Honestly I think I’ll always be bitter about the fact that Vampire Academy never got a second chance after they decided not to adapt the second book. Like yes, ok, the movie wasn’t the greatest and they should have handled it better instead of turning it into a ‘mean girls meets twilight’. BUT the books are so gooood! VA (and Bloodlines) is literally my favorite book series after Harry Potter. I’m not even joking. The books were dark and twisted and funny and so complex.
It has a kickass actual Queen, Lissa Dragomir, who is suffering from depression and anxiety but nonetheless manages to rule an entire government at the age of 18. A kickass, independent, warrior, Rose Hathaway (who is also a woc), who witnesses death all around her but still has to find the will to fight. There’s Christian, the outcast who is shunned by his community because if his family. Then there’s Dimitri who is a survivor, coming from a rather poor Russian household and having to witness his father abuse his mother. There’s Sydney who suffers tremendous abuse from her controlling father which results in her developing an eating disorder. And Adrian who has to learn to keep his Bipolar disorder in check and reach out to help.
Not to mention the books touch sensitive, but very relevant, issues like, mental illness, sexual assault, slut shaming, sex work, corrupt governments and discrimination. The books are filled with blood and horror and forbidden love. TMI was given a second chance on TV and Divergent might be turned into a tv movie too. The writers could really explore the world of the Moroi in depth and give us an amazing, satisfying, chilling show. How has this not happened yet? I wish the original cast comes back too if they ever decide to do such a thing but for now I just want the books to be transferred to the small screen because I would watch the hell out of it!