Hello and happy Saturday 👋👋
I don’t post on Saturday’s but today is a special case because I’ve just finished watching the first 4 episodes of the new Vampire Academy series and I have thoughts and feelings.
It’s been adapted by the same person as Vampire Diaries which was obviously a really popular show but I have not been optimistic about this show from the moment it was announced.
Besides from the announcemnt I haven’t actually been keeping track of its production or anything like that. I hadn’t even watched the trailer so I went into this completely blind.
Apologies in advance if this isn’t the most organised and coherent. I’ve literally just finished the fourth episode and I plan on blurting out my thoughts and feelings.
The first thing I’ll say is that a lot of things were changed for the show … and I don’t necessarily hate it. The main thing I feel like I can point out here is that major book plot-points are being introduced a lot earlier on in the show. Like I said, I don’t hate these changes. I think, for the most part, they make sense. A lot of the first book probably would be too slow for a TV show, and especially after the movie adaptation this makes it feel a bit different.
The changes also intrigue me. I finished this entire series last year so everything is still pretty fresh in my mind and it’s got me wondering, got me questioning. I also think this isn’t a terrible idea because networks/streaming-service’s are ruthless when it comes to cancelling shows so I’m happy to see as much of the story be adapted as possible.
The aesthetic of the show itself really threw me at first. It’s like the new Gossip Girl revival meets Reign, if anyone has watched either of those shows. By that I mean it’s Royal Drama + Teen Drama + a sprinkle of supernatural. They really seem to be leaning more into the royal/political aspects of the story compared to the teen/highschool parts. Also, I’m a sucker for a good wardrobe in shows like this and all of Lissa’s outfits, specifically her dresses, are giving me life.
My biggest gripe with the show so far is probably the Strigoi. I think their character design is really cool, but they just don’t feel as scary as they did in the books. This is so stupid but watching it, I felt like they were too easy to kill. I thought I was going crazy but I saw on Tumblr someone else say that a major line in the books was “What’s the first rule of fighting a Strigoi? You run” (or something like that). To me, that line alone emphasises the danger and I just am not getting that so far in the show.
One thing I am liking much more than the books is Dimitri. I am a tried and tested Dimitri hater. Ok maybe “hater” is a bit strong but I never got the hype around him … I get the hype now. It might just be the actor but I’m on board.
Part of the reason I didn’t like him was his relationship with Rose – the age gap and difference in power dynamics. From what I’ve watched though, Dimitri seems to be younger and while yes, he’s just started mentoring/training with Rose, it feels less like a student/teacher relationship and more like two dhampire’s training together. Obviously 4 episodes isn’t a lot, so maybe this and my thoughts on it will change but that’s where I stand so far.
In terms of the other cast members I think they’re all solid. I still think that Zoey Deutch was the perfect casting for Rose Hathaway but I’m also now loving Sisi Stringer in the role too. There’s a lot more diversity in the show as well which I love including LGBTQ+ relationships between prominent book-characters. I’m particularily fond of Mia, despite her being a horrible character in the book, because she’s played by a girl who was in The Dumping Ground, which was a CBBC show I watched and loved as a kid so it makes me really happy to see her in a show like this.
So yeah. I’m pretty sure that’s everything I have to say. I’m now wondering – since the plot in terms of how it plays out in the books seems to be moving a lot faster – will my one true love Adrian Ishkov be making an appearance this season? I’m literally reading the fourth Bloodlines book right now and seeing him on screen would make me very happy.
Anyways, those are my thoughts and feelings. I’d love to know if anyone else has watched the show. What do you think so far? And if you haven’t, are you interested in watching it? Thanks for reading and happy weekend!