The Vampire Diaries could have been a rather mediocre series. I have not read the books, but in reviews and blogs I have seen that many people find them boring in comparison to the TV series.
Although die-hard fans may feel cheated with some of the changes that were made when the book was transformed for the CW, many of the changes probably helped make the series so watchable, enjoyable and popular.
Julie Plec Fixed The Vampire Diaries
The success of The Vampire Diaries, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith, is due to the work of Julie Plec. Plec is the person that, along with Kevin Williamson, developed the show and strived to respect the books, while making them more suitable for television.
Plec is said to have had to convince Williamson to read the books and work on the series, after hesitation from him initially. But once he began to read the books he enjoyed the "small town" vibe of the novels and wished to make a show that highlighted the atmosphere in a small town with many secrets.
Plec has since gone on to create a spin-off for The Vampire Diaries, called [The Originals](series:833141). This series has been similarly popular and has now been renewed for a third season. Could she start something new now that it is up and going?
Could Plec Fix Vampire Academy?
The [Vampire Academy](movie:609357) film was a bit of a disgrace.
The plot didn't hold together, the acting was not up to scratch and the style missed the mark. It had the director from Mean Girls, Mark Waters, and was written by Daniel Waters, who was behind the 1988 high-school-based hit Heathers.
Perhaps it is time for Julie Plec to have a go at making Vampire Academy into a TV series? Richelle Mead's bestselling series deserves an experienced developer that can ensure the basic tenets of the show are withheld, while it is shaped into a series that will appeal to TV viewers. While Waters was a good choice for a first try, Plec should now step-in and fix his mistakes, so the series adapts effectively to the small screen.
Vampire Academy On TV?
Plec would need to be given room to move and adapt the series.
Instead of fans getting upset if hair colours are different and irrelevant characters are missing, they should embrace Plec and trust in her to retain the foundations of the story.
Things may have to change, but to bring Vampire Academy to life the best plan of attack is to entrust it into the hands of Plec.
Many people wish to see 'Frostbite' adapted for the screen, and to be honest, it seems unlikely that a 'Frostbite' film will ever be made, especially after the failure of Vampire Academy.
A television series would get to explore the themes and stories that are found throughout Mead's books and would allow Plec to give fans (almost) what they want.
Do you want to see a [Vampire Academy](movie:609357) television series? Do you think Julie Plec, creator of [The Vampire Diaries](series:200853), would be a good creator to tackle the adaptation?