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For those who have got­ten their fill of vam­pires thanks to the Twi­light se­ries of books and movies, Vam­pire Academy of­fers a dif­fer­ent world and back­story.

Based on the best-sell­ing young adult book se­ries by richelle Mead, the film stars Lucy Fry, who plays Lissa, a vam­pire of royal lin­eage, and Zoey Deutch, who plays half­vam­pire rose, who’s bonded to pro­tect her. They at­tend the Vam­pire Academy, where there’s a hi­er­ar­chy among stu­dents and cliques like any other high school; the dif­fer­ence is that in the su­per­nat­u­ral world, you some­times have to fight to sur­vive.

Deutch, Fry and cast mate, Sami Gayle, talked about the movie in re­cent in­ter­views with

Can people who haven’t read the books en­joy the film?

Fry: It was made so people who haven’t read the books can re­ally en­joy it, and in that way it de­scribes the world re­ally clearly at the start so you un­der­stand who ev­ery­one is and go with the story. It’s got a lot of “punchy” hu­mour and it takes the story of the book, and Dan Wood, the writer, added a lot of cheek and piz­zazz that is in the book but height­ens (it).

Will fans of the book se­ries en­joy the film?

Fry: The one thing about an adap­ta­tion from a book to a film is it’s not gonna be the way that any­one pic­tured it to be. I know my­self when read­ing a book you have all these de­tails and im­ages in your mind and when you watch the film, noth­ing’s gonna be the same be­cause ev­ery­one’s imag­i­na­tion is com­pletely dif­fer­ent. But the great thing about that is they also see some­thing new and see some­thing they haven’t thought of be­fore.

Gayle: If you do the char­ac­ter jus­tice and you’re true to the char­ac­ter, hope­fully the fan base will love the char­ac­ter.

How does this movie com­pare with other vam­pire-ti­tled en­ter­tain­ment?

Gayle: Al­though it’s a vam­pire film and there’s that su­per­nat­u­ral layer, I feel that the su­per­nat­u­ral as­pect of this film is the ic­ing on the cake; that the cake it­self is ac­tu­ally the sort of high-school so­ci­ety rep­re­sented in this film.

How do you think people re­act when they hear the ti­tle?

Deutch: They’re trep­i­da­tious about the ti­tle, it’s called Vam­pire Academy,

even the au­thor was like, I didn’t want it to be called that, but you know ex­actly what it’s about when you hear it. And when you see it, in my opin­ion, I’ve seen the fin­ished prod­uct, and it is a fun movie. It is a date movie. It is a charm­ing movie.

Did you un­der­stand the pop­u­lar­ity of the books?

Gayle: We shot the film in kind of a bub­ble in Lon­don and in stu­dios closed off from any pub­lic in­ter­ac­tion, so I had no idea, but then ... I had a dif­fer­ent film pre­mier­ing at the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val and see­ing fans there with my pic­ture su­per­im­posed with dif­fer­ent hair­styles that they thought (her char­ac­ter) Mia might have or go­ing to Comic-Con and see­ing that vast fan base there, it was eye-open­ing and shock­ing.

Zoey, what was it like play­ing Rose, the pro­tag­o­nist of the book se­ries?

Deutch: It all hap­pened quite fast. I im­me­di­ately started train­ing, gym train­ing as well as kick-box­ing and mar­tial arts. ... ob­vi­ously you don’t look at me and your in­stinct is, ‘oh my gosh, she could beat me up. She looks tough,’ like, no. So I knew that I wouldn’t feel hon­est play­ing this part had I not done the work and I did. — AP

Vam­pire Academy is cur­rently show­ing in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide.

stars (from left) Lucy Fry, Zoey Deutch and Sami Gayle.

Vam­pire Academy

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