Happy Eternity Discussions: Vampire Academy Review Part 1

August 15, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Features, Happy Eternity Discussions

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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39 responses to “Happy Eternity Discussions: Vampire Academy Review Part 1

  1. "it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be" was pretty much my reaction as well. I thought the movie would be a lot worse than it actually was. I liked Zoey, but Dimitri really wasn't my Dimitri at all. I just imagined him very differently, somehow. I think he actually doesn't look too old (I'm kind of creeped out by the age difference anyway), but that still didn't save it for me.

  2. I liked this movie for the fact that it was bad. :') It was hilariously bad. The writers focused on the entertainment having to do with the giggles and chuckles, while the vampire real goody stuff that we were used to in the books just floated away.This movie was definitely not for the bookworms who adored the books–perhaps for an audience who likes bad vampire movies! xD The effects sucked, the actors sucked (except for Rose and Lissa). Dimitri sucked as hell and I just wanted to cry when I saw how unattractive and old he is for Zoey Deutch. -_- I was blinded. I don't know–I would probably like to see a sequel just for the sake of it, but this movie was cheesy and ruined the whole book's amazingness. I totally agree with you, ladies!

    • Oh it was soooo bad, I just couldn't believe how they spoiled VA for me ugh. I was so disappointed! Haha yes, the effects were so terribad. I just don't know why they overemphasised everything like a terrible, slapstick comedy which it wasn't meant to be. AND WHAT WAS WITH DIMITRI. In that love charm scene it looked so creepy *shudders*. I don't want the sequel! Nuh uh!

  3. I absolutely loved this series, like a lot! But the movie seemed so awful…normally it's hard to tell in a preview but this was just a horrific interpretation of the books. With that being said, I have a friend who thought the movie was solid…I'm not sure how our friendship is possible but it is. *snickers* The character castings didn't jive well for me and it reminded me of Mean Girls with action and a supernatural element. I put this film right up there with City of Bones. Oh well, they can't all be winners, right? 😉
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    • I was the same Cristina, I loved the series so much. But oh, the movie was just so terribad. Wait, how could anyone actually enjoy it? lol, that's actually kind of funny. LOL I know what you mean by putting it up there with City of Bones *shudders*

  4. I watched this a while ago and found the movie to be horrible! I didn't mind the character castings but the acting was so forced and unbelievable to the point that I was rolling my eyes at every second scene. I get that wanted to bring a Mean Girls' feel to the movie, but it was WAY too over-the-top. *shudders*
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  5. Oh my gosh, it was so cheesy! I don't want to see a frostbite, although it would be interesting to see who they cast as Adrian and Eddie. I don't want them to ruin it though!

  6. Gah, that's so disappointing because I was really excited for the movie to come out too, and was totally put off from seeing it, especially since I'm a fan. Too bad, I hope you do pick up the books though, it is one of my favourite series.

  7. Oh my god, it was terrible and cheesy, I hated how they posted some slapstick humour in it. That is not what VA is about. I hope you continue with the series, it is one of my favourites.

  8. Oh wow, I'm so sad to hear that the movie has put people off the series, because it's an amazing one at that. The romance stood out the most as the most disappointing one for me 🙁 It really is a shame, we want people to love YA, not get turned off from seeing a lame movie.

  9. I completely agree girls. I didn't buy the DVD, I rented in case I would be disappointed and sadly it was. I mean Dimitri certainly didn't live up to my fantasies, Rose was a little annoying if I'm honest, but I think they totally rushed the whole thing. I was surprised that it was never even released at the cinema in the UK, straight to the DVD! Which made me think…hmmm. Do I want to watch this to ruin my favourite ever vampire series. Great discussion ladies, I could rant about this all day! 🙂
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  10. I'll be honest, I thought this movie was a dog's breakfast. I won tickets and the hubster and I went to go and see it. He didn't mind it. Me? The snacks were good. It was incredibly cheesy. The scene where they're all walking into the dance together, I couldn't tell if that was meant to be funny or not. They looked ridiculous in slow motion. It's just that the friendship wasn't believable. I loved the original book, but it's turned me off the series after seeing the movie sadly. Great discussion, heading onto part two now 🙂
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  11. I'm probably the only one in the bookish world who hasn't read any Richelle Mead books – despite the glowing reviews they've gotten; and I think it's partly because of the movie. The majority of people who saw it seemed to have similar thoughts to both of you – that the casting and acting were bad, and that it didn't really follow the book. And, frankly, the romance sounds horrible *shudders*. At least Zoey was a decent Rose though! 🙂

    It's a shame because this could really impact the amount of YA books that are going to be turned into movies, you know? Thanks for sharing your thoughts though Jeann and Chiara, and BRILLIANT discussion! <3
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  12. I haven't seen this one I confess but I heard so many mixed things about it. I only read the first book and I confess that after all the things I heard I'm quite curious to see it even if I'm mixed too at the end. One day one day!

  13. This was available on one of my flights, so I decided to give it a shot and oh goodness, I just could not stop cringing. It was terrible and they completely ruined the book for me.

    I have to agree about Dimitri. I liked the actor when he was first cast, but he had zero chemistry with Rose and it was painful and creepy to watch them flirt. He seemed super uncomfortable.

    The humor was also just ridiculous. VA was funny without trying to hard, but the movie had so many cliches and other nonsense. I saw that they were trying to raise money, but I honestly don't want them to ruin the subsequent books.
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    • I'm exactly the same Nick, I doubt the movie would have made anyone want to read the book! I was exactly the same while watching it, it was so cringeworthy. Dimitri was so awkward.

  14. Karen

    I liked the movie and I've donated to the indiegogo crowdfunder for Frostbite.

    The people who were disappointed in the first movie should be the most excited for Frostbite, since they're really trying to please the fans and stay true to the book this time.

    The sneak peek of the script looks good.

    Get on board!

  15. I've been debating whether to watch this one or not. I think in the end I probably will — just to make up my own mind about it. I know not to expect too much from it — not that I really ever did to begin with — but perhaps that might allow me to enjoy the film more. Really great discussion, though; it's really interesting to read differing opinions on it.
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  16. Oh, I'm one of those people who hated this movie, hah. I think you might've seen our epically long discussion review of this film when it first came out, it's funny because we STILL get comments on it 6 months later. sometimes I can tell when the movie's been released in a specific country because of it.

    I'm glad you two thought it was fun at least, though! I will politely disagree with you, heh.
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  17. See, here's the thing . . . I've never read the books BUT I know so many people who have, so when the movie came out I was just as excited as they were to see it. There are so many YA adaptations coming out, that I was really happy to see another one. But then my friends said it was rubbish, and I think maybe they were just unpleaseable because they were such super fans, but then bad reviews from all sides just kept coming and coming and . . . yeah.

    I'm not going to be watching this 🙁 I still want to read the books someday though!

  18. I haven't seen it yet because I only read the first book recently. I've got to get around to reading Frostbite, haha. But yeah, I've heard some pretty negative things about the movie. Mostly that it's VERY teenager-y. I am intrigued, though. Maybe when I have nothing else to do, I'll watch it.

    Onto part 2 of the discussion 🙂
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  19. I haven't been able to bring myself to actually watch the movie. Jenny warned me it was terrible, and as I LOVED the books, I'm too afraid it'll ruin that for me. I don't think I can do it!

  20. Sometimes I feel like I was the only person who enjoyed this movie…I really enjoyed it.

    Was it perfect? No, of course not, no movie ever is (although Hunger Games came pretty darn close), but I still loved it.
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  21. I've only read the first book and I really enjoyed it. I was so happy to hear they were making a movie…until I actually saw the trailer, that is. I'll probably watch the dvd at some point with my expectations incredibly low. I'd just come off the book when I watched the trailer and it was one of those time when you wish you could reach through your computer and slap the screenwriter with a copy of the book.
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