ByNina Guy, writer at
Nina Guy

Contrary to popular beliefs, not every vampire movie has to be a horror movie. Most of us have been born into the world of Bram Stoker's Dracula, but now there is a new breed of vampires: Vampire Academy.

Vampire Academy, the new YA movie adaptation from the bestselling young adult book series by Richelle Mead, came out only a week ago (February 7th for the US and Canada) and some critics are already comparing it to Twilight, Harry Potter, Mean Girls and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What might add to this negative look on it is the small income that it made on opening weekend. With only $4.1 million, I can understand the negativity that is directed toward it.

However, I want to try and make you all see what others seem to be frowning upon: even though this movie is set in an excluded area and has the word 'vampire' in it, Vampire Academy is NOT Twilight, nor is it Harry Potter. The only thing that this movie has in "common" with those series is the word 'vampire' and the fact that it's at a private school unknown to the human population.

Rose Hathaway (Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Fry) in Vampire Academy
Rose Hathaway (Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Fry) in Vampire Academy

Now, what everyone SHOULD be looking at is the dept behind this series. This series is a story focused on the meaning of friendship. And that's what the movie centers itself upon: Lissa and Rose's deep bond (not just the shadow-kissed bond, but also the fact that they have been through so many things together since they were in kindergarten). It shows us how Rose will do whatever it takes to keep her best friend from harm, whether it's the school drama queen spreading rumors or immortal vampires trying to kill them all. This is what the movie focuses on and THAT'S what people should look at, not the fact that this is (as some have pointed out) another vampire movie.

As of yet, more than 2000 fans (and some non-fans) have gathered together to promote this movie and show everyone that this movie is worth seeing, that it should not be put aside and forgotten. They've pooled together and found great reviews of the film, have been contacting businesses to get this movie the attraction it deserves. Because the VA Family does not give up on what it believes. And with the movie being released in more than 14 countries this weekend, the fans are coming together to ensure that the sequel (Frostbite) will become a reality.

Vampire Academy in theatres now
Vampire Academy in theatres now

Some of you may already have your heart set on hating this movie because of the unattractive trailers and neon green/pink posters, but the movie is much deeper, darker and humorous than the advertising shows. As Richelle Mead, the author, had put it in the past, the trailers do NOT do the movie justice. The movie is BETTER than the trailers.

For someone who has seen the movie, I can assure you that, if you have read the books, you will know that this movie is at LEAST 85% true to the book. Yes, there were some alterations and additions, but they helped non-fans to understand the story line better. And, to be honest, it brought new heights to the movie.

If you're still unsure about what I've told you, you can easily make your own opinion by watching this music video that DOES make the movie justice:

So please, put your prejudice and negative thoughts aside and go see this movie with an open mind. I was able to get a few people, who hadn't read the books before, to come see this movie and they all liked it. So, if you're like my friends, give it a chance, enter that theater with an open mind and you might just be surprised at how amazing this movie has turned out.