Not sure if this is germans, cause it was pretty big news, but I promise I did a search first and couldn't find it here:
The VAMPIRE ACADEMY movie adaptation is well on its way! Producer Don Murphy is at the helm, with "Heathers" scribe Dan Waters onboard, as well as his brother, "Mean Girls" director Mark Waters.
I know the first question on your minds is, "Will it be able to top the Twilight Saga??? I think there is a damn good chance, and here's why:
1) Bella, while adorable, was far too weak and awkward. While loving her, you also just wanted to punch her sometimes. VA's Rose Hathaway, however, will be one of the strongest female leads in recent memory. As a Dhampir (half human/half Vampire guardian of the Strigoi vampires for those who have forgotten), she is both physically dominant and mentally strong, yet has just enough vulnerability to keep her feminine. And of course, casting will make sure she is hot!
2) Likewise, Edward Cullen was far too much of a wuss. Yes, he had the looks and did possess super-human strength, speed, and agility - as well as his mind-reading abilities, but he too was overtly vulnerable. VA's Dimitri Belikov, Rose's main love interest, is both physically imposing and has a wall of hardness that overrides his vulnerability - both intimidating yet likeable all the same. Unlike Twilight's Edward Cullen, Dimitri will attract the admiration of both male and female audience members. I know it's cliche, but "Girls want him, and guys want to be him." Edward Cullen just couldn't pull that off.
3) They will throw in the typical "love triangle" to hold your interest, but while Adrian Ivashkov will temporarily hold Rose's interest, you always just KNOW in the back of your mind that her heart belongs to Dimitri. In Twilight, while you knew Bella preferred Edward, Taylor Lautner's Jacob was a viable candidate for Bella's affection - especially after the emotional roller coaster Edward put her through. And come one...if you had any doubt that she could ever really go Team Jacob, once he took his shirt off all doubt was removed. While fans can enjoy a good love triangle, having two such viable candidates as Edward and Jacob can really mess with your emotions as a movie fan, and none of us like our heart strings tugged in too many directions. In Vampire Academy, while Adrian is a good distraction for Rose, you know Dimitri is by far always the clear choice. We can enjoy the side show while not getting sucked into the emotional pain of the "loser" of her affections.
I know there are a multitude of other reasons, but I want to leave room for discussion so I'll stop here. Step aside, Hunger Games, there's a new blockbuster series on the way!
This post was edited on 1/4 at 6:44 am