Based on the book series of the same name, this High School Vampire flick chose to take a different approach to things. By using pop culture for it’s targeted audience, the film adds many references and varies attempts at humour to reach out to a specific demographic.
The film follows a complicated group of Moroi, Dhampir and Strigoi (for further explanation please see my review for the Vampire Academy novel). Centred around a Vampire school there is a lot of teenage drama mixed in with some more serious issues. Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) is a novice Dhampir. She is best friends and shares a special bond with Lissa, Vasilisa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), who is the last of her royal bloodline. The girls become the centre of high school gossip after being returned from a year on the run in the outside world. It seems things within the safety of the schools walls may be more dangerous than what is outside the walls.
After reading the novels I was more interested in seeing the film, especially for who was chosen to portray certain characters. I had seen the preview before reading the series. It was the preview that made me hesitant to watching the film in the first place. Although the beginning novels accurately portray the annoying high school years, I was disappointed with the way the film was made. If it had taken a more serious edge it could have throw in the bits of humour while making it a decent vampire flick. Instead it went completely high school tween and took away from any credit the film may actually have. It has the usual addition and subtraction of scenes and elements from the novel to make it more viewer friendly and also sets it up to allow for a following film to be made (profits depending).
If they were to follow with a second film I would be willing to give it a chance to see if the films mature the same way the books did. Until then I would stick to the books on this one.