for the movie, it would be very interesting to know what it says. :-)
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We've talked a little bit about Arcane Vault before, but we still haven't done a post just about them. I promise that we'll do that soon. For now, though, I wanted to let you know about a Giveaway that Vampire Book Club is doing right now. You can win all kinds of cool Vampire Academy merchandise from - that's right - Arcane Vault!

You can win shirts, bookmarks and keychains. To learn more about the contest and how to enter, click here. The contest ends on September 7.

Vampire Book Club is a fun site where you can read about Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult literature among other things. They're really enthusiastic about their blogging, and they seem to have a soft spot for Richelle and her books. They are planning on hosting a re-read of the Vampire Academy books this fall, to prepare for the last installment in the series from Rose's perspective. We'll be sure to give you more information about that when it gets closer to the event.
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First, if you're not already a member of the Official Facebook page for the Vampire Academy Movie, then you should be. :-) The producers from Preger Entertainment are still working hard to find the right studio to make the movies, and the Facebook page is a great instrument for them to show potential studios that we are a large and passionate fan base.

Most days, the producers ask us questions most days, but a few days ago they decided that it was our turn to ask them questions, so they opened the floor for all kinds of concerns and queries we might have regarding the making of the movies.

It's hard to find their answers, because they get easily drowned in all the wall posts. It would be a really good idea to post those kinds of things as notes, along with the press releases. But thanks to Vampire-Academy.com, who linked directly to the Q&A, here they are:

1.When is the movie coming out?
Once we have a finalized deal with a studio we would ideally like to have the film in the theatres 18 months later.

2. Have any studios showed interest?
We have met with our first round of studios and are continuing to have active talks. Many things go into a studio taking on a project: budgets, schedules, etc. It’s not only finding a studio that wants to do the film, it’s about finding the RIGHT studio. Once we have some official news, you will be the first to know!

3. Who is in the cast?
Casting won’t begin until a script is written, which won’t happen until we make a deal.

4. Will you hold open auditions?
This will have to be something we discuss with whatever studio we partner with. But we hear everyone’s plea and will see what we can do.

5. Have you considered making a TV series instead?
Yes, initially we had thrown around the idea of a TV show, but came to the conclusion that it would make a better film. Don't you agree?!

6. Will each book be it’s own film?
YES! We are planning for a franchise in order to give each book the time and attention it deserves.

7. Will Richelle be involved in the movie?
This entire world was created by Mead and it would be remiss of us to cut her out of the loop. We met with her in San Diego a few weeks ago and hope to continue a dialogue with her as the film progresses.

8. Who will write the script?
We will work with the studio to match the series with a great screenwriter.

9. Who will direct?
While we have some ideas of who we would like, again, this will be worked out with the studio down the road. It's a two way road, whoever we want - has to want to do the film in return.

10. What will it be rated?
Until we have a finalized film, we won’t be able to answer this question. However, it’s safe to say that we want to make a film that will make the entire fan base happy.

11. Have you started location scouting?
No, but we are very excited about the potential of finding destinations around the world that bring Mead’s words to life.

12. Are you going to be staying true to the story & characters?
This is a tough one to answer. Whenever you translate a book into a film, you loose some elements that sometimes leave fans upset. You have to remember that the film needs to make sense to every viewer, not just the literary fans, and we only have about 90 minutes to 2 hours to do that. Many times that means streamlining the story and leaving out a few details. BUT we are committed to staying true to the essence of the series.

13. Have the Producers read the entire series?
YES! Before obtaining the rights, Preger read the series and had his team read them as well. Before Murphy joined forces with Preger, he read the series too!

14. What made you interested in VA?
The strong female lead made this “vampire” story unique because most of the female leads we are seeing are weak and needing to be saved by a man. In VA, Rose is the one saving others – even guys! Also, the friendship between Rose and Lissa was written to be just as strong as the love story between Rose and Dimitri - which we felt was a great spin. Mead took the century old story of “the vampire” to the next level!

I really love how you get the feeling that the producers want the same thing that we want. When there is an existing fan base, it's nice when it's like we're working towards a common goal and the producers include us in the process. Hopefully that will continue throughout the development of the movie. :-)
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Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since we posted any updates! We really need to get better at that, especially since there are so many exciting things happening in the Vampire Academy world at the moment.

To begin with, here is a video that Richelle posted on her Facebook page. It's a little glimpse into what the people who were lucky enough to be able to go to Comic-Con got to experience.

In the video you also see Richelle's friend Heather Brewer, who writes the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. I admit she made me cry, and if you watch the video I think you'll understand why. :-)