Those of you who are excited about TWILIGHT's impending (yet still far off) conclusion might be inclined to look away from the following article.
Seemingly riding TWILIGHT's coattails is a series of books called "Vampire Academy", written by Richelle Mead. They're young adult novels focusing on, what else, romantic vampires. In a press release issued today, Preger Entertainment announced that it has bought the rights to the books with an eye toward creating a film franchise out of the "Vampire Academy" brand. Joy.
The "Vampire Academy" Book Series is a coming-of-age, action driven, "paranormal romance" fantasy. It is set in the present day against a hidden universe of vampires, half-humans, alchemy, and magic. Richelle Mead shifts the focus from the brooding male vampires of "Twilight", "True Blood" and "Vampire Diaries" to that of a strong, yet flawed, 17-year-old female who confronts her world with grit, determination, and lots of moxie.
Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half human/half vampire and guardian of the Moroi, a race of peaceful and magical mortal vampires who can walk in the daylight, survive by feeding off willing blood donors, grow old and die. Hidden deep in the forests of Montana is St. Vladimir's Academy, where Moroi and dhampirs learn to take their place in Moroi society. Rose must master her inherited abilities as a dhampir and earn the approval of the Royal Council, as guardian to Princess Lissa, her best friend and sole heir of one of the twelve Royal families of Moroi.
Wow, okay. It's like TWILIGHT meets f*cking HARRY POTTER from the sound of it. Count me out. But I guess this book series is pretty popular (big surprise) so it's no wonder that they're making the transition to the big screen. The only thing I wonder is, what took them so long?
Author Richelle Mead