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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.)
 
 
 
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.

Hey-Sage
Hello-Sidney
sydrian-s (an actual Adrian/Sydney focused blog)
killianjoneses
dhampired (a general VA/Bloodlines blog with lots of pretty posts)
vampirefuckingacademy (another general VA/Bloodlinges tumblr)
sage-ivashkov
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)