Happy Eternity Discussions are regular discussions where Chiara and Jeann chat, fangirl, tease each other and snark over movies, books, TV shows and other things.
We’re totally overdue for another Happy Eternity Discussion, and this time we’re discussing Vampire Academy! It took me ages to see it until it came out on DVD, because I just didn’t want to be disappointed on one of my favourite series you know?
Jeann: So I finally watched the VA movie, and you know it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! I guess I was preparing for it to be terrible after all the disappointed fans, and that lowered my expectations by a lot. I actually didn’t mind Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry as Rose and Lissa, they did have a good on screen friendship going that was believable. Dimitri though, oh dear. Whatever happened there?
Chiara: You think Dimitri was the worst? D: Lissa was my absolute least favourite character – they changed her so much! She’s supposed to be all floaty and gorgeous and likeable, but this girl was not likeable. Can we mention the fact that she used “fornicating” in an actual sentence?
In general, I didn’t mind the movie. The first time I saw it, I was sitting in the cinema, mouth agape in shock. Seriously. VA is a really good book, and they kind of … completely ruined it.
But when I saw it the second time on DVD, I enjoyed it a lot more, probably because I already knew it was a pretty crappy movie.
I hated Dimitri the first time, but he really grew on me in the second one. I think he had the broody older guy thing down pretty well.
Jeann: I think the friendship between Lissa and Rose were actually quite believable, but I didn’t find either of them likeable aside from Rose’s snarky comments. She came across as really judgmental and superficial, especially when she went out pashing the hot guy and just passed poor Mason. And Lissa on the other hand, did a lot of stupid things like how she even went along with Rose in the first place. When Lissa did the regal speak at the end my first impression was “I can’t believe she shut the Queen up” o.O
Let’s face it, their actions may be typical of a teen and the two have a lot of character development to go through the entire series, but I think they will grow on me as the series progresses. I thought Zoey Deutch did a lot better as Rose than I initially expected, Rose is meant to be snarky, beautiful and voluptuous and also kick ass but hey, she pulled the snark off perfectly.
I totally agree, I have been properly conditioned for it to be a crappy movie so when I watched it, my expectations were met seeing as they weren’t sky high in the first place.
Dimitri? I think he was the worst because his character looked WAY too old for Zoey, even though he is supposed to be the swoony older guy, he just looked uncomfortable in a lot of the scenes when she was flirting with him. Zero chemistry at all and it was just kind of creepy, IMO.
Chiara: Their friendship was okay but I found it a little unbelievable because they’re so very different. And we didn’t really get shown how close they were, we were really just told that they are BFFS FOREVS, even though there wasn’t all that many friendship shenanigans actually going down in this movie.
Oh yeah, I thought Rose was a complete beeatch when it came to Mason, but then I thought he was kinda whiney when he complained about only getting a cheek kiss. Just because you’re the nice guy doesn’t mean she has to like you, buddy.
I thought the speech that Lissa said at the end was … shite. I hated it, and I thought it was SO unrealistic. I just *shudder*
Well we might not get to see their characters develop because no one wants to make the second movie. They just started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for the film. Boo. I really want to watch more, to be honest.
Zoey was okay, but I felt like it was very forced when she was whipping out her supposedly snarky comments. And where were the curves? That girl was freaking tiny.
I don’t think he did look too old for her, since she certainly isn’t a 16 year old girl. And I think it would have been a lot creepier if he didn’t look awkward in the flirting scenes. I mean, he’s her teacher so he’s probably thinking of the consequences. Personally, I didn’t think it was creepy. That’s the storyline – he’s a lot older than her, and her teacher. He’s the unattainable forbidden guy, which is why everyone ships it so hard. If they’d changed it, I think even more fans would have been pissed about this movie.
Read Part 2 of the Discussion here.
Did you guys find the VA movie as disappointing as us? Would you like to see Frostbite on the big screen? Discuss below!
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