We all know the 2014 movie adaptation of Richelle Mead's bestselling series, was absolutely abysmal. It was truly horrible and an absolute shame to the brilliantly written series.
We also all know that [The Vampire Diaries](series:200853), the hit CW show currently in its sixth season, is based upon the mediocre series written by L.J.Smith, and was adapted for TV by none other than Julie Plec. Pictured below with stars of TVD, Ian Somerhalder who plays Damon Salvatore, and Nina Dobrev, who primarily plays Elena Gilbert & a host of dopplegangers after that.
Given the success of The Vampire Diares, the CW officially ordered a complete first season of its spin-off, [The Originals](series:833141) - also helmed by Julie Plec and currently in its second season, this show, like TVD, is highly successful and highly popular. Centering around The Original Family from both the books and the TV show, the spin-off itself, has even warranted its own book series, written by, again, Julie Plec.
Do you see that? Do you see her name everywhere? This is testamount to just how much this one woman powerhouse can do for a book series. If you've read The Vampires Diaries books, then you know that they are not that great - you also know that despite the changes, the television series is SO MUCH BETTER.
Having read The Originals book 1, I can tell you that it is as beautifully written as it would be, had The Original Family themselves, penned it. So what if, this one woman powerhouse, known for breathing life, plot twists and mystery into TVD, were to try her hand at adapting Richelle Mead's 6-book series, Vampire Academy? Unlike the TVD books, VA is spectacularly written! So think what she could do, if only she had the chance?
Well, turns out, that may not be too far-fetched a thought. Whilst a TV series isn't originally what the VA Fandom were going for, it's not necessarily a bad idea.
Like The Mortal Instuments, which is also reportedly getting its own TV Series, Vampire Academy has a very rich backstory. The world that Richelle Mead has created, is vast and very different than our own. The mythology that she's so carefully entertwined into every fibre of the book's being, is something that, clearly, didn't work well on the big screen, so perhaps it may do better on the small screen?
With the Doppleganger line, Sire curse, Original Family bloodline, werewolf curse and more present in The Vampire Diaries, it's obvious that Plec has no difficuility adapting and bringing mythology to the small screen. I personally think she's done a brilliant job with TVD, and if she wanted to try her hand at making VA, then why not?
Whilst a vast majority of the Vampire Academy fandom seem to be against this, I hasten to remind them that we have one shitty movie to our name. A TV Series helmed by Julie Plec, is not the end of the world. Rather, it's the beginning of of the VA world being brought to screen as it should be.
Sure, Plec is known for changing a few things, and we can't expect that, should she actually adapt Vampire Academy, that'll it'll be exactly the same as the books, but you know what? After the disspointing movie, I think I handle some minor plot changes in favour of keeping the characters authentic. I don't imagine that Plec would extract the humour of VA, amplify it, and turn it into a comedy like the Waters Brothers and Weinstein Co. did - I'd imagine, she'd play up how much of a badass Rose is (think Katherine in TVD anyone?) and that we'd actually get a good, solid adaptation.
The alternative is this:
Julie Plec adapts VA's spin-off "Bloodlines" into a TV series.
Why? you ask. Because Vampire Academy is precious to us, and whilst a TV Series would be brilliant (if done correctly), the majority of the Fandom, believe that the themes, plot twists and characters present in the Bloodlines Series, would be better suited to TV than Vampire Academy.
SIDENOTE: The image for this article is not my own, and was created by TrinityMary who's Tumblr you can find here. I myself added the CW logo.
Everything in this article is mere speculation and theory - nothing has been confirmed.
EDIT: Ok, so from the comments & tweets etc I gather that people are REALLY against Plec, in every way possible, and largely want her nowhere near Vampire Academy. In light of this, I'm going to take some time to re-analyse Plec's past with various shows, and see if she really would be a good fit. I hear you people, I hear you.
Check out my latest post here!
UPDATE: this happened.
UPDATE (2): This also happened.