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27 December 2012 @ 12:12 am
Vampire Academy & Bloodlines?  
Has anyone else read these series' by Richelle Mead? The first (Vampire Academy) is a 6-book series, and the 2nd (Bloodlines) is going to be another 6-part series that is an offshoot of VA. VA is complete, and I finished it a week or so ago. They are YA, but they are soooooooooo good, and definitely more towards the older young adult spectrum rather than younger.

I enjoyed it, but found myself only kinda liking the main love story (Rose/Dimitri), but not INTO it or anything. However, I loved the characters, the writing, the style, the set-up and mythology created. Definitely unlike the Twilight Series or even The Vampire Diaries book series (based on the little of it I've read). Comparing style, skill and awesomeness, the closest comparison I can see is actually TVD, the TV series, but Rose is like insanely pro-active, and strong and kick-ass. The books are all told 1st person from her point of view and are lots of fun.

They are making a movie based on the books, and the guy who wrote the script for Heathers is doing the screenplay, so I'm cautiously optimistic. They just better do good casting. I'm really hoping that whoever they cast as Rose and Dimitri have really, really good chemistry to overtake my lack of uber-love in the books. Just because I love the characters so much, I want them to do stellar casting all around. Especially for Sydney and Adrian... which brings me to:

The reason I'm writing this post. While I took my time reading the VA series, I finished up the books (only two so far! ugh!) in the Bloodlines series because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I really liked the VA ones, but the lead character, Sydney, is different from Rose, but awesome in her own way, and I like her better. Rose's impetuousness and stupid decisions sometimes made me want to smack her, but Sydney is the opposite of impetuous and she's super-smart. Then there is Adrian -- introduced in the VA series (as was Sydney) -- and he is basically a younger, (way) less effective Damon Salvatore. Snarky, funny, full of self-loathing, vulnerable, hot as hell. Man, I love him so much.

And Adrian and Sydney are SO guh! Whereas Rose and Dimitri were good and I knew I was supposed to root for them, I ache for Adrian and Sydney and they leave me breathless and giddy. Love them, love them, love them. Fortunately the next book in the series comes out in February, but the wait for the final three is gonna wreck me! It's been a looooooooong time since I shipped a book couple, but I SOOOO ship them.

So, erm, yeah, anyone else read these? (I've got her other series' and I'm tackling those next. Richelle is a great writer.)
hotarujazz: hands and dance 4x07hotarujazz on December 27th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I love Vampire Academy series!!! Rose is so my kind of character- red head and badass!!! My favorite characters are Rose and Adrian although I don't ship them together. The problem with Dimitri for me is two-fold: he's just not my type of personality(stoic and overly disciplined) and I felt like there should have been a little more of them together before the separation and strigoi turning. I do ship Roza(I love that he calls her that)/Dimitri.
I looooove Adrian and he is soooo my type personality-wise, I'm with you on younger Damon thing. The thing with Sydney is that I just didn't connect to her that much. I'm not impressed with her but I've yet to start Bloodlines. I was too annoyed with Rose in some instances but I read a lot of YA books and she was the least annoying female lead so far. I can see Sydney being smarter and I hope that Bloodlines make me ship Adrian and her together because I sooo wish a good Adrian romance. The whole trinagle in VA has left me sort of bitter tasting because I feel that Rose was extremely unfair to Adrian and I kinda hated Dimitri at the end because I couldn't really understand his behavior after Lissa brought him back. I was dissatisfied with the explanation because I felt that he basically spit in Roses face after she sacrificed so much for him. Lissa just did the final thing and he acted like she was his god and Rose was scum at the bottom of his shoe that he couldn't be bothered with. I have this perverse desire for her to make him suffer more for how he acted. Even tough I wasn't for Rose/Adrian ending I still wished she handled it better and not cheated on him and then just said basically: "Sorry! He's back, I don't need you anymore! You were just a placeholder!".
Uf, I really need for casting to pull trough for this movie because it's been in the works for long time and Richelle Mead is so good writer so books are better meat for the movie than twilight or tvd or hunger games were. In fact out of all these popular YA franchises today none of the books can compare to Richelle's. Twilight and TVD books I liked when I was 14 and didn't know any better. Hunger Games I read relatively recently and I didn't like the writing at all. Only actually fun and tolerable part of the books was first games. And this is coming from avid YA reader who made herself tolerant to all kinds of bad writing because I go on these YA series kicks and read a bunch of them in line no matter the quality!!
Arabian: Damon & Elena23arabian on December 27th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I was OK about Sydney in the VA series. I didn't love her, I didn't dislike her, she was just kinda there, but I LOVE her SO MUCH in her series. And she and Adrian..... OMG! I love them so much.

I was only OK with how things happened with Rose and Adrian because Rose and Dimitri KNEW that how Rose treated Adrian was bad, and the writing made it clear that when it came to Adrian, Rose did him wrong, intentional or not. And, I tell ya, Bloodlines is TOTALLY making up for it. It's just.... oh, I love it so.

Gotta disagree with you about Hunger Games. I adore it. I've probably read the trilogy about 4/5 times. I love Peeta so hard, there are no words. I adore it. And I think the writing is fantastic for it, building up this amazing political landscape in simple terms, but one that had devastating effect. Great characters, beautiful, uncomplicated love story, and just .... ah, love it so much. So, yeah, we disagree on that one.
hotarujazz: hands and dance 4x07hotarujazz on December 27th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
You are bumping Bloodlines on my reading list, LOL!! I liked that they acknowledged that Rose treated Adrian bad in books but he's kinda my baby of the series and everybody should treat him nice if you ask me!! XD
The Hunger Games for me had excellent world building and core story. But to me the writing was to uneven and I felt that only Peeta got decent character development. I don't feel that Katniss changed in any significant way from the beginning. I felt she just had bunch more crap to add to her issues but she didn't learn to handle anything better or changed her way of thinking significantly in my opinion. Peeta is my favorite from the series and I never liked Gale. Ironically, I connected to Primrose best after Peeta although there is so few scenes with her in the book. I hated the ending of the book because I felt like she forgot to untangle some plot lines and then just did a quick 2 paragraphs explaining what happened. But then THG is one of the few series that I can understand liking even though I'm not a huge fan. I like the movies fine and I will definitely watch all of them.
I'm coming back to YA after a long romantic suspense novels faze so I will be on the hunt for recs, if you have some please share!!
Arabian: Damon & Elena25arabian on December 30th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
See, I didn't think the writing was uneven at all. While I adored Peeta, I thought that the journeys of Katniss, Gale and other characters were strong as well. And for me Katniss changed a whole bunch. Her eyes were opened to the good choices in bad, vice versa, she found a strength in herself she didn't realize she had, she opened herself up to believing in something other than her and Prim. She also opened her heart up to Peeta at the end and accepted that without accepting the good, the hope, the promise, you won't really live and that showed by the fact that she married him AND had children.

So, we're really just going to disagree on this one. I had no problems with it. None. It left me completely satisfied in every way.

Of other YA novels, I uber-adore the Percy Jackson series, and I really like the spin-off Heroes of Olympus series as well. Of a different vein, I also really liked the Airhead series by Meg Cabot (she of Princess Diaries fame, although I haven't read that series). I read Divergent and it was good, but I've had difficulty getting into the sequel Insurgent. I'll be trying again. I checked out Mead's other series though (the Dark Swan) and it isn't grabbing me right now (and it's adult, not YA), I'm on chapter 4 and just not all that interested in reading more. So I'm checking out the Rae Carson trilogy, The Fire and Thorns (two books, a short story out, with the third coming in the fall of 2013). We'll see. There is one other Mead series I'm gonna check out after the Carson trilogy (Georgina Kincaid series'). I'll let you know how these are. :)

ETA: Dark Swan didn't grab me. I gave up after 4 chapters. On the other hand, the first 2 books of the Carson trilogy was AWESOME! Highly, highly recommended.

That's all I can think of that really sticks out for me, though. If you have any recs, by all many share! :)

Edited at 2013-01-06 05:29 am (UTC)
Vickie: Veiledsarcasticcheese on December 27th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
I have the last two VA books to read. I really enjoyed the ones I've read and need to finish the last two. Haven't read the other series yet, but will look into it based on your enjoyment.
Arabian: Sydrian01arabian on December 27th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ooh, ohh!! You should fnish it and start on BLOODLINES!!!!! I really did enjoy the VA series, but Bloodlines, I love so much. I do like Sydney more, yes, but Adrian .... ah, he's amazing, and I do totally ship Adrian/Sydney so hard.
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Arabian: Damon & Elena22arabian on December 27th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
I love Bloodlines a little more. Rose is one of my favorite book characters, and I like how proactive she is, and I like Sydney at the same time. It took a minute to get adjusted to her, but once I did, I'm glad I stuck with it. I love super smart characters.

I think because I knew it was there to read right after the VA series and I knew it was Sydney, it was easier for me to get into, and once I did, yeah, I just love it to bits.

I did like Rose/Adrian more but I refused to let myself ship it because it was obviously Rose/Dimitri, and I liked them (I compare them to how I felt about Stefan/Elena the first half or so of season 01 before I was die-hard Damon/Elena -- since I watched the first half in about 2 days, LOL! -- they were sweet, supposedly soulmates, etc. And I could enjoy them. And they stayed that way for me, whereas, of course things didn't stay that way with S/E. And in the end, I was OK with how things happened with Rose and Adrian because Rose and Dimitri KNEW that how Rose treated Adrian was bad, and the writing made it clear that when it came to Adrian, Rose did him wrong, intentional or not. And Bloodlines is TOTALLY making up for it. It's just.... oh, I love it so.

I went looking after I finished the 1st book. It's slated for late 2013 or early 2014 more likely at this point. No one is even cast yet. I hope they do a really good job. I'm hopeful since they are getting a screenwriter who can do the snark and dark humor that this series definitely has. And, of course, if it does well, they'll probably continue and do the Bloodlines series as well.

I'll probably continue posting about Bloodlines, yeah, with the new book coming out in February (and Richelle Mead said on her lj (blue_succubus) that in the 4th book there will be alternating points of view chapter, Sydney and.... ADRIAN! Plus, of course, the movie stuff too.

Erm, other series? Well, I love The Hunger Games triology. And I adore the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series'. I like PJ bettter than Hoo because I love PJ best, but Hoo is good too. I read Divergent and it was good, but I've had difficulty getting into the sequel Insurgent. I'll be trying again. I can't think of any other books in a similar vein, though. I am checking out Mead's other series though (the Dark Swan and Georgina Kincaid series'). I'll let you know how those are. :)

ETA: Dark Swan isn't grabbing me right now (and it's adult, not YA), I'm on chapter 4 and just not all that interested in reading more. So I'm checking out the Rae Carson trilogy, The Fire and Thorns (two books, a short story out, with the third coming in the fall of 2013). We'll see.

Edited at 2012-12-30 05:31 am (UTC)
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: m/f: dividerosaxx50 on January 3rd, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
Hi! I found your journal because I was searching Adrian/Sydney on LJ (I'm always curious about whether the series has caught on at LJ), but I'm really here to say/ask -- there's really a movie in the works? I thought those were just rumours.

And I'm thrilled that you like Bloodlines at least as much as VA. Especially Sydney. Because unfortunately, most of fandom for both series is on tumblr -- there's v_academy but it's super-quiet these days -- and every so often I see posts about how it's not nearly as good as VA.

ETA: On the other hand, tumblr does know and celebrate the awesome that is Adrian/Sydney.

Edited at 2013-01-03 04:36 am (UTC)
Arabian: Sydrian01arabian on January 3rd, 2013 08:00 am (UTC)
No, it's not a rumor. The movie is definitely a go. Like I said they have a screenwriter on board and everything. No casting yet though.

I actually like the Bloodlines series MORE than VA, LOL!

Can you link me to some Sydney/Adrian tumbrls? I just got mine set up! :)
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: otc: freerosaxx50 on January 3rd, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hmm, well my non-embarrassing fandom secret is that I don't really spend much time on tumblr -- I prefer lengthy text posts, lol, and discussing with my small circle of Bloodlines friends on LJ -- and I tend to unfollow blogs on whim, so I don't know a huge number. These are usually general Bloodlines blogs/multifandom with a helping with Adrian/Sydney.

sydrian-s (an actual Adrian/Sydney focused blog)
dhampired (a general VA/Bloodlines blog with lots of pretty posts)
vampirefuckingacademy (another general VA/Bloodlinges tumblr)
Arabian: Booksarabian on January 5th, 2013 07:31 am (UTC)
I just started using my Tumblr, so I totally get it. I don't think I'll ever be going overboard with it. Thanks for linking, I'll definitely check these out.

Hah, if you've read any of my other posts, yeah, I'm a fan of the lengthy text posts myself! :)
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: real life?rosaxx50 on January 5th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
Haha, you say that now. And then some time in the near future you glance at the clock, and realise that your one free afternoon has passed you by because you spent it staring at GIFs of people you'll never actually meet.
Arabian: Sydrian01arabian on January 5th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
Oh, I've spent time looking at the gifs, but really, it won't ever get out of hand. I'm too in love with the written word, LOL!

I checked all the tumblrs and the majority of it is (a) different gifs of various actors playing Sydney, Adrian and Rose, and (b) spoilers. Not really interested. I don't want to picture someone in my mind in the role so as to not get wedded to it when the casting comes down.
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: m/f: dividerosaxx50 on January 5th, 2013 08:54 am (UTC)
Fair enough. Is this and this more the sort of stuff you're looking for?
Arabian: Sydrian01arabian on January 5th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'll have to check those out later. Looks like fun! :)

ETA: Wait a minute! I went looking for a Sydrian LJ comm after I finished the books, and I found a bunch of different posts and stuff, and that's where I remember your name from! I did see these, and had bookmarked them to read later. I'll definitely check them out for sure!
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: otc: freerosaxx50 on January 5th, 2013 09:34 am (UTC)
Sadly, the owner of adrian_sydney turned on moderated posting and then disappeared off somewhere. *Sigh*

Lol, have fun.
Arabian: Sydrian01arabian on January 6th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, I noticed it was pretty dead.

We could always set up a new comm. Call it sydney_adrian, adrian_sage, etc.

I checked out and responded to the deep thoughts one, but I'll save the top 10 for another day. I really like Sydrian, but I'm not OMG-uber die-hard so I need to space it out a little, LOL! That might change with the next book.

Edited at 2013-01-06 08:41 am (UTC)