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Review: Vampire Academy

Vampire_Academy_PosterIt doesn’t build its world as deftly as “The Hunger Games” and can’t compete with “Mean Girls’” smart wit, but “Vampire Academy” does manage to find a place for itself as a silly yet enjoyable variant.

First off, the must-know basics – there are three species in “Vampire Academy;” the Moroi are benevolent vampires that only drink the blood of willing human feeders, the Strigoi are an immortal, vicious breed of vampire that target Moroi because their blood makes them stronger, and then there are the Dhampirs, human-Moroi hybrids that train to become Guardians and protect the Moroi from Strigoi attacks.

Now meet Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) and Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch). Lissa is a Moroi and Rose is a Dhampir, but both attend St. Vladimir’s Academy – that is until they decided they were better off on their own. After a year on the run, Lissa and Rose are caught and forced to return to St. Vladimir’s to continue their studies. While Lissa tries to shed her late-bloomer status and finally specialize in an element, Rose is playing catch-up for her combat courses by training with a mentor, a Guardian named Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky). Despite making an effort to keep in line, the threat of school bullies has Rose on high alert. Trouble is, there’s something far worse than gossip brewing within the walls of St. Vladimir’s and as Lissa’s soon-to-be Guardian, it’s up to Rose to keep her safe from all threats.

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Here’s How ‘Vampire Academy’ Could Inject New Life into Vampire Movies

Vampire_Academy_StillThe World

It’s no wonder Vampire Academy is oozing with expository dialogue; there’s a lot going on in this vampire battle-filled world:

The Strigoi: They need Moroi blood in order to maintain their superstrength.

The Moroi: Are determined to preserve their morality and never turn into Strigoi.

The Dhampirs: Protect the Moroi — if there were no Moroi left, their race would die out (a Dhampir can only be born to a Dhampir and a Moroi).

St. Vladimir’s Academy: The boarding school in Montana where Moroi and their guardian novices are trained in combat and culture.

Throw in that Dhampirs are stronger, faster and more agile than the Moroi, who can’t even use weapons, and you wind up with a LOT of folks needing something from someone else.

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Zoey Deutch & Lucy Fry Reveal Everything You Need to Know About ‘Vampire Academy’

Mia_Punch_Vampire_AcademyThe time has finally come! The book-to-film adaptation of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academyis just days away and in honor of the big debut, we got the chance to sit down with the film’s stars to discuss the highlights of bringing the Moroi/Dhampir world to life. But before we get the details on the double dose of Oscar the cat, an excess of macaroons and thoughts aboutFrostbite, here’s a little Vampire Academy 101 for those playing catch-up.

What Is Vampire Academy About?

The narrative hones in on a society broken up into three species: benevolent vampires called Moroi, undead and immortal vampires called Strigoi, and half-Moroi, half-humans called Dhampirs. The Strigoi are cruel and sadistic, targeting Moroi because by drinking their blood, they become far stronger and faster. Moroi, on the other hand, drink blood from willing feeders, humans that volunteer to keep the Moroi nourished. Trouble is, human blood doesn’t have the same effect as Moroi blood. However, the Moroi do have an ability that the Strigoi do not – they can specialize in an element. For example, a Moroi with the ability to specialize in fire, like Christian Ozera, can manipulate the element at will, even as a weapon if necessary.

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NYCC 2013: Lucy Fry & Dominic Sherwood on Vampire Academy

lucyfryvanyccEnough supernatural creature/human relationships. Come February 14, 2014, you’ll get the chance to check out a straight vampire-on-vampire romance in Vampire Academy.

Lucy Fry stars as Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi vampire studying at St. Vladimir’s Academy. While she’s studying subjects like Basics of Elemental Control, her best friend, Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), is taking classes like Weight Training and Conditioning because Rose is a Dhampir, half Moroi and half human, and upon graduation, it’ll be her job to protect Lissa from the Strigoi, a malicious and immortal breed of vampires.

Even though she’s still only a guardian-in-training, Rose takes her job very seriously so isn’t pleased when Lissa starts hanging around the school outcast, Dominic Sherwood’s Christian Ozera. When Christian was young, his parents turned Strigoi willingly, so now, all of his classmates think he’s on the verge of doing the same – all but Lissa.

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NYCC 2013: Vampire Academy is Out for Blood at New York Comic Con

vampireacademynycc1Casters (Beautiful Creatures), Souls (The Host), and Shadowhunters (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) didn’t really work out, so why not give vampires another go? The young adult book-to-film adaptation of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is due in theaters on February 14, 2014, and in an effort to build some hype and satiate the series’ devout fan base, the Weinstein Company brought the project to New York Comic Con.

The film focuses on two primary characters, Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry). Both girls attend St. Vladimir’s Academy, but Lissa is a Moroi and Rose is a Dhampir, and that means Lissa is there to learn about honing her skills as a vampire while Rose trains to become her protector. Moroi are benevolent vampires, but the problem is, they can choose to trade their morality for immortality and turn Strigoi. Whereas Moroi feed from willing human donors, Strigoi go after Moroi blood because it gives them more power, making Rose essential to Lissa’s survival.

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YA Movie Countdown: Will ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Be a Hit? Plus, the First ‘Vampire Academy’ Teaser

Mortal_InstrumentsThe book-to-film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters today, and the companies and people involved have a lot riding on it. Unlike most potential franchise starters, the second film in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Ashes, was announced well before the first film’s release and even went into preproduction back in May. Yes, there are long-term projections, but that early on they’re far from sound and certainly don’t make moving forward with film number two any less of a risk.

But what’s done is done, and soon enough we’ll find out if that leap was worth it. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens solo at 3,000 theaters, and then come Friday it goes head to head with The World’s End and You’re Next, not to mention the box office veterans that are poised to hold strong.

At a glance, looking at Mortal Instruments alone, you’d expect the film to match Beautiful Creatures or The Host, which isn’t a good thing considering the former took just $7.6 million in its opening weekend and the latter only $10.6 million during its debut. Then there’s alsoPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which just last weekend proved there isn’t much interest in supernatural YA material at the moment.

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