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!
“Don’t touch her,” he growled. There was a note in his voice that would have scared me if it had been directed toward me. He shoved me behind him, putting his body protectively in front of mine with my back to the table. Guardians came at us from all directions, and Dimitri began dispatching them with the same deadly grace that had once made people call him a god. […] The queen’s guards might have been the best of the best, but Dimitri…well, my former lover and instructor was in a category all his own. His fighting skills were beyond anyone else’s, and he was using them all in defense me. “Stay back,” he ordered me. “They aren’t laying a hand on you.”
“I love you, Roza.I’m not going to let anything happen to you.“
The words were wonderful and dangerous. He shouldn’t have said anything like that to me. He shouldn’t have been promising he’d protect me. I couldn’t be first in his heart, just like he couldn’t be first in mine. That was why I shouldn’t have said what I said next.
”And I won’t let anything happen to you,“ I promised. ”I love you.“
“Another reason why you don’t want to be anyone except Rose Hathaway, huh?”
I sat down on a bench and folded my hands in my lap as I looked away. “I know I said that… but sometimes… Well. Sometimes, I wish I could steal another identity. Someone who isn’t guarding the same Moroi who… who other people are guarding.”
Dimitri stayed silent for a long time- so much so that I finally had to glance over at him, despite my self-consciousness…
“Someone like that… would make a few things easier,” he said at last, his voice low. Strained. “But someone like that wouldn’t be Rose Hathaway. And I’d rather live in a much more complicated world than in one where she wasn’t around.”
I just am still a little bitter that Vampire Academy didn’t get a shot at more movies because I just really wanted to see “Roza, you forgot my first lesson: Don’t hesitate” on the silver screen and get goosebumps at seeing Danila Kozlovsky deliver the line.