I am a huge fan of Richelle Mead. She has written two of my favorite series: Vampire Academy and its spinoff, Bloodlines. The wit and charm of the characters, action-driven plot, and fantastic settings of these series, particularly Vampire Academy, make them stand out to me in young adult literature. They are addicting. Rose Hathaway is one of my favorite female protagonists: she’s loyal, impulsive, and extremely strong-willed. And while I love Dimitri to death, I really do, Adrian has my heart in Richelle Mead’s world of Moroi, dhampirs, and Strigoi.
Vampire Academy was adapted to the big screen and premiered earlier this year. To be blunt, the movie was a failure in the box office. For many fans, it failed to tell the story smoothly and accurately. And for me, it was laughable. However, VA fans have made their opinions heard, and the producers lined up for the sequel, Frostbite, have made the necessary changes. We have been assured that the script of Frostbite reads like the book (yes!). We can also expect that Frostbite will capture the same humor and irony that its predecessor did, only in a more effective way that doesn’t disappoint/enrage fans- in other words, the movie won’t be a silly, drama-and-action-packed movie that flows disjointedly and doesn’t deliver. Hopefully, the cast, directors, producers, screenwriters, etc. will make a smooth transition from the book to the movie, keeping elements of drama, humor, and action, but not overblowing the audience with too much of everything. That is what, for me, made the Vampire Academy movie hysterically bad- I couldn’t take any of it seriously.
But not all of the Vampire Academy film was unsatisfactory. The cast, for example, well-represented the characters they portrayed. The sets and filming locations realistically depicted St. Vladimir’s. The book has drama, humor, action, and wit, and the movie had these elements, too (although, as previously stated, perhaps too much of them). I saw huge potential in the first film, and I think with the adjustments that have been promised, Frostbite could be a wild success for the box office and the book lovers.
Now, I’d like to point out the most important part of Frostbite: Adrian Ivashkov. Yes, yes, the other half of my OTP (with the first half being Sydney Sage) makes his debut in the second installment of the series. Swoon. The biggest reason Frostbite needs to become a movie, other than correcting all the mistakes made in the Vampire Academy film, is that Adrian needs to come to life! Even if you haven’t read the series, trust me: you want to see this.
But when will Frostbite be released? Well, that is up to us as fans. Most of the budget for the film has been raised. The script has been written, the producers have been picked. However, in order to get the green light to start production, the film’s financiers have asked that the fans raise $1.5 million to show that there is enough interest in a Vampire Academy sequel. This is an effort called crowdfunding. We have been given less than a month- August 6th to September 5th- to meet this goal. And there are incentives. Fans can choose from the packages on IndieGoGo how much they would like to contribute, and in return they will receive some pretty awesome prizes.
Currently, with two weeks to go, only 14% of the goal has been met. We need some help. Anyone who would like to see a film adaption of Frostbite can help by donating, spreading the word, or both. Together, the VA Family can do this! (If, by chance, we in fact cannot do this, all funds raised will be returned to the donators.)
- Anyone who wants to see Adrian on the big screen should take this cause very seriously- this might be our last chance to bring Adrian to life.
- Frostbite is an even more exciting story than Vampire Academy, in my opinion.
- I’d also like to point out that a Frostbite film will bring us closer to a Shadow Kiss film. Think on that.
If you are able and willing to help in any way, please do so. It would mean the world to VA fans to make Frostbite a reality. Thank you for your time.