Saturday, September 18, 2010

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You may have seen in the last few weeks that ReelzChannel have posted guest blogs by some of the Vampire Academy fansites, talking about the possibility of a VA movie. In a recent article they look at ten YA (Young Adult) book series that have all been optioned, and discuss their chances as movie franchises.

This is what they have to say about Vampire Academy in the article Vampire Academy: The Next Harry Potter or Twilight?:

What's it about? Rose Hathaway is a 17-year-old half-human, half-vampire girl, or "Dhampir", caught up in a world of vampires. Together with best friend Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi vampire, they try to defeat the world's Strigoi — evil vampires out for blood.

Will it make a good movie? It's about vampires, so clearly there's a large potential audience. The romance is hot, the characters are feisty, Buffy-esque warriors, and it's set at a boarding school. Twilight fans will lap it up like a warm sachet of O-Neg.

Franchise potential? Vampire Academy is on par with The Mortal Instruments. There are five books so far, with the sixth and final installment due in December. Mead has already announced a spin-off series for next year, which will focus on a different character. This one has franchise written all over it.

Fandom? Readers have created their own T-shirts, there are fansites in every country, and the official movie page on Facebook has nearly 35,000 fans (and growing). Fandom, thy name is Vampire Academy. (Just for the record, we're totally Team Dimitri. We're wearing our homemade wristband right now).

You can read the articles where ReelzChannel dissect the other book series' chances of being the next movie franchise, here. Among them are The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments and Shiver.

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