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Millicent Ashby Gentry

Vampire Academy--Rose Hathaway is a dhampir (half-vampire and half-human) who is training to be a guardian at St Vladimir's Academy along with many others like her. In her world, good and bad vampires exist: the Moroi. They co-exist peacefully among the humans and only take blood from donors, yet also possess the ability to control one of the four elements (water, earth, fire or air), and the Strigoi who are blood-sucking, evil vampires. Rose and her dhampir peers are trained to protect Moroi and kill Strigoi while attending the academy as she strives to protect her best friend, Princess Vasilisa Dragomir, from those who wish to use her power for their own purpose.

The movie was good, but it was also too fast; I couldn't grasp the plot as quick. There was a lot of action, a plus. Also, I felt like it was slow at the beginning, which can be good--gives enough time to get to know the characters, if done correctly. Yet, when the characters returned to St. Vladimir, there wasn't any attachment to them. Suddenly the magic of falling in love with characters became detached. The feeling of detachment brought a "why should I care" for these people; there wasn't any sort of urgency to the film. The film didn't make me want to care for the characters, which disappointed me. I wanted to care and shout for joy when the bad guys were taken down. I wanted to care about Rose and her bond with Lissa. Maybe the book will do justice. Comments?

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