5 Young Adult Series That Deserved (Way) Better Cinematic Introductions

4. Vampire Academy (2014)


Vampire Academy nailed the lead with Zoey Deutch as the badass half-vamp guardian type Rose Hathaway – and that’s pretty much where any chance that this series would become the next Twilight ended. I was a huge fan of the books, but the initial film strayed a scene too many from its counterpart to really grab my attention. Instead of sticking to what fans fell in love with in the first place, the cinematic adaptation came across strongly as if they were trying too hard. Of course making creative changes to make the movie more appealing to a wider audience makes sense, but failing to hit all the high points and making up your own does not.

As fans of the book series can attest, one of the most compelling parts of the series, and really the backbone of the entire thing, was the relationship between Rose and her teacher turned lover, Dimitri. Unfortunately, that’s where casting and the director failed in a huge way. There was nothing about the chemistry between Deutch’s character and Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky) that even remotely came close to being believable, let alone mirroring the text. It was disappointing, to say the least.

Even though I would have liked to see if the production team could have improved upon their initial offering (I did back the second film on IndieGogo), I’m not surprised that it didn’t go anywhere.

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Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie, hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.