The number of youth-oriented book adaptations that have been turned into films over the last several years is pretty long, as is the list of adaptations that haven’t resonated with the larger population. For every Twilight, viewers have gotten a Beautiful Creatures, but that hasn't stopped the studios from trying to take popular Young Adult titles and make them the next big thing on the big screen. Which leads us to Vampire Academy, the latest YA title up to bat. Richelle Mead’s books are fast-paced and full of information about the vampire society that populates its pages. Yet, how does the book stack up to the movie?

This isn’t a review. If you are wanting to determine whether this movie is a mess, a masterpiece or something in between, we have plenty to say about that, but this isn’t the forum. Instead, it’s an article looking at many of the differences between the Vampire Academy book and film. In Vampire Academy’s case, director Mark Waters attempts to get across a lot of the mythology and characterization that are Mead’s signatures throughout the series of novels. However, with a runtime of an hour and forty-four minutes and plenty of action to pack in, it can be quite tough. Still, the movie pays attention to the book it stems from, and most of the big moments fans of the series are on the lookout for should be present.

Following are some of the changes I noticed in my screening of Vampire Academy Feel free to remark on any changes you feel may have been more noticeable. As usual, this article is a hive of spoilers, so if you want the flick to be a surprise, come back after you’ve seen the film.

dhampir and moroi The explanations of the dhampir, moroi and strigoi are less in-depth. Mead’s writing relies on an intense explanation of her specific vampire mythology, told from Rose’s perspective. In the film, we get a few sentences on the different types of beings, as well as an obligatory Twilight reference.

compulsion vampire academy Compulsion is introduced through a fuzzy shot where Lissa speaks compellingly. It’s tough to take ideas that get several paragraphs in the book and squeeze them into an already-long film. Compulsion is eventually explained more fully, but the odd shot messes with the pace and flow of the narrative.

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